Tot Preschool Week 17: Changing of Seasons ( Winter Unit )

We couldn’t have planned a better week to start this unit! While it still isn’t winter just yet, we are definitely experiencing some winter weather. Last Friday, we spent half of our day watching it snow outside and this week we are feeling those colder temperatures for sure! We have learned all about what the winter season brings us, what changes we see in the weather, in the clothes that we wear, the holidays we celebrate, and so much more. Here is what our week has looked like:

Letter of the Day: ALL
Shape of the Day: Diamond
Storytime: ” Snowy Day ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Write The Letter ( For our letter work this morning, the kids and I randomly selected letter cards for us to write. Jack and Lyanna always love a chance to write on our dry erase board and that excitement transfers over to being excited about improving their handwriting! )

3. Daily ASL ( We will be taking a full week off the week of Christmas, so for these next 2 weeks we won’t be learning any new signs. Rather, we will be using this time to review the huge stack of sign cards that we have already learned these past few months. )

Concept Activity:

Introduction to Winter Weather / Discussion with Anchor Chart ( Winter week has begun! We opened this new unit with a discussion about the season we are currently in, fall, and what we know about this season. We then talked about the upcoming season we will soon be experiencing, winter! The kids and I talked about what we know about winter and what things we weren’t quite sure about.

As we discussed winter, we created this chart together. Later, I turned this dry erase chart into a permanent anchor chart for our classroom. We will be adding this new anchor chart to our wall display, along with our fall anchor chart. After our winter season discussion, Jack, Lyanna, and I noted the similarities and differences between fall and winter. )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Seasons Matching Game ( This is a game that we used several weeks ago in our ” Changing of Seasons: Fall Unit “. The kids match each of the pictures to what season the think it belongs with. We found this seasons matching game here from Tot Schooling. )

3. Counting Snowballs Game ( This is a super simple project you can easily create yourself! Nothing to print off or laminate. All you need is a pack of white pom poms, blue construction paper, a sharpie, and a pair of scissors. I cut 10 different cards out from the blue construction paper and wrote numbers 1 to 10 on them. We shuffled the cards and we were ready to go! )

4. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journals ( Here are the entries we made today in our journals! )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Melted Snowman ( To end our first day of our winter unit, Jack and Lyanna created these super simple melted snowmen! Using a white crayon on blue construction paper, the kids “drew” their melted snowman. Next, we added our snowman’s eyes, carrot nose, and charcoal buttons. )

Letter of the Day: ALL
Shape of the Day: Diamond
Storytime: ” The Mitten  ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Write The Letter

3. Daily ASL ( We will be taking a full week off the week of Christmas, so for these next 2 weeks we won’t be learning any new signs. Rather, we will be using this time to review the huge stack of sign cards that we have already learned these past few months. )

Concept Activity:

Seasons Video ( For our Concept Activity, we watched this short video all about the seasons. This video shows each of the seasons with beautiful visuals and shows several things associated with each season. It shows what the weather looks like, what activities we enjoy during each season, and so on. )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Art Center: Winter Collaboration Piece ( This was a fun collaboration activity the kids worked on today during centers. It was incredibly easy to put together and they really enjoyed working together to create this masterpiece.

We lined our table with a long piece of paper and gathered winter themed art supplies. We used various shades of blue crayons, snowflake confetti, jewels in blues and silver, and glitter glue pens.

This project turned out to be a very beautiful representation of the winter season and we are currently enjoying it in our classroom! )

3. Write The Room

4. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journals ( Here are our journal entries for the day. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Free Choice Art Center ( Using some of our leftover supplies from the collaboration piece we did earlier, the kids created yet another winter themed piece of artwork. )

Letter of the Day: ALL
Shape of the Day: Diamond
Storytime: ” There Was An Old Lady That Swallowed A Bell ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Write The Letter

3. Daily ASL ( We will be taking a full week off the week of Christmas, so for these next 2 weeks we won’t be learning any new signs. Rather, we will be using this time to review the huge stack of sign cards that we have already learned these past few months. )

Concept Activity:

Winter Sentences ( For our Concept Activity today, the kids and I worked on these winter sentences together. Our sentence prompt was ” I see the … “. Using the item cards, featured above the this sentence prompt, the kids created their own sentences to “read”. We do activities like this to help lay the foundation for their future reading skills and to show them how words come together to form full sentences. We found these winter themed sentence strips on our favorite blog for free printables, The Measured Mom. You can grab these for yourself here. They are available in color, but I chose to print in black and white to save on colored ink.

