The world is a rainbow!

This week was all about colors!  We have learned all about mixing colors, matching colors, our favorite colors and singing all about the many colors of the rainbow.

Story Time

books for preschoolers all about colors

We read “White Rabbit’s Color Book” by Alan Baker,”The Crayon Box That Talked” by Shane Derolf  and “Eyelike Colors” by PlayBac Publishing.  I love “White Rabbits’s Color Book” all about a cute little bunny who jumps into different pots of paint to see what he will look like.  “The Crayon Box That Talked” is all about crayons that don’t really like each other.  But when they see what beautiful pictures they can create together they realize that diversity makes them special.  And the gorgeous, vibrant photos in the “Eyelike” book are amazing!

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As we read “White Rabbit’s Color Book” we used the color paddles to show how to blend colors to get different colors.

color mixing

Red and blue makes purple

color mixingRed and yellow makes orange.

Sing With Me

Five Colors Song

(To the tune: “Three Blind Mice”)

Red, red, red.  Red, red, red.

What is red?  What is red?

An apple, a rose, and a strawberry.

Cherries growing on a tree,

My nose on a day that’s cold and frosty-

They all are red.

Yellow, yellow, yellow.  Yellow, yellow, yellow.

What is yellow?  What is yellow?

A school bus parked at the school bus stop.

Bananas grown in a land that’s hot.

Daffodils bright in a garden spot-

They all are yellow.

Blue, blue, blue.  Blue, blue, blue.

What is blue?  What is blue?

The sea, the sky and some people’s eyes.

Blueberries picked for a scrumptious pie,

A bluebird flying a-way up high-

They all are blue.

Green, green, green.  Green, green, green.

What is green?  What is green?

Grass and plants and trees and leaves,

Lettuce we put in the salad we eat.

Grasshoppers hopping around our feet-

They all are green.

Orange, orange, orange.  Orange, orange, orange.

What is orange?  What is orange?

An orange, a cantaloupe, and a peach.

A pumpkin, a goldfish and a Cheddar cheese,

The carrot that my little rabbit eats-

They all are orange.

Finger Plays

Five Little Monsters

5 colorful monsters fingerplay

Five little monsters sitting on the floor.

The red one said, “Let’s knock on someone’s door.”

The green one said, Let’s act a little scary.”

The yellow one said, “Why are we so hairy.”

The orange one said, “I hear a funny sound.”

The purple one said, “There’s no one else around.”

Then “WHOOSH” went the wind and “EEK!” someone said.

So the five little monsters ran under the bed.

The Five Color Monster glove was so simple to make, just hot glue pom poms onto a garden glove and add google eyes!  The children loved this and asked to do it over and over!

Alligator, Alligator

alligator fingerplay

Alligator, alligator

Down by the lake,

Reach inside and see what he ate!

I created this fun and easy color game by turning an old Cascade tub into a color munching alligator.  Each child got to come up and reach in, pull out a pom pom and tell us what color it is.  We will be using this a lot this year with the alphabet and numbers as well.

Small Group Activity

preschool color manipulative

For this activity we used Fruit Spins (Fruit Loops) and multi colored pipe cleaners.  The children matched the cereal to the correct pipe cleaner and when they were done they had a yummy snack too!  This activity focused on so many learning domains:  fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, color recognition, sorting and  counting.

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preschool color manipulative

Art

color mixing

We had so much fun finger painting,  mixing and creating colors!

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color mixing

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We cut the dried art work into paint tubs and added rabbit ears to make them look just like rabbit taking a soak in paint from the book “White Rabbit’s Color Book”.

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All about me!

Our week was full of fun as we learned all about each and every child.  We discussed what makes us special and unique individuals.  We practiced name recognition with a few fun activites and  learned all about manners too.

Sing with Me

I am Special

(to the tune of London Bridge)

I am special. Yes I am,

Yes I am, yes I am.

I am special. Yes, I am.

I’m very special.

No one else has hair like mine.

Just like mine, just like mine.

No one else has hair like mine.

I’m very special.

No else has a face like mine

Just like mine, just like mine.

No one has a face like mine.

I’m very special.

(continue with nose, eyes, mouth etc.)

Story Time

prescool all about me books

We read “I Like Myself” by  Karen Beaumont and “The Way I feel” by Janan Cain.  “I Like Myself” is all about self awareness and what makes us different makes us beautiful.  “The Way I Feel” is a book all about emotional expressing, everyone has feelings and everyone gets mad, sad, happy, silly and bored.

Craft Time

preschool all about me craft

The children made paper people to look just like themselves.  They were able to choose from a variety of clothes and hair colors to make their person special.

preschool all about me craft

preschool all about me craft

The end result was beautiful girls….

all about me preschool craft

And handsome boys!

getting getting tto know you preschool activity

During circle time I asked the question: “What do you like about you?”  The children were able to tell the class why they are unique.   The children loved getting up and talking all about themselves.

