Thursday, April 24, 2014

Plastic egg alphabet chase more about our earth

We started out our day with "show and Tell" so that the kids would get settled down.  For some reason that is the highlight of the day and they can hardly wait to show and tell all about their cherished item.  This is yet another "Star Wars" item.
 Hyrum brought a matchbox car and showed how it really "moves"
 Lily had not item to share but did tell us some interesting things about a birthday party she had attended.
 Janaye brought her little stuffed piggy
 AND Joey brougth another "Star War" character
Then we took the plastic eggs and gave 6 tops and bottoms to each child.  As I lifted up a letter that was to be found, they had to examine their eggs and fit them together correctly.  If they did, they were given m&m's to put in the egg.
Then we talked about the animals and this worksheet had seven differences between the top picture and the bottom picture.

 This maze took them through the galaxy and stars
 Then we chose the correct letters to make words such as hat and lion
 On this side of the board we needed to find the letters of the alphabet
 This is the boxed game if you might be looking for something to use with your child
To end our day we read from the following books about the things that God created for this earth for us to enjoy  Beautiful fish and underwater plantlife
 trees, bushes and other plants
 Plants, animals, fish in the wetlands.
We are so blessed to live on this planet; to enjoy the beauty and learn about all the wonderful things that God created for us.  How important it is to take good care of it, to nurture it, keep it clean and replant when things are removed.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day

I did not post pictures for last Thursday because it was basically our Egg Hunt Activities so today will be what we were able to learn about the Earth
 We started thee day with a cutting practice.  These little ones are getting better each week with their cutting abilities.  We first put a smiley face on our right thumbnail so that they could remember that the smiley face looked at them as they were cutting. And, it was there to help them remember which hand they were to use in pledging the flag.
 Hyrum is doing very well with his cutting
 Janaye has improved tremendously since school began
 Joey is doing nicely for a three year old.

 Then we moved on to our lesson on Earth Day.  We started with the creation of the earth and just how it was accomplished in seven days.
 As you can tell by the numbers and lines, the earth was formed with nothing on it; thus the black and white circle.  On the second day the light and darkness, thus day and night.  They had an opportunity to look into a box, into the dark.  Then we put a flashlight (light) into it and they could see the difference between darkness and light.
On the third day the earth was divided and there were lakes and other water bodies and the land
On the fourth day came trees and other vegetation.  On the fifth day came the animals and fish in the seas.  Of course, man and woman were created on the 6th day, and on the 7th day the Lord rested.
 We talked about the planets, the stars, the sun and the moon
 We talked about our love of our earth and how we can keep it clean and care for it.
 Lily has put various colors of pom poms on her picture to show her love
 As did Janaye and the others.
Jo Dee read a book to the children telling them about the vegetation-trees, and how they have long roots that help them get nourishment from the earth to grow.  How the seeds that are dropped on the ground and eaten by animals and birds and how they carry them to other parts of the earth where they grow and become more trees and bushes and other living, growing things.
It is important that our children know about our earth and the beautiful creations we have to enjoy and care for.  We will be talking about recycling and caring for our earth.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter activities

The morning began as usual with putting numbers on the calendar, talking about the weather and putting puzzles together.  The firetruck puzzle seems to fascinate the boys, so why not let them work together putting it together and have some fun? Hyrum started the puzzle and Joey and Sammy joined in as soon as they got here

when the puzzle was all together, the kids were anxious to get busy with the project in front of them. The first was trying to get the mother sheep to her lamb without crossing over a line.  They all did very well with that one.   The next picture had them find the differences in the two pictures and they had no problem finding the differences.
 Then the instructions were to color three of the eggs red, three blue, three pink and one egg their favorite color
 And they were to see how many bunnies there were in the picture and color them.
You can tell that Hyrum  likes yellow easter eggs!

Next I gave them a white sheet of paper, then a strip of green paper.  The green was to be the grass at the bottom of the page.  Then I gave them their choice of various bugs, butterflies, and flowers to put in the grass along with some little decorated eggs.  Then I gave them the chick, the colored eggs and showed how to add them to the page.
Sam chose an orange egg
 Hyrum loves stickers and I had to watch so he did not use all of the ones I put out for them
And Janaye like the purple egg shell for her baby chick 

This book was a hidden picture within a picture, or try to find the bunnies, chicks or colored eggs.  The kids had a great time doing this. 
 This is how a worm wiggles on the ground
 This was an elephant moving his trunk
 And this is the easter charades game.  Each colored egg had a piece of paper with an action they were to do; quack like a duck, wiggle like a worm, act like a monkey, etc.  They had a good time with this, too.
 This is a book of opposites, and as they read the word, like short, they flipped open the square and there was a tall giraffe.  They really enjoyed this while learning their opposites
 And another flip up book was this "Where's my Easter Egg??  What a fun book to end with.

We ended our day with listening to the bells and bid adieu until Thursday when we will hunt hidden eggs in the back yard, play some Easter music, and read some more fun stories.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Letter"Z" final day

This morning we were reviewing work and other activities we have done through the school year.  Mostly it was a fun time.  I found this 30 piece puzzle of a firetruck to see if the kids could work together to finish it.  They are amazing.  As they were working on it I could hear them say  "There is some blue on that piece, or the lines go the other way".  Hey, they are learning something about putting puzzles together,  I am proud!!
Then I got out some of the tracing letters, lines, and shapes for them This one is just to see if they could tell if they could find the smallest
 This one is to trace the numbers
 We all worked together to work on the puzzles.  One of which was finding the different pictures within a picture
 I worked individually with the older kids to see if they could spell some words.  They really did amazing and so we will continue working on this one
We got out the nuts and bolts and tried to take them apart and put them back together again 
 Janaye hat a new hat and sunglasses to show us for show and tell and here she is working on tracing over the letters of the alphbaet
 another look at Lily and Joey checking out the box
We played a game of number bingo and before they could declare a bingo they had to read back the marked numbers on their cards. 
We read Goodnight Gorilla
 and The Zoo Book
Finishing our letter Z week and of course the visit to the zoo and seeing the zebras.  Another good week at GranJan's preschool