“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

Monday, October 29, 2012

Shapes and Fire Safety

Shapes and Fire Safety
These past two weeks in our preschool room have been spent learning about our shapes, fire safety, and the letters T & N. Shapes can be tricky so I wanted to share some poems that can be helpful with remembering each shape!

Sammy Square is my name
My 4 sides are just the same
Turn me around, I don't care
I'm always the same, I'm a square!

I am Danny Diamond
I am like a kite
But I'm really just a square
Who's corners are pulled tight

Ricky rectangle is my name
My 4 sides are not the same
2 are short and 2 are long
Count my sides, come along

I am Ollie Oval
A football shape is mine
Some people think that I'm an egg
But I think I look fine!

I am Sarah Star 
You can see me twinkle from afar 
My five points make me complete 
When I'm brightly shining I can't be beat

Harry Heart is my name
The shape I make is my fame
With a point on the bottom and two humps on top
When it comes to love I just can't stop!

My name is Carol the crescent
I am quite unique
I look like a moon whose light is florescent
Look out your window and take a peak

I am Cindy Circle
Watch me turn round and round
And you will learn
I'm not straight and I don't bend
My outside edges never end!

Tommy Triangle is the name for me.
Count my sides and corners

there are one, two, three

To help understand our shapes I spent time discussing with each student while we worked on our crafts where you may find these shapes in the world around us. This can be a great way of helping students differentiate between some tricky similarities between shapes. 

The students enjoyed making some fun shape crafts and even WRITING whole shape words with little assistance from their teacher! (So proud!) Here is a little look at our little learners hard work.

Fire Safety Day brought a ton of excitement to our preschool room! Not only did we get to learn about fire safety as a class but we also got a special visit from our local fire fighters.The fire fighters spent time talking to the 3 preschool classrooms about how to stop, drop, and roll, how to check the door for heat, and to always remember that fire fighters are our friends. I don't know if I have ever seen a group of 50+ preschoolers so enthralled! And to add to the excitement our very own Mrs. Macek dressed up in the fire fighters gear to show the class that there is a friendly person underneath the big fire fighter suit.  Here is a little look at the excitement!

We also made our very own Fire Chief hat to wear for the rest of the day to show that we know about fire safety!

Thanks for checking in,
Mrs. Winter J

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October fun!

October Happenings’

The month of October has been keeping us busy busy busy. These past two weeks we have learned about our five senses, the season fall, and the letters R & S.

During “5 sense week” we explored everything around us using our senses. We made a “looking window”, a musical maraca, and some yummy homemade bread in a bread machine. In our looking window craft the students imagined their favorite thing to look at and the colored a picture accordingly. They added window panes and curtains to their picture. If was so fun to hear about all of the different response to “What is your favorite thing to look at?” The kiddos also LOVED the bread machine. There is a little window on top of the machine so the student we able to check in and watch as the bread was cooking. We talked about how we can use all 5 senses to describe our delicious bread.

“Fall Week” was also a blast. Fall is my favorite season on the year and I enjoyed getting to teach the students about it. We talked about all the fun seasonal activities, the changing colors of the leaves, and the changing weather. We also did some fun fall crafts. We painted fist pumpkins with stems and vines, we found some beautiful leaves outside and did some leaf rubbings, and we made a mosaic fall leaf with tissue paper.

We have been having lots of fun!We have also been working on our letters. Each week we  have our handwriting routines and spend time talking about the sound that the letter makes. Through out the week we brainstorm words that start with the corresponding letter so that we can fill up our "Word Wall." The kids have been learning at such a great pace and I am so proud of the gains that they have made. Way to go preschoolers!

Thanks for checking in! 
-Mrs. Winter 


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