Of Balls and Balloons

In Reading, preschoolers listened to “The Letter B Book” by Jane Belk Moncure, “Llama, Llama Misses Mama” by Anna Dewdney, and “Johnny Appleseed” by Jodie Shepherd.

In Language, students learned about the uppercase and lowercase B, as well as the name and sound of B. They creatively made a “Letter B Collage” while pasting balls and balloons on the letter B. Preschoolers also made a very colorful “Butterfly Craft,” a “Buttons and Bows on B Craft,” and an amazing “Bear Mask” on popsicle sticks– in the process further honing and developing their fine motor skills.

In Nursery Rhymes, preschoolers learned “Spiffy Spiders Poem,” “Head Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” and “Little Miss Muffet.”

In Science Discovery, students saw real life pictures of a spider on the iPad and then watched a video of the “Eensy, Weensy Spider.” Their hands-on Science Discovery project last week was to make a “Spider Web Craft” for their “plastic spider” by taping a spider page to the bottom of a time pan, dipping marbles into paint, and rolling the marbles back and forth to create a spider web! They also used an iPad app called PeekaBoo Zoo to listen to the different names and sounds of animals.

In Math and Writing, students practiced drawing sets of 1 and 2 using whiteboards. They also practiced writing the uppercase and lowercase letters A and B.

In Virtue of the Month, students listened to “Self Respect” by Lucia Raatma and “May I Please” by Kyla Steinkraus.

In Music and Movement, preschoolers, pre-k, and kindergartners also enjoyed a fun twist on the popular game of Parachutes during JumpBunch. We first did our Opening Huddle, warm-ups, and stretch bands and then had the children get in a circle around the parachute and grab a piece of it. After practicing shaking it for a while, we put an inflatable pumpkin on the parachute and bounced it up and down! Finally, we put colorful paper autumn leaves on the parachute… what fun it was to watch them drift back down! This was a perfect day for working on motor skills and ocular tracking, which are vital skills in sports such as lacrosse or football. We ended the day with the cool-down song, Closing Huddle, and hand stamps!

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