Mrs. Barnes’ Class
Week of February 9-13, 2015
We have been learning about construction the last few weeks in preschool. Our centers have been set up to go along with this theme and the kiddos seem to be enjoying it! They were able to shop or work at the hardware store, build with a variety of different objects, read books about construction, and learn about measuring. We have also incorporated the Valentine’s Day theme this week. So some of our activities were set up with heart themes or using the colors red, pink, white, or purple.
Some of the activities we did in math were counting beads, matching heart shaped candy to the number of dots, making patterns with conversation hearts, we played a frog game where the kiddos had to roll a color & number dice and then feed the frog that many colored flies, matching numbers/dots/rings. (Objective met: Sorting, Patterns, Counting, Connects numerals with their quantities, fine motor skills)
The dramatic play area was set up as a hardware store for the first couple of weeks. The kiddos were able to take turns being a cashier, running the store, and being customers. They used a cash register, pretend money, smocks if they were working at the store, wallets, and bags to carry their items in while they shopped. There were a variety of tools and items that could be bought that we read about and discussed with our construction theme. (Objective met: Manages feelings, responds to emotional cues, interacts with peers, makes friends, solve social problems, balances needs/rights of self and others, engages in conversation, sociodramatic play)
In the writing center students were able to draw a picture of their favorite tool and write the word to go with the name of the tool. I provided a printed picture with wording below as a guide to help them spell each tool name. We also practiced our pre-writing skills by using a wooden board with interchangeable pieces and a stylus. The various boards used curves, straight lines, zig-zags, etc. There were Valentine dry erase sheets to practice those same skills as well. (Objective met: Uses fingers and hands, uses drawing and writing tools, identifies numerals, uses print concepts, letter identification, and demonstrates emergent writing skills)
There were several different puzzles that went along with our construction theme as well. At the end of the week I placed some alphabet puzzles out that required the kiddos to match upper and lower case letters on one side and then sounds and pictures on the other side. Another good fine motor skill that was practice was lacing construction machines. (Objective met: Fine motor skills, identification of letters and their sounds, problem solving, interacts with peers)
Our sensory table was filled with construction vehicles for moving items in the table from one side to the other. The kiddos were able to use different grades of sand paper and pieces of wood to experiment with. Some of them noticed that if they sanded long enough and in the same place for a longer period of time that the spot was changing shape (a 90 degree angle could become a rounded corner). I added some confetti, hearts, cupid cutouts, gems, stickers, and other Valentine items for them to experiment with as well. And the final day of the week I put red water in the table and added some scoops and containers for them to play with. I found out that the red food coloring colored their hands as well, sorry about that!
The block center was set up with a tool bench to begin our theme. There were several different pretend tools for them to practice using. We even included hard hats and googles since we are teaching them to be safe if they are around tools J The second half of our theme was spent building with small legos. The kiddos are really getting good at using their imagination to create real life objects from legos. Some of them struggle with the fine motor portion or the fact that if they try to connect one side of their object, the other side will sometimes fall apart. Most of them were able to reconnect the side that broke and move on with building their object.
It was a rough week for outdoor play time with the temperatures being too cold this past week. Please continue to work with your child at home on those self-help skills with their coats, hats, and mittens as we do go outside when the weather cooperates. With 20 kiddos at one time it sometimes takes us 15 minutes to get everyone bundled up for outdoor play. That only leaves us about 5 minutes for playtime. I know that sometimes it seems easier to just do it yourself but in the long run it will save you time and help your child learn self-help skills if you encourage them to practice zipping on their own. I always have them try to zip by themselves first, then if they can’t I will start the zipper for them and encourage them to finish zipping it up the rest of the way. Be sure to write your child’s name inside coats and sweatshirts as another student in the class may have the same one.
Again, please check your child’s backpack and folder daily. I continue to see some students with notes and items in their folders from weeks ago. I am also having some students come to class without a folder or backpack. Please send both of these everyday as we have notes and other papers that need to be sent home daily and it makes it much easier for the students to have something to put them in. Thank you in advance.
Ø February 16th: Conferences 4 pm-7 pm
Ø February 17th: Conferences 4 pm-7 pm
Ø February 19th: No School (conferences)
Ø February 20th: No School (conferences)
Ø February 23rd: No School (professional development)
Ø March 3rd: 4-yr old field trip (more info to come)