Sunday, November 20, 2011

Apple Apple Song

Here is another one of our very favorite songs: The Apple Apple song!

This song helps us learn our letters and letter sounds. It also helps us think of words that begin with that letter! It is one of our alphabet song choices at circle time. 

You can see the YouTube video (higher quality) by clicking the link on the right.


Hear ye! Hear ye! The Preschool Royalty!

We have spent the last 2 weeks enjoying our new royal status as princes, princesses, knights, kings, queens, and dragons! We thought it was funny to call Miss Stephanie "Your Highness". She thought it was funny too!

We worked on our castle walls in the creation station and then helped Miss Stephanie put them up and make them look like walls and towers. We have enjoyed playing with the props that we made at home for our family projects. In the Construction Zone we have been building castles. We even have a book with pictures of real castles we can look at for ideas while we are building. 

Miss Erin made a SmartBoard activity that she shared with our class. We really enjoyed sorting the castle people from the farm animals during a small group. Later we were able to do it on our own during work time. We had several debates about the noble steed (horse) and the dragon. We decided the noble steed could stay in the barn until the knight needed him.

Do dragons go in the barn or in the castle?? 
What do you think? Why? Ask your child what he/she thinks and post the answer in the comments section below. 


Friday, November 4, 2011

Putting on a Jacket

As winter gets closer, we have been working on our independence skills. Some of us are still working on putting on our jackets by ourselves. Kids at this age put on their jackets in a variety of ways. Some of us do it just like adults do: one arm and then the other. That is hard for someone of us to manage. Some of us use the "flip it over your head" method. 

Miss Stephanie had some expert jacket put-er on-ers help her make a video so others can practice at home. 

-Fix sleeves of jacket so they are the right way.
-Put jacket on the ground with the tag/hood facing your toes.
-Stick your arms in the sleeves. 
-Keep yours arms in the sleeves and flip it over your head. 
-Your jacket is on!

Another tip:
When you are purchasing winter wear, consider getting mittens instead of gloves for kids who are unable to put on gloves independently. Miss Stephanie and Miss Sandy don't have time to put 120 individual fingers in gloves!

Practice putting on your jacket this weekend!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

New Castle Vocabulary

Our November theme is "Castle". We are really excited to transform our classroom into a castle and discover all kinds of new vocabulary about things that are found in a castle. Don't forget to start working on your family project this weekend. We need items for our castle! You could make a tower or something a king/prince/princess/knight would have. Be as creative as you want! We just need props for our castle. Make sure you work together as a family. It doesn't need to be perfect, it just needs to be done together. Here is a video reviewing some of our new castle vocabulary: