Preschool News Week 10

20171106_135711We continued working with Los Alimentos y Su Procedencia/ The Foods and its origin! This week they had fun doing simple activities related with chicken, bees and fish. We associates the things that they can eat with this, chickens have eggs/huevos and pollo/chicken. Bees produce honey and fish produce fish. We had fun with farm sensory play activities with our different focus animals:  cows, chickens, bees and fish. We also did cute projects with a hand print forming a chicken, plastic spoons chickens, fish mobil, and bee puppets. A favorite activity was when they tasted the honey on a small gluten free salt cookie! Most of them loved it! 😊
20171106_111829LETRAS
This week we learned all about the letter Ss /la letra Ss. Be sure to point out the letter that we practice when you are reading. The letter S is pronounced the same in English and Spanish. Our examples this week were: sandia/ watermelon, sombrero/hat, sarten/frying pan, sol/sun, and silla, chair. We did activities related with the letter Ss and we sang songs.
NÚMEROS
We worked with the numbers 1-5 counting and recognition of each number. The kiddos did different activities such as, counting bees/ abejas, fish/peces, blocks and pom poms.
 
20171106_145632La Figura y Color
This month we started with triangle shape (triángulo), and green (verde) color. I talked about it with the kids passing around the shape, so the children could examine this shape up close. The kids joined the points from 1 to 5 by plotting to form a triangle, with the result of a clown, and to finish with this activity the kiddos painted the clown. They formed the triangle shape with wooden popsicle sticks. We also had fun doing color searches around the house.

Preschool News Week 9

One of our three Halloween class pictures.

One of our three Halloween class pictures.

 

img_2806November is a perfect time to learn about Los Alimentos y su procedencia/ The Foods and their origin! As you we already know, kids are like information sponges, every little thing we say or do, they’re listening and watching, even if we don’t always think they are. So, obviously, what we say and do around them matters, but we also need to extend this to what we eat and how we eat it. Thus, the objective for this unit is that students must grasp the concept of healthy foods versus junk foods. They must also could categorize foods into their respective food groups.

This month we will play several games and activities to introduce food groups and healthy eating to kids. We will also explain the four food groups. Fruits and vegetables grow on trees or plants and many have seeds. Protein foods include animal meat and beans. Dairy foods are milk products, and grains include foods with the ingredients that make bread. The kiddos had fun this week with our first activities related to the cow and we associated the things that they can eat with the cow like;
milk/leche,
yogurt/yogurt,
ice cream/helado,
sour crema/crema, and
cheese/queso
Making mantequilla!

Making mantequilla!

We did several different projects: sensory play activities, paper cows, and the kiddos prepared their own butter and spread it onto little pieces of bread and then, they ate it! They had a lot of fun making butter 😊!
Here is the recipe:
½ pint of heavy cream
1 clean pint jar or other similarly-sized container with a tight cover or lid, preferably plastic
1 clean marble
Directions :
  1. Take your jar and place the marble inside
  2. Pour the cream into the jar and screw the cover on tightly
  3. Have the children shake the jar. A figure-eight motion seems to work best, but let your kids go wild (not so much, if the jar is glass). If you have a plastic container with a tight lid, you can even roll it back and forth.
  4. Listen for the marble bouncing up and down.
  5. After the marble cannot be heard anymore, you’ll know the cream is thickening. Keep shaking, and you will soon start to see the glob of butter form
The marble will go silent as it is enveloped by the butter.
  1. Find and remove the marble
  2. Place the butter into a container of your choice to store or use.
The end result: a delicious scoop of butter!
 
img_2804LETRAS
This week we learned all about the letters M m /la letra M m.. Be sure to point out the letter that we practice when you are reading. The English and Spanish letter M make the same sound. Examples:  mamá, mano, mono, mariposa, murciélago. We incorporated our touch investigation with the letter Mm, reading books, tracing the letter, and games of letter recognition.
 
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We were working with the numbers 1-5 doing different activities, like counting cows, blocks, tracing numbers and recognition of numbers with games, and finding the numbers into the classroom.
 
img_2805La Figura y Color
This month we started with the triangle shape (triangulo), and green (verde) color. We talked about it and passed around the shape so the children could examine it up close. We compared different sizes of the triangle shape. Also, they did an activity to draw, count the sides of a triangle and cut triangle shape.
Have a good weekend.
Macky.

