Tuesday, October 18, 2016


What a busy week we had!! 
Here we are trying to find our fruit match.  We played music while the children had to find the friend with the same fruit. Ask your child which fruit they had.   
One of the skills we are working really hard on is cutting.  This is something new for most of the children.  It would be great if you could work on cutting at home.
 The children had to color their apples and snip red paper and glue it on.  

 They loved working with real glue.  We put the glue in milk caps and they use a small paintbrush to "paint" the glue on.  
 Here we are working on our snips.  

A fun apple song we sang.  
Apple (Bingo)
I know a fruit that's good to eat
and apple is it's name-o.
A-P-P-L-E   A-P-P-L-E  A-P-P-L-E
and apple is it's name-o.
Next we replaced each apple with crunch.  

We tasted apples to see which kind we liked the best.

Thanks for bringing in apples.  We loved making and eating our apple crisp.  
 Learning about the life cycle of a butterfly
 What goes together

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Head, Thorax, Abdomen

Insects!  Bugs!  How do we know if they are an insect??  If you'd like to know, ask your child.  This week we learned about insects.  

The children were singing our Insect Song all day at school.  
Insect Song
"tune: Head, Shoulders"
Head, thorax, abdomen.
Head, thorax, abdomen.
2 eyes, 6 legs, antannae too.
Head, thorax, abdomen.

In our morning circle time, we studied some insects.  We learned about about insect's body parts.  We love how they counted their legs and found their antennae.  Ask your child which insect they studied.  

We also went hunting for insects!  Find out which insect your child found!

A-hunting we will go

A-hunting we will go
A-hunting we will go
We'll catch a _______
and put it in a box.
And then we'll let it go.

We listened to the song, "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Rimsky-Korsakov.
The children had to feel (listen) to the music and move their markers.

Here's the finished product!  

We've worked at the easel with markers.  This week was the first week we used paint.  They did a great job following directions.  With the markers, they have been able to draw whatever they would like.  We traced triangles with yellow paint for a few days and then we changed over to drawing ants.  We think they did a pretty good job.  
 She even wanted to trace the word, "Ant".  
 At SMP, we clean up our own messes.
 As you can see, every ant was different.  :)

 This boy wanted to write ant and his name by himself.  Didn't he do a great job?!

Here we are working on our names.  They are working hard on their names.  Remember you can always practice spelling their names with them.  You can even make up a fun song spelling their name. 

It's always fun to see the kids by the handwashing and snack areas.  Check out the video on Facebook on one of our friends washing his hands.  

Work time!

 Counting our knobbed cylinders

 Tweezing spiders

 This little boy really wanted to look at the insect cards we used in the beginning.  

After this little girl did the color worms, she was very interested in what happens when you put two colors together. This got us in a discussion about primary colors and what happens when you put two different colors together. This is one of the things we love about teaching.  The children are so eager to explore new things.  

We practiced walking/marching and more around the carpet.  Of course we did this by moving to a song! 

At the end of the day, Mrs. Fleischmann read the story, "The Very Busy Spider" by Eric Carle.  After the story, she became the spider while all the children were the web.