Lyanna and Jack LOVE our pocket chart sentences activities, but they enjoy them even more when they are in charge of creating them for themselves! )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Counting Snowballs Game

3. Scissor Practice

4. Art Center: Gingerbread Coloring Sheets

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journals ( Here are the journal entries we made for today. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Free Exploration ( We used our end of the day time for free play today. We have so many fun games and activities in our classroom, I like to let the kids explore these items and have a say in how they spend their time. With all of the structured, planned out time we have throughout our days, I think it’s incredibly important for them to have time to just be 3 year olds and find what items they enjoy. )

Letter of the Day: ALL
Shape of the Day: Diamond
Storytime: ” Snowmen At Night  ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Write The Letter

3. Daily ASL ( We will be taking a full week off the week of Christmas, so for these next 2 weeks we won’t be learning any new signs. Rather, we will be using this time to review the huge stack of sign cards that we have already learned these past few months. )

Concept Activity:

Winter Sentences ( We worked on our winter sentences again today, but with a different sentence prompt. Our sentence prompt for today was ” I see a ….. in the winter. ” )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Writing Center: Seasons Book / Winter Pages ( In Writing today, the kids and I pulled out their seasons books and starting working on our winter pages. We started these books during our fall unit and will continue to work on them throughout our seasons units until the end of our preschool year in June.

We found these blank books from Target and the kids will be using these empty books more during the second half of our school year together. )

3. Counting Snowballs Game

4. Write The Room

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journals ( Here are the journals entries we made for today. )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Free Exploration

Letter of the Day: ALL
Shape of the Day: Diamond
Storytime: ” The First Day of Winter  ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. Write The Letter

3. Daily ASL ( We will be taking a full week off the week of Christmas, so for these next 2 weeks we won’t be learning any new signs. Rather, we will be using this time to review the huge stack of sign cards that we have already learned these past few months. )

Concept Activity:

Snowflakes, Snowflakes Winter Poem ( For our Concept Activity today, we read and talked about this lovely winter themed poem. We haven’t talked too much about poems or rhyming words so far, so today was more of a slow introduction into those elements. We’ll see more poetry during our second half of our school year and we will then talk more about this concept in more depth. For now, we simply enjoyed this snowflake poem and took turns pointing to the words. )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Counting Snowballs Game

3. Writing Center: Seasons Book / Winter Pages ( In our Writing Center today, we finished up our winter pages for our seasons book. )

4. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journals ( Here are the journal entries we made for today. )

Look at those names! These two have worked incredibly hard to learn how to write and spell their names, so I thought we’d show off these skills today for our journals!

Free Play / Craft Time:

Free Exploration

Our winter week has concluded and so has our first part of our school year. Next week we will be taking a break from the curriculum and simply enjoying our time together. We’ll be viewing a few holiday movies, singing and dancing to some Christmas music, baking cookies, creating some holiday cards, and more! We’ll be taking the week of Christmas to be with our families and then we will return for our second half of our school year. When we return, we will be enjoying a fun ” Dinosaur Week ” and getting right back to work. The kids will be learning how to count to 100 by 1’s and we will also begin learning how to sound out words with our letter sound knowledge.

Brittany XOXO

Tot Preschool Week 16: Leaves and Trees

This week we will be focusing on leaves and trees! We will be learning all about the life cycle of trees, naming each part of a tree, and exploring the textures of these parts. We will also be continuing our counting journey by building on our links chain, counting to and beyond the number 70, and perfecting our ability to count by 10s to 100! We will also be reviewing letters A through Z, playing fun games with one another, enjoying some good books, and spending lots of time being 3 year olds!

