Five Little Monkeys Play
One of this month's favorite songs was "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed". As this song had many literacy and math features, we decided to create multiple opportunities for our students to retell the story. In the Red Room, the children used individual flannel board manipulatives with an IPod to practice and then, took their "show" to the puppet theater!
In the Orange Room, the children worked with unit blocks to
replicate structures using templates as well as, create their own buildings. Unit blocks are essential manipulatives in preschool learning and we plan activities throughout the year to build on these first exploratory experiences. http://blog.mathatplay.org/2012/09/23/block-blog-3-why-unit-blocks/
In the Red Room, the media bin was also used as a dish washing center. As the children did some light housekeeping tasks in the Home Living Center, they brought all the dishes to this station to wash, dry, and sort the dishes/utensils.
In the Orange Room, the light table was used as a math center that focused on counting, patterning, and measuring linking people.
Play Dough Center
In the Red Room, the children recreated their family structures using play dough and people cookie cutters.
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Baby Bath Time
In the Red Room, the Home Living Center was extended to the media bin where our "babies" had a sudsy bath time! The children not only enjoyed helping the babies with their bath but they also explored the bath toys. There were many conversations between the children about the bath toys they used at home.
Build a Doghouse
As our study of Home and Family included pets, the children also worked on building homes for these "animal family members" at Red Room's light table. This activity focused on building enclosures to keep the pets safe.
In the Orange Room, the children became acquainted with science equipment and exploratory materials using their senses.
In the Red Room, the children worked with magnifying glasses to find hidden letters in home and school scenes. Once found, letters were checked off the I Spy Letters chart.
Pet Visits and Vet Clinic
This month, we had generous pet owners that allowed their pets to visit our preschool. The children had "hands on" experience in caring for the animals and charting their behavior/habits. In the Red Room, Mr. Tortuga fascinated us with his ability to completely burrow under the wood chips. He also had a voracious appetite for lettuce! In the Orange Room, Mrs. Ball's Guinea Pigs tolerated a wide range of play activities both indoors and outside!
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