Friday, September 25, 2020

NUTS TO YOU!!!!

 Have fun watching the squirrels with your child this week!   If you find any fall items, acorns. etc-please send them in for our science center!



Please be mindful when sending your child to school with a cold.  If they have had a fever, you should wait 24 hrs before sending them back to school.   Also, if they are coughing excessively, or if their  nose is really running- yellow or green mucus-please keep them home for the day.

When sending in water bottles, please make sure they are child sized ones.  The large ones are too difficult for their little hands.  Also, please make sure your child's snack is in the front pocket of their back pack so they can easily get them for snack.

We are working on name recognition and writing your child's name .  You can continue this at home by writing your child's name with them in fun ways- shaving cream, sand, play dough etc. 

Number practice-count all kinds of objects and point out numbers in the environment.

Friday is the letter C day. Practice this sound during the week. Bring in a show and tell item also on Friday. (Thursday for the T/TH group).

Please note- Our September Let's Find Out Magazines finally arrived- I will be sending them home for you to review!

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Religion- Community Helpers

Group time- discussion- what we know about squirrels, go on a walk around the school to observe squirrels, pretend to be squirrels, songs about squirrels, Let's Find Out Magazine

Literature Center- Nuts to You! by Louis Ehlert, Science Spin- Squirrels, Squirrels all Year Long(Big Book series)

Art Center-Squirrels craft, squirrel puppet craft, C craft

Math Center- apple tree number game,  flannel board with numbers, number practice

Small motor Center- scissor practice

Gross motor Center-  acorn game, squirrel game

Science Center- observing squirrels, fall items

SONGS AND SUCH!

Grey Squirrel
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel, swish your bushy tail (repeat)
Wrinkle up your little nose and put a nut between your toes!
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel, swish your busy tail!




A Squirrel Song(Take me out to the ballgame)
There's a squirrel up in my tree,
Looking right down at me.
Sometimes he hides in the flowerpot 
Digging up all the bulbs he an spot
So I threw the squirrel some peanuts and he took them all away,
But I know that he will be back for more nuts someday!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

B is For Bears! This week will be a "beary" fun week for the children!

 If you are not already, follow my school instagram-Stpaulonthelakeprek to see plenty of fun photo's and video's of the kids in action!

Picture Days-Wednesday, Sept 23rd, Tursday, Sept 24th.  Forms went home in the backpack.

Mark your calendar-Monday, September 28th, NO SCHOOL.

Snack suggestion for Thursday/Friday--Teddy Grahams--I usually buy them for the class-but not in Covid Times! 

Letter B show and Tell is on Thursday and Friday--Just for this week, everyone bring in a teddy bear!  We will have show and tell as well as a teddy bear parade!

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CENTERS
Literacy - A den full of bear books, recall parts of our stories
Math center- count, sort and make bear patterns
Creative Center~varied floor toys
Playdough-make bear families
Gross Motor- children feed the "bear" by tossing fish (bean bags) into his mouth (small tub)
Children move in various ways with their bear
Art -fingerpaint teddy, fuzzy wuzzy bear
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Arrival Activity- various puzzles/look at books
Group time- Learn about different types of bears, watch a video about polar bears, sing songs about bears, show and tell our bears, Go on  Honey Hunt!
Religion-God Made Friends
Science- Bears
Math- number 1/2 worksheets
Small Motor-scissor practice
Letter/sound practice-pick items from a bag,identify if they start with the letter B Letter worksheets
Literacy-A Pocket for Corduroy, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Blueberries For Sal, We're Going On A Bear Hunt, Sleep Over With Beatrice and Bear

Friday, May 15, 2020

A Visit to the Ocean!

Hi everyone! You should have received  your learning packets for the week!  Remembering that children learn best through play you can do the following to help implement this theme.  Look around your house for books, toys, puzzles and even stuffed animals that fit this theme.  One thing I like to do is to build a habitat for the animals, so bring them into the bathtub or in the kitchen sink. Another great activity is to practice making the sounds of the different animals as you go through the week.  You can "glide like a sea turtle or eat like a shark! Make it fun and bring the theme into as much of your day as possible!

Also, just a reminder no school on the 22nd or 25th-Memorial Day holiday.

