Theme: Feelings. Project: Masks.
Math: Counting numbers and sorting shapes
Theme: All About Me. Projects: Face Collages!
Theme: All About Me. Project: Compare Height
A typical day in Room 29 consists of:
-Classroom time: manipulatives, dramatic play, creative art projects, snack/cooking
-Group time: stories, music, movement, videos
-Individual iPad use
-Math, science, and literacy
-Mainstream opportunities with Kindergarten through play, music class, dance class, gardening class
-Thematic units based on preschool standards
Welcome to the 2016/2017 school year at Melrose Ave. Elem! Here in Pre-K we are very excited to get back into the swing of things. All returning and new students have had great attendance, great attitudes toward being in school, and great participation during group activities. This week, our theme was 'Wheels on the Bus' in honor of all pre-k students bravely and happily arriving to and from school every day on the bus. We learn through arts and crafts, song, role play, shapes, colors, cutting, gluing. We look forward to showing you more of our work as the weeks and months pass us by in this new school year!
A favorite time of the week is when we head to the D/HH Kinder and 1st grade classroom to sing songs with them. If we're lucky, the 2nd/3rd grade D/HH class joins as well, and if we're really lucky, our Principal joins in with his guitar!
This is a very special chance for all of these students to get to know one another. It's also a glimpse into other settings and language possibilities for our preschoolers. The songs that the K/1 class sing are different from our own, yet we're catching on quickly! The main focus of these songs are letter names and letter sounds, which are crucial for reading development. Not to mention, we get to snap our fingers, sing along, and be amongst friends.
Name Puzzles-Sort and Solve!
We are spending more time with our iPads in the classroom. A current favorite app (although it's tricky!) is to trace letters with our fingers. The app directs the child on the proper order, to develop those fine motor, pre-writing, and literacy skills.
We really enjoy heading to the school library on a regular basis, and checking out books. Each student has the chance to listen to a story and then roam the library on their own, in order to select the book of their choice. We take time to look through them and then head back to class, where we keep the books safe while we revisit them again and again until it's time to exchange them for something new.
Nature Scavenger Hunt
When we draw, write, or color, we are using our fine motor skills. Having children manipulate various artistic tools such as thin and thick crayons, colored pencils, and markers allows their fingers to become familiar with the lifelong skill of writing. This also develops their literacy, and hand-eye coordination. When students can focus on a task such as drawing, they are learning how to attend to a duty as well as letting their creative juices flow. It's fun to see what they can come up with, and the pride they take when they are finished-especially when they know they can take their work home to mommy!
Most days, we enjoy a light snack after we run around at recess. The students practice their table manners-asking for certain items (or saying "No, thank you") and cleaning up after themselves. We often turn snack into a math lesson, by counting out food items-soon we'll try adding!