Friday, September 25, 2009

Brown Bear Activities and Story Time

This week we continued to participate in Brown Bear activities. We also finished up making all of the pages for our very own Brown Bear books!

One of our favorite activities this week was making our Brown Bear crowns. We listened to Miss Stephanie telling the story and as she read about each of the animals, we placed them on our sentence strip. She said she was very proud of the way we listened carefully and followed along.

Another fun activity this week was with the /b/ sound pictures we brought from home (The T/TH class will do it next Tuesday). We talked about the pictures and the sound they start with. Then we put them on a poster, wrote the names of the words underneath and put the poster in the hallway to share with others in the school.

Enjoy the pictures in this slideshow!

Also, there is a video at the bottom of Miss Stephanie reading her own version of Brown Bear. It is a little like the books we made because each page is textured! We are excited to watch the story on the computer as Miss Stephanie reads it to us! Miss Stephanie would love to know if we look at it at home with our parents and what we thought!

Here is the slideshow:

Here is the story:

Untitled from Stephanie Atwell on Vimeo.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Brown Bear Painting

This week we have been doing activities centered around the story, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?. We are all making our own Brown Bear books by decorating the characters from the story. We have had a lot of fun painting, gluing, and ripping the characters from the book this week! Check out our pictures in the slideshow to see what we did!

We are really working on using two words to describe the characters. Not just "bear" but "brown bear" and not just "cat" but "purple cat". It is a great skill to practice at home! Use those descriptive words this week!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Work Time

An important part of the preschool classroom is Work Time (or Centers Time). The last 2 weeks we have spent Work Time learning about the various centers in our room.

These are our centers:

Pretend Play (kitchen, baby dolls, dress up)
Construction Zone (blocks, tools, animals, doll house, cars)
Library (books)
Small Toys (small manipulatives, puzzles, Mr. Potato Head, math manipulatives)
Creation Station (art)
Literacy Lane (writing instruments and paper)
Discovery Center (sensory table filled with various items, science table, magnets)
Computer (only occasionally open!)

The last two weeks we have been making our way around the room to learn about the various centers. We have learned the rules, where to put things away and how to play at each center. Miss Stephanie has pictures for everything! We learned very quickly that she expects everything to be put back where it was found and we did a great job of doing that!

Check out the slideshow of our fun and learning this week during Work Time.

Friday, September 4, 2009

First Day for T/TH Class

The T/TH class had a great first day as well! We learned about the centers and worked on some Back to School activities! Enjoy the slideshow!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

First Day of School M-F and MWF

We had a great first day of school today in the M-F and MWF classes. Luckily we had a beautiful day which put everyone in a great mood! Check out the slideshow of our pictures from today.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Helping Hands

Thank you to all of you who were able to help out our classroom by grabbing a "hand" at Open House from our Helping Hands bulletin board. I will also include a section for this in our newsletter and on the blog here in a list (look to the right!). When we receive the items, they will be removed. I will update the list as needs arise.

Thank you again for supporting our classroom!