Letter Of The Day: Aa to Ee
Shape Of The Week:  Rectangle
Storytime: ” The Lorax “ 

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. What Starts With … ( For our Letterland activity this week we engaged in writing our letters, lower and uppercase, as well as brainstorming what words start with their sound. )

3. Daily ASL ( We continued our ASL journey this week by reviewing the signs we have been learning, using, and incorporating into our daily routines and discussions. We will be learning new signs tomorrow! )

Concept Activity:

Introduction with Discussion and Anchor Chart ( This week is all about ” Leaves and Trees “. For our concept activity today, we opened by discussing what we know about leaves and trees, what we hope to learn, and quickly laying out a few star activities that we will be doing this week. We created this chart together that will be displayed in our room throughout the week. Together, we labeled parts of the trees and talked about what these parts looked like. Later, during our outside time, we inspected one of the trees in our yard and talked about what each of these parts felt like. )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Tens Frame Apple Tree ( One of our favorite games! )

3. Seek A Boo ( Lyanna and I LOVE this game, so we decided to share it with Jack and have some fun on this busy Monday. This game, Seek A Boo, is a large version of a memory game for kids. I love it because it gets kids up and moving around. Our classroom isn’t that big, so we removed some of the pieces to fit our space. Jack and Lyanna loved it! )

4. Write The Room

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are the journal entries we made for today. )

Outside Play:

1. Free Exploration

2. Tree Bark Rubbings ( We have done Leaf Rubbings a few times, so I thought this will be a cool change up. For this activity we talked about the parts of the tree and practiced using our descriptive words. We then positioned our paper around the bark of our tree and used crayons to create our rubbings. Aren’t these cool ?! )

3. Walk ( The weather was absolutely beautiful today and since we are expecting snow on Friday….. we thought we should get out and about before the weather wouldn’t let us! )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Q-Tip Stamping ( For this activity, we grouped a handful of Q-Tips together by using a rubber band. I drew an outline of a tree for the kids on a piece of large painting paper. The kids then used their Q-Tip stamps and various shades of green paint to add the foliage to our tree outline. These turned out so beautiful and the kids were very proud of their creations! )

Letter Of The Day: Ff to Jj
Shape Of The Week:  Rectangle
Storytime: ” Tell Me, Tree ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. What Starts With …

3. Daily ASL ( Today we learned the signs for “red” and “white”. To practice our color signs, we’ve have been using them when describing certain items. For example, when we talk during lunch, we try to talk about the different things we see on our plate and sign the colors that we are seeing. This is just a way for us to practice our signs, strengthen our hands and muscles, relate to real life situations, and cement our ASL knowledge. )

Concept Activity:

The Life Cycle of a Tree Video and Discussion ( We will be talking about the life cycle of a tree today, so we opened our day with this video and a discussion about each part of the life cycle. This video features a little boy describing the life cycle and that seemed to really connect with the kids. They kept asking about this boy! They wanted to know how he knew so much about trees, could we make a video like him, and who this kid was. It was hilarious! )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Puzzles

3. Number Line

5. Science Center ( In our Science Center we engaged in Observational Drawings of the trees we can see outside of our window! The kids used markers to draw the tree that is in our front yard. This tree is one that we have been slowly watching over the past few months. Each morning we look out of our classroom window to see how this tree has changed. We’ve see the leaves turn beautiful colors and now we are in the process of watching all of these leaves fall to the ground.

While the kids drew this tree, we also talked about what parts of the tree we saw and what these parts feel like. We also talked about what colors we were seeing and how different our tree looks from the summer time. )

6. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are the journal entries we made for today. )

Outside Play:

1. Free Exploration

2. Walk

Free Play / Craft Time:

Life Cycle Tree ( For our End of the Day project, we created these cute tree diagrams to help us remember what we learned about the life cycle of a tree. )

Letter Of The Day: Kk to Oo
Shape Of The Week:  Rectangle
Storytime: ” The Wish Tree ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. What Starts With …

3. Daily ASL ( Review Day ! )

Concept Activity:

Seasons Charts ( We have a few seasons charts around our classroom, including one on our Morning Meeting board that we view each day. For today’s Concept Activity, the kids and I toured the classroom and found these charts. We stopped to talk about what we noticed about each chart and then added the 4 characteristics for the winter tree pictured on the left. )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Write The Room

3. Tens Frame Apple Tree

4. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are the journal entries we made for today )

Outside Play: 

Inside Recess ( Since the weather has started to get colder, and we are now joined by a newborn, we aren’t able to go outside for playtime. We’ve moved our playtime to inside. We’ll be doing body movements ( dancing ), playing games that require us to be up and about, and other activities that give us a break from the days work AND gets our bodies moving! )

Free Play / Craft Time:

Seasonal Tree Book ( For our End of the Day craft today, the kids and I put together these tree books. The kids colored the pages and we talked about what trees look like during each of the seasons. Once we were done coloring our pages, I cut the trees out for the kids and stapled them together. We found these ” Changing Seasons Tree ” books from A Little Pinch of Perfect. You can click here to be taken to this free printable.

