Friday, November 16, 2012

Preschool Week 10: Thanksgiving

Monday with Arielle

Opening Activity: Thanksgiving maze and coloring page

Circle Time:
  • Date/Time/Weather
  • Thanksgiving songs
  • Read “Mary’s First Thanksgiving” by Kathy-jo Wargin.

Snack: Grapes and Goldfish Crackers

Wiggle Time: “Gourd Games” (from Pinterest). Wiggle block/dance videos

Lesson: Discuss the first Thanksgiving. Map skills - follow the journey of the Mayflower.

Craft/Activity: Color/Cut Turkey worksheet (from Pinterest)

Wednesday with Naomi

Opening Activity: Use water colors to paint Turkey Dot to Dots and then make Thanksgiving hats

Circle Time:
Snack: Food Turkey made out of PB&J sandwich for body, apple slices for feathers, etc.

Food Image Found HERE

Wiggle Time: Catch the Turkey! Take turns wearing the turkey hat and running from everyone else! Other two wear Indian feathers and pilgrim hat. TAG!

Lesson: Review story of Thanksgiving

Craft/Activity: Make the My Thanksgiving Story Book

Preschool Week 9: Where does FOOD come from?

Monday with Arielle

Opening Activity: Food producers worksheets

Circle Time:
  • Date/Time/Weather
  • Songs - "On Top of Spaghetti", "Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree", "Pat-a-Cake", and "Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?"
  • Read “Corn” by Gail Gibbons 

 Snack: Popcorn, apples, peanut butter, string cheese.

Wiggle Time: Exercises for a healthy body - use Wiggle Block - roll the block to see what activity we do.

Lesson: Discuss the food groups and why we need each of them. Play "my healthy plate" - the first person to collect their total healthy foods on their plate wins!

Craft/Activity: "I am thankful for..." pumpkin pie spinner. What are you thankful for?

Wednesday with Naomi

Opening Activity: Match food to its Maker (i.e. cheese, milk, yogurt to the cow. Bacon and pork chops to the pig. Fruits to their trees etc.) Farm or Factory worksheet

Circle Time:
  • Date/Time/Weather
  • Read- Green Eggs and Ham, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Sing- Can you bake a cake, and Bubba the Blueberry Bear 

Snack: Homemade bread (show them wheat berries, freshly ground wheat, bread dough, and fresh baked bread) Fresh Butter (have the kids shake heavy whipping cream into butter inside of a small jar!) Honey (watch a short video on how bees produce honey.)

Wiggle Time: Dance to Old MacDonald had a Farm on the Wii

Lesson: How food is transported all around the world for us to eat and what it does for our economy.

Craft/Activity: Plant Pumpkin, and wheat grass!

Friday Field Trip

Take kids to a local farm or grocery store to explore  where food comes from first hand!

Preschool Week 8: Halloween!

Monday with Arielle

Opening Activity: Fall scissor skills worksheet.

Circle Time:
Snack: Mandarin Orange Jack-o-Lanterns (Pinterest)

Wiggle Time: Monster Freeze Dance Put on "Monster Mash" and other seasonal tunes. Have kids show off their silliest monster dance moves—(also try having them stagger like zombies, fly on broomsticks like witches, or hop like toads) but they must freeze in place when the tunes turn off!

Lesson: Halloween Around the World! (map skills) - Draw a card from trick-or-treat bucket with a picture of a country, find the country on the map, talk about how they celebrate Halloween.

Craft/Activity: Paper plate Ghosts and Jack-o-lanterns

Wednesday with Naomi

Halloween Trick-or-treat Party! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Preschool Week 7: The 5 Senses

Monday with Arielle

Opening Activity: Apples/YUM! and Harvest Time worksheets (mailbox packet)

Circle Time:
  • Date/Time/Weather
  • Singing time: Can we be loud, soft? Can we make our voices high, low? Can we hear with our eyes closed or hands behind our backs? 
Snack: TEXTURES! - juicy grapes, squishy yogurt, and crunchy crackers

Wiggle Time: Watch dance videos - use eyes to follow along, ears to hear music, and use touch to clap hands and move along.

Lesson: Read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?” Talk about the 5 senses and how we use them each day.

Craft: Finger Painting (sight, touch) Discuss adjectives - how do we describe the paint we feel and the colors we see?

Wednesday with Naomi

Opening Activity: (FEEL) Sorting textures with Senses - Find the matching texture balloons. Build a texture monster!

Circle Time: (HEAR)
  • Date/Time/Weather
  • Make up Halloween Story about spooky sounds! - identify that sound - learn how sounds are made.
  • Singing with instruments and rhythms 
(Activity and photo found HERE)
Snack: (TASTE & SMELL) Sweet (marshmallows), sour (lime), salty (saltine crackers), bitter (dark chocolate), spicy (beef jerky), and umami/savory (mango with soy sauce) platter! Smell each food and guess what it will taste like. Then taste it and see if you were right!

