Welcome to Paula's Preschool and Kindergarten! My class blog is the place I share information about some of the fun learning activities we are doing at school. I hope to provide parents with insight into what we are doing, and why, and to share ideas with other early childhood educators. Please don't use the photos or text of this blog without permission, but please do use any ideas you find useful. Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to school week

The first week of school is always crazy, busy, and exciting - for the children AND the teachers.  Here's a peek at some of the things we've been doing...

We put injured animals in an "ambulance" and made /a/ sounds as we drove it around.
 We made uppercase letter A crafts, cutting out the shape, writing our names on it, and then adding a poem about alligators and an alligator paint stamp to it.  We also made lowercase a crafts that look like apples with ants crawling on them.
 We made new friends...
and played in the sand.
 We found new perspectives, new ways of looking at the world we're in.

 We tried out all the playground equipment, from swings...
 ... to the climbing gazebo...
 ... and of course the slides!
There were new things to try out, like pattern blocks...
                                                                                              ... and other math manipulatives.
We threw bread for the ducks that live in the pond behind my house...
 ... got messy
 ... and found quiet places to hang out with friends.
 We ran ourselves ragged - and my dog Patriot too!
 We took off our shoes and felt the sand squishy and soft between our toes...
 ... and played with colorful ice on a hot afternoon.
 That meant negotiating with friends for the toys, cooperating and sharing.
 We mixed, poured and dripped the melting purple ice water, fascinated with the cold, the color, and the process.
 We found yummy ways to cool off too!  We all know what it means when Ms. Paula starts singing her "Pop, pop, popsicle" song.
 We read about astronauts, and dressed up in an astronaut costume...
 ... made a page for our abc album with stamps and stickers of things that start with the letter A.
 We hunted for roly pollies, and collected them in a container so we could check them out.
 We dug with trucks in the dirt at the sensory table.  Did I mention we got dirty and messy?
 We each made a page for our class book, Up On Top, a variation of Dr. Seuss's Ten Apples Up On Top.  Class books are our favorites to read, because we helped to make them!
 We told which kind of apple we each like the best, and made a graph to show which we think is the yummiest flavor.  Several friends signed "equal," because red and yellow both had 4 votes!
 Next we had a blind taste test, trying out (peeled) pieces of green, yellow and red apple, and deciding which bowl of apples tasted best.
 When Ms. Paula revealed which flavors were in each bowl, we found out that many of us prefer different kinds of apples than what we thought we did.  We did some clever thinking, and decided that when Ms. Paula goes to the store, she should probably buy red apples the most often, because the most people like red ones the best.
We played in the water table, and of course, got completely soaked.   Good news!  It is very hot, and the water helped us to feel cool and comfortable outside.
 We enjoyed the sunshine, but most of all...
                                                                      WE HAD FUN!

By the way, as of this writing, it's only Thursday.  We still have to make and eat our applesauce tomorrow - but that's another post.

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