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Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales- “3”

April is our month to learn about Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales.  This week we learned about the stories and rhymes that had “3” in them: “Three Blind Mice,” “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep,” “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” “Rub-A-Dub Dub,” and “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,”.  Hands down, the overall favorite was “Three Little Kittens”!  They loved acting out this little rhyme and the Pre-K classes are getting very good at memorizing it too. 
They absolutely loved “losing” their mittens and then excitedly found them and brought them back to show the mother or father cat!

I loved how some of the kids were so expressive in their parts.  Acting out stories helps to reinforce the stories and helps develop confidence in expression as well!

When I asked the kids what kind of pie they thought little kittens might like, we got some wonderful ideas from strawberry pie to mouse pie and everything in between! : )

This week we worked on sequencing with the story “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”.  Most of the children were pretty familiar with this story so it made it a good choice for this activity.  They worked on remembering the events in the story in order.  We used a lot of sequencing vocabulary like “first,” “next,” and “last,” as well as “before” and “after”.  They did a really good job with this activity.

Many of the younger children are getting quite good at using scissors! 

For our letter of the week, we learned “K.”  We also played our ABC Bingo to review and reinforce all the letters.  We covered the letters with little bear manipulatives like the “Three Bears” story.

Every day as part of our gathering time at the rug, we have time set aside for the children to share whatever they would like with the teacher and the class.  Everyone has something to say!  This is a great opportunity for the children to express themselves in a group setting, to share feelings and emotions, to share things they’re involved in, or share exciting things they’ve done, etc.  This time also gives them a chance to practice those important skills of taking turns and listening to others.

The children always look forward to music time! 

I loved catching this little moment.  She had just checked out a book from our lending library and couldn’t wait to read it so she just took a few minutes during centers to quietly look through her new book!  It makes me so happy to see children enjoying books and letting their love for them grow!  Keep nurturing that love for books at home by reading to your children each day-it’s so important as they are getting ready to read and even starting to read.

I love all the things going on in this little picture.  From buying and selling play food to taking care of babies. These children have built strong friendships over the school year!

Enjoying their time to draw and doodle on the big white board!  I also love seeing how well all of the children are learning to share.  The social skills that are taught, practiced, and learned in preschool are just as important as the academic preparations for kindergarten.

The children really enjoy playing with the babies we have at the preschool.  They like putting them down for a nap, feeding them, and changing their clothes.

We had a special treat this week with a REAL baby in one of our classes!  Many of the kids in this class don’t have a baby at home.  It was darling how they gravitated to this happy little guy and how they adored him and were so intrigued by him!

We had a terrific week!

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