Rainbows and color have been the highlights of our week, and we have had lots of fun engaging in many different academic activities with shapes and the color of the rainbow. In Pre-K, centers reinforce many Pre-k skills including sorting in various ways, one to one correspondence of numbers 1-10, cutting, two part patterns, tracing, and many fine motor skills including painting and play dough. Enjoy the following centers and activities the girls engaged in this week!
Rainbow Straw Counting
one to one correspondence
Bead and Tactile Table
fine motor skills
sequencing the colors
fine motor development
recognizing order of color
Patterns with Shapes
creating a two part pattern
We have had lots of fun exploring shapes! The girls are recognizing "shapes all around us" in every way. Our art display in the hall summarizes all the shapes we discussed using the different media mentioned last week. It is a wonderful overview of all the girls hard work and we are very proud of the display. Drawing and recognizing many kinds of lines is also a process to encourage drawing and fine motor skills. Our line journals teach us many ways to draw lines while our writing journals work with name and letter formation while illustrating something we are "thinking" about. They will also grow the process where the girls are writing about their pictures and hearing some initial and ending sounds. Name recognition and recognizing friend's names continues to get better and better, and a few can write their names at this time!
This week we will be learning about color, investigating primary and secondary colors, and include a study of the girls' favorite.......RAINBOWS! We will be constructing our very own color wheel as a class project. As always, we love working with each girl and are excited to see their continued enthusiasm each and every day!
Painting the colors of the rainbow.
Working with two part patterns with the beginning letter of our names
The girls have loved exploring shapes, learning how to form pictures through shapes, and gaining awareness of all the shapes that are part of their everyday world. We have had lots of fun during our shape exploration!! Learning how to draw and illustrate types of lines also elevates their curiosity and creativity of drawing. Through our shape exploration we also explored, using different materials including tissue, paint, watercolors, foil, sponges and environmental print. The recognition of basic shapes, manipulating shapes, tracing shapes and recognizing and observing shapes in and around the classroom has been a wonderful and fun time for each girl. Some of the books we shared were The Dot by Peter Reynolds and The Line by Paula Bossio. We also introduced journals this week and the girls did a great job of beginning to write their names and drawing a picture of something special they were thinking about! Journals are a work in progress in early literacy writing and we are excited about "growing" this process. We have had another great week!!!!
The girls have had a wonderful beginning to school, and we are excited about their happy transition into Pre-K! While continuing to explore the classroom, we are working with many beginning Pre-K skills. These include name recognition of their own names and those of classmates, writing their names, shape and color recognition, cutting straight lines, and awareness of schedule and routine. They have had fun meeting and engaging with their special teachers, and have done a great job transitioning to the dining hall, gym, and multi purpose room. They are happy and busy and love playing and learning about their friends. Some of the books featured these past two weeks are Mouse Shapes by Ellen Walsh, and The Shape of Things by Dayle Dodds. Thank you for your support, we are looking forward to an exciting Pre-K year! Please enjoy some pictures of our busy little Honeybees!!!!!