Last week in Reading, preschoolers listened to several read-alouds including “My R Book” by Jane Belk Moncure; “Gretchen Groundhog, It’s Your Day!” by Abby Levine and Nancy Cole; “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” by Stephen Carpenter; and “How Do You Know It’s Winter?” by Ruth Owen and Suzy Gazlay.
We also read “The Snow Show” by Carolyn Fisher. In this story, Chef Kelvin and his loyal sous-chefs, Snow White and Jack Frost, learn about evaporation, condensation, andprecipitation while cooking up a light and fluffy batch of snow from the sky.
In Nursery Rhymes, preschoolers learned the rhymes “Wake-Up Groundhog” which is sung to the tune of the refrain from Jingle Bells; and “Follow Me, Shadow,” a Clifford move-and-learn chant. We also sang “Buddy Building” and “Sharing is Fun!”
In Language, students learned about the name and sound of the Letter R. Literacy Centers were focused on teaching students the names of objects that begin with the letter R. They played with stuffed toys that start with R such as rabbits, rhino, and reindeer. They also pretended eating raspberries and painted a rainbow on an easel. Each child also made “friendship” ribbon wands while dancing as friends and marching around the classroom. In addition, students worked on creating a Letter R Collage by pasting rabbits on it.
In Math and Writing, we practiced writing the number 15 and counting from 0-15.
In Science, students watched a Scholastic video about shadows. Then we read an old story from the Scholastic Clifford magazine about how groundhogs like to leave their winter homes on Groundhog Day to look for their shadows. If they see their shadows, the story goes, we still have 6 more weeks of winter to go. Then we played a Groundhog Shadow Match Game in which each child had to draw a line to match the groundhog to their shadows.