Monday, January 12, 2015

December 16 - 19

I apologize as I hadn't confirmed this post a few weeks back.  Enjoy some insight of what your little ones may have already shared with you!

Lily, our class elf, has been quite busy keeping up with watching over our little ones at the school.  The kids all love coming in to the class and finding what great things she has done.  Our class elf encourages our kids to have great behavior as she learns from them and her behavior "reflects theirs."  Here Lily has prepared herself morning breakfast.

When we return from holiday break, indoor gross motor activities will be so important!  One of their favorite activities is the parachute.  Finding fun ways to help them practice gross motor activities like balancing on one foot, hopping, etc. is valuable to their growth.  If you are interested in coming in to help teach a great gross motor activity, please connect with Miss Shelly.  We would love to have you!

Another gross motor activity they greatly enjoyed was our snowman!  Having the opportunity to throw bean bags and knock over "Frosty" was so much fun!  Learning how to take turns was an even greater lesson.  Watching their faces light up when they threw a bean bag and knocked over more than one piece to Frosty was priceless.  Another lesson practiced, was learning how to play then pick up as each student had to replace the pieces to Frosty before the next person could take their turn.

Miss Shelly spends a lot of time at home preparing new fun games that everyone can enjoy and grow with.  Here is an example of something you can do at home too!  Writing words on our Pre K lines (it is important for our students to continually see the proper formation of letters in all areas) and then searching for the same letter to place on top of them.  I have chosen to write letters on small wooden blocks (also works their fine motor skills in their patience in turning the blocks to find the right letter); we also have used milk jug tops or Popsicle sticks.  If you don't have anything like this, cut up pieces of paper and write a letter on each piece.  It's just the idea of looking for the matching letter and saying each letter out loud as they place it on the card.  An advanced version of this, write each word in lower case letters and encourage them to match the upper case to the lower case letter.

Every student practiced great fine motor skills as they each wrapped their own present to their loved ones.  In the writing center they were able to write a card to their loved one as well choosing a greeting to write and their name.  What an awesome job they did!

A little bit of extra fun in our dramatic play area as we turned the kitchen around and created a fire place complete with cookies, hot chocolate and sharing holiday stories.  Each student also got to see their stocking hung.

Enjoy a great holiday!  We will see you in 2015!

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