Activities like these books have numerous benefits for children. They allow kids to be creative and express themselves, but they also provide an opportunity for children to use their knowledge of concept and create a piece of art that reflects that knowledge. These projects also give us a chance to talk about the things we have learned, which is a great way to help cement that knowledge in a fun way. For young children like Jack and Lyanna, these activities are essential to helping them retain the information we talk about, but they also need these opportunities to improve their fine motor skills and discover their creative abilities! )

Letter Of The Day:  Pp to Tt
Shape Of The Week:  Rectangle
Storytime: ” The Giving Tree ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. What Starts With ….

3. Daily ASL ( Today we learned the signs for ” Yellow ” and ” Orange “. )

4. Word Wall ( As we work our way each week through our units, we pull different words that we use often or that have significant meaning to our topic. We write these words on sticky notes and place them on our door. At the end of the week, we take down our sticky notes and write these words on our word wall. We point to these words when we say them, see them in our books, or are reviewing during our “wrap up” time at the end of the day. This is an activity I do with the kids to help get them familiar with reading concepts and sounding out words. )

Concept Activity:

Pocket Chart Sentences with Matching Game ( We created these sentences together on the computer and printed them off for this activity. The kids told me what the sentences should say and I typed them up for them, so these sentences are all from them! I drew the pictures for us to use to match to each of our sentences.

Once we had all of our parts, the kids put them in the pocket chart and matched our pictures to it’s correct sentences. I did this activity this way because I wanted Jack and Lyanna to be hands on and have a say in their learning activities. We’ll have to do this again in the future! )

Centers:

1. Reading ( With Roslin joining us during the day, the kids have gladly incorporated her into our routines. They now love reading to her during our independent reading time! How sweet 🙂 . )

2. Puzzles

3. Write The Room

4. Link Chain ( Yesterday was our 70th day of school! Every 10 days, the kids and I add another 10 links to our chain. This is a visual for us for how long we have been learning together, but it also is a fun way for us to practice counting by 1’s and 10’s! )

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are the journal entries we made for today. )

Free Play / Craft Time: 

Observational Drawings ( We ended our day today in our Science Center. We gathered all of our books from our classroom libraries and hunted for any and every tree we could find in these books. This was such a fun activity for the kids and they have requested to do more Science Centers like this one! )

Letter Of The Day: Uu to Zz
Shape Of The Week:  Rectangle
Storytime: ” Chicka Chicka Boom Boom ” and Free Choice

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Sounds Song

2. What Starts With …

3. Daily ASL ( Review Day! )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Write The Room

3. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are the journal entries we made for today. )

WE MADE IT! Our first week with just the four of us is completed and in the books! I will admit that while I have taken care of children in various ways for the past 10 years, it’s a completely different dynamic when the children are YOURS and you have a curriculum you are trying to follow. Each day started with a crying baby, a full list of things to do, and a panic attack. We made it through our week and got everything done that we set out to do. Jack and Lyanna have been incredible helpers and we wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all that we have without their helpfulness! Next week we will be explore the winter season and preparing for the holiday break.

Brittany XOXO

Tot Preschool Week 13: Our Five Senses

Week 13 of our Preschool Program was all about ” Our Five Senses “. This week, the kids and I continued to focus on our writing and counting skills, while also learning about our 5 senses. If you are looking for an easy concept, or theme, to incorporate into your own preschool setting, this is it! This concept can be incorporated into EVERY SINGLE ACTIVITY the kids and I do together. From preparing lunch to cleaning up our trash after a scissor practice session, this theme allows for little ones to stop and recognize their actions, become in-tune with their bodies and surroundings, and really explore this concept on their own. This week was cut short as our baby decided that she was going to arrive a little early!  Meet Roslin Elyse:

We will start back our curriculum blogs on Week 16 ” Leaves and Trees “. Here is what our shortened week together looked like:

Letter Of The Day: Aa – Ee
Shape Of The Week: Oval
Storytime: ” My 5 Senses ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Actions and Sounds Song

2. Aa – Ee Letter Review / Find The Letter ( This week, we will be reviewing a set of letters each day. We will be starting with Aa and working our way through the alphabet as our week progresses. As usual, I write each letter with the help and guidance of the kids and then they take turns in writing these letters themselves. During this time, we are also talking about the sound each letter makes and what words we can think of that start with each letter.

