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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!

     

     

  • 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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  • Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!

    This month in the Toddler room is all about Bugs! We will be discussing things that live in the garden in the month of April. In the sensory tub is all sort of bugs, bug catchers, buckets to sort and flowers. The boys and girls will have so much fun exploring in the sensory tub!

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  • Preschool Scissor Skills

    Thumb up and elbow down….turn the paper instead of our hand.  We learned all about how to use scissors effectively and safely during small groups today.  They children did an AMAZING job!

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  • Motor Skills

    Motor skills are movements and actions of the muscles. They are categorized in two groups: gross motor skills and fine motor skills. Gross motor skills generally refer to movements involving larger muscles, like those in the arms, legs, feet or the entire body (used for walking, jumping and so on). Fine motor skills generally refer to movements involving smaller muscles, like those in hands, wrists and fingers (such as those used for holding a crayon or toy). *

    Play dough Improves Fine Motor Skills

    Squishing, squeezing, stretching and molding play dough helps to build muscle strength in the fingers and hands. This in turn makes it easier to complete fine motor activities like holding a pencil and cutting with scissors later on.

    Dancing improves Gross Motor Skills

    Jumping, stretching, dancing and ribbon twirling helps build muscle strength throughout the entire body.  We also tapped wooden sticks to the tempo of Miss Joanie’s guitar, working on rhythm as we danced to “We are the Dinosaurs,” a classroom favorite!

    * information taken from www.leapfrog.com

  • Scissor Skills: Cutting Diamonds

  • Country Study: Paper Fringe Lions

  • Sorting Sight Words

    We started our week with sorting our sight words from last week and our new ones for this week!  This activity not only focused on sight word recognition, but required the ability to follow multi step directions, sorting, and fine motor skills for cutting, pasting and manipulating the small pieces of paper.

  • Fine Motor Fun

    On Monday the preschoolers practiced their scissor skills. We talked about the correct way to hold scissors (two fingers in the bottom hole, one in the top, thumb always facing up), we strengthened our fine motor muscles by snipping straws. Cutting materials other than paper is a  great way to develop those tiny muscles. Straws, pipe cleaners, brown bags, pasta, playdough, and other household items are great to use. This morning we used these straw bits to thread pipe cleaners. The tiny pieces are awesome for working on the pincer grip. These activities are perfect for handwriting basics. Have fun exploring ways to develop fine motor muscles at home!