Turkey Time

In Reading last week, preschoolers listened to “My I Book” by Jane Belk Moncure; “Bear Sees Colors” by Wilson and Chapman; “I Can Do It” by Tracey Corderoy; “How Spider Saved Thanksgiving” by Robert Kraus; “This First Thanksgiving Day” by Laura Melmed; and “A Children’s Book About Being Selfish” by Joy Berry; and a Kids Character Book on “Determination.” And then in Nursery Rhymes, preschoolers recited the poems “My Turkey” and “Scarecrow.”

In Language, preschoolers learned about the uppercase and lowercase I. To reinforce the name and sound of the Letter I, they made a Letter I Collage by pasting igloos and iguanas on I. They had fun making “Inky Dinks” by using paint to make several “ink spots” on paper and blowing paint through a straw. Students also practiced writing the letters H and I at the Writing Center. Preschoolers played games that start with the Letter I, such as making an “Igloo” and doing the “Icky Ickabod Maze” using dry erase markers.

In Visual Arts, preschoolers created “Iggy Inchworms” using recycled egg cartons, pipe cleaners, stickers, and googly eyes.

At the Core Knowledge Center, activities were aimed at identifying shapes and colors, matching animal sounds with pictures, and sequencing pictures by the time of the day.

In Math, we practiced counting from 1 to 5. They also practiced writing the numbers 4 and 5.

In Science, preschoolers learned about “Turkeys” and the various characteristics of animals. They watched a Scholastic video called “Turkey Time” and learned about wild turkeys.

In Movement and Coordination during JumpBunch, we did muscle exercises in an activity we called Strong Kids! First we asked early preschoolers and preschoolers to show us their muscles, after which we did exercises with our animal beanbag friends. Then we passed out a one-pound dumbbell and asked each child to do a few simple things such as raise and lower it, or set it on the ground and pick it back up again. We also passed out an activity ball to each child, pretended it was a medicine ball, and did a few reps with it. We ended the session with Bubbles (a huge hit!) and our Closing Huddle.

In Virtue of the Month, students learned about the virtue of determination and fortitude. They listened to the read-alouds “I Can Do It” by Tracey Corderoy and “Being Selfish” by Joy Berry. “Being Selfish” a wonderful book about why it is important to think about others when making behavioral choices.

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