Along with our Dry Erase Board portion of this activity, we also took a few minutes to hunt down these 5 letters around our room. During our Letterland portion of our day, the kids usually have a “Read The Room” time where they walk around and find specific letters. To save a little time this week, we’ve decided to combine this activity with our letter review time. )

3. Daily ASL ( Since we were fortunate enough to have 3 day weekend, we thought it would be best to open this week with a review day. Rather than introducing a new sign, the kids and I flipped the tables. They each presented me with a sign and I had to tell THEM what the sign signifies. They, of course, loved this change up! Tomorrow we will be introducing our last 2 clothing item signs and, providing our week doesn’t include the arrival of a new baby, we will be starting our signs for colors! )

Concept Activity:

My 5 Senses Discussion with Anchor Chart ( We introduced ” Our 5 Senses ” this morning during our Concept Activity time. Since our shape of the week is an Oval, we created Mr. Oval here to help create a visual for the kids. We also used and read the book ” My 5 Senses ” by Aliki to help us introduce this new concept.)

Centers:

1. Reading

2. Rainbow Card Number Match Up ( Jack and Lyanna worked together to complete 10 rainbows during this ” Rainbow Match Up ” game. )

3. My 5 Sense Match Up Game ( To help familiarize these two with our 5 senses, we found this simple game online from Lakeshore Learning. You can get this free printable here. As always, we printed off our game, laminated it for longevity, and cut our pieces out. Lyanna and Jack then worked together to match each piece with it’s main sense. )

4. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are the journal entries we made for today. )

Outside Play:

1. Art Center: Finger Painting ( Finger painting is a great way to explore the senses while also have lots of fun, minus the TASTING portion of course! 🙂 )

2. Sensory Bin: Cinnamon and Oatmeal Sensory Bin ( Our Sensory Bin today is all about SMELLING ! Our bin has been created using real oatmeal that has been mixed with bit of ground cinnamon, fake apples, and real cinnamon sticks! For once, the kids smelled fantastic after Outside Time today. )

3. Free Exploration

Free Play / Craft Time: 

Binoculars ( To end our day, the kids and I created a set of binoculars ( Seeing ) together. First, I had the kids color a piece of paper using any media they wanted. They decided to color with our highlighters and set out to create a mini masterpiece. We then used these pictures to wrap two pieces of rolled cardboard ( toilet paper rolls ).

After these two pieces have been tape together, we then added a string to help keep them handy and hang around the neck. )

Letter Of The Day: Ff – Jj
Shape Of The Day: Oval
Storytime: ” Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Actions and Sounds Song

2. Ff – Jj Letter Review / Find The Letter ( We continued our way through the alphabet this morning and reviewed letters Ff to Jj. Just like yesterday morning, the kids quickly hunted for each of our letters around our room before we moved on to our ASL time. )

3. Daily ASL ( During our ASL time today, the kids and I learned our last two signs for pieces of clothing from our ASL box set. We learned the signs for ” socks ” and ” shoes “, both of which are much needed and used during these new cooler temperature. We have been getting a lot of use and practice with our clothing signs these past two weeks now that we need to dress ourselves in warmer clothing. We are definitely benefited from these real world experiences! )

Concept Activity:

Popping Popcorn Hands On Activity ( In helping to make real, hands on connects with our concept this week, the kids and I had a little fun in the kitchen this morning! If you are looking for a fun and simple project to bring home the concept of the 5 senses, this is THE PERFECT activity to try! All we did was pop a bag of popcorn in the microwave and discuss what happened!

We went through all 5 of our senses and talked about what each was showing and telling us. We talked about what we heard while the popcorn was in the microwave, what we smelled when we opened the bag, what we saw in the bowl, what we tasted when we tried our popcorn, and what we felt as we held each piece. This one was a big hit with Jack and Lyanna and we weren’t even done with the popcorn just yet, this was only Part 1 ! )

Centers:

1. Writing Center: My 5 Senses and Popcorn!  Investigation Books ( We grabbed a small bowl of popcorn and brought it back to our classroom. We needed it to help us write our Popcorn Investigation Books.

