Look who is in Preschool....
Mrs. D's class rocks! Another year with happy children, Mrs. D is so blessed!
Miss Wade's Class. We are ready to learn!
Mrs. Brucker's class
At Mrs. D's Literacy center you see our friend placing a leaf card on the mat and naming the picture. Then she sorts the remaining cards by beginning sound. Way to go!
Look at her go, she is placing an entry into her journal. Each entry is dated and shows the spectacular growth each child displays. She is working on her garden scene.
With Pentecost coming this Sunday, we have studied the story and made tongues of fire headbands. The children really enjoyed this story of The Day of Pentecost and how each disciple was filled with the Holy Spirit. They were amazed that the disciples were able to speak in other tongues to spread the message to repent and be baptized.
In cooking class we made ants on a log!
It was quite easy. We used celery for the log, cream cheese to keep the raisins (ants) on the log. Some children did not want cream cheese, so they just placed the ants directly onto the log. They wrere yummy!
We began our study of ladybugs. We have read many books to learn about these fasinating insects. Now it is time to explore them up close! We have also learned about bees, caterpillars and ants. Teaching children about insects is a natural choice, since many children are curious about the bugs they see crawling around. It can also be a way to reduce squeamishness about insects. since knowledge leads to understanding. Here are some friends from Mrs. D's class doing just that!
Today we celebrated our Mother's Day Tea. We made gifts for our mother's, sang to them and even had a slide show. It was a fantastic day! Here are a few friends from Mrs. D's class.
We decided to plant an indoor garden for us to observe. We planted flowers, cilantro and sweet basil.
Look who turned 5!
Preschool won a pizza party for bringing in the most plastic bottles for recylefest. A big thank you to the Ellsberry family for donating over 2100 bottles to PK-3.
We all really enjoyed the pizza!
Keeping with our garden theme and caterpillars, we decided to make beautiful butterflies in our cokking class this week. We used pineapple rings, baby carrots, a cherry and celery strings. Here are a few butterflies from of Mrs. D's friends.
We celebrated our jog-a-thon today. We ran through the 8th grader's tunnel to start off our jog!
Then off to the races!
We started slowing down toward the end.
We all finished!
We also celebrated Cinco de Mayo today. We made quesadillas for our celebration of Mexican Independence Day.
Mrs. D's group dancing to the music!
This week our study is on birds. Here is Mrs. D's class pretending to be newborn birdies! When a bird is first born they can not see and have to churp to let their mother know they are hungry. Mrs. D has many hungry babies!
In cooking class we made bird's nests!
We had a lot of fun making our nests, but even more fun eating them!
We are getting ready for Cinco de Mayo by making our maracas.
Mrs. D found a nest for us to examine.
We decided to make bird feeders for our own yards.
It's Mrs. Ubl's Birthday. Happy Birthday, We love you!
Today we celebrated Mrs. D receiving an award for Outstanding Leadership in Early Childhood Education for Orange County. The cake was yummy!
In Mrs. D's class we acted out Rosie's walk. Here is our windmill.
And a few foxes! We had a lot of fun roll playing. When children pretend, they learn how it feels to be someone else, build self confidence, cooperation, sharing and independence.
The boys loved playing Barnyard Bingo.
Look who turned 5 today!
We made yummy waffles today in cooking class.
First we added the waffle mix to our bowl.
Next the recipe called for two eggs. One egg.
And our last ingredient was water.
Then stir, stir, stir!
Yummy, yummy waffles!
This past Friday we had our annual Father-Daughter dinner dance.
It started out with a fantastic meal from Habit.
This year it was a Hawaiian theme.
Here are a few friends with their father dancing the night away!
There was a cupcake bar and root beer float area. Yummy, Yummy!
Today was Earth Day. We made our own Earth with our handprints to show we have the whole world in our hands! We have gained valuable knowledge about recycling and keeping the earth clean. We even viewd a movie on Earth Day.
Here is Mrs. D's farm bulletin board. We have studied about horses, chicks, hens, pigs, cows, ducks and sheep. We will reinforce our knowledge through next week with stories, facts and activities about farm life and animals found on the farm.
A few of Mrs. D's students making their Mother's Day Tea invitation.
In cooking class this week we made cows in a blanket and purple cow smoothies. We start off by making the cows in a blanket with beef hotdogs and crescent rolls.
We gently rolled the crescent roll around the hotdog.
We are now ready to place them into the oven!
Next we went outside to makeour purple cow smoothies. We joined our friends and all enjoyed our yummy snack!
We all enoyed this farm activity. The worksheet has
barns on it with numbers ranging from 1-6. The child rolls a dice, then needs to match the number to the worksheet by placing a red dot on that barn. The child continues to roll until the worksheet has been filled up.
What a special day it was today! Miss Wade's birthday. She received many cards, flowers and gifts from all of her friends. Here she is with Mrs. D displaying her birthday gift from her class, a year pass to Disneyland. She was so excited!
Here Mrs. D's friend is practicing her number recognition and 1:1 correspondence. The egg cards have numbers ranging 1 to 20, the child must identify the number and then place that many chicks onto the grass.
