Monday, September 9, 2013

Week of September 9

This week we are continuing our studies in the areas of Community Helpers, nutrition, and Safety.  This is truly such a fun unit.

I am looking for a dentist to come in and talk to the kids.  If you know of someone who does presentations like this, please let me know!

Here is what we are up to this week:
Theme: Safety
Social Studies: Community Helpers
Letter: S
Math: Patterns, #2
Science:  Nutrition
Shape: Circle
Color: Red

Centers this week:
Math:  Counting and shapes, #2
Fine Motor/Art:  Circle Monsters, Red Collage, Finding the Circles
Dramatic Play: Grocery Store
Literacy:  Letter S sounds and book

Other activities this week:
Block Play
Writing our names
Writing Letter S
My Healthy Plate
Stop and Go Foods
Popcorn Husks
Music with Miss Mary
Library time
Show and Tell

Our stories this week are:
Sammy's Silly Sandwich
Llama Llama Shares
Little Racoon Catches a Cold

The Wheels on the Bus
Down by the Station.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Week of September 3

Thanks to everyone for being so understanding and flexible with our sudden "heat day" from school!

Here is what we are up to this week:

Literacy:  letter M
Math:  Sorting/graphing.  #1
Science:  Healthy Foods
Social Studies:  Community Helpers

In centers we are doing:
Math:  Sorting and Graphing Gummy Bears, #1, circles
art:  Painting, collage
Literacy:  Letter M
Fine Motor:  Cutting, writing M, writing names
Dramatic Play:  Community Play Mat

This week we also start having Foundation Music School come to teach us.  Miss Mary came last year, and will be coming 2 times a month this year.  We are so lucky to have them, and hope that your child really enjoys it!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Week of August 26

This week we are wrapping up our "getting to know you" unit.  We have been getting to know each other, our school rules, and our school routines.  We will continue to work on these through the month of September.  Be sure to ask your child about "criss-cross applesauce, spoons in the bowl, " "hugs and bubbles," and the places we go in the school.

Here is what we are doing this week:
Literacy: ABC intro
Math:  Sorting and graphing
Science:  Hand washing
Social Studies:  My community

Fine Motor:  Making Puffy lines, using tongs and cotton balls, cutting
Dramatic Play:  Community play
Math:  graphing candy and individual work
Literacy:  Alphabet games
Art:  Drawing ME

Other activities include:
Going to the library
Show and tell
Learning to wash our hands
Birthday graph
Learning our school rules and routines

New School Year

Our 2013-2014 school year is off to a great start!  We are really enjoying getting to know all of our new students, and spending time with those we have had before.  The class is a lot of fun, and we just know we are going to have a wonderful school year!

I wanted to let everyone know a bit about Show and tell.  We do show and tell every Thursday and Friday.  Your child's day is whichever one is their last day of the week.  Typically, there will be a theme for you to follow, based on what we are learning.  For the month of August, the theme is "All About Me" and we are letting students bring anything they want so we can learn more about them!

I will use this space weekly (hopefully) to let you know what we are up to in that week.  I will let you know about the centers, letters, and other activities we will be doing.  Some weeks I am better than others, but I will always try.  Please know that if you ever have any questions, feel free to contact me via email at any time!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

June Fun

June is here, and with it, the heat and fun of summer.  We are doing a lot of great things this month, and throwing in a lot of fun, outdoor exploration for our students.  It is so important to allow them to have this freedom during these months!

Here is what we are learning:
Theme: Summer
Literacy: review
Math: Review
Science: Insects
Social Studies: Rainforests and South America

So far this month we have watched ladybugs go through their metamorphosis.  Now, we are anxiously awaiting our butterflies to emerge from their chrysalis.  The students are loving this live view into the world of insects!  We are also planning some ant farms as soon as our ants get here.

The students have had a lot of fun playing outside in our sand and water tables, and searching for the bugs in nature.  They are learning a lot from this valuable exploration!

Please check the right of the blog for the show and tell themes for the entire month.  Also, be sure to check our preschool blog ( and Facebook page ( for regular information.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Week of March 25

Welcome Back!!  We hope you all had a nice week, whether at home or somewhere else.  We have certainly missed you all and are so excited to get back into the swing of things this week!

