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  • April Part One: Insects and Gardening

    April’s theme in Preschool Prep is based around gardening and insects. We have integrated this theme into our daily curriculum and are having so much fun!

    *Fine motor insect sorting

       The Very Hungry Caterpillar story retelling 

    Bug Fossils!

    Each day this month we have done a “Daily News” segment in the classroom 🙂 We first have someone introduce the news, and then we work together to figure out what month and day of the week it is. Next, we choose a student to be our “weather kid” for the day. This person gets to wear a special badge and report the weather based on what they see outside and how it feels! Lastly, we complete a feelings chart where the students pick a face that mimics how they are feeling that day (all of the children have picked the happy face so far)!

      Our weather girl reporting her findings! 

  • February Activities

     

      

     Alphabet Twister!

     

     

  • Chicka Chicka… Boom Boom!

    Learning about the letters of the alphabet is so much fun when you use a story to go along with it.  The book, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”, is a toddler classroom favorite, and our toddlers had so much fun learning about all of the letters, and wondering if there will be enough room for all of them at the top of the coconut tree!

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    They all got to take a turn picking a letter from the mystery can, saying which letter it is, and putting it on the coconut tree!

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    Next we did a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom art project, where we used fine motor skills to peel alphabet stickers off, and then place them on their own coconut tree! We are working on the thumb and finger pincer grasp this month, and stickers are an excellent tool to practice this grasp, as well as improve hand strength.

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    “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” was such a fun unit, and we are so excited to get into our October themes for the month!

  • Never a Dull Moment in Preschool Prep!

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    We read the story “The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle, and made our very own class spider web!

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  • Lots of Learning and Fun in Preschool Prep!

    The Preschool Prep class has been learning a lot and having a blast while doing so! The students were able to make alphabet soup and fish out one letter at a time with a ladle.  They were asked to identify the letter and the sound it makes!

    For some fine motor and hand strength practice, they were able to use tongs to transfer white marshmallows into muffin tins! We were able to eat a few fresh ones afterwards 🙂

    We also were able to explore our sense of sound! The children took turns shaking the mystery eggs and “predicting” what might be inside. Some of them came as a surprise to us!

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  • Making the Cut

    Cutting with scissors requires the skill of hand separation, which is the ability to use the thumb, index, and middle fingers separately from the pinkie and ring fingers. Providing children with frequent opportunities to develop their scissor skills allows them to practice using the tripod fingers (thumb, forefinger and middle finger). The tripod fingers are what work together in controlling a pencil. Developing the proper pencil grasp attributes to good handwriting. Strong scissor skills also leads to strong hand muscles and improved fine motor skills.

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  • Importance of Building Hand Strength During the Preschool Years

    We continued our letter Ss study while building our hand strength in small groups!  Continuing to develop large and small muscle strength in the hands and forearms is extremely important during the preschool years.  When the large and small muscles of the forearm and hand are slow to develop, weakness and incoordination may result.  The large muscles of the forearm may overcompensate for weak inner hand muscles.  As a result, the child will find ways to hold, pinch and grip small objects in awkward ways.  By now your little ones should have transitioned from their fist grip on their writing utensils into a more developed grip.  Find the age appropriate pencil grip development chart here.  If you notice that your child shows signs of awkward grips, never hesitate to contact their teacher.  Click on the picture below for easy activities to build fine motor strength and hand strength at home.

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