All About Me!

What a busy month it has been!

We read What I Like About Me! by All Zobel-Nolan.  Ask your child what their favorite colors, foods, and activities are! The past two weeks we have had fun exploring all the same and different characterstics of our friends- hair colors, eye colors, ear gear/glasses, heights, etc.  We all are same and  different in our own special ways!  We also took a mini-field trip, and walked over to the audiologist’s office, where we explored all kinds of colorful ear gear!

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We then moved on to the Family Unit, and read Oonga Boonga by Frieda Wishinsky.  It is about family members who try to calm a crying baby.  The children enjoyed recreating this story in the drama center with baby dolls and props!

Thank you families for sending in pictures of your mothers, fathers, siblings, and grandparents.  We have been creating classroom Family Trees with those photos. Check them out sometime!

 

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Welcome Back to School!

What a busy couple of weeks it has been!  The start of school has been a lot of fun!

We kicked off this year with reading “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn, a sweet story about a small raccoon who starts school for the very first time, and is anxious about leaving his family.  We have been doing all kinds of activities related to the start of school! We also reviewed our Preschool Expectations with the children: Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Your Friends, and Take Care of the Environment.  The children enjoyed viewing pictures of themselves following the daily expectations, such as washing hands and helping friends with clean up. We truly do have a special group of kids this year!

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The following weeks, we read “A Special Friend” by Dorthy Hoffman Levi.  It is about making friends with someone who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  We discussed in depth about how to be a  good friend.  We followed the story with activities related, such as, fingerspelling your name.  Ask your child if they can begin to fingerspell their name!

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For current events, we also started off the year with several caterpillars in our classroom containers! Together, over the last several weeks, we have watched the caterpillar eat leaves then form a pupa.  We read “The Hungry Caterpillar” and did fun puzzles and games while we waited.  And waited.  The children waited so patiently for two weeks before the pupa began to change colors and butterflies emerged!  We released butterflies last Thursday, and what an exciting day it was!

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Autumn-Time is coming!

Red leaves falling

Red leaves falling

On the ground

On the ground

Autumn time is coming

Autumn time is coming

All around

All around

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Orange leaves falling

Orange leaves falling

On the ground

On the ground

Autumn time is coming

Autumn time is coming

All around 

All around

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Yellow leaves falling

Yellow leaves falling

On the ground

On the ground

Autumn time is coming

Autumn time is coming

All around

All around

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Brown leaves scattered 

Brown leaves scattered

On the ground

On the ground

Autumn time is now here

Autumn time is now here

All around

All around

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Firefighters visit Mackworth Island Preschool!

Last Thursday, the firefighters showed up at Mackworth Island with their fabulous red firetruck! These bunch of kids were so excited to meet the firefighters and enter the red firetruck! We want to thank the Falmouth Fire Department for giving us an opportunity to learn about the fire department’s job and allowing us to experience the red firetruck!

 

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ESY – Weeks 1 & 2

The first two weeks of ESY (summer school) went by so fast because we were having so much fun! We read the book, “Planting a Rainbow,” by Lois Ehlert and discussed the process of growing flowers from seeds. We also reviewed the different colors and types of flowers. The children made flowers from cardboard tubes and egg cartons. They turned out to be beautiful and we are enjoying the colorful artwork in our classroom!

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The weather outdoors has been glorious, so we’ve held center time outdoors a couple of times.

So sunny out, shades are necessary!

So sunny out, shades are necessary!

A group of kids play tag.

A group of kids play tag.

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Reading outside.

If it’s too hot or rainy out, we have center time indoors. From puzzles to coloring pictures of flowers to playing kitchen to exploring colors using manipulatives, there’s plenty to do!

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Once a week, when it’s warm out, we have water play – sprinkler, pool, and water slide! The children tremendously enjoyed the water slide!

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A group of kids waiting for their turn on the water slide!

A group of kids waiting for their turn on the water slide!

Pooltime fun with some of the Elementary kids.

Pool time fun with some of the Elementary kids.

That was only two weeks’ worth of fun! Check back in for more pictures for the last two weeks of ESY, where we focus on gardening! Stay cool in the meantime!

 

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We went to the beach!

This week has been special! We got to visit the beach several time, weather-permitting. Here are a few pictures we wanted to share with you! More to follow!

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NOTE: We will have MANY more pictures to share with you at our annual Preschool Potluck next Thursday, June 9th at 5:30 sharp.  Hope to see you all there!

 

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Let’s Go to the BEACH!

This week, along with this fabulous warm weather we have been having lately, we have been studying the BEACH.  We are so lucky we are located right nearby the beach since it makes for a wonderful hands-on learning experience!

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Our drama centers have been very enteraining to watch as the children actively pretend to apply sunscreen, swim in the sea, dig in the sand…

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Our sand and water play has been filled with many sensory items such as sponges, shells, toy sea creatures…

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Our art center has never been more colorful with doing sea creature finger painting! Definitely check out our hall way when you can!

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Our writing center has been consistent with new paper materials for the kiddos to practice their budding writing skills!

Today the children created a “beachy treat” with vanilla pudding (colored blue like the sea), crushed wafers (sand), cool whip (surf), and graham crackers fish (..fish)… YUM.

THANK YOU again for all the snacks and beach toy donations! We are incredibly lucky to have thoughtful parents. Successful and FUN week all around!

 

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Eric Carle – an Author Study, week 2

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This week the children have been able to explore their five senses while studying the story, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” We have pretended to be caterpillars while exploring our senses of taste, smell, sight, hearing, and touch. Not only have we imagined to be caterpillars, we have also created caterpillar hats in order to accurately play the part!

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Eric Carle – an Author Study

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We began our author study on Eric Carle last week by focusing on his book, “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me;” a lovely story about a father getting the moon for his child.

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The children made adorable and artistic interpretations of the story; images of themselves climbing popsicle stick ladders and reaching for the moon. These pieces of artwork are frame-worthy!

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Family Friday

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Today wraps up the Week of the Young Child, and we celebrated in Family fashion! We invited our families to join us for recess and a picnic lunch. What lovely weather we had, too!

We wish you all a safe, relaxing, and fun April vacation. We can’t wait to share stories with you all when we come back together.

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