What we are up to this week:

Theme:  Dr. Seuss
Social Studies: Europe
Science: Pets
Literacy:  Letters C
Math: Geometry

Arts and Crafts:  Shape pictures, Binoculars, stringing pasta
Reading:  Rhyming, Letter G
Math:  Shapes and Patterns
Spanish: Transportation words
Writing:  My Favorite Pet, Shared writing
Dramatic Play:  Vets
Block Play: Building a City
Computer: Letter G book
Housekeeping:  Shapes in cooking
Movement:  Using ramps for cars
Sensory: Playdoh

Going to the Zoo
Fish Song

The Shape of Things
Dr. Seuss Books

Next week we are going to be doing some fun things with recyclables.  We will do this a couple of times over the next few months, so we will be needing some things from you.  Boxes, paper towel rolls, plastic containers, plastic lids, etc.  basically anything that can go into the recycling bin except glass and cans.  We are going to be playing with these and creating things with these.  It is truly a lot of fun!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Week of March 11-15

What we are up to this week:

Theme:  Dr. Seuss
Social Studies: Europe
Science: Pets
Literacy:  Letters C
Math: Geometry

Arts and Crafts:  Truffula Trees, Egg Carton Creatures
Reading:  Rhyming, Letter C
Math:  Shapes and Patterns
Spanish: Transportation words
Writing:  My Favorite Pet, Shared writing
Dramatic Play:  Vets
Block Play: Building a City
Computer: Letter C book

Going to the Zoo
Fish Song

Green Eggs and Ham
Cat in the Hat
Lots of Dr. Seuss

We will have a special day this week as well!  Friday will be PAJAMA day.  We will be making green eggs and ham for snack, and maybe enjoying a movie.  The students are going to work all week on earning this, and I know they can do it :)

Also, please remember that next week, March 18-22, is Spring Break.  The preschool will be closed that week so the teachers can enjoy this time with their kids as well.  We hope everyone has an enjoyable week!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Week of March 4

Sorry for not getting the newsletter and blog out this week!  The week has been crazy with TCAP testing, and it threw me off :)  I will do better!  I promise ;)

This week we are learning about lots of fun new things.  We started learning about Europe, Pets, and Dr. Seuss.  We are reading all the fun Dr. Seuss books and talking about rhyming words.  We are also learning all about shapes and geometry, playing games with all the different shapes.

I will be out of the classroom Thursday and Friday, helping with the TCAP testing in the middle school.  I do have a substitute in there, and will be popping in as I can.

Thanks for your patience!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Week of February 25

Please turn in your reenrollment forms for summer and fall to hold your spot at preschool!!!

Here is what we are learning this week:

Theme:  Transportation
Social Studies: Asia
Science: Solar System
Literacy:  Letters X,Y,Z review
Math: Measurement

Arts and Crafts:  Rockets; Letter Crafts
Reading:  Rhyming
Math:  Counting down, measuring tools
Spanish: Transportation words
Writing:  Names and tickets
Dramatic Play:  Going to Space!
Sensory: Moon Sand

Going to the Zoo
Planets Song
Twinkle, Twinkle
Tops and Bottoms

What the Moon Sees
What the Sun Sees
Aliens love Underpants

Thanks to all who sent in wipes and kleenex!  They are very much appreciated, and I assure you, will be put to good use!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

February 19-22

This short week has me thrown off in terms of newsletters and blogs!

Thanks to all of the parents who helped at our Valentine's Day Party!  What fun we had!  The students talked about it all day long, and actually were quite tired by nap time.  We could not have had this much fun without all of you!!!

Here is what we are up to this week:z
Science: Solar System
Literacy: Letter Zz
Math:  Measurement and numbers to 100
Social Studies: Asia

Arts and Crafts: Rockets, Constellations
Reading: Rhyming and Zz
Math: Measuring and counting to 100
Table Toys: Solar System Puzzle, Sequencing puzzles
Spanish: Body Parts
Writing: Names
Blocks:  Building a zoo with blocks and animals
Dramatic Play: Astronauts

Be sure to check out our new AAK Preschool website at  It will have information about the preschool as a whole, with links to each blog.  Watch for severe weather information later this week!

Monday, February 4, 2013

February 4-8

Have you missed me?  Sorry I have been MIA for so long, but I promise it was for a great reason.  Or at least a good one.  Be sure to go check out our new website at  Big thanks to Carolyn Yalin for all of her hard work getting this new preschool site up and running.  Classroom sites will remain on Blogspot for now, but you can link to them from the main page.

Here is what we are up to this week:
Theme/Social Studies:  transportation
Science: Solar System
Literacy: Letter Xx
Math:  Measurement
Social Studies: Asia

Arts and Crafts: Stoplight, Hearts
Reading: Rhyming and Xx
Math: Hearts and Measuring
Table Toys: Vehicle Sort, Traffic Jam Puzzles
Spanish: Transportation Words
Writing: Tickets
Blocks: Construction Vehicles and Building

We are starting to run low on baby wipes.  If you are able to send any in, that would be great.  We seem to go through a lot this time of year.

If you need to make up a day, please check with us first.  Some of our days are getting full, and we want to make sure we have enough staff and supplies for everyone :)