Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

“Body Parts” was our theme last week. Students continued doing their “All About Me” and learned about different parts of the body. The ability to identify their head, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, neck, arms, shoulders, knees, hands, stomach, legs, feet, and toes is a Core Knowledge skill that they need to develop. At home, ask your child to sing and show you the motions of the nursery rhyme,  “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.”  It is one of many nursery rhymes in the Core Knowledge Preschool Program that we are teaching students for them to learn the rhythm and sounds of language.

In Reading, early preschoolers last week listened to several read-aloud books including “Five Little Ducks” (Sing Along Book), “Freda Says Please” by Stuart Murphy, “Pick Up and Put Away” by Stan and Jan Berenstain, “Corduroy” by Don Freeman, and “Bubble Bear” by Maxwell Higgins.

In Language, early preschoolers loved listening to “Bubble Bear” by Maxwell Higgins as they learned the name and sound of Letter B. They saw and learned the names of real life pictures words that start with B: bone, box, butterfly, banana, ball, bear, binoculars, book, boot, basketball, bottle, paper bag, baby, bow, balloon, baseball, bicycle, bell, and boat. To learn the Letter B in a creative way, the children made a “Letter B for Bumblebee Craft,” “Letter B Collage with Bees Pasted on B,” “Bumblebee Handprints,” and “Lowercase Baseball and Bat Collage.” They also made a “Corduroy Bear Paper Bag Puppet” after listening to the read-aloud “Corduroy” by Don Freeman.

In Nursery Rhymes, early preschoolers loved singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” “Do Your Ears Hang Low?”, and “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”

In Math, students counted up to 30 during Calendar Time. They learned the “There Are Seven Day of the Week” song. They also worked on their Math Journals and pasted “One Apple” and the “Number 1” and counted up to one object. We reviewed the shape of a circle and the color red.

In Science Discovery, early preschoolers watched a clip of Disney’s Bear trailer and saw real, live bears walking and playing, splashing in the water, and eating fish! Then the children made their own “Bear Masks” by painting it brown while saying the sound of B.

In Virtue of the Month, we continued to teach students to say “thank you” and “please” with the read-aloud, “Freda Says Please” by Stuart Murphy.

In Movement and Coordination, early preschoolers had fun playing with parachutes! The JumpBunch coach led students in the opening huddle and warm-ups, and then had everyone get into a circle. We passed out inflatable pumpkins for each child and let them play with them for a while. We then had the children hold onto their part of the parachute and shake it while sitting down. Afterward, put some of the pumpkins on the parachute and had the students bounce them! But the most fun we had was when we put colorful, paper autumn leaves on the parachute and watched the children bounce them up and down. After the leaves were scattered around, we pretended to rake them up!

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