Dear Preschool Families,
It is hot at school but only the teachers are complaining. The kids don't seem to mind one bit, which is great!
This week we began with the beginning of our alphabet with Letter A. We read books about ants and apples and though it feels like summer, books about fall. We read about leaves and the beautiful colors of autumn. We learned that autumn is another word for fall.
For art we made beautiful leaves. We put the paint in a plastic bag with the cut out of the leaf and then sealed it and the morning class squished the bag without even getting any paint on themselves. We ran out of very large bags for the afternoon class but they were able to paint their leaves with no problem and not to much of a mess. We also colored a letter A and put apple stickers all over it. Finally, we glued colored tissue paper squares on to a large acorn.
This week in Religion we talked about who takes care of us. We talked about how we feel safe that our parents take care of us. We learned about shepherds and how Jesus is like a shepherd and we are like His sheep. Jesus takes care of us and wants us always to do the right thing and stay on the right path, just like the sheep.
For our letter A activities, we learned how to make an A a, what sound it makes and also that it has two sounds. We picked a paper apple off a tree that had a letter Aa on it. I threw some other letters in there as "stinkers" to try to trick them but they are very smart. Next we sorted acorns. We put the uppercase A in one basket and the lowercase in the other. If we did the right thing we made a squirrel noise. Big Bears made the letter A on chart paper for display. Finally, we sang the Hokey Pokey with letter Aa.
The Science experiment this week was a great hit. I asked the kids if a bottle could blow up a balloon all by itself. We reviewed what happens when baking soda and vinegar get together. I put 1/3 of the vinegar into a liter bottle and then I put some baking soda in a balloon. I attached the balloon to the lid of the bottle and carefully turned the balloon up so the baking soda went into the bottle and "voila," the chemical reaction blew up the balloon.
We ran out of time for Math this week but will continue on with number 2 next week. If we miss math, don't worry, because every day we count all of the numbers on the calendar forwards and backwards and sometimes in Spanish. Unfortunately I can only go up to 10 in Spanish so we are a little limited. We are also learning how to count by tens.
Have a great rest of the weekend!