Thursday, November 29, 2012

A New Class offered January-May 2013

Do you know a three-year old who needs to get out of the house this winter, meet new friends, learn lots of new concepts and give you a break from another "why" question?

Registration is now being accepted for a class beginning on January 3, 2013. (Oops, this is really Wed. Jan. 2) This class will meet Monday and Wednesdays from 12:30-3:00 and is especially designed for 3 year old children. The curriculum will be similar to our regular curriculum (see tab) but will move a little more slowly and will change activities frequently to accommodate the attention spans of this younger group.  Give me a call for more information or to register.  713-8113

November....a time for Gratitude!

 The theme for November is GRATITUDE of course!  We've been practicing saying "please" and "thank you", discussed the things we're grateful for, learned about the Pilgrims and the history of Thanksgiving, had a Thanksgiving feast and we began having centers day each week.

In phonics we learned:
       K is for kite and kitten
       L is for lamb, lion and leaves
       M is for monkey, mouse and Mayflower
       N is for nose, noodles and net
       O is for octopus
       P is for poodle, pilgrim
       Q is for queen, quilt and q-tips
       R is for rail, rat and rockets

In math we added pages 12-15.  We added a new game in which the kids help identify which number I have removed from the number line.   We count how many times they can jump on the trampoline (we stop at 20 because they have endless energy).  We count when we played "Hide turkey hide".  We count to 5 slowly as we glue each item to our cornucopia of thanks.  We counted leaves, squares on the quilt and the pilgrim children in books.  We are making math a part of every day.

We learned some new songs and one of the parents asked me to post lyrics so they can help reinforce the songs so here goes:

A fingerplay chant - Five little leaves hanging from a tree, Along came a breeze and blew one free, The little leaf fell without a sound, There are four on the tree and one on the ground.  Four little leaves..........

Song to "London bridges" - All the leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down.  All the leaves are falling down, It is fall.  Take a rake and rake them up.......     Make a pile and jump right in

Sung to "If you're happy and you know it"  Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble said the bird (Repeat) Mr. Turkey gobble gobbles and his tail goes wobble, wobble.  Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble said the bird.

Sung to "The Muffin Man"  Taken from Scholastic Calendar songs   "Oh the days are growing short, (hum end of line)Oh the days are growing short, Now that it's November.
We'll have a great Thanksgiving Feast (hum to end of phrase) We'll have a great thanksgiving feast On the last Thursday of November.  

In art we made scratch and sniff paint (when we were studying N is for nose). We made "I am grateful for....." turkeys. The kids added feathers and dictated to me what they were thankful for.  We made toilet paper roll indians and pilgrims for their tables.    We made pilgrim hats for our Thanksgiving feast.  We made cornucpias with pictures cut from magazines of their blessings.  We made a cute monkey when we studied the M sound.  We did leaf rubbings and studied the different shapes and sizes of leaves we collected on our grateful walk.  We made a quilt of paper squares on our classroom wall and then each child made their own quilt to be added to their alphabet book (which we will complete by Christmas).  We did an open ended paint project with Q tips.  I supplied the supplies and the kids supplied the enthusiasm and creativity.

Miss Cindy's preschool in western Ada county uses art, music, movement, free play, reading, writing and math fun to encourage young learners.


Pumpkins, dress up and ghosts....oh my!

October's theme was CREATIVITY and we got very creative this month.  We played dress up, took our first fieldtrip to the Farmstead, learned about a really brave man, Christopher Columbus, had a Halloween party and got really comfortable with one another and the preschool routine.

In Phonics we learned:
        F is for fan, fall and fish
        G is for goat, ghost,
        H is for Halloween, hand and harvest
        I is for inchworm and igloo
        J is for Jack-a-lantern and jam, 
        S is for spider and sun

In math we added pages to our counting books for 7-11.  Our books include writing the number, coloring objects or gluing objects to the page and seeing the number word.  We started doing some simple addition while playing the apple game and the ladybug game.  We sorted and graphed halloween candy.  We played a game where they searched the school room for the numbers 1-8 on the walls and ran to the correct number that was called out.

We learned the songs "Monster day", "I'm a mean old witch", "Five little pumpkins", and "The Itsy, bitsy spider".

We read the books "The Falling leaves and the Scarecrow", "Fall brings", "Going on a Ghost Hunt", "Strega Nona's Harvest", "When the Leaf blew in", "Alpha Oops", "H is for Halloween", "Pick a pumpkin, Mrs. Milly", "The Little Old Lady who wasn't afraid of anything", "The Magic School Bus in the Bat Cave",  "Pick a perfect Pumpkin", "The Best Halloween Hunt Ever", "Scaredycrow" and a few books about imaginative like "Harold and the Purple Crayon", "Quick as a Cricket", "Higher, Higher" and "Not a box".  Reading aloud gives the children opportunities to predict what will happen, to listen for comprehension and to discuss the story lines and characters.  I often ask "What would you do if you were (a certain character)?"

In art we made Fall wreaths, ghosts, a "Fall Brings" booklet, a table top Christopher Columbus (along with reading a book about Columbus), a haunted house, spider hats, and Halloween macaroni necklaces.

