Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Preschool Interactive: Letter Knowledge

  • 7-31-13: At 9:55 there was one little girl in the play area. When I opened the door, and by the time everyone had wandered in, we had about 35 people. We did have one super wiggly kid, but I just kind of read over him and everyone really loved the beach project. The toddlers yesterday were crazy about it too. [replaced Monkey by McDermott, Is this a house for hermit crab, Blue Chameleon]
  • 7-30-13: Pattie was on vacation so I just used this with the toddlers in both Tuesday sessions. I added Baby Bear Sees Blue and its flannelboard and cut some of the other books.
  • 8-1-12: I had a nice mix of old and new attendees. Z is for moose was hugely popular. I still don't like it.
Dancing time and name tags: "I know a chicken" by Laurie Berkner from Best of the Laurie Berkner Band (shakers)

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Messy Art quilting, no more We Explore until fall, Book Experience.

Early Literacy Theme: Letter knowledge is knowing that the same letter can look different, that letters have names and are related to sounds

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Hands off my honey by Jane Chapman

Movement: We're going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen

Early Literacy Aside: Letter knowledge includes number knowledge, so we're going to read some stories about numbers.

Nonfiction: These bees count by Alison Formento

Movement: Jumping Beans

Short story: Count the monkeys by Mac Barnett

Short story: Z is for moose by Kelly Bingham

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Sand/Glue beaches

Prep: Pour rainbow sand into big tubs. Paper plates, shells, glue, spoons

Kids Draw pictures with the glue, then pour the sand over them and shake it off into the tubs. Add shells to make a beach scene.

Take Home Insert


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Preschool Interactive: Narrative Skills

  • 7-24-13: I had a big group of younger, wiggly girls so I adapted some of the stories to be shorter but we did read everything. No one was really impressed with Flutter little bats - I should have just used Hop little bunnies. [Replaced When Dinosaurs came with everything, Frog with the big mouth, Odd Egg, Handa's Surprise]
  • 5-23-12: Last PI of the spring! I also talked about the books having surprises, as well as questions. We read Faulkner's pop-up version of the Frog with the Big Mouth instead of Bateman's as I had a lot of younger kids
Dancing time and name tags: "I know a chicken" by Laurie Berkner from Best of the Laurie Berkner Band (shakers)

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: We explore puppets, festival of summer, Nature's Niche

Early Literacy Theme: Narrative Skills is expressive language, being able to describe things to tell events in order, and to retell stories. Narrative skills help children understand what they hear and read

Opening name song: The more we get together

Early Literacy Aside: We're going to be asking questions about some of the stories we read today. Asking and answering questions uses four different parts of the brain and is part of developing narrative skills.

Long story: Nightsong by Ari Berk

Movement: Flutter little bats

Nonfiction: Bats by Sandra Markle

Movement: Rain on the green grass

Short story: Rain Stomper by Addie Boswell

Short story: Storm Song by Nancy Viau

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Drawing around eyes

Prep: Glue sets of eyes onto 8x18 paper

Kids use markers and crayons to draw pictures around them

Take Home Insert

Friday, July 19, 2013

We Explore Bubbles and Chalk

  • 7-19-13: I though about not doing a We Explore this week, but I decided to just repeat yesterday's Messy Art Club. We only had 13 people, but it was a nice, peaceful little morning program and the kids really enjoyed blowing bubbles and jumping in the pool. So, numbers not as cool as the 100+ who came to our giant bubble program last year, but much more happy for everyone involved in the program.
Supplies
  • Bubble solution from Walmart
  • Bubble wands (bought from Amazon with money donated by VIP Aktion Club)
  • Chalk
  • Swimming pool

Friday, July 12, 2013

We Explore Sound

  • 7-12-13: Only three families came and only one of them could stay. The kids weren't that interested, so they read books and the mom and I made wind chimes and talked about our plans for middle school visits next year (she's a teacher). Sometimes summer is like that.
I just went with lots of recycled supplies for this. We poked holes in the tops of the cups with pointed pliers and the point of my compass, then used a hole punch to make holes around the edge. We used a pipe cleaner for the top to hold it, then ribbon around the edges. Then we tied stuff to the ribbon and tested out how it sounded.

Supplies:
  • Plastic cups
  • Yarn, ribbon
  • Scissors, tape, hole punch, compass, glue dots
  • buttons, pony beads, metal washers, straws, popsicle sticks