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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Transportation - Vroom Vroom

Transportation – Vroom, Vroom

Transportation was our theme for the first week of January in preschool. Transportation is a fun and relatable subject for the preschoolers and is one of the most favored themes with the boys. I introduced the theme by making various transportation sounds (vroom - vroom, choo-choo, etc.) and had the students guess what our theme of the week would be. Using a whole group discussion we discussed Transportation using our “Question Words” – who, what, where, when, and why. I was super impressed by these creative kiddos and their answers. Jet pack, Hot Air Balloon, Unicycle…remarkable!
One essential element to each theme is finding (and occasionally coming up with) an coordinating song or poem.  The kids LOVE to sing so this is always one of my favorite ways to teach.
“I’m a Little Airplane” – (tune of I’m a Little Teapot)
I’m a Little Airplane way up high,
With my great big silver wings watch me fly.
When the pilot tells me I’ll come down,
Swooping and sliding to the grown.
Super cute – and of course there are coordinated hand motions with this song that make it quite fun.

A fantastic aspect of the Transportation theme is environmental print. WE spent a lot of timing going over street signs that we've seen and how we can understand what they mean.

 We also discussed transportation safety, such as ALWAYS wearing your seat belt and being a quiet rider so that our Mommies and Daddies can concentrate. (Don’t know how well the quiet bit will work)

As always we spent some time making some fun transportation crafts – take a look:

We have the Rail Road Crossing craft, the Popsicle stick airplane craft, and the torn paper stop light craft (which is great for small motor.) The crafts were much enjoyed by the kiddos and it was a very successful week!

Thanks for stopping by,
Mrs. Winter

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