Learning About the Life Cycle of Frogs

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This week, we learned about amphibians and the life cycle of frogs.  We started out by looking through many books about frogs and their life cycle.  The kids loved looking at the pictures and pointing out the animals they recognized.  Many of the students had background knowledge on the life cycle and were able to identify pictures of frog eggs and tadpoles.

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Learning About the Water Cycle with Preschoolers

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This week, we learned about the Water Cycle!  In preparation, I checked out every book on the Water Cycle from the library. I put out a bunch of the books for the kids to look through.  The kids LOVED looking through these books!  There were a bunch of pictures of rain, snow, tornadoes, lightning, and all different kinds of weather.  Then we got down to business…

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Preschool Theme: Farm Animals

We started with a large number of books on farm animals.  See the complete list here.  We read Stuck in The Mud by .  It is a really fun book for this age.  It features different animals that live on a farm.  It has repetition and animals sounds.  The kids really seemed to love it!  I highly recommend it for a farm unit with preschoolers or just for a fun read.

We started with a large number of books on farm animals. I’ll post the complete list soon. We read Stuck in the Mud by Jane Clarke. It is a really fun book for this age. It features different animals that live on a farm. It has repetition and animals sounds. The kids really seemed to love it! I highly recommend it for a farm unit with preschoolers or just for a fun read.

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Preschool Theme: Community Helpers

This past week, our family went “screen-free!”  We didn’t use the internet, watch tv, or use our tablets.  It was so nice and easier than I thought that it was going to be!  We decided that we are going to do more set “screen-free” times.  With that said, I am a week behind in my blog posts and have a lot of work to do this week!  If you would like to find more information and/or take a pledge to go “screen-free” for a week, here is some more information.

Two classes ago, we learned all about community helpers.  We learned about the services they provide, the tools they need to use, and their special modes of transportation.  Here is what we did….

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Preschool Author Study: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

Another activity that we did for our Mo Willems Author Study (see more here) coincides with Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus. 

The books that we read for our Mo Willems Author Study

The books that we concentrated on for our Mo Willems Author Study

Here are the materials for the puppets that we made.  You can see the pigeons in the left corner.  The speech bubbles were used for a different activity, which I will post about shortly.

Here are the materials for the puppets that we made. You can see the pigeons in the left corner. The speech bubbles were used for a different activity, which I will post about shortly.

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Mo Willems Author Study: Knuffle Bunny Glyph

On Saturday, we had our Preschool Awesome Authors class.  This week, we focused on Mo Willems.  We had so much fun!  We ended up reading three of his books in class.  One of which was Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity.

After reading and discussing the book, each child created a glyph.  I think that glyphs are so much fun to create and it is a great way to try to have kids show their individuality.

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President’s Day with Preschoolers!

We were invited to a play-date with two other kids just about the same ages as mine (two and three).  I wanted to think of something that we could do that would be fun, crafty, and have a President’s Day Theme.  We had four kids altogether so combining that fact with the theme of presidents, I knew that I wanted to do something with Mount Rushmore.  I figured out that we could make our own Mount Rushmore with masks! Yeah!  Here is what we did….

I needed 4 paper plates, four popsicle sticks, glue, a book about Presidents, and construction paper to cut out the facial features

I needed 4 paper plates, four popsicle sticks, glue, a book about Presidents, cotton balls, and construction paper to cut out the facial features

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I cut out the middle of the plates and attached a stick to each one.

After finding pictures of the  different presidents, I started to cut-out the different facial features to add to the masks.  Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt anyone??

After finding pictures of the different presidents, I started to cut-out the different facial features to add to the masks. Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt anyone??

The four Presidents before the glue and cotton balls.  Yes, I had trouble making Thomas Jefferson, but that is ok, it still worked.

The four Presidents before the glue and cotton balls. Yes, I had trouble making Thomas Jefferson, but that is ok, it still worked.

All packed up and ready for our play-date!!

All packed up and ready for our play-date!!

When we started our activity, I read my copy of “So You Want to Be President?” By Judith St. George. In case you are unfamiliar with this book, it is a book about different facts about past presidents and the requirements of becoming a President of the United States in the future.  I think that the book is perfect as a whole for upper elementary-age students, however, younger children can enjoy parts of it.  I put sticky notes on all of the pages featuring the presidents from Mount Rushmore, George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson.  I also included the page on the pets that have lived in the White House and the beginning and end of the book.  When I read the book the older two kids seemed really interested, the one and two year-olds, not so much.  After reading the sticky-note sections, we looked at a picture of Mount Rushmore on the internet.

Then we picked which kid was going to create which president’s mask.  We decided that the tallest person would Abraham Lincoln and then just randomly choose the others.  Then we got to work…

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Teddy!

Teddy Roosevelt!

The finished masks.  They looked so cute!

The finished masks. They looked so cute!

The real Mount Rushmore

The real Mount Rushmore

Our Mount Rushmore!

Our Mount Rushmore! (Apparently, George Washington doesn’t like to get his picture taken.)

Overall, I thought that the project went really well!  The kids learned about Mount Rushmore (Field Trip!), what it takes to become President of the United States, different facts about past President’s, and familiarized themselves with the names of four of them.  I think that it pretty good for four kids under four! Enjoy!