The Preschoolers and Preschool Preppers have been apart of many fun, hands-on explorations this month! We opened up a pumpkin, made our own homemade applesauce and had some animals visit the classroom!
We have been learning about sorting in preschool this month. We are teaching children to find matches and things that are the same. We also practice using language to describe what makes those things similar, ie color, shape, size, etc. We have been sorting many different materials and working hard to find their common attributes. Our favorite were definitely these Halloween creatures!
Cool Critters visited our classroom today. We have been talking about what animals lay eggs….not just chickens! We got to interact with four animals that lay eggs: gecko, snake, millipede, & box turtle. One little critter did NOT lay eggs, the chinchilla! He was so soft and adorable. I think many of them would have snuck that little one into their backpack and taken it home, if we would have let them 🙂
We continued with our second book, Making Bubbles by Bruce Larkin in reading groups this week. The children have been working hard to track each word in the repetitive text that introduces a new sight word each week. The sight word we worked on this week is the word, the. Sight words are words that are used most frequently in text. The reason that they are called “sight” words is because the goal is for your child to begin to recognize these words instantly, at first sight. These are very important to master because they account for up to 75% of the words used in beginning children’s books. These words, typically, are not words that can be “sounded out,” therefore need to be learned by sight.
Many of the students were asking to take the books home to be able to share them with you. If you would like your child to read the text for you. You can find a digital book here. Just click on “Making Bubbles” under Kindergarten Books to access the book.
Last week we learned all about the letter D and got to have fun with a lot of dinosaur activities. I am pretty sure if you are a child at the age of 3 or 4 you just love dinosaurs… no matter what! Our students LOVED everything we did this week and had a ton of fun! Part of our focus this year is to keep our curriculum very concrete and playful. We did just that and had a blast learning about the letter D while doing so!
Learning positional words like over/under, on/off, and in/out is an important preschool skill. Not only do children develop spatial awareness by practicing these skills but they are also learning the fundamentals of early math. Using positional words in connection with concrete objects and situations helps children develop vocabulary. We had lots of fun this week learning the positional words IN and OUT as we took turns going IN the tunnel and coming OUT.
Our early reading adventure began in K Prep this week. The focus this week was how to use their “Magic Reading Finger.” Why do we have children use their finger to track the words while they read? The reason for this practice is because our eyes naturally follow movement, placing a finger, on a page and strategically moving it down the text, a reader will naturally keep their place and be more focused. This helps readers concentrate and understand what they read making reading a more satisfying experience. They did a wonderful job!
Does your child use scissors at home? We have been learning all about scissor safety and how to use and hold scissors in preschool.
Tips for Holding and Using Scissors
We are working hard on this skill and our goal is to have this skill mastered by mid-winter!!
On March 9, 2018, we will host the annual Creative Tots Art Show. This is a fun evening for children to show their families selected art pieces that they have worked on during the year. The art projects involve fine motor skills and different art techniques. The students have already started working on pieces for the art show but we don’t send them home. We keep all these at school for the big reveal in March. Here is a sneak peek at part of our first piece.
Creative Tots has specialized in the private education of both toddlers and preschool age children for over 15 years. We began in the heart of Madeira and now also have a new Mason location. We are specifically designed to focus on early childhood development for children ages 18 months to 5 years.