Wiggle Time: (SEE) Blind fold games!
-Kitty tag (play tag blindfolded on hands and knees to prevent accidents!
-Marco Polo!

Lesson: Review what our 5 senses are, how they work, and what they are for? Talk about how we compensate with other senses if we lose one of our senses.

Craft: Mr. Potato Head Senses Craft

Friday Field Trip

Visit Johansen’s Farm (petting zoo and pumpkin patch) Talk about all the things you see, feel, smell, etc. ($7.50/person) To learn more about Johansen's Farm, click HERE!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Preschool Week 6: Make Believe and Imagine!

Monday with Arielle

Opening Activity: Disney Letter and Number worksheets. Princess Memory.

Circle Time:
  • Date/Time/Weather
  • Read Alice in Wonderland
  • Gift of Make Believe songs - “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” 
Snack: ants on a log and dirt & worms - don’t worry, it’s only pretend! :)

Wiggle Time: “Alice” - chase a rabbit (white handkerchief puppet), shrink and grow, paint the roses red, etc.

Lesson: What are the different parts of a story (beg, mid, end)? What makes a good story? What is an author? Can we “write” stories too? Let’s learn the different parts of a book.

Craft: Fantasy collage - add fantastical characters and ideas from stories and songs we heard today.

Wednesday with Naomi

Opening Activity: Money Activities and worksheets

Circle Time:
  • Date/Time/Weather
  • Puppet Story (kids get to help by having their own puppets)
  • Review of letter songs (roll dice to see what animal you have to sing like!) 
Snack: Tea Party with juice and cookies

Wiggle Time: Bee Tag!!! (Like normal tag except you tag each other with the stinger on your bum instead of with your hands)

Lesson: There are many ways to tell stories. One way is to tell stories through art work. Make paintings and then share the story about your picture with the class.

Craft: Toilet Paper Roll Marionette Dragons!

Friday Field Trip

 Kidstown Field Trip! Children $10 each, adults are FREE. Learn more about Kidstown HERE!

Preschool Week 5: Christopher Columbus

Monday with Arielle

Opening Activity:  File folder games, then make a Telescope out of paper towel rolls!

Circle Time:
  • Date/Time/Weather 
  • Songs:  “Row Row Row Your Boat”, “Sailing Sailing”, and “Day-O”.   
  • Counting with the Calendar: count length of voyage-72 days, count how many weeks are in those 72 days, and count how many full months are in those 72 days.
Snack:  “sea” biscuits with jam and mandarin oranges to prevent scurvy!

Wiggle Time:
 “A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea”  -

  • Story – “Let’s Meet Christopher Columbus”    
  • Map Work: Use telescope to help locate Genoa, Italy; Indies; Palos, Spain; San Salvador. (letter recognition on map)  
  • Buoyancy Science Experiment.
Craft: Cut-N-Paste Ship

Wednesday with Naomi

Opening Activity: Build “The New World” with blocks and Legos

Circle Time: 
  • Date/Time/Weather
  • Story Time: Christopher Columbus Video
  • Singing water songs with the Ukulele (Row, row, row your boat, Give said the little stream, etc.)
Snack: Blue Jello cups with orange slice boats and gold fish

Wiggle Time: Boat races in boxes


Lesson: Make Christopher Columbus Story books recapping what he did

Craft: Paper Mache Earth Globes

Friday Field Trip

Make boats out of recycled material and take them to a local park with a water feature where you can have boat races!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Preschool Week 4: Our Amazing Bodies!

Monday with Arielle

Opening Activity: Body part matching worksheet and Skeleton puzzle game

Circle Time:
  • Date/Time/Weather
  • Singing Time: B-O-N-E-S to the Bingo tune.
  • Story: "The Soup Bone"
Snack: raw veggies, tortilla chips, and dip

Wiggle Time: The Skeleton Dance (

Lesson: How do our bones work? Does everything have a skeleton? Check out “Skeleton” Eyewitness Book

Craft: Q-tip skeletons on black construction paper

Wednesday with Naomi

Opening Activity: Sidewalk Chalk outlines of our bodies and then fill them out with fingers, toes, faces, belly button, hair, etc. If there is extra time, try to build bodies with blocks or play with Mr. Potato Head!

Circle Time:
  • Date/Time/Weather
  • Story: My Body by Scholastic
  • Sing and dance to Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes. Review letter songs
Snack: Peanut butter yogurt dip from The Wannabe Chef with healthy fruits (talk about fueling body with healthy things like protein, calcium and vitamins)

Click HERE for image source and recipe!
Wiggle Time: Hokey Pokey, Grand old Duke of York, Little Tom Tinker.

Lesson: Learn about the function of our Heart & Lungs. Watch youtube videos, and fill out worksheets. Make soda bottle lung model.

Craft: Paint our insides on the outside of our shirts!

Friday Field Trip

Spend the day at Whitlock Park to see what things our amazing bodies can do!