Preschool Buzz

Time sure flies when we’re having fun!  I cannot believe we have been in preschool for over a month!  We have overcome many obstacles already and are continuing to grow as little learners!  The students have an established routine which helps eliminate unproductive time.  Every morning the preschool students start their day with a family style breakfast.  They are eager to help serve and have already learned many new manners!  We then transition into our day with brushing our teeth.  After that we are ready for the day!  Our day is busy with whole group time, calendar, singing, games, free play, art, outside time, music with Mrs. Varvel and PE with Mrs. Mandelko.  We are also so very thankful to have Mrs. Ray assist us in our room every day!

Some of the themes we have covered so far this year are All about Me, I Have Five Senses, and Shapes.  This week we were excited to begin our study of the alphabet.  We kicked off the week with “A is for Apples” and are doing many activities integrating both the letter “a” and apples.  Literacy awareness is relevant very early in a child’s life.  By introducing skills like knowing the alphabet and letter sounds early on, it provides children with the solid foundation they need to continue on to elementary school.

A large part of our focus in preschool is building positive social skills.  We are working on an array of skills.  We actively participate in sharing our toys and time.  We also are working on table manners, saying please and thank you, chewing with our mouth closed.  Using kind and helpful words is also important to us.  All of these skills are necessary to become independent little kiddos!

Please check the website each week for our weekly newsletter!  The newsletter briefly discusses our theme for the week as well as other preschool happenings.  Needless to say with 13 students we are busy little bees!

“A” is for Apple

This week in preschool we began our study of the alphabet.  We kicked off the alphabet with the letter “A.”  More specifically we studied apples.  We studied “A” is for Apples through art projects, songs, and sharing.

We found out that if you cut an apple in half, we could use it as a stamp to make pictures of apples!  Be sure to check out the apple banners we made with real apple prints!  We also discovered that apples come in three different colors…red, green, and yellow.  Another fun project was using our fine motor skills to trace the shape of an apple and cut out five seeds to glue onto the apple.  All apples have five seeds in the star pattern.

Wednesdays are our show-and-tell days.  The students brought some awesome things to share that began with the letter “A.”  Some examples were an airplane, alligator, Andalusian horse, Aubry, apple, and a stuffed ape!  We were impressed with the creativity!

Another exciting activity we did to reinforce the letter “A” was to make “Applesauce A’s.”  We used our spoons to make the letter “A” in our applesauce.  The class was excited to “play” with their food. The best part of the activity: it was a yummy and healthy treat!

Tripp & Tanner making apple prints

Chloe, Mya, and classmates making applesauce A’s

Elephants in Preschool?

Preschool studied the 5 senses last week.  We wrapped up our exploration with making these awesome elephant ears to help us hear better!  We also made binoculars and goop for the sense of sight and touch.

Preschool Welcome

Welcome to Preschool!

I am so excited for the school year to start!  We have a lot planned for preschool this year.  Each day we will have outdoor and indoor play and exploration time, group activities like story time, music and movement, as well as individual activities like art.

Each week we will have a different theme such as a letter of the alphabet, season, holiday, and/or social skill that we will focus on in activities and explorations.

Once the school year begins keep an eye out for weekly correspondence regarding our weekly activities and adventures!  One thing I do ask before school begins is to determine a drop off and pick up plan for your preschooler.  Please let me know your child’s plan on the first day of school!  Thanks!

I am excited to see you all on the first day of school!

Hay Springs Early Childhood Program

The Hay Springs Early Childhood Program will be located within Hay Springs Public Schools beginning in August 2012. We are now accepting enrollment for the upcoming school year. Please call (308) 638-4434 with any questions.

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Blue Ice Cubes

Play, laugh, learn. There are nine students between the ages of three and four in Hay Springs preschool and Head Start this year. The teachers are Diane Avery, Holly Scherbarth and Linda Besana.

This week they were learning the color blue and the letter S. They experimented making blue water and freezing it into cubes to see what would happen. Then they made their own class rules and they all had to sign the document.

They have been enjoying sitting around the table, eating breakfasts and lunches as a family. They are full of questions and energy and they are almost constantly singing.

Returning “senior,” JP Janes said, “I like being Mrs. Avery’s helper.”