Monthly Archives: February 2015

Clapping Syllables

Clapping Syllables

Hearing chunks of sounds or syllables in words is part of the foundation for spelling and word recognition.  It can also be a predictor of how well children will earn to read.  Hudson can be seen clapping out the syllables in the word eagle.

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Writing Samples

Writing Samples

To assess the childrens writing skills, the children were asked to write a note to Heidi.  Here you can see Aubrey and Sydney writing.  Children go through stages of writing.  First they scribble, then they start to do picture writing, that is drawing pictures to tell their thoughts.  After that it is approximated writing when children will make squiggles that look like an adults writing in cursive or a series of letters.  Labeling is the next stage, when they are able to start to label their drawings.  Beginning sound spelling is the next stage which is putting initial word sounds on paper to write sentences.  Then the children will start to use phonemic spellings of words until they move in to conventional spelling.

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Preschool Masterpieces

Preschool Masterpieces

Each child used red, yellow and blue paint to create a unique painting.  They children discussed what happened when colors are mixed.   They were then asked to complete the sentence, When I paint, I . . .  The children were entertained by the story, I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont.  Painting is one way to work on fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination while expressing their creativity.  Artists:  Sydney, Preston and Lindsey

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Volcanoes and Potions

Volcanoes and Potions

On Monday and Tuesday we were experimenting with baking soda and vinegar.  The children had to follow a recipe by adding baking soda to a cup, then adding liquid water color and finally watching what happened when they added the vinegar to their ingredients.  The groups made predictions of what was going to happen and then discussed the end result and why it happened.

Seeing the children’s exitement and amazement was priceless, while their comments are always entertaining.  One child made the comment. “Look, we made a love potion.”  He then went to tell all his classmates, “We are making love.”  So, on that note . . . No, we did not make love in preschool, but we did make a potion that also looked like a volcano.

Griffin adds some baking soda.  Ava is adding the water colors while Kadynce, Riley, Eva add vinegar.  Isaac watches the volcano explode.

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Nuts and Bolts

Nuts and Bolts

Zoe, Oliver and Kendra manipulate nuts and bolts to match colors and shapes while screwing them together.  Sorting is a beginning math skill and helpls with logical thining.  Children understand that things are alike and different as well as that they can belong and be put into groups with similar attributes.

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Retelling The Three Little Pigs

Retelling The Three Little Pigs

After listening to the story of The Three Little Pigs, each child retold the story using props.  Retelling allows the children to  summarize the story in his or her own words, which helps to improve story comprehension and develop important reading skills.  Trent and Rhett are seen using The Three Little Pig props.

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Piggy, Piggy in the Mud

Piggy, Piggy in the Mud

Ryker and Braxton use their senses to finger paint pigs.  The children had to ues their fine motor skills to cut out their own pig.  They practiced writing their name and then got messy by painting with their fingers.  Through this process based art activity, the children are able to work on fine motor skills and explore with their senses all while being allowed to get messy.

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Construction Workers

Construction Workers

Eli, Griffin and Aubrey pretend to be construction workers.  The classes were able to use a work bench and tools to “build.”  Dramatic play increases their understanding of the world they live in, while developing personal skills.

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