September - Sometimes learning is messy :)

September – A brand new class of cutie patooties!  There are four young gentlemen and five young ladies.  Although they were excited for school to begin there were a couple that were nervous that first day…….some of them were even the kids J!  The theme for the month is “Courage”.  We focused on new beginnings like going to school, making new friends and acquiring new skills.  Here are a few things we learned:
Phonics – A is for alligator, ants and apples
                  B is for bubbles (in your milk), balloons, ball, bears   We even ate BAGELS on B day
                  C is for cat, cookie monster and cookies      We made COOKIES on C day
                  D is for dinosaurs, doll
                  E is for egg, elephant
We learned new songs like “The ants go marching one by one”,  “Five little monkeys”,  “C is for cookie”, “Dinosaur baseball game” “If you’re a tyransaurus swing your tail” (tune If you’re happy) and our welcome song “Here we are together”.

We made pages for our counting book 1-6, sorted objects, identified recurring patterns on our calendar and counted ants, dinosaurs, bubbles, apples and eggs.

We read "Little Quack", "Pippins Big Jump", "Ten Apples up on top", "The Kissing Hand", "Brave Irene", "Goldilocks and the Three Bears", "If you give a mouse a cookie", "How do Dinosaurs Eat their food?", "The Cow loves Cookies", "An Egg is Quiet",  "How do dinosaurs clean their rooms?", and "Green Eggs and 

I believe that the best moments of learning are often MESSY so we had discovery moments like blowing up balloons with a 2 liter bottle filled with baking soda and vinegar, being archeologists and melting ice cubes that had dinosaurs frozen inside (See pictures above), baking cookies, blowing bubbles in our chocolate milk, digging for dinosaur bones in our rice bucket, blowing soap bubbles in the backyard and searching for plastic eggs that contained animals other than birds (ie. reptiles).  

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Preschool is on for April 2, 2012

Preschool will be held on Monday, April 2. My jury number probably won't be called until Thursday, so we will most likely be able to hold preschool Wednesday too. Plan on that unless you hear from me! Thanks, Cindy

Thursday, March 22, 2012

January 2012 - Cold and a trip to the dentist's office

The theme for January was RESPONSIBILITY! We talked about the things the children are responsible for at school and home such as doing their best at preschool, following the rules, obeying their parents and helping with chores and brushing their teeth........which of course led to a field trip to Dr. Robertson's dental office!

The kids loved learning to floss and brush their teeth, sit in the chair and even spray Dr. Robertson with air! Thank you so much for letting us come.

Since the beginning of the year, we had been learning two letters of the alphabet each week. We learned their names, how to write them, and the sound they make. On January 9, we learned the letter "Z". I told the kids, "Great job! Now you've learned the entire alphabet!" The next time we met several moms told me their children said they were all done with preschool, because Miss Cindy told them they knew everything now! Oops, I better be careful with what I say. :)

During the month we read "I am responsible", "I am in charge of me", "The three little pigs", "The little red hen", "Frank and Ernest" about an elephant that runs a diner while his friend is out of town, "The Snowy Day", "Clifford's family", "Hibernation Station", "If you take a mouse to school" and "The Napping House".

We learned the months of the year by singing a new song and having the children jump up when their birthday month was sung. We continued to learn the days of the week during circle time and practiced knowing which day comes before and after a given day. We made a numbers book of numbers 11-20 and practiced which number is missing from 0-30 on our velcro board. We learned a new responsibility rap (see

We enjoyed the cold weather by making snow our snack one day (see the pics above) and making glittery snowflakes another day. We even looked at the snow with magnifying glasses to try to see the crystals but they were too small.

Friday, March 16, 2012

February, Friends and Fun!!

Since Valentine's Day is in February, we spent the month talking about being a friend and showing love to others.

We read so many cute books like "Huggaotamus" about a little hippo that learned to hug carefully so he wouldn't hurt his friends, "I Love you Stinky Face" about a little boy asking his mom if she would still love him under less than lovable circumstances, "My heart is a magic house" in which a mom explains that a new baby expands the ability to love, "No kisses please", "The Day it rained hearts", "Corduroy", "Will you be my valenswine?", "Happy Valentines, Mouse", and "I can be a friend".

We also learned about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln since we celebrated President' day. We made 3 cornered hats in art like one George Washington wore during the Revolutionary War and a stove pipe black hat like Lincoln's.

The most exciting thing to happen in February (besides the Valentine's party) was that we began having centers every Wednesday. The children divide into teams of 2 or 3 students and rotate through four stations in about 40 minutes. They love being independent (I explain all the stations before we begin and then just float to help where needed) and are learning a valuable skill for kindergarten. The first week in February our stations were 1. Math games (several to choose from that help with counting objects and patterns) 2. Make a word by finding the letter tiles in the rice bucket (practice with letter identification and sounds) 3. Bead a friendship bracelet (increases small motor skills) 4. Alphabet soup art project (cutting, gluing, painting). Since then we've had centers every Wednesday and the kids always ask as they come in the door, "Is it centers today?" The centers also reinforced the idea that friends can aid us in learning new things.

At Miss Cindy's preschool we learn through auditory, visual and kinesthetic modalities!