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Friends!

We had such a wonderful week learning about Friends!  We learned that friends share, are kind, and play nicely with each other!  The children had so much fun playing together at centers and outside with their school friends all week!
 
 
 Building blocks together with friends!  Blocks is always a great way to practice key social skills needed to be a good friend like sharing, teamwork, and using words to tell someone how you feel.

 After we learned that sometimes our friends are very different than us, but that 2 things that are different often go together, we played a fun matching game!  Each child picked two things that go together, like socks and shoes or a mixing bowl and spoon.  A wonderful book we read about friends this week was “Being Friends,” by Karen Beaumont.
 We had a great time making friends out of Play-doh!  This was a great way for the kids to develop fine motor skills as well as use creativity to decide how they wanted to form their friends out of Play-doh.

 Friends like to do fun things together!  We chose a friend and then made a boat together.  The kids loved “rowing” back and forth as we sang “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”
 
 
 Then, we got to make our own row boats for some friends to ride in! 

 
Counting friends!  
One-to-one correspondence is a counting skill most preschoolers are working on.  As we sorted this group of friends, we practiced our counting. 
We learned the letter “A” this week!  The Pre-K classes each got a turn to practice writing the letter on the white board.
 Apples and animal crackers were a perfect “A” snack!
 Our project for the letter “A” was making an apple.  The children got strips of colored paper that they tore into pieces and then glued on the apple!  We did this after looking at real apples and doing some hands-on apple math!
It was magical to see our tree turn into an apple tree full of beautiful, colorful apples!
We love to read stories at our preschool!  Reading to children is a wonderful teaching tool as well as a great opportunity to instill the love of good books in these children’s hearts!  Be sure to make time to read with your preschooler each day!
Next week we will be learning about our community!  Our first field trip of the school year is coming up!