Sunday, September 25, 2011


Shredded paper for Hunting Letters

Here's a Letter on a Lid :) Sorry the glare his the letter written on it.

Dear Families,
Thank you for your book orders. They are on the way!
Hope you are all following the blog. I have some photos above of what we used shredded paper for. It is an excellent sensory experience as they get to feel the texture, toss it, squish it, pile it & find the ‘buried treasure’. The treasure this week was milk jug lids with alphabet letters written on them. They were to find a letter & tell which one it was. Much language &pre-reading skills experienced with this activity.
                Our themes coming up are “Fall In the Forest” with Weekly Readers, and Sorting & Patterning activities & Letter C fun for this week. The following week will be
“Firefighters Help Us”, Letter D & E Fun & more!
Have a great week!
NEW Fingerplay for Infants/Toddlers
 Make a pancake, pat, pat, pat. 
Do not make it fat, fat, fat.
You must make it flat, flat, flat. 
Make a pancake just like that!
Learning Centers
Language:  Weekly Readers – On Track to Kindergarten – ABC assessment for Kindergarten prep – Writing Journals daily – B/b writing pages - ABC Basketball (put letter in ‘cup/basket’ if you name it) – Letter search in shredded paper – Apple A/a sorting – Name writing practice – Who’s knocking? Open door, reveal picture, say name & 1st letter –
Book reading by Rote:  By re-reading “I’m Your Bus” for several days in a row, preschool-agers can  begin to develop the ability to make predictions based on previous events. I created mini books to help them ‘tell the story’ as they remember what I’ve read to them. It is an important way to learn that print has meaning and an essential pre-reading skill. You will also see children doing this on their own at home with a favorite book. So keep reading to them at home!!!!
Math: Shape sorters – Color/Shape card game (find bear under shape after you name shape or color)-Color match w/weekly reader – Color block sorting – I Spy w/color block (match to something in the room) – Big/Small pig sorting – Hats/no Hats pig sorting
Science/Safety:  Fire/tornado drill – Sand play – Examine nature (leaves changing in some trees)
Art: Sticker initial art – Paper fans – Triangle shape rubbings – Open-ended coloring  
Large Muscles: Tool play – Simon Says – Parachute Play included 1. See-saw movement 2. Make rain softly, loudly, waves & gentle breeze movements & sounds w/parachute  - Jump on 2 feet – Bounce/catch ball practice (how many times can you catch in a row?)
Music:  I Had a Little Turtle,  This Old Man, Hickory Dickory Dock, I’m a Little Teapot & the week’s favorite Jack & Jill – singing Jack & Jill by replacing children’s names for Jack & Jill – Wheels on the Bus – Name song: (tune: Old MacDonald)
            Lou, Lou, L,L,L
            L Starts Lou’s Name
Dramatic Play: Scarves, hats, glasses play – School buses & Little People freeplay
Manipulatives: Shoe typing practice – Puzzles – Hide & seek an object outdoors

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