Monday, December 15, 2014

Fun food projects

Learning happens in many ways in our classroom!  Food projects are a super fun way to bring in fine motor skills while also adding more knowledge on our weekly lessons.

In October, we tasted the different types of apples and graphed adjectives describing the apples.

Last week, we made dreidels out of marshmallows and chocolate pieces.

We have a great time incorporating fun food projects into our lessons.  We prefer to use less sugary snacks, but also understand enjoying a sweet treat for something special is nice.

Thank you parents that have helped bring in items for our students to enjoy making fun food projects!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Indoor Gross Motor

Gross Motor development is an important part of being in Pre K!  Not only does this time allow our students to release their energy in an active way, but we are helping them to learn and perfect some of their foundational skills!

Hopping, skipping, galloping, balancing; this list could go on!  We do these items through fun songs like Going on a bear hunt, Hurry hurry drive the fire truck, and Animal Action (we will post videos throughout our colder months of these fun songs!) but we also can bring a little bit of outside when we can :)

Check out the fun your little ones are having

Seeing their faces light up when we opened the door with the bikes (and helmets too!) was joy!  This is a time that is also gives us as teachers more one on one learning to help students that could benefit greatly from a bit more practice on a bike with pedals.  Making a small obstacle course was a lot of fun for them!

Giving students a ping pong ball, straw, and cup to combine a bit of experimenting and gross motor was awesome!  Using the straw and crawling after their ping pong ball, trying to blow the ball into the cup, bouncing the ball into their cup, and then working with a partner to bounce into their cup brought a lot of trial and error.  It also brought a lot more excitement and movement into cold days!

Who doesn't love parachute fun?!?!  They look forward to when it comes out!  Ask them about their favorite game of "Three Little Pigs!"

Monday, December 8, 2014

Class book exchange and Surprise gift basket for Miss Debbie

As a part of our Holiday party, our students will be participating in a book exchange.  If you would like your child to participate, please send in a wrapped book (valued $5 - $7) by Wednesday, December 17th.  This way we can have everything prepared for our Holiday party the following day.

A gift tag will be in their folder on Tuesday, December 9th.  Please use this tag to label the wrapped book your child brings to the class.

If you choose a book that is gender specific, please label on the gift tag.

**Encourage your child to show off their writing skills and write something special inside their book like "Love, --your child's name--"  What a great memory down the road for them to save.

Surprise gift basket for Miss Debbie
Our Pre K classes are putting together a surprise gift basket for Miss Debbie.  If you would like to add to this gift basket, please bring in your special item by Wednesday, December 17th.  We will put it together to look extra special for her.
Looking for ideas?  There is a staff flip book available at the front desk lobby with each teacher's likes.  Stop by and check her page out.

Here are some helpful ideas as well:  Miss Debbie collects snowmen and Santas.  She loves receiving encouraging notes and letters.  She drinks coffee and LOVES to bake.  She also enjoys reading magazines like Women's Day, Martha Stewart, or other similar ones.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tacky Sweater Contest, Have you voted?

Our staff did an awesome job making and wearing some awesome tacky sweaters.  In our lobby area we have a bulletin board decorated with each of our teachers in their sweaters.  At the lobby desk is a red and white bag, please stop by and vote on your favorite tacky sweater!
Miss Beth

Mr. David

Miss Jill

Miss Scooter

Miss Shelly

Miss Marie

Miss Terry

Miss Danielle