She is arranging thr cards in sequence order. What comes first, second and then third.
She is also having a good time sequencing!
We are so blessed, every Tuesday Madeline's Grandmother helps in Mrs. D's classroom. This is our gameboard day. When children play games they learn eye-hand coordination, spatial relationships, counting, sharing, cooperation, numbers and positions.
We are learning about eggs and chicks on the farm. Here are a fews pictures from Mrs. D's class while making scarmbled eggs and toast in our cooking class this week.
We very carefully crack our eggs, making sure to keep the shell out.
Then we scramble, scramble, scramble!
All that is left is to enjoy!
Here are two of Mrs. D's friends showing off thier puzzle completing skills. Completing puzzles together is a wonderful way to teach children skills such as problem solving, cooperation, and sharing.
The chicks were finally strong enough for us to hold today. We awaited their arrival for what seemed years however, it was only 21 days. We each had a chick to gently hold and touch. I think Mrs. D's class is ready to work on a farm!
What a fun filled week! It started off dressing up as bunnies. Here is Mrs. D's special bunnies!
Then we were off making our Easter baskets. We had so much fun!
Next we made bunnies for our Easter table centerpiece.
We decorated our own cupcakes for our Easter celebration.
Mrs. D had a lot of fun with her friend while watching him decorate his cupcake. How did you get frosting on your nose?
We made resurrection bread in cooking class this week. We read the Easter story and made the bread step by step to the story. First you take a marshmellow (white and pure like Jesus without sin), then roll it in melted butter (symbolizing the embalming oils), next roll into cinnamon sugar (like the spices used to prepare his body for burial), roll a crescent roll tightly around the marshmellow (symbolizing the tomb). After baked we see if Jesus is still there in our tomb!
Preschool in front of our church.
Praying in our church after viewing all Stations of the Cross.
Mrs. D's class dying Easter eggs.
Our Easter celebration.
In cooking class today we made a circus animal train to follow our theme of jungle animals.
We had so much fun making the train and eating it too!
Here is Mrs. D's class ready to eat our jungle animals.
We also had our jungle safari ride today. We have learned about many jungle animals, made our binoculars, and our safari cars. When children play "let's pretend" they learn new words, how it feels to be someone else, build self-confidence, sharing, and self-reliance. Here are a few more pictures from Mrs. D's safari.
What a fun week we had! We started off by making our rainbow counting books.
Mrs. D's group celebrating St. Patrick's Day.
He is having so much fun sorting with different textures.
We planted gold beans on Friday and by Monday they had spouted into lollipops.
Mrs. Ellsberry made rainbow cupcakes. We placed a whipped cream cloud on top.
When coming back into our room from recess, we found it to be a complete mess! That leprechaun not only left a mess, but also left green footprints everywhere and gold coins for us to find.
He also turned our toilet water green!
She was so shocked.
Look at Mrs. D's twins!
We are completing our studies on jungle animals, so we thought it would be fun if we made tiger paws to eat in our cooking class!
We had fun making and eating them!
She is making her tiger stripes by marble painting them on.
In Mrs. D's class after learning about snakes we made a few!
The of course we had to slither across the room to emulate a snake. One of my friends even has her long forked tongue out.
We have begun our study about gardens and upcoming Spring. In today's cooking lesson we made mud with dirt and worms. We started off by making our dirt. We took Oero cookies and used our rolling pin to smash them up.
Next we made our mud, chocolate pudding. We added milk to the mix.
Then stir, stir, stir!
Finally we get to assemble our garden. We placed the mud in first, then the dirt and lastly our worm, tasting along the way!
Yummy Yummy! This is the best dirt and mud I have ever eaten!
Every Spring we plant our rainbow garden. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.
Here is our rainbow garden. Next we will plant corn, lettuce, beans, radishes, tomatoes, and squash.
With St. Patrick's Day around the corner we searched for clovers and we found many in our play yard!
Today was exciting! Doctor Paquette came in to visit and talk about being a dentist.
We dressed up as a dental assistant!
We were shown what to expect when we go to the dentist for a check-up.
We were shown how to brush our gums and teeth properly.
A really big tooth brush and tooth!
Doctor Paquette and his niece.
Our group picture with Doctor Paquette. Thank you Doctor Paquette for the tooth brushes, floss, and toys.
This week our focus is on teeth and how to keep them healthy! We will have a dentist visit later this week. Here you see Mrs. D's children painting a grey tooth white with a toothbrush. They are practicing proper brushing techniques.
Look how nicely he is writting his name! I am very proud of him, he has been practicing.
She is demonstrating her knowledge of healthy food items and non-healthy food items. There are two teeth, one happy white tooth and one sad gray tooth. The child goes through the food items and places them accordingly. They understand that it is acceptable to eat these unhealthy items occassionally however, they must brush after consumption.
Silly Mrs D! This is our cooking project for the week. It is our happy smile.
Our completed teeth!
Here is a close up of our final project.
