Amongst all of our Valentine’s Day fun we have been still continuing with our investigation of letters and shapes. Above is a picture of L and B looking closely at the large uppercase letters on the overhead projector. They were lining up the letters, finding the letters in their names, discussing the letters as the pulled them out of the basket, and wondering why some letters looked “backwards” no the wall. It is wonderful to see two children work for an extended period of time at one task, and scaffold each other with new information while they “play.”
Since there is so much emphasis on the Heart at Valentine’s Day, I deduced to introduce other shapes through a series of books and activities this week. We read some of my favorite shape books this week! These are some of the titles we have been exploring…
This is a book of pictures and you can find shapes in each of the real-life photos
The Greedy Triangle introduces the idea of geometry with lines and angles, but we focused on the shapes the triangle changes into from page to page.
This is a great book that covers many different types of of shapes
After reading many of these books we went on “Shape Hunts” around the classroom looking for shapes all around us! The picture above is A holding up the Handwriting Without Tears wooden pieces into a circle.
We found Squares…
A line and a square found by M…
A circle and a rectangle found by H
A semi circle and a rectangle found by D…
A Rectangle and a Heart found by B…
A Heart and Circle found by A…
M found a circle on the edge of her cup…
L found a circle and a line
It was a lot of fun to do our shape hunt, and I was proud of how creative they were with their findings!
Of course we had to paint some shapes…We made these gorgeous Heart Mobiles with cardboard and tempera paints:
We also explored hearts, pink salt, glass jars, and paintbrushes on the light panel this week:
We made the most amazing SLIME from Fun at Home with Kids recipe on her blog! It turned out perfect and the kids enjoyed it so much!!!
We were also so lucky to get to go outside and on a bunch of walks this week with the warmer temperatures! Ms. Kay came for yoga as well and we did partner yoga for the first time!
Preschool Gross Motor Development:
Yep, I pretty much love my job! What a great week! Ms. Clare