Preschool News Week 8

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This week has has been amazing! The Bizi-Farm field trip was very fun!
This week we continued working with the five senses/ Los Cinco Sentidos. We focused on the body’s sense of hearing. We learned that we use our ears to take information about things around us. Like others skills that children learn, listening takes practice. So we used listening games like listening to different instruments, sounds of music at various volumes. Kids heard sounds from different objects and then we asked them to name the object making the sound. They did great!

20171027_102523They learned about their body’s sense of smell. They learned that the sense of smell tells us about our environment. They know that they can smell good things like ‘tasty ’ food, horrible smells like dirty socks and dangerous smells like smoke from a fire. We read the book Oso Polar, Oso Polar, Oso Polar Qué Es Ese Ruido?/Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? What did the kids hear when I read the book? Lots of noise when kids chant the rhythmic words. The kids made the sounds the animals made in the story.

We also read Tiempo de Calabazas!/ It’s Pumpkin Time! As well, we did a lot of fun projects for these senses like: guessing what was inside of the egg using the sound. And they played with a pumpkin by smelling, touching it, and hitting the pumpkin to hear her sound.

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This week we reviewed the vowels/las vocales. Be sure to point out the vowels (A, E, I, O , U) that we practice when you are reading. We incorporated our touch investigation with the vowels, reading books, playing bingo, and games of vowels recognition.

20171027_145608NÚMERO

We work with number 5/ número 5 and the kiddos had fun with different activities. They had a fun time playing and using some items for sorting and counting. Sorting helps children see differences and similarities. We did activities like tracing numbers, games like finding the number in the classroom, counting five blue squares, and placing little pieces of paper onto the number five.

LA FIGURA Y EL COLOR

This week we continued working with square shape (cuadrado) and blue color (color azul). We reviewed the square shape using and comparing different sizes of this shape. We did a fun project painting blue sticks and making the square shapes with them.

Preschool News Week 7

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20171018_101408El Sentido del Tacto
 We continued working with the five senses/ Los Cinco Sentidos. This week the kids learned about their sense of touch (sentido del tacto) by feeling different materials and textures. We used a collection of fabrics including fleece, burlap, silk and satin, rocks, sandpaper, cotton, flour, silk paper, rice, beans, corn, pompom, and feathers as well. We taught the kiddos the difference between soft, rough and smooth. I used, as an example, a rock as a hard object. We gave them some objects to feel the texture of each item while they explained what they felt as they touched it.
We read about different ways we use our sense of touch. The kids enjoyed all the activities, playing and singing songs with this sense. The students had a great time touching different textures. We did activities with sensory texture touching and gluing rocks, cotton, etc., These experiences encourage the children to explore various textures and promotes the use of observation, plus expressive and descriptive vocabulary. As well, we had fun with texture games. They put their hand inside a paper bag and then they described what they felt touching the different objects in the bag (rocks, pompoms, oranges, corn, and shapes). The activities that we used this week help the kids to observe, compare, experiment and practice descriptive and expressive skills.
 
20171019_110949LETRAS
This week we learned all about the letter U u /la letra U u. Be sure to point out the letter that we practice when you are reading. As example:
uno/one,
uvas/grapes,
unicornio/unicorn,
uniciclo/unicycle,
We incorporated our touch investigation with the letter U, reading books, the letter Uu  in rice, sandpaper, beans, corn, and feathers. To end the week, the kids identified the letter(vowel) Uu in our daily reading.
NÙMERO
We continued working with number 4 (número cuatro) doing different activities with beans, rocks, and silk paper. Also, they were tracing the number four (4)/ número cuatro (4). Otherwise they were sorting and counting blocks. Sorting and counting helps the kids to begin notice how items are alike and different, and creates an awareness that is vital for math learning.
LA FIGURA Y EL COLOR
This week we continued working with square shape (cuadrado) and blue color (color azul). We reviewed the square shape using and comparing different sizes of this shape.  Also, they did an activity counting 4 blue bears and finding blue things in our classroom.

