We have been working really hard to recognize not only our own names, but also the names of friends. Some fun activities that encouraged name recognition were painting our names and glittering the first letter to emphasize that we always begin our names with an upper case letter. Name houses were another activity that helped reinforce math skills of shape recognition, counting, and comparing size and height of our houses depending on how many letters are in our name. The girls quickly realized that the tallest houses belonged to the friends that had the most letters. In circle time, we all compared our houses and arranged them shortest to tallest across the carpet. Wow, some were really tall and some were much shorter! The girls have been talking about "long sticks" and "short sticks" as they begin to learn letter formation when writing the letters of H, F, E, and L. We worked with straight sticks in small groups forming letters with straight lines, and rolled and cut play dough with scissors to strengthen our fine motor skills and work on our cutting skills We even took turns at the smart board writing and drawing short and long lines drawing the letter H and E. All in all, our first full week of school has been busy, fun, and very rewarding as we watch these sweet girls become more acclimated and comfortable in the classroom. Music, Spanish, and Chinese have been wonderful special times for the girls as they love all the fun activities planned by these very special teachers.
Working with play dough to strength small motor skills-
-Introducing straight lines, tall and short and curved lines-
Counting the letters in their name-
Comparing the letters in each name-
Learning the first letter in their name-
Making letters out of straight lines-
Practicing lines on the smart board-
We have had a wonderful two days with your girls and know it is going to be a great and exciting year! The girls came in this week ready to go and have loved exploring all the fun and interesting activities around the classroom. We have had lots of fun making individual place mats with all the girls pictures and we will send these home for her family to"meet" and get to know exactly who is in her class. We talked about our names as the girls put names and faces together in these early weeks of school. We water colored our names and emphasized the first letter by glittering the upper case part of our name. We went to music and Spanish and the girls loved meeting these two special teachers. Of course, the playground was a hit and we loved seeing and playing with all the Pre-k girls. Enjoy the slide show and know that your sweet girls are in a very special place and we look forward to our year together.