We found these super cute, and free, popcorn book printable from I Heart Crafty Things. The kids snacked on the popcorn as we completed each page together. This was also a great way for us to use and review our descriptive words!

After we were done with each page, and our bowl of popcorn, we cut out our pages and stapled everything together. )

2. Reading ( Our Independent Reading Time has become one of our ( my 🙂 ) favorite times each day during centers. The kids usually start out independently “reading” and then slowly come together to read with/ to one another. )

3. Mystery Letters / Independent Writing ( This was an activity that we did each day last week during our Letterland time. Since the kids enjoyed it so much and took it over completely on their own last week, I decided to make this one of our centers for today. )

4. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are our journal entries for today. )

Outside Play:

1. Art Center: Scissor Practice ( As requested…. )

2. Playdough Creations ( We pulled out the playdough today as a fun activity to do while also discussing our senses. We talked about the smell of the playdough, the lovely blue color we were seeing, what it felt like between our fingers, and so on. As stated earlier, this concept is such an easy one to incorporate into any activity and there are endless opportunities to point out the use of any 5 of our senses. )

3. Sensory Bin: Apple and Cinnamon Sensory Bin

4. Free Exploration

Free Play / Craft Time: 

Hand Prints ( We got a wonderful set of hand prints ( Touch ) from each of the kids today for our End of the Day craft. As I painted their hands, we talked about what they were feeling on their fingers and hands, as well as what they were seeing, hearing, and smelling. We were very clear about NOT tasting the paint! )

 

Letter Of The Day: Kk – Oo
Shape Of The Day: Oval
Storytime: ” I Feel A Foot ”

Letterland:

1. Alphabet Actions and Sounds Song

2. Kk – Oo Letter Review / Find The Letter

3. Daily ASL ( Review Day! Tomorrow we will begin to learn the signs for several different colors. How very exciting! )

Concept Activity:

I Can … Pocket Chart Activity ( For our Concept Activity this morning, the kids and I engaged in this pocket chart activity. This activity is essentially child-led and the kids really enjoyed selecting their answers and discussing each photo card. First, I read them the first sentence, ” I can hear “, and then we began to look at our options above. I asked ” Which of these cards shows you something that you can HEAR ? “. We have been talking about our 5 senses, what they are, and so on, but we have also been talking about how we don’t ALWAYS use all 5 at one time. We have also discussed that while we COULD use all 5, sometimes it’s not smart to do so or safe. For example, you can definitely see and hear a bee. You COULD also taste and touch it, but do you REALLY want to? 🙂

We worked through each of our cards together and talked about the other senses we could use for each card. We also discussed what senses we didn’t need to use and what senses we used the most. You can see our results above !  )

Centers:

1. Reading

2. My 5 Senses Picture ( During our Centers time today, the kids completed these ” self-portraits ” by added all of the features needed for using their 5 senses. )

3. Pattern Strips with Counting Bears ( We haven’t used any of our pattern strips in a few weeks, so we brought them out today as a fun activity for the kids to engage in together. )

4. Number Work: Building Our Link Chain ( Yesterday was our 60th day in school, so we just had to build up our link chain to 60! )

5. Free Exploration

Letter and Number Work:

Journaling ( Here are the journal entries we made for today. )

Outside Play:

1. Art Center: I Spy Bottle Creation and Play ( Before our outside time today, we searched through all of our supplies in our classroom to find little bits and pieces to incorporate into our ” I Spy ” bottles. We found stick pens, buttons, erasers, jewels, tiny wood ladybugs, and so on. Using an empty water bottle, rice, and all of our tiny pieces, we created a wonderful visual game for us to enjoy over and over again.  )

2. Sensory Bin: Cinnamon and Apple Sensory Bin

3. Free Exploration

Free Play / Craft Time: 

Homemade Trail Mix ( To end our day, the kids and I created a tasty trail mix. While we put together our mix, we used our senses to talk about describe the items we were using. Yummy! )

 

 

Our next few weeks will be a bit slower than we have become accustomed to. We will be taking it easy and focusing on unstructured play while we all adjust to a new little one in our home and incorporated into our routines. Next week we will be taking the week to play and for Thanksgiving. The week after that, we will be slowly getting back to our schedule and learning about the various modes of transportation!

Brittany XOXO