Preschool News Week 6

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This week we continued working with “The five Senses” “Los Cinco Sentidos” theme. We focused on the sense of taste; Taste Sense theme involves the children in sensory experiences. During this theme I started teaching the kids that our tongues are covered in taste buds that allow us to taste things that are salty/salado, sweet/dulce, sour/ácido and bitter/amargo. I provided students examples of each flavor to taste. 20171010_100318Lemon/limón salt/sal, ginger/gengibre, radishand/rabaños, raisins/pasas, and banana/plátano. As well, we were talking about the foods and what kind of food they prefer or like most and why. They did activities such as a paper tongue, gluing pictures of the food that they liked most. Another activity was for them to guess the different flavor the teacher gave them using only their sense of taste/ el gusto. They enjoyed this activity, especially tasting sweets. With this theme, the kids learned new vocabulary, such as, bitter/amargo, sour/ácido, salty/salado, sweet/dulce.
Letras
This week we continued working with vowels by focusing on the vowel O,o. The kids recognized in our daily reading the vowel O o, and they practiced the letter Oo doing different activities like tracing letter Oo using their finger first and then, they traced the vowel with crayons and markers. We read a book of the letter Oo as well. The English Letter Oo can be pronounced (o). While the Spanish pronunciation is the same(o). As example:

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Letter O hunt

Letter O hunt

Oso/bear,

Ocho/eight,
Olla/pot,
Óvalo/oval.
Números
This week we started working with number 4 (número cuatro). We had a fun time playing and using some items  for sorting and counting. We had fun with activities such as counting four fishes, four shapes, tracing and recognition of the number 4.

Preschool Week 5 News

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October is here! And we started working with “The five Senses” “Los Cinco Sentidos” theme. We also introduced the children to the fall season through projects where they identified the autumnal season. During this theme of sensory experiences your child will identify, compare and classify items as they investigate the world around them. We are going to explore the five senses of touch, sight, smell, taste and sound during this month. Therefore, we started this week with the sense of sight. We worked with a fantastic book, “Brown Bear, brown Bear, What Do You See? / Oso Café, Oso Café, Que Es Lo Que Tu Ves? The narrator of this book asks various animals what they see with the response usually being another animal, the respondent is then asked what they themselves see, and the process is repeated. It features a
20171006_142205Brown Bear/ Oso Café,
Red Bird/Pájaro Rojo,
Yellow Duck/ Pato Amarillo
Blue Horse/Caballo Azul
Green Frog/rana Verde
Purple Cat/Gato Morado
White Dog/ Perro Blanco
Black Sheep/ Cordero Negro
Goldfish/ Pez Dorado
The kiddos were fascinated with this wonderful book, and learning our new vocabulary. In addition, we were working in different activities that helped them to build up their fine motor skills. We did projects such as a sequencing hat Brown Bear, Brown Bear/ Oso Café, bear puppets, and autumn handprint tree.
20171005_112117Letras
This week we continued working with vowels. The letter of the week was Ii. The kids recognized the vowel Ii in our daily reading, and they practiced the letter Ii doing different activities like tracing letter I i using their finger first and then, they tracing with crayons and markers. We did letter Ii on the classroom board. We read a book of the letter Ii. The English Letter Ii can be pronounced (ai). While the Spanish pronunciation is (ee). As example;
Iman/magnet,
Iglu/igloo,
Insignia/insignia or emblem,
Invitación/invitacion,
Insecto/insect.
 
Números
This week we continued working with number 3. We had a fun time playing and using some items for sorting and counting. Sorting helps children see differences and similarities. We did activities such as counting three fingers and tracing number 3,
La Figura y Color
This month we started with the square shape (cuadrado), and blue (azul) color. I talked about it with the kids passing around the shape, so the children could examine this shape up close. We compare different sizes of the square shape. Also, they did an activities as tracing blue square and drawing robots, presents, dice and windows.

Preschool Week 4 News

tres ososThis week we continued working with “Mi Familia” “My Family” theme. I used this theme as a guide to teach children more about families and what makes up a family. It’s so lovely to see how they are learning in every class! We worked with reading the book “Ricitos de Oro y los Tres Osos” “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. With this classic and amazing story tale the kids learned new Spanish words such as:
 mamá oso/ mama bear,
papá oso/papa bear,
bebé oso/ baby bear,
casa/house,
bosque/forest,
oso/bear,
cuchara/spoon,
plato/plate,
sopa/soup,
silla/chair,
cama/bed,
pelo/hair.
We did great activities, such as painting bears faces, followed by recognition of three different sizes big/grande, medium/mediano, small/pequeño. As well, we drew family members into a house that they painted and built with  wood sticks. They colored, cut out, and arranged the pieces correctly.  The kids enjoyed this book and they had a good time learning our new words. In addition, we worked on different activities to help build up their fine motor skills.
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We use D’Nealian handwriting. Notice the ‘monkey tails’.