You take two slices of apples, spread cream cheese then place marshmellow ontop for the teeth. Children are more likely to eat what they make. By putting their own effort into their culinary creations, children will most likely eat their own creations because they are proud of having made it. Plus they know what goes into the food they eat and that helps them make healthier choices.The increased self esteem that comes from completing a project is priceless. Children learn real recipes and real life skills when preparing food. From project planning, organizing and making good food choices to carrying out a plan to completion, cooking is a great way to learn these important life
skills at an early age.
What a treat today, Doctor Garcia came to visit and show us what he does as a community helper. He is an Ophthalmologist.
He showed us the inside of what our eyes look like, very interesting.
He also brought all of us these cool sunglasses to protect our eyes from the damaging sun rays.
What do you see?
Here is Doctor Garcia showing one of the tests he performs on his patients.
A big thank you to our own Doctor Garcia for sharing his work with us.
In our cooking class today we made stoplights. We have been studying about our community and neighborhood, so I thought this would be a good lesson on safety.
Here is Mrs. D's class creating their own stoplight! First we spread our colored cream cheese onto each cracker, making sure to complete one red, one yellow, and one green.
Sometimes we get some on our fingers, so we need to clean them off. She used a wipe after licking them clean.
We made yummy stoplights today. Great job!
Our finished stop light.
We had fun making our stop lights today for cooking class!
Today was a special day Ailey's uncle (PK3) came from Long Beach Police Department to talk to us.
He showed how he may look on duty so that we were not frightened.
Mrs. D's class in the back seat. The seat was very hard and uncomfortable.
Miss Wade's class in the backseat of the police car.
The front seat however, was very comfortable and had a really neat computer system.
Officer George even turned on his flashing lights for us!
We all thank Officer George for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit us during Community Helper Month.
Happy Valentine's Day! In Mrs. D's classroom we started off the day decorating our cookies for our party.
Making Valentine lovebug cookies!
Here is our group picture. What a happy group.
Then we were off to mail our valentines.
We even made homemade pizzas for our party.
Having fun making pizza for our party!
We are ready for our party!
After lunch, which included many berries and fruits, we had our decorated cookie.
Yummy yummy for our tummies. Happy Valentine's Day!
Today we celebrated Ash Wednesday. It is the begining of the 40 days of
Lent. A big thank you to Mrs. Ubl for bringing the ashes to us.
Miss Wade's class is ready to receive their ashes.
Here are a few friends receiving the ashes.
Mrs. D arranged a visit from Firefighter Ellsberry (Olivia's uncle). We were able to see him in full uniform so incase of an emergency the children would not be frightened.
Mrs. D's class thanks Firefighter Ellsberry!
Miss Wade's class with Firefighter Ellsberry.
Today we celebrated our 100th day of school! We made beautiful crowns and placed one hundred fruit loops onto a cake. Each preschool classroom had a different number to represent 100. We had one of the zeros. We learned 10 x 10 = 100.
Here is Mrs. D's class showing off thier beautiful crowns.
Here is the complete cake. We all did a great job counting!
We cant wait until we can taste this yummy cake.
The celebration was delicious!
Our theme this month is Community Helpers. Here is Mrs. D's class learning all about policemen, firemen, and doctors. This week we will learn more about healthcare workers. Please make sure to stop in and look at our growing community board. We have our house, police vehicles, and our fire trucks displayed. When children pretend play they learn new words, they see how it feels to be someone else, they build self-confidence, use expressive language, learn respect for others' property and feelings, and display independence and sharing.
Here is Mrs. D sharing her Chinese New Year knowledge and items. We saw lanterns, read books and even received red envelopes.
Look at Mrs. D's children! They are pros with their chopsticks.
Mrs. D's group showing their silly side while celebrating Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the snake. I feel it important to promote diversity, with knowledge comes understanding and acceptance.
The children learned this week that Gung Hay Fat Choy means Happy New Year in Chinese.
For a special snack we had noodles. The children had fun learning how to use chopsticks.
Miss Wade's class is ready to go into Pretend City!
We had fun shopping in the market, making sandwiches, and checking people out at the cash register.
Having fun at the fisherman's wharf.
Having fun being on a safari, and being a fireman.
Cleaning teeth at the dentist's office.
Concert in the park.
Having fun in the art studio.
Money earned from doing different jobs around Pretend City.
Mrs. D's door for spirit week.
Mrs. D's January bulletin board. The children had a lot of fun making winter animals and the many, many snowflakes.
Teacher Apprerciation Day.
Look who turned 5!
We have started our theme of community workers. Here are Mrs. D's postal workers. We will learn about doctors, dentists, UPS drivers, firefighters, policemen and police women. We have visits from many of these community workers this month.
We are recognitizing and writing numbers 1-20.
We mixed plain yogurt and strawberries to make a yummy smoothie!
We enjoyed our smoothies.
Today was a very special day, Special Person's Day. Here is a group shot of Mrs. D's class in church.
Miss Wade's class in church.
Here we all are singing You are my Sunshine for the whole school.
We did a fantastic job!
After the prayer service we all headed back to our classrooms. Here is Mrs. D's class enjoying child choice art activities.
Mrs. D's class has not only brillant children but awesome Special People too!
