The Fun Doesn't Stop in 5 Day Pre-K!
We started a new Reading Street Unit called Going Places. Our book this week was The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort. "Two children and their parents board a city bus on their way to a party. At the next stop, who should get on but a group of seals who holler "errp, errp, errp" at the top of their lungs. Each time the bus stops a new kind of animal joins the passengers". The children loved it! Make sure to ask them about the animals that boarded the bus and what ends up happening that causes the people to say "help, help, help". Our Reading Street song was Monkeys on the Bus. Vocabulary words we talked about were bus, monkeys, party, seals, town and vipers.
We also read Apple Trouble by Ragnhild Scamell and When The Leaf Blew In by Steve Metzger.
Our Letter Song this week was Tam Put on a Tank. The children are LOVING our songs.
Other activities included:
Math: Mini Muffin Math-there were 2 dice to roll. The children would then use the squeezy tweezers to pick up the correct color and number of muffins that they rolled and put them in the muffin pan. This was a very popular activity.
Project Table: We made name trains. I loved the way these came out. The children counted how many letters are in their first name. They wrote each letter on a car of the train....then put the train together.
Art Easel: Fall stamps and crayons were available.
Discovery Table: Nature Investigation...different leaves, tree bark, acorns, pine cones, rocks and magnifying glasses.
Listening Center: T. Rex Trick or Treats by Lois Grambling.
At the Pretend Center, I added a large Styrofoam piece and Makedo scru-drivers and scrus. The children have been having a lot of fun with this!
Writing Table: Cutting, T Worksheets and chalkboards.
We had a couple visitors this week too! On Monday, Mrs. Lehane came in to read to us. She read It's Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr. Mrs. Lehane will be in twice a month to see us.
Our Community Helper on Wednesday was Trooper Hopkins of the Massachusetts State Police. We went out to the playground to visit. Trooper Hopkins told us all about his job helping people. The children were able to try on his helmet, vest, hold his handcuffs and take a turn "driving" his police car. He also showed them all the different badges for the different divisions of the State Police. He gave the children a sticker and bear that they can use if they are feeling nervous or sad. Our class had MANY questions for Trooper Hopkins and as one child said "this was awesome"!
Looking ahead, our Letter of the Week will be I. Show & Tell will be on Wednesday.
I hope to see you tomorrow at the Fall Festival!