Letra

This week we continued working with vowels. The kiddos recognized and practiced the vowel E e. They did different activities with the letter, such as finding the vowel E e in our daily reading, and handwriting. This week the children learned words such as:
Estrella/star,
Elefante/ elephant,
Esponja/sponge,
Espejo/mirror,
Escoba/broom,
Estados Unidos/United States.
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This week we started working with number 3. We had a fun time playing and recognizing the number, they traced the number with play dough, traced the number in the board, counting three bears/ tres osos, three chairs/tres sillas, and three camas/tres camas.  
La figura y el Color
This month we continued with the circle shape (círculo). I talked about it with the kiddos passing around the shape, so the children could examine this shape up close. We compared different sizes of the circle shape. We also played a game that involved finding circle shapes in our classroom, as making circles holding classmate’s hands, making different sizes of circles with three kids as small, with six kids as medium, and with all class as big. Finally, we continued reviewing the color red, doing activities as paint, coloring, and finding red bears in the classroom.
Have a good weekend!

Preschool Week 3 News

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This week we continued with “Family Unit”, where to continue reinforcing the value of families “Families are Forever”. We are continuing to learn the structure of the traditional family which includes a mother, father, and siblings as the main focus of a family. So, at the end of this unit they will know a basic knowledge of how families work and how they are different. Also,  we read the book, El Canguro Tiene Mamá?/Does a Kangaroo have a mother too? This book helps us to integrate new words into our Spanish vocabulary such as:
Canguro/Kangaroo,
León/ lion,
Jirafa/giraffe,
Pingüino/ penguin,
20170920_133143Cisne/ swan,
Zorro/ fox,
Delfín/dolphin,
Cordero/lamb,
Oso/bear,
Elefante/elephant,
Mono/monkey.
We had fun with different kangaroo projects; paper bag puppet, construction paper bags, paint with their little fingers, and collage. To end, we looked at family photos, they named their family members, who was doing different activities, and they described the photos. Next week they will imitate mom and dad😊!

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This week we went over the vowels/vocales. We started with vowel/vocal Aa. They did different activities with this letter such as finding vowels in a letter soup, and handwriting. This week the children learned words such as:
Avión/airplane,
Alto/stop,
árbol/tree,
Abanico/fan,
Almohada/pillow,
Alce/elk.

20170919_112200NÚMERO

This week we worked with number 2/ número dos. We had a fun time playing and using some items to recognize it. We did different activities like tracing the number 2 to focus on correct number formation, coloring and counting 2 frogs/ranas, and 2 zapatos/shoes. Next week we will use some items for sorting and counting.

20170922_132345LA FIGURA Y EL COLOR

This week we continued working with the circle shape/figura circulo and color red/color rojo. The students examined the shape up close and they compared different sizes of circle as chico/small, mediano/medium, and grande/big. Finally, kiddos colored manzanas rojas/red apples and did a hunt for red items in the classroom.

 

Preschool Week 2 News

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20170911_135150This week we continued working with socials skills activities and the Family theme. We use this theme as a guide to teach children more about families and what makes up a family. We have worked with reading the book  “Eres tu Mi Mamá”.  “Are You My Mother?” is the story about a hatchling bird. His mother, thinking her egg will stay in her nest where she left it, leaves her egg alone and flies off to find food. The baby bird hatches. He does not understand where his mother is so he goes to look for her. As he is unable to fly, he walks, and in his search, he asks a kitten, a hen, a dog, and a cow if they are his mother, but none of them are. Finally, his mother returns to the nest and the two are united, much to their delight, and the baby bird recounts to his mother the adventures he had looking for her. The kids enjoyed this book and they had a good time learning new words like gato/kitten, gallina/hen, perro/dog, and /cow.  Also, we worked with different activities like the hands family tree, paper house (where they used their imagination to draw their families), paper plate and bag paper nest. These activities help them to build up their fine motor skills. In addition, we sang songs, danced and played within the theme.
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The kids were practicing their names. They did clothespin name recognition activity, handwriting letter Aa, and letter soup.
20170915_110533Números
This week we worked with number 1. We had a fun time playing and using some items to recognize it. We were doing different activities such as tracing number 1, coloring and counting one finger/dedo, one leaf/hoja, and one chicken/gallina. We work on writing the number correctly, top-down, and holding our pencil/marker/crayon correctly.
Figuras
This month we be will working with the circle shape. We talked about it with the kids, passing around the shape so they could examine it up close. They drew the circle shape on the board, focusing on making the ends meet.