Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Assessments

It's that time of the year when I need to start my assessments.
I've done fun games in the past, but this year my kids looooove stickers more than anything.
For their numbers I used this cute Christmas tree:

For those who I knew already could identify numbers 1-10 we practiced printing them as well as practicing numbers 10-20.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Chrsitmas Preschool Crafts

DIY Christmas Wrapping Paper
This is a fun, messy and simple to do activity. All you need is paint and paper. Stamps are optional, although the children do love to use them.
DIY Preschool Christmas Ornaments
MATH activity make a pattern then write your name this activity also has the children lace the ornaments.

Fine-motor skill activity
Decorating the Christmas tree can be a great opportunity to help develop their fine motor skills.

DIY Christmas tree ornament 
first paint the sticks
then glue on sequins, puff balls, beads etc.

 Language Arts
review letter sounds





Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holidays Around the World: Traditions in Germany

Christmas in Germany

Christmas tree traditions. I use this video to review what we learned about.
This site has lots of coloring pages and here is a link to a German Christmas Shoe
Learning about St. Nickolas
Cute read out loud story with pictures:


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holidays Around the World: Kwanzaa

All About Kwanzaa
  Free Printable with 7 principles of Kwanzaa:

Intro to kwanzaa YouTube video
Kwanzaa Coloring pages
I found this one here:
Kwanzaa flag
After they colored I let them put glitter glue, which is their favorite thing to do right now.

Music and Movement
Fine-motor activity/center
OBJECTIVES for this activity:
*Practice vocabulary- under and over
*Learn how to weave
*Recognize pattern

Monday, December 9, 2013

Holidays Around the World: Isreal-Hanukkah

Each day we will be learning about a different country and their traditions and customs.
 All About Israel: Hanukkah
Star of David Water coloring
materials: cardstock, water colors, and painters tape
Holidays around the world pre k art
how to hold a pencil properly
Art/Social Studies
Handprint Menorah
menorah handprint social studies activity
Reviewed the Hanukkah story and fun facts.
Information Video 

Friday, December 6, 2013

December Bible Study virtue: Generosity

The Nativity Story 
We Three kings
I cut the crowns and circles, but the children cut their own triangles and decorated their 3 wise men independently.  
Drawing beards

Thursday, December 5, 2013

All About the Arctic Fox

Fun Facts:
1. The arctic fox has furry soles, so they don't stick to the ice
2. The fox's coat changes during the seasons to better co with it environment.

Additional resources:
Art Project
We watched a few videos showing what the northern lights  are and what they look like.
I found this FREE template online. Here's the link:
Water Painting the Northern Lights
Some of my kids wanted just the fox silhouette
 and others preferred  pasting a white Arctic Fox on their painting.
Then I had a little rebel who told me she didn't want white fur. She wanted her fox to have brown fur, because it was summer time :) She doesn't like winter haha

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Why are polar bears skin black ?

A polar bear's skin is black so it can soak up as much of the sun's rays as possible.

Preschool polar bear craft
Before this craft, I asked the kids what color they thought the polar bears skin was. They all replied white! To better help them understand, I asked my preschoolers what color Darren's( student) skin color was, they answered white. I continued by asking them what color Darren's hair was, they said Black.  
preschool preschool winter animlas
Although Polar bears do not have "white" fur. It helped them understand that polar bears can have different color skin than their fur.
Polar bear winter animal black skin art project
Here is the link to the polar bear template: images/elementary/p329PolarBear.pdf
I had to enlarge it a few times on our school copy machine.
I stapled a few black sheets of paper and placed the template on top to make it easier and faster.

 Science Experiment
Why don't polar bears get cold in the freezing cold water?
polar bears have a lot of blubber
They only lasted 3 seconds before taking their hand out.  

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

All About Penguins

Winter Animals: Penguin Day
 Penguin facts:
1. Penguins are birds
2. they cannot fly
3. they are fast swimmers
4. they eat fish
5.their white bellies help them camouflage with the snow and sunlight, making it difficult for an underwater predator to see them.
 link for More penguin facts and pictures.
Language Arts
skip to 2:55 min to listen to the story.
A story about celebrating difference.
 Penguin painting project + reviewing penguin body parts and facts.
Feed the penguin
Here is the link to download it, for FREE:
Outdoor Game
Ready- Set- Waddle!
Hilarious to watch!
playing penguins.
My kids were pretending to be the daddy penguin and caring for the eggs. The also were swimming around the playground looking for fish to eat.

Monday, December 2, 2013

What are Winter Animals

Arctic Animal slide show & videos

Personally, I turn down the audio and have the kids repeat after me. I'm not a fan of the vocals.

Winter theme: Snowman

We  had "snow" much fun!
Language Arts: what comes next
Building a snowman
Art:  snowman
I found this cute idea on pinterest.

My kids loved making their own snowman.
Critical thinking: snowball hunt 
Keeping the kids preoccupied by going on a snowball hunt. They worked as a team to find all 16.  I made up riddles and gave them clues.
Once they found all 16 snowballs, they each got a prize/goodie bag. It worked out great; I had a child with a b-day and he was going to pass out  his goody bags anyways :)  

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Letter of the week: Alphabet Art Book 2013

Weekly Art Activity
Each week the children do an art page for their very own ABC art book. It will be a surprise, to both the children and parents. They will get to take it home during our open house.

K is for
L is for
M is for
on going project...
N is for
O is for
P is for
Q is for
R is for
S is for
T is for
U is for
V is for
W is for
X is for
Y is for
Z is for