We enjoyed painting with our special person.
Miss Wade's door.
In Preschool Room 2, the children had fun making marshmallow sculptures with their Special Person.
They also had fun making Valentine hearts.
The children enjoyed listening to a book on tape with their Special Person.
In Mrs. D's classroom we read the book The Mitten by Jan Brett. We were so inspired by the book that we made mittens in our cooking class. First we pound out the biscuit, then we used a cookie cutter to cut out our mitten shape.
Then we added the colored sugar Mrs. D prepared for us. There were many colors to choose from reds, pink, purple, green and blue.
Can you see all the beautiful mittens. This was prior to baking. They were fun to make and even more fun to eat! We also had hot cocoa to drink!
We made mittens for cooking class this week.
After cutting out the mitten shape, the children decorated their mitten with colored sugar.
The children were very creative when they designed their mitten.
What fun we had today in cooking class! We made fruit snowman. We first sliced bananas.
Then we dressed him up. We added a carrot for a nose, an apple slice for the hat and a grape to top it off. A fruit roll up was used for the scarf, pretzels for his arms and mini chips for his eyes, mouth, and buttons.
Yummy, Yummy! A fruit snowman!
With the extra fruit we created other winter scenes. He you see a cute reindeer. It must be rudolph because he has a red nose.
We compared our height with that of a Emperor penguin. As you can see most of us see eye to eye with that penguin.
Winter mitten rhyming. The child first identifies the picture card and then finds the rhyming match.
This is a favorite. Snowflake line number sequence. The child must first identify the number, then place in order onto line using pincher grasp cloths pins.
Today we learned about animals in the winter and how they keep warm in the cold. First we place a golve onto one hand, then put shortening around the hand, lastly we place cling wrap around the shortening.
Then we place both hands into cold water to see if there is any difference in temperature. All the children stated that their bare hand was cold compared to the hand with shortening. This is an example of blubber which polar bears and penguins have to keep themselves warm.
This week we learned about the Epiphany. We made crowns for the celebration.
Then we took our journey to King Harod's house where he told us he didn't want to join us on our journey but instructed us to return and tell him where Jesus was located.
We found Jesus in our church. The angel (Mrs. D) told us to take another route home and not to tell King Harod where Jesus was located. We listened to her and returned home using another route.
We prayed the Our Father at our alter.
What a wonderful group of kings.
Our Bible story this week was Luke 15:8. This is Jesus' parable about the woman and the coin. The woman lost her coin and cleaned her house until she found it. She was then so happy she called all of her neighbors and friends to come celebrate. The children made "brooms" and "swept" the room looking for coins. They found chocolate coins in our room.
We made snowman sandwiches for cooking class. Some children spread jelly on their bread, some choose butter, and some left their sanwiches
After the children put their sandwich together, they used a cookie cutter to cut their snowman out.
We put pretzels for the arms, raisins for the eyes and buttons, and we used a piece of fruit roll up for the scarf.
Our finished snowman sandwich!
Happy New Year from Mrs. D's class!
We hit the pavement running in the new year! The children were introduced to writing numbers and letters using lines and correct formations. This takes a lot of practice at this age. In class we practice in a fun manner and adapt it to each child's developmental level.
We practice color match through many mediums. This is a fun activity in which the child matches the hat color with the scarf color. We also have hats that state the color rather than show the color. This allows the child to sound out the words.
In class we are making penguins, snowflakes and begining to learn about animals in the winter. The children are displaying their talent in snowflake making with jewels.
Great Job! When playing with puzzles children learn spatial relationships, problem solving, shapes, sizes, positions, and eye-hand coordination.
It was hard to keep our composure while getting our feet painted for our penguin project!
In Mrs. D's class one of our favorite things to do is water color paint. We made beautiful snowflakes to showcase in our classroom.
The listening center is also a favorite!
Penguin number practice.
Look how cute our cooking project turned out-if you guessed it is a penguin, then you are correct! It was a yummy treat to eat.
Number identification and count.
Look at her go! The child needs to identify the number, then count aloud that many manipulatives (snowflakes) and place them in the cloud. She is using numbers 1-20.
Snowball sorting. She is using her pincher grasps with tongs to pick up the cold snowballs and sort then into the bowls by size.
Today we were penguins in class. We had to act like the father penguin and carry our baby egg on our feet, being very careful not to allow the egg to touch the cold ground.
Today was the last day of school prior to our Winter break. We decided to make a treat for our parents in the morning. We decorated cookies and made hot coco to start their day off right! They were very happy.
We then went into our circle time and opened presents. We were so surprised!
We had a lot of fun seeing what was in our stockings!
Next we made our treats for our Christmas party. My friend had to taste his creation early.
We also celebrated a special girls birthday today. She turned 5. Her friend decided to help her celebrate with her purple cupcake!
We are ready for our Christmas party!
Our class Christmas party. We all enjoyed the party and all the treats.
We made food for Santa's reindeer.
One scoop of oatmeal and a lot glitter will help the reindeer find their way to our house on Christmas!
Just because it is a cold day, we still need to get out and exercise.
