“ May I invite you to rise to the great potential within you. But don’t reach beyond your capacity. Don’t set goals beyond your capacity to achieve, don’t feel guilty or dwell on thoughts of failure. Don’t compare yourself with others. Do the best YOU can, and the Lord will provide the rest.”
-President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Opening Activity: Review sight words and phonics flip chart
Practice singing songs for graduation
Lesson and Snack: Watch the movie "The Lorax" whilst eating M&M's, Almonds, Granola bars, and oranges. Then discuss the moral of the movie and how we can help to keep the Earth healthy and happy. Talk about the 3 R's- Recycle, Reduce, Reuse!
Craft: Reuse old pasta and salsa bottles to make sparkle vases by painting them with Mod Podge and then rolling them in colored Epsom salt and sparkles.
After taking time off for sick kids and moving things around for FREE field trips, our schedule got a little messed up. So, for week 28 of preschool we had two themes. Arielle did Bugs on Monday and I did Weather on Wednesday.
Monday with Arielle
This preschool Lesson was made possible by the MWS Literacy Bag from our Westmont Public Library. We had a lot of fun discussing the differences and similarities between spiders and other insects. We tried to look for bugs outside...but it is still too cold here. Instead, we hid plastic bugs and played "hot and cold" then we danced like butterflies and wiggled like worms. We did some artwork using our fingerprints to make different kinds of insects by adding 6 or 8 legs.
Wednesday with Naomi
Opening Activity: Reading exercises- Sight Words, Phonics Chart, "You Read to me and I'll Read to you" book.
Inside the weather bag was a straw and cotton ball to show how wind pushes the clouds (blow the cotton balls with the straws), a tornado tube (swirl it and watch a tornado appear), mint life savers to show how lightning works (chew them in the dark with your mouth open and see sparks), and a brown paper bag to show how thunder works (blow it up and pop it!)
Opening Activity: S is for Shamrock Worksheet. Review sight words. Add, Subtract, and Estimate using "gold" coins.
Read "The Night Before St. Patrick's Day"
Sing St. Patrick's Day songs (see below).
I'm a Little Leprechaun
(Tune of I'm a Little Teapot)
I'm a little leprechaun
(hands on hips)
Dressed in green,
(point to shirt)
The tiniest man
(hold thumb and index finger about an inch apart)
That you have seen.
(point to the other people)
If you ever catch me, so it's told,
(make a motion like you're grabbing at a leprechaun)
I'll give you my big pot of gold.
(make a motion like you're giving something away)
Eensy Weensy Leprechaun
(Itsy bitsy spider)
An eensy weensy leprechaun
Came out for St. Patrick's Day
To look for the gold
was hidden far away
over the rainbow
was where he was told to go
with a wink of his green eye
He ran to get the gold!
Snack: Lucky charms and "gold"fish crackers
Wiggle Time: Dance and twirl to Irish music and use streamers.
Lesson: Find Ireland on the map. Discuss who St. Patrick really was.
Craft: Cut and color our own leprechaun.
Wednesday with Naomi
Opening Activity: Sight Words and Phonics Game - If this says "B" and this says "ig" put them together and it says "Big"
Sing the Rainbow song
Read books about leprechauns and rainbows
Snack: Color Tray (Red strawberries, yellow bananas, pink yogurt, green celery sticks, purple grapes, orange carrots, blue blueberries)
Wiggle Time: Hang crystals from the window, give them a spin, have the kids chase the rainbows around the room!
Lesson: Primary Colors- 3 clear jars filled with water. Add food coloring to make one red, one yellow, one blue. 3 clear empty jars. Pour combinations of the colored water into empty jars to see what colors you can make by mixing the primary colors.
Craft: Use pom poms to glue together your own rainbow!