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First Week of School!

We had so much fun during our first week of school!  Let’s see what we did this week…

✓  Colored in a box

✓  Made necklaces with circles

✓  Transferred red items with tongs

✓  Explored lentils and apples in our sensory bin

✓  Did a science experiment

✓  Learned to recognize our names

✓  Learned the months, days, color red and the shape circle

✓  Counted to 10

✓  Did some basic adding and subtracting

✓  Learned some Spanish

✓  Learned the letter “Aa”

✓  Listened to letter sounds

✓  Jumped

✓  Read books

✓  Played outside

✓  Made alligators

✓  Made paper airplanes and flew them

Whew!  No wonder Ms. Taryn is tired!!!  See you next week 🙂

 

 

Tree Branch Painting

One of our favorite community building activities at Square Roots Preschool is our tree painting activity.  The children add a layer of their creativity each year to our classroom tree branch, some even find where they had painted the previous year.  The children experiment with color mixing, painting small branches or large branches while criss-crossing each other to create their masterpiece that will be displayed in our classroom for the school year.

 

Opportunites to Write

While there are many developmental milestones that are important for writing, such as the pincer grasp, at Square Roots Preschool we like to practice writing in many different ways.  One way is “writing” on forms, charts, calendars, lists…all just like they see adults do.  This also helps develop confidence in themselves and well as demonstrating the importance of the written word.

Recognizing Beginning Letter Sounds

Learning Letter Sounds

At Square Roots Preschool, we believe the best way to learn beginning letter sounds is with a hands-on AND ears-on approach!  We have been recognizing and listening to letter sounds all year so it was time to put those skills to work with this fun activity.  What is the sweetest sound to most kids ears?  THEIR NAME!!!  So why not start with the beginning letter of their name 🙂  This is also a great activity for building vocabulary and early analytical thinking.  With all kinds of pictures on the table, the children got to pick out the pictures that also started with the letter sound of their first name.  I can’t even explain the look of pride when they found one!!!

Homemade Bird Feeders

Bird Feeders

These are a classroom favorite!!!  We actually made these particular bird feeders at Christmastime because I love to use holiday-shaped cookie cutters to make the bird feeders look like ornaments hanging in the trees.  The children like that it is ooey and gooey to squish into the forms.  They enjoy watching the birds come to eat at the ornament they made for them.  Spring is a great time for this activity too!  With all the baby birds being born, your bird feeder should be busy 🙂

Here is the recipe we used, except I left out the gelatin and they turned out perfect!