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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 🙂

 

 

Weekly Lesson Plan

The most important goal of our preschool curriculum at Square Roots Preschool is to help children become enthusiastic learners. This means encouraging children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners and to support the learning of others. We’re teaching them how to learn, not just in preschool, but all through their lives, allowing them to learn at their own pace and in ways that are best for them. We’re giving them good habits and attitudes, particularly a positive sense of themselves, which will make a difference throughout their lives.
Ms. Taryn provides a consistent schedule with a balance between teacher-directed and child-centered activities. By providing a setting that fosters self-esteem, builds confidence, and is based on respect, it is our goal that the children will be empowered to take risks in their learning. Through guided discovery and hands-on learning, children will be involved in a fully integrated curriculum. The broad range of age-appropriate activities will engage preschoolers. Activities will be based on academic units of study, a weekly letter focus, and social skills themes. The children will be introduced to multidisciplinary experiences including children’s literature, dramatic play, Spanish, sign language, arts & crafts, science discovery, gardening, cooking, sensory activities, social skills development, music & singing, fine & large motor activities, and early math skills.

**Pictured is a sample weekly lesson plan**

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!!!