It has been 2 months since Word Worms started and I could not be any more pleased. I greatly look forward to my Wednesday afternoons where I get to spend some time with all of the classes. They all do such a great job when they are with me that I think they like it too! We have been working on a variety of skills all designed with the children’s ages and abilities in mind. Each week we start with a story that correlates to the classroom themes and is followed by a supporting activity.
Some examples would be:
Early Preschool: After reading, On The Town: A Community Adventure by Judith Caseley, each of the children got to “design” their very own street sign which was hung up in the literacy room. This activity was used to help with recognition of each child’s own name as well as assisting in the development of both fine motor skills and grasp of a writing utensil that will come in handy as they get older.
Preschool: One fun activity we did that the children all seemed to really like was during a second reading of, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro. As each item that was swallowed was read off, the children fed a puppet of the Old Lady that was hanging on the board. This allowed us to use props to retell a story as well as recalling information from a story.
Pre-K: For my Pre-K friends we like to work on writing and letter/sound association. We read the story, Arthur’s Pet Business by Marc Brown then completed the journal, “If I could have any pet, I would want…” The children drew pictures to convey their ideas then dictated to me what their pet would be. I wrote each answer on a separate piece of paper that the children then copied onto their own journal page.
Below are some pictures for these activities. I am so excited to see what the rest of the year has in store. I wish every afternoon could be Wednesday afternoon! :0)
Pre-K rooms 2 & 3 had a great time creating sand dough to go along with our current Eco-Adventures unit. We mixed: flour, water, sand, and glue to make this great textured dough. The children got to take turns using math skills by measuring out ingrdients, reading skills by following the written directions, and worked both fine motor and gross motor muscles. Everyone was very excited to get their hands dirty and work all of the ingredients together, including the teachers! As always, it is never a dull day in Pre-K! A big THANK YOU goes out to Ms. Katie for sending around this awesome recipe for us to use.
Whether caring for our plants or playing the giant xylophone the Grove is never dull for Pre-K Room 3. We have been enjoying watching our plants grow and even began keeping track of how tall they are. Playing the xylophone and climbing on the steppers (including singing and dancing on them) is always a great time.
Recently we had the excitement of ladybugs. We received a bag of live ladybugs and released them in the Grove to help our garden plants. There were so many of them and we had them crawling all over us. Everyone thought it was awesome. Even Ms. Lorrie got in on the action.