Friday, September 30, 2011

Sack Lunch Friday

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Today was the first of many Sack Lunch Fridays.  There are many things that kindergartners need to know and one of the most overlooked is lunch room know-how.  Kids need to be able to walk through a lunch line and say "yes" or "no" to the choices offered.  They must be able to carry the plates to the table and when finished, scrape them off and get them to the dishwashing area.  Most of these new routines are overwhelming for new students, so I try to give the kids like experiences so they have an idea what to expect.

One would think that bringing a sack lunch avoids most of these issues, but brown bagging has challenges all its own.  For instance, kids need to know how to get all of the food out, opened, eaten, replaced and be ready to go in 20 minutes (the average length of time for a school lunch period).  To help kids along, I will be having "Sack Lunch Friday" each week, so the kids can practice these skills and be the smartest kids in their class on the first day! :)

I have a wealth of lunchboxes.  One could get the idea that I'm addicted, but in reality, there are different boxes for different needs, so we have about 10 lunchboxes in our house.  Most kids however, have a lunchbox type tote or an actual lunchbox already, so the kids were free to bring their own, which most did.

Here is lunch.

Here are the kids with the lunchboxes.  Don't they look excited!

And, here they are eating!  Almost everyone ate the majority of their food.  If only I had realized that if I put peas in a lunchbox, kids would eat them, I would've started doing this ages ago.  Who knew?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Budget update

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I've been neglecting my preschool blog.  Sorry!  It just happens to be one of those times of year when everything and everyone tries to take a little bit of my time and my naptime blogging gets consumed with other things.  Hopefully next week I'll get back on track with daily posts.

But, since I haven't updated my budget for a while, I thought I'd do that.

6-2 packs of glue sticks--I'm out and in my opinion glue sticks are indispensable to the preschool classroom.  Using bottle glue is an acquired skill that most preschoolers do not have.  Cost, $2.40

1 8 pack of dry erase crayons--This wasn't on my to buy list or even my want list since I didn't know they existed until last night.  However, I've been looking for a brown to round out my dry erase marker selection and I've only found sets upwards of $10.  These crayons were on clearance at Walgreens for $1.99, so I couldn't resist.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Digging for Dinosaurs (pics only)

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Little Man trying to climb the stairs

Writing Letters

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Each week I spend a few minutes working with the kids on making the letter of the week.  Until today, I had reviewed any of the other letters.  I am really glad I did.  I saw lots of improvement in pencil grip, and most of the kids didn't ask how to make the letters, they just made them (sometimes upside down, but they were still there).  The improvement just goes to show that sitting at a desk practicing on worksheets isn't the only way to learn how to make letters.  The kids have been making letters with magnets, playdough, Lego block and even cars.  When it came time to write them, they knew what they were doing because they learned through their play. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Digging for Dinosaurs

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Today was our first actual rain day!  It has been raining all day, so no outside time for us! :(  Of course there was a great activity to keep the kids busy.  We went digging for dinosaurs.  In honor of our esteemed letter D, I filled a big storage tub with rice and hid dinosaurs in it.  The kids got to dig around and find the dinosaurs.  They also had sifters, cups and other utensils to help with the fun.  Of course, I was so busy keeping the baby out of the rice that fell on the floor, I only got one picture.  I'll try to take more when they play after nap.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Dot Painting

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I love no mess painting.  Dot paints make painting nearly mess-free and so it was a must for letter D week.  Dot paints are similar to bingo markers, but my set is smaller.  It's essentially a bottle of watercolor with a sponge at the tip.  The kids had a great time and even started saying, "Dot, dot, dot," as they bounced the bottle on their paper.

Integrating Learning into Play

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I am a big proponent of learning through play.  However I realize that for many children there comes a time when learning becomes learning and play is play.  The two are separate.  For us right now, our learning time is portrayed as such so the kids get a sense of what it will be like in kindergarten.  However, I've taught them well because what they are learning is creeping into their free play.  I love it!

With the beginning of letter instruction there is a definite fascination with letters, the shapes and sounds that they make.  Today, the kids asked to get out the magnet building sets and instead of towers, the first thing they built were letters.  They were so proud and excited to show me and their friends the different letters that they could make.  Of couse there was still a lot of tower building going on too, lest you forget it is free play!

We started letter D, color green and shape triangle today.  All of the kids are excited to begin a new letter each week and see what sound it makes and find things in their environment that make that sound.  I told them today that I'm excited to get through colors and shapes so we can start numbers.  One child said, "You mean we get to learn our numbers too!"  Of course, this is preschool!
Square, Triangle and Letter E

Letter A

A Big Tower and Letter L (looks like a V from
our direction, but I assure you, it's an L)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Squares and yellow

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We are winding up the week of letter C, shape square and color yellow.  To celebrate, we painted!  While waiting for their turn to paint, the kids worked on a find the square picture and practiced their name on the back. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Really, we're still here!

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This past week or so has been crazy and I just haven't had much time to devote to the blog.  This is just an update to let you know that we've been diligently working on letter C (I have half a post on the super cool melted crayon pictures done, but I need my older girls to demonstrate so I can take pics) and with the short week, we're doing a bit of review.  The kids have been working on writing their names and writing the letters that we know.  Progress is slow, but they are showing a lot of interest and starting to point out other letters and sounds that we haven't done yet, so I know that they are making lots of letter/sound connections.  Look for a post tomorrow and some more pictures. 

Before the end of the week, I also hope to post the video of the kids doing the days of the week and months of the year.  They do it very well, except when I want to tape them.  I have to catch them on the sly!  LOL

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