Saturday, April 30, 2011

April showered us with fun!

Hi everyone,

In April it rained and rained and rained, but we still had a ton of fun!

We went on our first field trip to Zamzows and saw lots of small animals including bunnies, chicks, ferrets, guinea pigs, bearded dragons and birds. Thanks to all the moms, dads and other family members who came along. The kids really enjoyed combining the AM and PM groups for lunch, art, music and circle time after the fieldtrip.

We completed and sent home our alphabet books. The kids were so excited to show off all their hard work and how much their letter writing has improved. You might notice most of the pages have dates on them. We didn't learn the alphabet in order from beginning to end. We learned in order of frequency that letters appear in words, so the dates allow you to see what their earliest attempts look like in comparison to the most recent.

We learned about birds and went on bird-spotting (quail, ducks, geese, sparrows, robins and starlings) walks with our hand made binoculars. We also learned about many birds (ostrichs, penguins, seagulls, pelicans and owls) that we didn't see on our walks because they live in other parts of the world. We listened to and identified bird calls. We learned about body parts of birds such as beaks, bills, webbed feet, crests, wattles and where their ears are hidden.

We got excited about Easter by dying easter eggs, making edible nests, baking bunny biscuits and going on an Easter Egg hunt. We also read "Peter Rabbit", "The Golden Egg", "The Country Bunny and the Golden Shoes", "Bentley and the Egg" and "The Runaway Bunny".

We practiced our math skills with dot-to-dot pictures, the missing number game, calendar skills, counting our snacks, and a match up the number and object skill page.

We added "The Owl Chant", "Six Little Ducks", "Little Rabbit Foo Foo", "The Bunny Pokey", "In a Cabin in the Wood", "Here comes Peter Cottontail" and "There's a little white duck" to our repetoire of music and movement.

Next week begins the our final month of preschool. The kids are excited about our upcoming fieldtrip. You've probably heard the saying "April showers bring May flowers". Well, in May I don't think flowers will be the only thing blooming as our preschoolers continue to learn and grow!

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