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I measured the children with string and asked them what they liked and didn’t like.  I hung them up so they could see how tall they were.  I told them I would measure them again to see how much they grow through out the year.

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Poetry

My Name is Special

Everybody has a name

Some are different

Some the same

Some are short

Some are long

All are right

None are wrong

I like my name

It’s special to me

It’s exactly who

I want to be!

Sing with Me

Name Game

(to the tune of “Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone)

Where oh where, oh where is (child’s name)

Where oh where, oh where is (child’s name)

Where oh where, oh where is (child’s name)

Where could (child’s name) be?

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As I sang the song each child came up, found their name on the board, then added it to the alphabet line after telling me what letter their name started with.

preschool name recognition

preschool name recognition

preschool name recognition

We also practiced spelling our names by searching for  magnet letters and adding them to the cookie sheet.

Manners At School

Story Time

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We read lots of books all about manners at school!  We read:  “Manners” by Aliki, “Clifford’s Manners” by Norman Bridwell, “The Way I Act” by Steve Metzger and  “Manners at School” by Carrie Finn.

These books teach great lessons all about kindness, respecting others, following directions, self control and being polite.  During circle time Ms. Lia and I role played different situations and had the children tell us how to use our manners, then we acted out the situation again using our manners.

Sing With Me

Catch A Sneeze

(to the tune of Here We Go ‘Round The Mulberry Bush”)

This is the way we catch a sneeze

Catch a sneeze, catch a sneeze.

This is the way we catch a sneeze

To keep the germs away.

(pretend to catch a sneeze in a tissue or your elbow)

Craft Time

teaching manners at school

To go along with our song and books we made faces catching a sneeze into a tissue.

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Welcome to my classroom!

“Getting to Know You”

It’s a very ancient saying,

But a true and honest thought,
That if you become a teacher,
By your pupils you’ll be taught.

As a teacher I’ve been learning —
You’ll forgive me if I boast —
And I’ve now become an expert,
On the subject I like most.

Getting to know you.

Getting to know you,
Getting to know all about you.
Getting to like you,
Getting to hope you like me.

Getting to know you,
Putting it my way,
But nicely,
You are precisely,
My cup of tea.

~The King and I

I am thrilled that the new school year is upon us!  I absolutely love this time of year, everything is new and exciting.  It has been so much fun getting to know each and every one of my new children.  We had a fun and busy week exploring our classroom and getting acquainted with our new routines and schedule.

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Owls (my favorite) welcome everyone into our class this year!

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Tour Our Classroom

preschool classroom

This is our circle time/learning wall.  Here we start the day with songs and dancing and learn all about the days of the week, months of the year and counting on the calendar.  We also introduce and learn about the letter of the week, read stories and announce our weekly helpers on the job chart.

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This is our library center.  Here the children can look at books independently in our quiet little nook.

preschool room centers

 

The writing and art center.  Lots of paint, crayons, markers, chalk, paper and pencils for the children to allow their imaginations to soar.

preschool pets

 

We have two very sweet guinea pigs for our class pets!  Penny and Poppy love being a part of our classroom.  On this bulletin board, I will post pictures of the children interacting with our furry friends.

 

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We had a meet and greet and everyone got to meet Poppy during circle time.  The children introduced themselves to her and got to pet her gently.

preschool room centers

We arranged the tables a little differently this year.  Ms. Lia came up with the new floor plan  and I love it!  And here you can see our manipulative, math and science centers and in the back on the left is our block and house keeping centers as well.

preschool room centers

 

Story Time

 

back to school books

 

We read books all about going to school.  We read “David Goes to School” by David Shannon, “Curious George’s First Day of School” by Margret and H.A. Rey and “Froggy Goes to School” by Jonathan London.  These books helped ease the jitters of the new school year transition.

 

Craft Time

preschool room craft curious george

We made a paper plate Curious George to go along with our story.

preschool curious george craft

 

preschool curious george craft

Our art work is proudly on display in the hall way.

Story Time

preschool books about shapes

 

We read and learned all about shapes with the books:  “Shapes Around Me” by Anita Loughrey and “Eyelike: Shapes and Patterns” by PlayBac Publishing.

 

Sing with Me

(To the tune: Do You Know the Muffin Man?)

Do you know what shape this is,
What shape this is, what shape this is?
Do you know what shape this is
I’m holding in my hand?

I held up shape cards as we sang and the children identified them.

 

Craft Time

preschool shape craft

We made shape collages out of foam cut outs and glued them to paper.

play dough shapes

The children had so much fun molding and manipulating play dough to make shapes we talked about in our books.

Small Group Center Time

preschool shape sorting

 

preschool shape sorting

 

The children enjoyed sorting and matching all different shapes, grouping, counting and classifying them by color and type.

We had a fantastic week and I am looking forward to many more creative and exciting adventures this year!

 

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