Welcome to February. With a new month we have a new Curriculum from CAC. The color of the month is Pink and we continue practicing letters, numbers and so much more.
Today we worked on feelings during pre school. The feelings of being happy, excited, mad, upset, frustrated etc, and how to deal with them. This is a difficult concept for 2.5 year olds (It can be at any age really). We practiced our daily Alphabet song and counting. We worked with wooden puzzles, that are easy for little hands to grasps. They did really well. There was dancing and movement as well as relaxed time with books. Although, since I rearranged the Daycare room, so it is a large open set up, the kids would rather run, run, run.
We spent at least an hour outside after Pre school , even playing on the playground equipment because there is not too much snow left. The weather was in the 40’s and really nice.
Once the older kids got here from School they all painted beautiful, creative pictures. It doesn’t look like we will be able to go sledding on our kills until we get our next snow. Not that I am wishing for it.
Another great day.
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The younger kids and I worked on several craft projects, as well as a new Letter, “N”. Due to the weather being so cold they each made a Penguin, the kids had a big part in decorating them themselves. With the letter “N” we went over many words that begin with the letter/sound, including my name, as well as a Nest. That brings up another craft where they places eggs into a nest craft. We made pasta “N”ecklaces as well. This was structured CAC pre school.
As always we continued to do play based learning. We practiced our new letter whenever we saw anything that started with the “N” sound. As well as black, from the Penguin, they sure know that color.
We had puzzles, games, movement, lunch, books, naps, outside play and more.
Another great day.
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Today (my 2.5 year olds) pre school was a combination of the CAC and play based learning. We worked on the number 8 using worksheets, building blocks and markers. We also worked on Healthy eating, the heart, fruits and Vegetables and how they all relate. This fit in very nicely with the 5021 meeting I had yesterday. I got to use much of that material.
While working on the heart portion, I had a lot of fun with this. we watched a child’s video on what the heart is and how it works. I showed them where their heart is located and the video told them it makes a “pump, pump” sound. I helped them feel their own heartbeat, had them run around, then had them feel it again. They laughed when they felt how fast it was beating.
We also watched a video on healthy foods vs unhealthy foods, (specifically fruits and vegetables).
Free play, dance and movement, outside, books, lunch, books, naps, play.
Then all bundled up and outside to meet the bus and play in the snow. Sledding wasn’t so much fun because the snow is frozen over. So we played on the play equipment out front and just in the snow.
Another great day.
Phew!!! I am ready for a good night sleep. We had our annual Halloween party. It was a BLAST!! We had games, crafts, dancing, my daughter, she took over as Tigger this year, was a great DJ (and had amazing strobe light speakers),painting, eating and so much more. All the children were able to be here, which was GREAT!!! I was very happy about that.
I think you will be able to figure out who is who, haha.
Another great day at Lil’ Caboose. Please leave a comment, if you would like. I love to read them.
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We having be learning the letter “A” (Apple, Acorn, Ant). We have been learning the color “Blue” The shape of a “Circle” as well as tracing dots to make a line. A daily exercise, fine motor skill practice, adding beads to a string, and so much more. Keep in mind these children are starting pre-school at two years old, not three when most kids start. They are getting a great start, and they do their very best, while having fun. They love, love, love making the craft that come with the curriculum, as well as ones I create. This is one of the most rewarding occupations when you watch children grown and learn before your eye.
BLUE Stringing BLUE beads (great fine motor skill practice) So proud of the necklace he made Twisting exercise for the day Acorn Acorn Acorn Line Tracing