We ran, skipped, hopped to get our wiggles out in the gym today.
In Mrs. D's class we compared a live tree with a fake tree. The touch, feel, smell and the way it looks.
Today in cooking class we made a cross out of graham crackers.
My friends had a wonderful time creating this project but even more fun eating it!
We had fun making our crosses, and eating them too!
Today was our annual In-N-Out fundraiser day! Here is Mrs. D's class enjoying a yummy burger. Not everyone ordered one, but there is always next year! Mrs. D shared her cheeseburger.
Today was Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mrs. D asked our friends in this mariachi band to perform for us. They sang Feliz Navidad. It was so beautiful and the children enjoyed singing along with them.
In cooking class today we made mice.
Isn't she cute?
We started with wheat bread and added nutella.
Then we added banana slices for ears, cherry licorise whips for a tail and wiskers, and raisinets for an eye and nose.
Mrs. D's class enjoyed making and eating our yummy mice.
Miss Wade's class made their mouse out of jelly!
We had a lot of fun making our mice....it was more fun to eat them!
We are ready and very excited to see Santa!
He arrived in a mustang today! He came with many elves.
Here he is saying hello to Mrs. D's class.
We even had our picture with him. Here is Mrs. D's class.
Miss Wade's class.
And Mrs. Brucker's class.
Mrs. D's class had a lot of fun creating this months bulletin board. We made two different angels, reindeers, and santa ornaments.
We made Gingerbread houses today after reading the story Hansel and Gretel.
We all had lots of fun using our own imagination creating our beautiful houses.
We had a big birthday celebration today in Mrs. D's class!
We celebrated with a yummy snack! Happy Birthday sweetie!
Tonight was our school Christmas performance. Here is Mrs. D's beautiful class.
Mis Wade's lovely class.
And Mrs. Brucker's awesome class.
Here we all are in the church singing our little hearts out. We did such a good job!
Today in cooking class we made reindeer bread.
We took wheat bread, added cream cheese (usually it is peanut butter but we have some allergies this year), two green M & M's for eyes and a cherry for a nose.
Now we get to eat them!
They were yummy, yummy!
Isn't she cute?
Mrs. D's class in front of our tree and stockings. We are getting ready for Christmas!
Today in Mrs. D's classroom we decorated our Christmas tree.
We placed our ornaments all over our tree.
We also had to get our stockings ready to hang over the fireplace.
Here is a picture of our beautiful tree in Mrs. D's classroom decorated with homemade ornaments and our stockings hung by the chimney with care in hopes that Saint Nicholas will soon be here!
Here we are practicing in the church for our Christmas performance.
Here you see two children that are practicing their number recognition. Mrs. D writes a number from 1-20 on the white board and the child then has to verbalize the number, then place that many ornaments on the Christmas tree.
In cooking class this week we made a gingerbread man!
We all had a great time decorating our gingerbread man in Mrs. D's classroom!
After we were done decorating it, we placed him in the oven to bake. To our surprise he had escaped just as in the story book!
You could image our surprise! Where could he have gone?
So we searched and searched and followed the crumb trail.
We were very careful not miss any candy pieces.
To our surprise we found our gingerbread man in the 6th grade classroom. He had entered during their recess time and made a mess in their library. We found him, with the help of our older friends, in the library under a Christmas book.
Today we made our friendship soup for our feast. This is where each child brings in an item to add into the pot to create a delicious meal. Here is what we added to the pot:
Onion soup mix,
Star shaped pasta,
and Tomatoe sauce.
Then we all took in a deep breath to smell the yummy soup.
Next we had to prepare our popcorn pilgram hats for the table.
We enjoyed filling their Pilgrim hats with popcorn.
Then we were off to the feast! Here you see all our friends playing our drums.
Miss Wade's class ready for the feast!
Look at us beat our drums.
Mrs. D's class led our Thanksgiving feast prayer.
We all gave thanks.
After our delicious meal we decided to practice our Indian dance.
What a great day we had today!
Today we completed our studies on Indians. Here is Mrs. D's class showing off their beautiful homemade drums, necklaces and headbands. We viewed Indian chants in the library today and will practice our own Indian dance at our Thanksgiving Feast on Friday.
Miss Wade's little Indians.
Look who turned 4 today!
Mommy and Daddy came to celebrate his birthday with us and provided yummy cupcakes, horns and party hats.
We had hats and horns.
Look how much air is in her lungs
We made cornicoupias in cooking class. We added the cream cheese to their crackers.
The we added the finishing touches to their cornicoupia.
He is excited to eat his cornicoupia!
We are learning about Pilgrams, Indians and Thanksgiving. What would Thanksgiving be without a turkey. Here you see her putting her turkey together by adding feathers.
And she added her turkey's face.
Mrs. D's class Turkey Farm Bulletin Board. They all did such a wonderful job on their turkeys! We will take them home in plenty of time to display them at our Thanksgiving Feast.
Mrs. D's class "Our Forest" Bulletin Board. We have gained so much knowledge on foxes, owls, and squirrels.
Keeping with our forest theme, we made porcupines in cooking class today. First we took a biscuit, then sprinkled it with sugar with cinnamin. She liked licking her fingers after!
