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Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales – “Jack”

This week we enjoyed learning the nursery rhymes and fairy tales about Jack!  These were very fun for the kids to hear and say together as a class!  There are quite a few “Jack” rhymes and stories.  We covered “Jack and Jill,” “Jack Be Nimble,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Little Jack Horner,” and “This is the House that Jack Built.”
With “Jack and Jill,” the kids got to make their own puzzle!  This was a new experience for many of them.  The Pre-K students cut out their puzzle pieces and then after putting them together as a group, they were able to fit their pieces together. 

The younger classes did a great job of carefully coloring their “Jack and Jill” puzzle picture and then…

felt SO big once they’d put their own puzzle together!
These kids enjoyed working on another “Jack and Jill” puzzle as a team!
“Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick,
Jack jump over the candlestick!”
This short, simple nursery rhyme was perfect to practice saying as they got ready to jump over the candlestick!

I love the happy expressions as the children learn and do new things!

This week we enjoyed reading the classic fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk.”  Classic stories and rhymes are so wonderful to share together with children.  I love how they see that good wins in the end and that even though they felt nervous for Jack while he was trying to get away from the mean giant, in the end he was safe and it all worked out.  Many of the classic stories have great meaning and application for our lives too!
After reading this story, we played a math game to see who could get their “magic bean” up to the giant’s castle first.  The children took turns rolling the die and counting the corresponding spaces.  We worked on one-to-one correspondence, counting, and number recognition as well as cheering for others and taking turns!

Our letter this week was “N.”  We also worked on the numbers 9 and 19 with the Pre-K classes on Friday.  They all did a great job this week!  Learning through play and practice is the best way to learn!

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