Recognizing letters is a skill that we work on throughout the year in preschool. Recently, the older students were paired with the younger students to play a game of Letter Bingo. The older students who were with us last year, were able to practice the letter recognition skills that they already have. Our new 3-year-old preschoolers were able to learn from their older friends.
Every Friday, the students take a break from our regular morning schedule and have Dance Party Friday. The students listen to music and get to move however they would like. It's a great way for some students to use up some extra energy and it's also a great way for other students to wake up their bodies after a long week.
This week, in small group time, students are experimenting with paper. They are practicing folding to make fans and then they are trying to make their own paper airplanes. After the airplanes are completed, the students get to try to fly their planes.
We have a new tiger in our room and he didn't have a name. Well, one of the best ways to solve that is to come up with ideas and let everyone vote. This also is a way to teach the lesson that just because you think an idea is the best one, it might not win but that's ok.
Please say "hello" to Anna the Tiger. It was a tie between Fernando and Anna. Ms. Rosie had the tie-breaking vote!
Being able to recognize your own name is a very important preschool skill and is one of the first skills that we work on in the classroom. We have been working hard on recognizing our names this week and last week. Last week, we designed name pages for Our Name Book in our classroom library. Last Wednesday, we went fishing for names. This is a game that we play at the beginning of the year that we will also do periodically throughout the rest of the year as well. Last year, some of my preschoolers requested playing the name fishing game up until the last week of school!
We also used scraps of paper to decorate our names. On Friday, we used sequins and different shapes to decorate our first initials. You can find see these finished pieces decorating our room.
This week, the students made trains using the letters of their name and then used watercolor paints to paint their name. It's so much fun to see so many examples of their names throughout the classroom and in the hallway.
Mrs. Marx is a preschool teacher at Epiphany Catholic Elementary School in Chicago, IL.