Next we added the quills, we used pretzel sticks. She did a fantastic job!
Here is Mrs. D's class picture before we placed the pocupines into the oven for baking. We love cooking class!
Watch out for those sharp quills!
Today was Election Day. We had our very own mock election. Here you see He is voting for which canidate he feels would be a good President.
After completing his secret vote, he was given a sticker that stated "I voted"!
They are excited after their vote. They think they know who will
She won't tell us who she voted for.
She is putting her ballot in the ballot box.
Miss Wade's class on Halloween.
Mrs. Brucker's class on Halloween!
The Preschool Staff in the land of Oz on Halloween!
Today we carved our classroom pumpkim. Look at all the seeds she found.
Look at all of the seeds he got out of the pumpkin!
She didn't like touching the slimy seed that were inside the pumpkin.
They made sure all the seeds were off the lid.
He is carving our pumpkin.
Preschool Room 2's finished pumpkin. They did a great job!
Then we were off to create our cupcakes for our big Halloween celebration tomorrow.
Look at her beautiful cupcake!
And her's too!
Today was "Put Drugs and Bullies to Rest". We wore our pajamas to school to show our support!
Happy Birthday Mrs. D!
It was also Mrs. D's birthday celebration today. Thank you to everyone, what a special day it was for me! The cards, flowers and gifts were so thoughtful and much appreciated. I am very blessed to be so loved.
Here is the whole preschool celebrating Mrs. D's birthday!
Happy Birthday !
Sofia Turned Five on the 30th! Happy Birthday!
It was a windy day today, so we thought we would fly streamers.
Look at them blow!
Today is the begining to our Red Ribbon Week. This is when we talk about the importance of saying "NO" to drugs. Today is Shade out Drugs, so we all wore our sunglasses and chant "SAY NO TO DRUGS". Here is Mrs. D's class doing just that.
Miss Wade's class brang their sunglasses to school to "Shade Out Drugs."
Here is the whole preschool showing our support. We also tied red ribbons onto the gate behind us.
Today was "Sock it to Drug". We all wore crazy socks to school.
In cooking class today we cooked pumpkin seeds. But first we had to remove them from the pumpkin.
She thought it was very cold inside the pumpkin!
He is a pro at this, he must have done this before.
Today is "Team up against Bullying", We all wore our favorite team shirts to school to show our support.
Mrs. Brucker's Class Says, "No Bullying Here!"
Today was a special day, we went to the pumpkin patch! We started the morning off by buckling up and riding to the farm. They are ready to go.
Upon arrival we stood in line for the wagon ride to the petting zoo.
The ride was very fun!
The parents even had lots of fun. This was the first year we had more parents join us than number of students. Our wagons were filled.
Off to the petting zoo. She liked this goat.
They liked how the goats came up to them.
She enjoyed petting the goat.
Here is a wonderful group shot of our preschool class.
Here is Mrs. D's class on the large pumpkins.
We found the flag in the corn maze! You had to touch the pole to complete the maze.
Mrs. Brucker's class getting ready to pick veggies!
Miss Wade's class ready to pick veggies!
Then off to veggie picking, look at the size of these carrots picked by him!
He picked a big onion!
I wonder what she will do with her veggies. Maybe she will make vegetable soup!
Finally we picked out our pumpkins. He fell onto an old pumpkin. He was okay, the pumpkin not so much.
They had fun finding their perfect pumpkin!
They had fun pretending they were pumpkins.
Mrs. D's class back at school with their very own pumpkins they hand picked. Today was a great day!
Mrs. Brucker's class back at school.
Miss Wade's class back at school.
Today in cooking class we made homemade pumpkin pies. She began by measuring out one cup of pumpkin.
She added salt.
He added ground cloves.
He added cinnamon.
He added nutmeg.
He added an egg.
She added another egg.
She added sugar.
He added the milk.
Then we stir, stir, stir.
He is doing a great job mixing the pumpkin pie mixture.
Next we add the mixture to our pie crusts and bake.
Look how beautiful they are prior to baking. We had so much fun making our pies!
Here is all of preschool enjoying the fruits of their labor! Some added whipped cream to complete their masterpiece.
Yummy, yummy for our tummies!
We even made a few extras for our administration. I was later told that everyone including Mrs. Harlow really enjoyed this preschool treat!
Today we are learning about spiders. We started off by learning some facts about spiders. Did you know they have eight legs and up to eight eyes? We then had fun learning the song There's a spider on the floor by Raffi. This is a follow the direction song the children love to practice. Here you see they were told to place the spider on their head. They are getting very good at listening and following directions.
Next we made spider hats to wear. They are placing their eyes on their spider hat. They chose how many eyes they wanted on thier spider hat.
Here is Mrs. D's beautiful scary spiders. Watch out for them, they are on the loose roaming the school grounds!
At the listening today they are reviewing the book Big Pumpkin by
Erica Silverman. Mrs. D read the book first, then they listen to it at the listening center for reinforcement. Then we act the book out. This book is a favorite in our classroom!
