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Friday, March 22, 2013

Dr. Seuss on the Loose in Pre-K!

Last week we celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday by doing activities and crafts based on his wonderful stories! Pre K 1 started with this favorite:
Then we did this watercoloring art project! The peas were very thoughtful about how different colors made them feel, and I loved hearing them describe each one.
Next, both classes read The Foot Book!
Pre K 2 traced their feet and then wrote left and right by the correct foot. I love these little feet!
With cute painted toes!
Pre K 1 made a foot book for our growing collection of class books!
We took pictures of our feet and added opposite words.
It turned out pretty stinkin adorable.
We had some Seussy inspired building, like this car
Then Pre K 1 read this favorite:
And then we found there were actually Wockets in our class!
There was one for every one! Of course, they wanted to be in our pockets.
They were pretty popular.
One of my peas even thought that Happy needed to meet the Wocket so they wouldn't scare one another. Great idea!
Sucessful! They both were happy to meet one another.
Next both classes read the best Dr. Seuss book of all! 
And, of course, we just had to make green eggs and ham!
We made seperate servings of just eggs and eggs with ham.
The peas LOVED it!
We graphed who liked it and who didn't.
Here's Pre K 2 making their green eggs and ham!
It looks kind of weird...
But it's pretty yummy stuff!
Pre K 2 loved it, too!
They only had one friend that didn't like it!
After reading Cat in the Hat, both classes whipped up some art projects to go with this famous story.
Pre K 2 stamped pattern hats.

Pre K 2 made the fish in the story and thought about what he might say.
After reading this story, PPK was super sweet and let us play with the Oobleck they made in class. Thanks PPK ladies!
It was an ooey gooey mess!
The last book we did activities with was this one:
I found this awesome game on Pinterest, where else? We made a die into a fish game die and the peas had to fill up their bowls to win.
I love teaching games to this age, there are so many valuable things they learn during game play!
And they really love game centers!
We also had lots of super cute Seuss-y accessories and clothing going on this week which just added to the fun!
There were so many Seuss books to choose from, it's hard to fit everything in! We really enjoyed all of our activities this week. Next week we will be celebrating Easter with bunnies, chicks and eggs and a special day, so come back and check it out. Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Fairy Tales

Last week was one of my favorite all time themes: Fairy Tales! We started by discussing reoccurring themes in fairy tales, and did one of my favorite group activities at center time called "And the Wolf Wore Shoes". After reading The Wolf's Chicken Stew pictured below, we brainstorm what is real and what is not real in the story.

Another thing we noticed was that many times fairy tales include a castle! After finding this awesome art activity on Deep Space Sparkle we tackled drawing shape castles , then painting them. The peas did an extraordinary job!!!
We also built castles at block center!
After reading LOTS of variations of the three little pigs, we put some sticks (Lincoln logs), straw (Yellow Straws) and bricks (red snap cubes) into the sensory table with three little pigs and a wolf. They loved it!
One particular story was very popular...The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. If you haven't ever read this story, BUY it! It's totally worth it!
After reading the story, we asked who they believed...the wolf or the pigs??? We were a class divided!
Ms. Rhonda prepped her kids for The Frog Prince by learning about the life cycle of a frog and making these cute sequencing strips.
They also splashed in the water!
After reading Rapunzel, Ms. Rhonda had an AWESOME Rapunzel craft. The peas had to stack blocks for the tower, then added their princess at the top.

Pre K 1 made the 3 Little Pigs houses.
They chose where they wanted their wolf. Many of them put it at the first house. 
We added some props to our dramatic play area.
And since I collect fairy tales, we had a huge basket to look through. 
We broke out these fun castle blocks after reading Cinderella in class.
And we reinacted the 3 Billy Goats Gruff lots of times. :)
Pre K 2 made these fun fairy dust bottles in science center!

The Giant came and visited Pre K 1!!
He left beans for us to play with...
and a copy of his handprint! I found this adorable idea on Pinterest, of course! The kids traced their hands in the Giant's hand and then counted how many beans would fit inside their hands.
We even had a giant beanstalk spring up! Sans leaves, though, so we made some.
Then I had all the kiddos pose and snapped their picture. Later I added them each to the beanstalk!
To wrap up our beanstalk day, we planted three magic beans and then predicted which would grow first.
Next up, one of my favorite activities Pre K 2 did...Puss in Boots!
After reading the story, the peas added their own Puss to the boots. Ohmyword, these are so precious!

Last, but not least, Pre K 1 read this:
Then we did a Princess and the Pea art project!

SO cute! It says Austin put 6 mattresses on the bed, but the princess could still feel the pea! Then they added the number of mattresses they wanted, their princess and a pea at the bottom.
BEST WEEK EVER! We had so much fun and I think I could have kept going with the fairy tales! Well, that wraps up a magical week. Hope your week is magical, too!