The first week of preschool has come and gone. I am quite pleased with how it went, although I feel bad that one of my students was sick all week and unable to come. Hopefully I will have all of my students this week. I thought I would share the favorite activities that I discovered online (and especially through Pinterest.)
I decided to use the Making Smart Choices at School book that I found through Pinterest on the first day of school. We did the pocket chart cards by just taping them on my easel since I don’t have a pocket chart other than my calendar right now. Later in the day the kids glued the smaller version onto a sheet to take home, which made for a good way to talk about how to use glue sticks.
For centers this week I dyed pasta (some that I had gotten a great deal on with coupons but did not care for when cooked.) You can find some information about pasta coloring here. I hid the letters from an alphabet puzzle in the bin with the pasta for the students to find and finish the puzzle. This gave me a good idea of how familiar my students are with puzzles and the alphabet as I observed their strategies for completing the activity. A second center involved cut up pool noodles that were strung onto clothesline. On the final day of this center we even tried doing AB patterns and most kids were very successful with the pattern, which was awesome. Another center involved cutting strips of paper between the stickers. It was interesting to see which kids would want to just cut and cut and cut in this center. It also helped me see which kids would need some more instruction on holding scissors, especially when I challenged them on the last day of the week with a bigger sheet of paper instead of strips.
One of our books for this past week was Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. We read the big book twice, made a special snack with graham crackers, apple slices, and Scrabble Cheez its, and did a craft similar to this one. For our snack, I gave the kids two apple slices, one long piece of graham cracker (4 crackers), and a handful of Cheez its. We did not use anything for coconuts for our snack.
I will attempt to get some photos of my classroom and the centers to add to this post tomorrow. Somehow even though I brought the camera two of three days I only remembered to grab a shot of my bulletin board and my students to add to the bulletin board.
This week our theme is Colors. What are your preschoolers doing this week?