We dress up in the part we would like to play and then listen to the book as we act it out for our friends. Mrs. D has many great actors in her room!
Preschool Room 2 went looking for Dracula! We weren't afraid!
We had a lot of fun reading the book Big Pumpkin and acting out the play.
Here here a preschool group picture we took after our snack recess. We all play well together and enjoy having many friends to share our imagination.
The children enjoyed learning about spiders. We enjoyed making our spider hats!
She is adding her seeds onto a wet paper towel in a ziplock bag. We put these mini green houses up in our window, and hope that the seeds will sprout soon!
Today in cooking class we made pumpkin pancakes. She is adding bisquick to our bowl.
He is adding Bisquick to our bowl.
She is adding Bisquick to our bowl.
Next she adds an egg.
We needed another egg so she cracked hers and added it to the mixture.
Next he added more bisquick.
Then he added the milk.
He adding the milk to our bowl.
And we can't forget the pumpkin. Here you see him adding pumpkin.
She enjoyed adding the pumpkin into our bowl.
He is adding pumpkin to our bowl.
He added the water.
She added cinnamon.
He is adding cinnamon to our bowl.
Then we need to stir, stir, stir. Way to go!
He is doing a great job stirring the batter.
She is mixing the batter.
She is mixing the batter.
Mrs. D cooked the pancakes and then...all that is left to do is ENJOY! Yummy, yummy for our tummies!
He is ready to eat his pancakes!
She put butter and syrup on her pancakes.
They give their pancakes two thumbs up! It was yummy in their tummies!
She is adding pumpkins to the vines. There is a number located to the right of each vine that the child must identify first and then place that number of pumpkins on each vine. Great job!
Some students are beginning to write their last name.
Look who is turning five today.
Her Mommy brought in healthy fruit kabobs for the whole preschool to enjoy!
We have begun our study of bats. She is measuring a book, pencil, paintbrush, straw, scissors, and a chair with our bat measuring paper.
We even measured how tall we are and how long our feet aree with the bat measursing paper. He is 15 bats tall and has feet three bats long.
We have been learning about Baptism in our religion class. We visited our church and viewed the Baptism font. Here is Mrs. D's class.
Miss Wade's class.
And Mrs. Brucker's class.
Back in our classrooms we held our own Baptisms which included a priest and both Godparents.
They are baptising the baby.
Look what time it is! We are getting close to all the little witches coming out to play.
When children pretend play they build upon skills such as expressive language, self confidence, respect for others' property and feelings, sharing, cooperation and problem solving.
They are using their imagination for an art activity, no two pumpkins are alike. The children's artwork are displayed in the classroom, please come in and take a look!
A whole lot of cooperation is being displayed here. The girls love to create new patterns while making necklaces, braclets, crowns, and other beautiful works of art in Mrs. D's classroom.
She is having a ball playing with the nugget halloween collection. She is utilizing her hand-eye coordination and imagination while dressing-up these cute little guys.
They are enjoying the listening center.
They are listening to Big Pumpkin on CD. They love this story!
He is counting pumpkin seeds to fill each Jack o lanterns with correct amount of seeds.
We read the book Bread and Jam for Frances, so in cooking class we thought we would create bread and jam to snack on, some added cream cheese too!
She enjoyed strawberry jam only.
While they tried strawberry jam and cream cheese on their bread. Yummy Yummy!
They are putting strawberry jam on their bread.
He enjoyed cream cheese on his bread.
She finished her jam sandwich.
He enjoyed his sandwich!
He put cream cheese and jam on his sandwich and is ready to eat it!
We had a special treat this week. It was The Blessing of the Animals. Here is our nice quiet line.
And Father blessing Mrs. D's classroom fish.
The children are working on their Nursery Rhyme Books. They are learning "Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick".
This week's nursery rhyme was "Jack be Nimble, Jack be Quick". He is jumping over the candlestick.
And she is jumping over the candlestick.
In religion this week we talked about how God is our rock and that he provides us with many treasures of family and friends. The children chose a rock to add beautiful cyrstals that symbolize God, our family, and friends.
They turned out so beautiful! My children are so creative. They will be set home this week to enjoy.
Look who's birthday we celebrated today. Yes, it is her 5th birthday.
Olivia's mother made yummy fruit kabobs to celebrate her birthday for us all to enjoy. They were a big hit!
In cooking class today we made bear biscuits. We have been reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see? So we thought it would be fun to make a bear.
First we roll four balls out of our biscuit dough. We place the large one for the face, two medium ones for the ears and the small one for the nose. We then add two raisins for eyes.
Place bear onto cooking sheet. Its now time to add the cinnamon sugar mixture on top. Here you see her doing just that.
And her too!
He is putting cinnamon sugar on his bear biscuit.
Now we place them in the oven for 15 minutes to cook.
And here are what they look like after baking. Ready to enjoy.
Here are our scary bear faces!
And here he is enjoying his yummy bear!
He was excited to eat his bear biscuit!
Mrs. Brucker's Class reading the letter of the week book with partners.
We measured, and weighed different apples this week.
He had fun finding out how much his apple weighed.
