Preschool Two Day
"Autumn carries more gold in its pocket, than all the other seasons" -Jim Bishop. Apple picking, a chill in the air, and the start of preschool are just a few precious things that help to kick-off the Autumn season. Our toddlers and parents enjoyed their meet and greet at our play date as well as got a chance to familiarize themselves with our classroom.
Our first week was spent getting acquainted with one another. A few tears, but as the time passed there were more smiles than tears. For our first week, the children helped to paint our tree for our bulletin board and made fish out of their hand prints for their "O'fishally" a preschooler craft. We used our felt board to sing an apple song. Before dismissal, the children enjoyed painting and playing with Play Doh.
By our second week, our twos started to settle in and adjust to our classroom routine. We gathered on our carpet for circle time, said our morning prayer, and sang our welcome song. The children were introduced to our calendar and helped to count the numbers on the calendar. We sang our days of the week and months of the year song. The children were also introduced to the letter A and the sound it makes (A makes an "Ahh" sound as in apple).
Our little preschoolers were ready to dive into their day at preschool during our third week. The children enjoyed their time playing with our many toys and manipulative during drop-off. After our morning playtime, the children helped to cleanup our toys, singing along to our cleanup song. We then moved over to our carpet for circle time. We start with our morning prayer and welcome song. We counted the numbers on our calendar and sang our days of the week and months of the year songs. We sang our weather song and discussed the weather outside. Each child got a turn shaking and passing around our weather jar. The children were introduced to the letter A again and were also introduced to our shape of the month circle, number of the month 1, and color of the month red. Singing and dancing to our color red song is one of our favorite things to do during circle time.
During our lesson time, the children stamped their letter A do-a-dot sheet, colored in their letter A book and their little red booklet. Each child got to glue their letter A letter sheet onto construction paper along with the correlating pictures. We then traced our letter A using our working finger (big line slants down, big line slants down, and little line goes across). The children used circle stickers to stick onto their shape worksheet. One pom pom was glued onto our number tree for our number of the month.
The children are enjoying their healthy letter of week snack. Thank you parents for contributing a healthy snack to our class for our students to enjoy and share. After snack we enjoyed stamping with apples and using our sensory tubs.
We also began chapel this month. Father Rick came to our classroom to teach the children all about God and how much he loves us. Father Rick read
I Can Pray
by Jennifer Holder and Diane Stortz and
Some of My Best Friends Are Trees
by Joanne Marxhausen. We sang along with Father Rick to the song "Jesus Loves Me."
The children learned all about Johnny Appleseed this month. We read
Johnny Appleseed, My Story
by David L. Harrison. We learned how Johnny Appleseed planted apple trees everywhere he went while wearing a pot on his head. Each child assembled their very own Johnny Appleseed hat, which they got to adorn after dismissal.
September was a great beginning to our preschool year, and we are looking forward to all the fun activities October has in store for us!