Please check the newsletter for information from Mrs. Forsythe for the end of the year information.

LEARNING ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK

Let's start off with one of our favorites!!
Baby Shark

Religion-Thank you God for our amazing oceans.
https://youtu.be/Hv4oZHJw41A

Talk about how God's love for us is deeper than the sea!
https://youtu.be/oZhwagxWzOc

...and a song for you!

Discovery: Bring the ocean to your child! Fill a small plastic wading pool with sand and water.  Provide a variety of shells, as well as plastic sea creatures  Now explore this miniature ocean!

Fine Motor:

  • Tape a sheet of large  blue paper to the tabletop. Draw a few lines to look like ocean waves.  Have your child use ocean/fish stickers, foam shapes along with crayons to make an ocean scene.
  • Gathering seashells.  Place seashells (or cut outs of seashells) around the house or outside. Have your child carry a plastic sand pail around to collect the shells.
Science:Ocean in a bottle-
Materials:

  • 2 liter pop bottle
  • water
  • blue food coloring
  • vegetable or canola oil
  • funnel
Fill approximately 1/3 of your bottle with water.  Add several drops of food coloring.
Secure the lid very well (hot glue the top).
Have your child shake the bottle to dispense the food coloring!! Let the fun begin! Tip the bottle upside down and watch your ocean come to life!!

Writing practice- fill a tray with sand and provide ocean words on cards.  Your child can pick a card and copy it in the sand.

Stories:
Epichttps://www.getepic.com/sign-in/educator
Sign in as student/select my class:
"Read To Me" suggestions:
Whales
What Kind of Ocean Animal Am I?
Seahorses
Under The Sea
Watch these stories on U tube:
A House For Hermit Crab
 The Rainbow Fish

Crafts:
Rainbow Fish craft
House for Hermit Crab craft

LET'S FIND OUT magazine:
Super Sea Turtle 



Friday, May 8, 2020

Exploring Nature!

Hi everyone! You should have received your packet from Mrs. Wilson. Have fun with your scavenger hunts!  Please keep the photos and work samples coming.  I'll share them on my Instagram page-(stpaulonthelakeprek).
Here are some additional activities for you to enjoy.  Feel free to pick and choose them as you feel appropriate for your little one!

Religion for the Week:
Enjoy and appreciate outdoors together!  Help your child to see God’s glory in the world and thank God for the beauty as you are on your scavenger hunts!. Saying simple things like “Isn’t God so creative?”, “Wasn’t God so good to give us all of these beautiful flowers, tree's birds, bugs, etc to learn about?” Tell them that we should always remember how awesome God's creation is!  Remind them that God is always here for us!

Songs to go along with our nature theme:



Crafts for our nature theme:



Friday, May 1, 2020

May Crowning

Hi everyone you should have received your learning packets for the week.This week we will focus on our Blessed Mother with the culminating activity of our May crowning on Friday.  I also have sent the rhyming activities which are always fun for the children!

Learning Time!

  • Pray "The Hail Mary" by singing:
https://youtu.be/7OxeUAtiuHk
  •  If you made a prayer corner, now is time to switch it up  and have the Blessed Mother statue or a picture of Mary posted. Put a pretty floral cloth as well.  Then head outside and have your child gather some flowers for Mary-- Any type will do- even the dandelions!  After you arrange the flowers, put them next to Mary.  Now you could read  a story about the Holy Family.
  • Take a walk and visit a Blessed Mother Statue
  • Have a springtime parade!  Play music and head out in to the backyard and maybe even include instruments
  • You and your child can write a story or a poem about Mary our Mother. You could also read sections from the Bible or other texts to honor Mary. You and your child can also recite the Hail Mary or another short tribute to Mary as well.
  • Introduce the rosary to your child by letting him/her look at it and you also have the coloring sheet I gave you.
Hear are some pretty songs for you to play as well:
Let's Get Cooking-
https://pin.it/6C6I5dY

Rhyming Books:
https://www.getepic.com/app/
Read:
Sheep in a Jeep
Fancy Nancy
Ten in the Bed
B_I_N_G_O
Splat the Cat
Hey Diddle Diddle


Friday, April 24, 2020

Zoo !

