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 Theme: Under the Sea

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Ok, I went WAY overboard with the amount of books that I had on hand for the kids and parents to read!  You can find my list here.  There are so many children’s books available on the topic “Under the Sea.”  We started out by reading The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen.  I recently bought the hard-cover of this book for $5 (yeah!!) at Kohl’s.  They also have $5 stuffed animals that correspond with the books.  Unfortunately, our store was out of the stuffed pout-pout fish (boo!!).  After our story and song, we had our centers….

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Preschool Theme: Favorite Children’s Books

I was so excited to start my summer session of class!! It is an abbreviated six-week series that started this week.  I loved meeting all of the kids and parents!  Since I absolutely love children’s books, I thought that having some of my favorites, as our first theme, was a great place to start!  Here is what we did…

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Preschool Author Study: Anna Dewdney

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We had a ton of fun learning about the books written by Anna Dewdney!  We primarily focused on the Llama, Llama series, however, I had a couple of other books available for the kids to read if they wanted to.  This was the final class of my “Awesome Authors” series which was really a shame, because it was such a fun class!  I am thinking that I may offer it again in the fall. Here is what we did…

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Preschool Theme: Art

I am always trying to introduce new ways of thinking to my class.  This week, we focused on art.  We read several books on art (see post here) and had several more for parents to look through and read to their children.  We also created some fine art, if I do say so myself.  Here is what we did….

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Beginning a Science Journal with a Preschooler (Part One, of many)

I want to encourage my kids to question and explore the world around them everyday.  I think that that kind of thinking will help them in so many ways down the road.  So, I want to start a science journal for my 3 year old.  I tend to way over think things and this science journal is turning out to be no exception.  Should I use an actual notebook? What should the format be? What should go into the journal?-ARGH!  I had so many questions that I felt like it was never going to get done, because I didn’t know how to start!

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Preschool Theme: Feelings

Last week, we learned all about different feelings.  We focused on how your face changes depending on how you are feeling and what causes you to feel certain ways.  Unfortunately, we had several kids absent (there is a bad flu going around).  We missed them, but we ended up having a good time.

I had quite a selection of books for the kids and parents to read.  We ended up reading "The Feel Good Book" by Todd Parr.  His books are fun and sweet.  He has many books on feelings.

I had quite a selection of books for the kids and parents to read. We ended up reading “The Feel Good Book” by Todd Parr. His books are fun and sweet. He has many books on feelings.

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“My Book About Feelings” -Free Printable Preschool Book

Tomorrow we are learning all about feelings.  I have created a simple preschool book for the kids to complete on Powerpoint.  The first page after the cover  reads “I feel happy when I ____.”  The word “happy” is in yellow and there is plenty of space for kids to complete the sentence and create a picture.  Each page has a different feeling.  With the kids completing the sentence, they will know in their heads what the words are and will be able to “read” the words on their own.  I also hope that this book introduces some more sight words to the kids.  If you print the book as is, you will get two copies of the book.

Click here to print out your feelings book!

Enjoy!

~Miss Jenny

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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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