The StoryBus of “The Little Red Hen”

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On Thursday, February 15th, our annual visit from the Khol’s Children’s Museum Storybus came to Peirce School. All Preschool and Kindergarten students were able to visit the StoryBus, and visit the fairy tale of “The Little Red Hen”.

Inside, children stepped inside this classic tale and became the characters of the story. They used many mathematic skills by measuring, counting, identifying numerals, shapes, and colors! They demonstrated their traveling skills, balancing skills, and gross-motor manipulative skills! During their time on the bus, each child worked on regulating their own emotions and behaviors, and learning to participate cooperatively and constructively in a confined space! We were in awe at how well the children did! Let’s not forget the amazing literacy  and language components that were involved throughout our visit in the StoryBus! Wow! What an amazing learning day through play and exploration!

Click on the link below to enjoy our picture slideshow!

The Storybus: The Little Red Hen

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Last week, the children showered Miss Santiago and I with lots of love and fun! We had such a wonderful day filled with bead pattern bracelet making, enjoying a sweet snack, counting, sorting, and graphing candy hearts, and helping the children pass out Valentine’s for the first time! (What a hoot that was!)

Thank you for sharing your little valentine’s with us this year! They truly warm our hearts, and we are so grateful you entrust us to help nurture and care for them each and everyday!

Enjoy our Valentine’s Day celebration video! Click on the link below!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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January Happenings!

We were busy little learners in January! The children are off to a great start in 2018! We are learning how to be independent, and even began our partnership with Design Dance! Miss Mack our dance teacher is amazing! We feel so fortunate for the opportunity! Check out January’s happenings in the video link below!

Preschool in January

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Field Trip to Chicago Children’s Theater: My Wonderful Birthday Suit!

Our first field trip yesterday to the Chicago Children’s Theater was a success! The children LOVED the play! It was so fun watching them watch the play go on. Today, we reflected and revisited some major points in the play. Both Miss Santiago and I were very impressed by how much they actually did take in! For those of you that might not have gotten a lot of info about the play, here is a summary:
 Oobladee is hosting a surprise birthday party for her best friend Shebopshebe from the other side of the clouds. Shebopshebe moved to the other side of the rainbow, and it was her first time being away from her family for her birthday! Her parents sent presents for their daughter’s birthday to Oobladee’s house! Oobladee’s best friend on this side of the rainbow named Ooblahdah was helping to get the party ready! But he was nervous to meet her other best friend from the other side of the rainbow.
 In Oobladee’s Great Room (living room) was “A Thinking Tree” that would signal to the characters when they began to feel frustrated, angry/mad, or needed some guidance to think about their thoughts and feelings. Throughout the play, the characters were called to The Thinking Tree to learn important lessons and words to help them learn, grow, and accept one another. The characters learned and taught the audience about “Happy, Respect, Presents, I’m Sorry, and Forgiveness”. These words were woven throughout the script.
When Oobladah met Shebopshebe for the first time, he was shocked that her skin color was brown! He never was friends with someone that was brown before. He didn’t think he could be friends with someone that was not his skin color. But, Shebopshebe taught him that she is wonderfully, and beautifully made to be the color brown! And that she loves her color and all colors. And the characters learned that when we are born, we are wrapped in our beautiful colorful skin! We are gifts to the world!
Oobladah and Shebopshebe became friends at the end by saying, “I’m Sorry” for not looking on the inside for their special gifts, and to learn to “respect” one another. So they did a “rewind”, and started over! It was pretty funny!
At the end of the play, Ooblahdah, Oobalhdee, and Shebopshebe all decided to wear bows because they discovered they were like beautifully wrapped presents! Wonderful on the outside, with wonderful secrets inside, but we have to open the gift to discover what’s inside. They believed the best present is a friend!
Today your child came home with a miniature bow to remind them of how special they are, and that they are a gift to the world!
Here is a quick video for you to enjoy from the morning to the theater!

 

Field Trip Slide Show

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December Poetry

This month our “five little’s” poem is about gingerbread cookies! This is helping us to gear up for our “Gingerbread Man Week” December 18th-22nd. We also have our next Chicken Soup with Rice poem for the year! Below are the words to help your child recite them at home, (or at least for you to know what they are trying to say)!

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Five Little Gingerbread Men

Five little gingerbread men on a tray.

One jumped up and ran away.

“Catch me, oh catch me, oh catch me if you can! I’m pretty fast I’m the gingerbread man!”

Four little gingerbread men on a tray.

One jumped up and ran away.

“Catch me, oh catch me, oh catch me if you can! I’m pretty fast I’m the gingerbread man!”

Three little gingerbread men on a tray.

One jumped up and ran away.

“Catch me, oh catch me, oh catch me if you can! I’m pretty fast I’m the gingerbread man!”

Two little gingerbread men on a tray.

One jumped up and ran away.

“Catch me, oh catch me, oh catch me if you can! I’m pretty fast I’m the gingerbread man!”

One little gingerbread man on a tray.

One jumped up and ran away.

“Catch me, oh catch me, oh catch me if you can! I’m pretty fast I’m the gingerbread man!”

No little gingerbread men on the tray.

I will have to bake more on another day!

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In December, I will be a baubled bangled Christmas tree

with soup bowls draped all over me.

Merry once,

merry twice,

merry chicken soup with rice!

 

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A Month of Kindness and Spreading Good Cheer!

Join us in Room 121 by participating in the Kindness Calendar! Each day in the month of December, we are given a task to help spread happiness and cheer! This is a wonderful way for your child and your family to be part of the spirit of giving! To learn more about Action for Happiness, please visit http://www.actionforhappiness.org/

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November Poetry!

Below is our November Poems for you to learn and recite with your child! Have them teach you and show you the movements to the poems! They are really embracing our “Five Little’s” poems every month! It truly is a joy to watch them grow in their oral fluency, articulation, and imagination! I will try to post from here on out our monthly poems at the beginning of the month! Hopefully this will help when your child is reciting the poems for you at home and you know what they are trying to say!

November

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In November’s gusty gale,

I will flop my flippy tail and spout hot soup.

I’ll be a whale!

Spouting once,

spouting twice,

spouting chicken soup with rice!

Five Little Turkeys

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Five little turkeys, sitting on a fence.

The first one said, “Oh my I’m immense!”

The second one said, “I can spread my tail!”

The third one said, “Don’t catch it on a nail!”

The fourth one said, “I can gobble at you!”

The fifth one said, “I can gobble gobble too!”

When along came a farmer, who stopped by to say….

“Turkeys look best on Thanksgiving Day! Yum, yum, yum!”

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