Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate… We have had so much fun with this little song. We did an art project with pumpkin stickers, read several book versions, put 5 pumpkins on the magnet board, and acted the song out. We also made yummy pumpkin muffins, decorated mini pumpkins with washi tape, and played hot pumpkin (a version of hot potato). Our sensory bin for the month has been pumpkin seeds with scoops and tins to “make pumpkin pie”. We also plan to use all of our senses to explore the outside and inside of a pumpkin! Happy orange October!
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.
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.