Thursday, March 1, 2018

Science is fun!

Earlier this week the kids were mixing colors in our water station.  They were figuring out that red + yellow = orange and red+blue = purple and blue + yellow = green.  They also figured out that enough colors added together makes brown. :)

This week we've been working on the letter V sound.  One of the students brought a Voltmeter to class for guessing can which was a huge hit with the morning class.  We colored a V is for Violin page for our ABC book.  I'll be sending these books home before Easter vacation!

We found out that pumice, which is one type of stone that comes from lava, floats!                                   
We used baking soda and red-colored vinegar to simulate a volcanic eruption.  I had the cutest video, but my blog won't let me upload it. :(

Then we made our own volcanoes!
It's been a fun week of exploring!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Registration Fall 2018

I am now accepting applications for Fall 2018.  I have many returning students so there are limited spots available.  Your spot is secured by returning a 2018 registration form and materials fee to me.

If you would like to tour the school or have questions, just give me a call 208-713-8113!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Follow their lead

I spend a lot of time planning what we do in preschool.  I try to take into account the needs of all the students and the objectives we're trying to accomplish.  And even though I've been teaching preschool for 8 years now, I find that I'm constantly looking for new and exciting ways of keeping kids engaged and excited about learning so yesterday was a reminder that sometimes I just need to be flexible and follow where the kids lead!

With the return of cold weather this week, sugar ants found their way into the preschool room.  I cleaned everything thoroughly and then I put down a few ant traps to stem the tide.  When the kids arrived I told them about the ants and asked them not to touch the traps.  Their initial reaction was "yuck bugs" and fear about being bitten.

But I pulled out the magnifying glasses from the cupboard and suddenly it was "ooooh it has lots of legs" and "look where it's going".

Some of the best lesson plans are the unwritten ones!

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Jumping into learning

We wasted no time and just "jumped" (I know it's cheesy) into learning lots of new things in September.

 Playdough is always a hit!
 Using magnets to write their names!
 Learning to use a mouse on the computer is sometimes a group event!
We started our letters sounds and we usually tie an art project to it.  This is A is for Ark and Animals!
                                            We learned how to use watercolor paints!
We used stickers to practice the shape of letter A
We built with Marbleworks!

 B is for bubbles!
 Learning the shape of things with WikiStix.
 D is for dinosaurs!
 Building words with magnets!
C is for cupcake!

And the 2017 year begins.....

I love the first day of a new school year!  These little ones come excited and sometimes a little nervous to start a new adventure.  It's one of the many reasons I love teaching three to five year old kiddos, because almost EVERYDAY AND EVERYTHING is an adventure to them and I get to see the world through their eyes again!  This is my morning class!

   And this is my afternoon class below.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

What we've been doing in January and February

In January we missed two days of school because of the record snowfall!  In fact the local news was calling Dec. 2016 and Jan. 2017 Snowpocalypse!  We beat 50 year old records for the amount of snow that fell and the number of days in a row that were below freezing so the snow didn't melt but just kept piling up.

We added three new students in January and February!  Welcome friends. 

We celebrated Groundhog day by climbing through tunnels, making our shadows on the walls (we
turned off the lights and used a flashlight to make the shadows) and crafting our own groundhogs.  We learned to sing a new song.  It's sung to the tune of "I'm a little teapot".  The words are,  "I'm a little groundhog, furry and brown, I'm popping up to look around, If I see my shadow down I go, six more weeks of winter, OH NO!"  Punxsutawney Phil did see his shadow so I don't know when we'll get outside play time, but I hope soon.

In January our theme was being responsible and we made chore charts.  The kids chose the chores they put on their charts.
In January we spent several weeks reviewing the numbers 0-10 and the letters A-N.  After such a long Christmas break and the extra snow days we needed to spend some time cementing these concepts again.

We also had time to build

and experiment 

In February we began introducing the new letters again.  We learned O makes a sound like Tarzan swinging through the trees and that the P is the beginning sound of lots of delicious food like pretzels, popcorn and pizza! Yum.
The kids made their pretzels in the shape of the letters in their names!

We also learned about parrots and made parrot masks!

We're learning more about being a good friend in February since that is our overall theme.
We read a book called "Big Hugs, Little Hugs" 
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We have lots more to do this month so stay tuned!