Hi Everyone,
You should have received your learning packets from me for the week  Please work on them as appropriate for you and your child.  Remember, Friday is a day to extend your celebration of Earth day with your child.  NO  OTHER SCHOOL WORK ON FRIDAY!
Also, I have added a new resource for you. It's called Epic Audio Books.  The link is below and you should be able to sign in with the following class code to explore and enjoy it with your child.
CLASS CODE:cjx1559
Learning Time- 
take a train ride through the house collecting all your zoo animals along the way. Then name the animals and compare the likenesses and differences between the animals!

Let's Find Out-Look at past issues about animals https://letsfindout.scholastic.com/home-page-logged-in.html

Wiggle Break: https://youtu.be/CT86Dl442jA

Literature-
Search books in link below)-Click "Student" Select "Mrs. Nesom's Class" and  "guest student""read to me" then look up book.
-Curious George Visits The Zoo
-Going To The Zoo
-Sleepy Time for Zoo Animals
https://www.getepic.com/educators?share=24043723167&utmsource=t2t&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=rsa_teacher_app

Religion-God Made Big Things-The children will see God's power shown in large creations. 
https://youtu.be/teu7BCZTgDs

Art- https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/87574/letter-z-craft/z-is-for-zebra
Draw your favorite zoo animal

Math- Snack time
  •  have a Cracker Count with animal crackers-yummy!
  • make an octopus out of string chesee
  • sort and pattern rainbow goldfish crackers

Blocks-make a zoo

Gross Motor-https://youtu.be/C4CaR0syf1g

Small Motor- scissor practice -cut out pictures from magazines to make a collage

Science-Virtual tours of the zoo!
-https://detroitzoo.org/

Thursday, April 16, 2020

GOD MADE BUTTERFLIES

Hi Everyone!  I hope you are all doing well! I have enjoyed seeing all of the creative activities that you have been doing with your children!  Please continue to send them so I can put them on our instagram!!  You will be working on two packets this week. The Letter Y packet as well as a math packet. Please remember to work on these at a pace that is appropriate for your child.  The mini math packet can be done over the next couple of weeks.


LEARNING FOR THE WEEK

Theme-Butterflies- go to our magazine (below)and enter butterflies for a complete lesson
-Search-https://letsfindout.scholastic.com/home-page-logged-in.html
 Read a story about butterflies- this is always a favorite:The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Draw or paint a butterfly, display it in a window!

Religion-God Made Butterflies
Talk about how God made our world full of surprises and joy.  List things in nature that are amazing.
Discuss how cool it is that a little caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly!
When you say your bedtime prayers, thank God for all of His wondrous creation!

Practice -The Angel of God
https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/prayer/traditional-catholic-prayers/prayers-every-catholic-should-know/guardian-angel-prayer/

Practice-Hail Mary https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/prayer/traditional-catholic-prayers/prayers-every-catholic-should-know/hail-mary-prayer//

Make an Origami butterfly:
https://youtu.be/RtsbaA0CX1A

Watch and sing:
https://youtu.be/p4WVCZe0Fko

Science:
Use your magnifying glass and go on a nature hunt, looking for and then drawing all of God's smallest creatures you may find!

 You may also want to purchase a butterfly kit:
https://www.google.com/aclk?sa=l&ai=DChcSEwjg4_PYou3oAhWBtsgKHUnvDqAYABAEGgJxdQ&sig=AOD64_3NpRcVnuozaN_pXK615WzcxOdMhQ&ctype=5&q=&ved=2ahUKEwjSoujYou3oAhUFR6wKHSGQDwsQ5bgDegQIDRBP&adurl=

Science Spin April issue-Let's Move!
https://sciencespink1.scholastic.com/issues/2019-20/040120.html

Gross Motor Activities:
Guess the letter Game:
  • write letters in the air 
  • write letters on someones back
  • write letters on the palm of hand
Roll The ball letter Game:
  • write an upper case letter on one side of a Solo cup and a matching lower case on the other side.
  • continue with whatever letters you want
  • spread out on the ground leaving a good amount of space in between
  • call out a letter and roll the ball to appropriate cup!
Letter Hunt in the Grass:
  • Spread letters all over the grass
  • Call out a letter
  • Everyone run to find it!