She is marble painting her fall leaf for our tree.
The following pictures demonstrate the importance of dramatic play with young children. Young children learn by imagining and doing. The process of pretending builds skills in many essential developmental areas. They include Social and Emotional, Language, and Thinking skills, as well as Nurturing the imagination. These pictures were taken in Mrs. D's classroom. A big thank you to the Nisson's for donating to Mrs. D's dramatic play area.
Hair is being trimmed and styled in our beauty salon.
He is flying his airplane to Dallas!
We have a postal worker, a fireman, and a pilot.
He used his imagination by using the headsets from our listening center and making them into pilot gear! Way to go!
Mrs. D's class apple painting. We made art out of an apple, and had so much fun!
Here is Mrs. D's class apple sorting by color.
In our cooking class this week, we made homemade apple pies. First we diced the apples, then added cinnamin and sugar. Next we stir, stir, stir.
After cooking the apple mixture, we then place it into the pie shells.
Every great chef has to sneak a taste in!
Here are our beautiful apples pies from Mrs. D's class.
And a few chefs enjoying there creation.
Children are more likely to eat what they make. By putting their own effort into their culinary creations, children will most likely eat their own creations because they are proud of having made it. Plus they know what goes into the food they eat and that helps them make healthier choices.The increased self esteem that comes from completing a project is priceless. Children learn real recipes and real life skills when preparing food. From project planning, organizing and making good food choices to carrying out a plan to completion, cooking is a great way to learn these important life
skills at an early age.
P-3 are learning objects that are red. Each week we learn a new color, this week we are on red. They are developing their hand-eye coordination, working independently, displaying pride in their work, and learning new words as they read their color books.
Mrs D is working with class on number recognition. He is showing off his knowledge of numbers. He looks at the bottom of the apple tree at the number in the basket and then places that many apples on the tree. The numbers range from 1-10.
We love to color sort our bears. Here you see them in Mrs. D's class doing just that. They are utilizing thier cognitive skills for color recognition, counting and sorting the bears into groups and making comparison of the groups. Children build small motor, problem solving and social skills as they work together in groups.
Look at her go. She is adding and subtracting apples off the apple tree.
He is amazing! He is developing his hand-eye coordination, problem solving, understanding shapes and sizes, and position of the puzzle pieces. Way to go!
Look at us! Our first library trip. We had so much fun with Mrs. Castillo.
Today we had our first cooking class. Mrs. D did not know she had so many chefs in her class! We made homemade applesauce. First we washed the apples, then diced them up into small pieces.
They are cutting up their apples for the apple sauce!
He cut apples into the bowl.
He is adding his cut apples to the bowl.
After we cut up the apples we added sugar.
He added the cinnamon sugar.
He added cinnamon sugar to make the apple sauce yummy!
Then stir, stir, stir!
Here is our finished product! Yummy, yummy for our tummies!
We even measured ourselves with apples to see how many apples tall we were. Mrs. D's class ranged from fifteen to seventeen apples tall.
We had a taste test. We compared red, yellow and green apples. Mrs. D will send the results home this week in our weekly folder.
Miss Wade's class had a lot of fun finding out how many apples long they were.
She is 14 apples long!
He had fun making his apple for our apple tree.
We enjoyed sorting the apples by color.
Today is a special day. It is Mrs. Brucker's and our friend (PK-2) birthday. She is 5 and Mrs. Brucker is 26 years old today. Mrs. Brucker was so surprised by all the lovely flowers, homemade cards and gifts. We are very lucky to have her here as part of this wonderful program! We love you Mrs. Brucker!
Here is the beautiful card we made Mrs. Brucker. She loved it very much.
Here is Mrs. D's class practicing "bunnies in the hole", our earthquake drill. When Mrs. D calls out "bunnies in the hole" the children quickly but safetly move to a safe area under a table. Then they shout "stop shaking earth". We have talked about earthquakes and the importance of being safe during this time.
He found a safe spot under our writing center during our earthquake drill.
Mrs. Brucker's class cooperating together.
We are having so much fun in room 3! Here they are at our beauty station. We are taking turns,cooperating, and sharing with our new friends. We are also using our imagination during play.
They are having a blast at the playdough station. They created delicious food to snack on. Young children learn best through manipulation of materials in which they can see the effects they have on the world around them. Creative experiences with materials like playdough offer children many valuable learning opportunities. The children cooperate with peers, communicate their ideas through spoken language, express themselves through creative and dramatic play, learn about the effects they can have on thier environment, and experiment with scientific concepts. Experiences with playdough allow children to explore and experiment in varied ways.
Mrs. D's straight line! Pretty good for the first day!
Watch out for him, he is in jail .
They are using their imagination to create something wonderful with tinkertoys.
Mrs. D brought out Mr. Potatohead today! They really enjoyed creating unique potatoes.
He is really enjoys using his fine motor skills to pattern linker cubes.
He loves to play with the firetruck.
They are playing in housekeeping!
He ordered a lot of food!
He is ready to take your order.
She is reading a book to her friend.
The girls enjoy painting pictures.
He finished up his red apple for his color book.