Thursday, April 12, 2012

"Know Your City" Field Trip

April 11, for Blue Preschool, we took a field trip to downtown Salt Lake City and Temple Square. We rode the TRAX train to get there, which is always fun for a bunch of boys! Here they are at the TRAX station, by the ticket machine:
G, P, J, K, E
Sister M and K on TRAX
E on Trax
J, P, and G on TRAX

When we got off the train, downtown, we walked over to to Temple Square:
All the kids held on to a jump rope as we crossed or walked on busy streets.

P, G, J, E & K
in front of some of the beautiful flowers at Temple Square. The flowers were absolutely gorgeous.

Once we arrived at Temple Square, each boy & sibling were handed this piece of paper:and a crayon. They were given instructions to look high and low, and find each object on the scavenger hunt and then cross it off. They had fun finding the items and did a really good job looking for them. We got quite a few smiles, laughs, and comments from other people as they watched this group of little boys and their siblings run around yelling, "I found the bell! It's right there!" and crossing it off their sheet.
P & J by a fountain
(BPS boys + sister M on the steps of the LDS Church Administration Building on South Temple)

When we finished the scavenger hunt, we were able to go to the observation deck of the LDS Church Office Building and see a bird's-eye view of all the rest of our city! It really is a great view from up there.(L, K, P, M, and E look at the State Capitol Building from the observation deck)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Four Seasons

We had fun talking about the four seasons, this past Wednesday. I started by presenting each season. We had a poster with four empty trees and as we talked about each one, the kids got to attach leaves, blossoms, or snowballs.

Also, as we talked about each season, we discussed things we like to do during the season and read a book about it. I also dressed myself and the kids were riveted to me as I did each season: an umbrella over me for spring, sunglasses and a hat for summer, a jacket for fall, and a hat and scarf for winter.

Here are the books we read:
Spring- "One More Egg" by Sarah Emmanuelle Burg
Summer- "Picnic" by Emily Arnold McCully
Fall- "Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf" by Lois Ehlert
Winter- "Snowballs" by Lois Ehlert

I brought out a huge bag of items, and the kids got to pull out an object and we decided which season it matched best.

We played a sound game (downloaded here) and I gathered pictures for each sound so the kids got to match the sound to the picture. They really liked it. I also did a coloring sheet (here).
The kids each got to plant some seeds in a little cup to take home. We talked about how plants need water, sun, and soil. Hopefully they sprout! I wasn't a great picture-taker. Sorry!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Letter R week

This week was fun! We missed our friend P. Hope he feels better soon. We learned about the letter R, shape Rectangle, color Red and number 5. Our lesson was also on Rhyming. The boys got to practice writing the letter R and finding it in a word search. We read fun books on Rhyming. I put together a Rhyme bag. We pulled the items out and made Rhyme words. They also acted out R-animals and words,like Rabbits, roosters and rolling around. For snack time we ate Ritz crackers and Red apples. The boys painted a picture of a Rainbow. They also went outside and picked out their own rock to paint. Instead of playing the game penny, penny who has the penny? We played rectangle, rectangle who has the rectangle?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Fire Station Tour

We went to visit the fire station, today! The kids got a fun explanation of all the parts of the engine, and then the visit was cut short because the firefighters got a call, but, it was fun.
Everyone got to try out a 25-pound air pack. It was almost as heavy as some of these kids!

Practicing with a hose:
It was a fun day!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Sweets Candy Factory Tour & Valentine's Day Party

On February 15, we took a tour of the Sweets Candy Factory. It was so much fun. We were able to see a lot of equipment in action and learn some really interesting things about how candy is made. Everyone was subject to very strict rules. We had to wear hairnets, no jewelry, no bags, no cameras, and stay within the painted lines. All the kids did really well. Since no cameras are allowed on the tour, we just have these "sweet" pictures of our group before we went into the factory area:

After the tour, we did some shopping (candy!) and then went to Teacher W's house for our Valentine's Day Party. We ate lunch and then the kids each decorated their own little valentine box, and they exchanged valentines.

It was fun, but we missed Teacher S & E & D.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Letter O, Opposites week

The kids wore thier shirts backwards for opposite day.
We played UNO to practice our letters and colors for the day.
< They got the opportunity to practice writing the letter O.
For our lesson on opposites we read books and had an opposite baggy that the boys got to draw out of. They had to act out the opposite word while the other children guessed.
For our games we played Red light/green light and Hide-n-seek.
They loved hiding on the bunk beds.
For our snack we had Orange Julius, oranges and oreo's.
For the crafts the boys made opposite faces. Happy/sad or Nice/mean.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Letter P

Yesterday at Blue Preschool, we were learning all about the letter P. We started with "Show and Tell." The kids all had items that started with the letter P: painting, popcorn, Power Ranger, puppets, puzzle, and the book Pinkalicious.We read a couple of books, Pirate Boy by Eve Bunting, and Penguin by Polly Dunbar.
We watched a video of a peacock, HERE.

We did a worksheet about things that start with the letter P:(I am impressed by how well some of the boys' coloring skills have progressed!)

We made collages of things cut from magazines that start with the letter P.

We had a snack of Popcorn, Peaches, Pineapple, and Pickles.
We made Puzzles from Popsicle sticks:

It was fun. I think that letter-themed lessons are definitely my favorite. They are so fun to teach and give me a lot of flexibility and give the boys a lot of variety!