Theme of the week: Eggs

This past week we enjoyed learning activities based on our “egg” theme.

We learned the nursery rhyme, “Humpty Dumpty, by saying the rhyme,”

singing a song about Humpty Dumpty created by Dr. Jean, and acting out the rhyme.

Friends also enjoyed tracking print on a poster of the rhyme, while moving their fingers from left to right.

Here are two friends pretending to be Humpty Dumpty.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men…

…couldn’t put Humpty together again.

After we learned the rhyme, we practiced Habit # 5 :Seek first to understand, then to be understood… or (Listen before you talk).

We passed the “My Turn” stick and recorded the children’s responses to the question:  How would you fix Humpty Dumpty? This was also a great print awareness activity. We recorded each child’s response in a different color and then read the responses back to the group, tracking print from left to right.

In art, we practiced cutting on a line to cut out pictures of the rhyme. Next, we sequenced the pictures to correctly retell the rhyme.

We also acted out the rhyme by building walls with blocks and dropping hard boiled eggs from the walls.

After Humpty Dumpty has his great fall,

some of the children enjoyed peeling their eggs and eating the hard boiled treats.

Repetition and the use of our five senses are important tools for helping preschoolers to learn. With this theme we provided various ways to experience the rhyme- seeing the words and pictures, hearing a song based on the rhyme, touching a real egg, tasting an egg, and acting out the rhyme. This gave the children many ways to experience and comprehend  the rhyme.





“Sharpening the Saw”

During our gingerbread man theme,  we used the gingerbread man to help us  talk about Habit #7: Sharpening the Saw. We read, Keep Running Gingerbread Man. In this story, the gingerbread man runs away from a little old woman, little old man, and several farm animals who are out of shape. Characters in the story are not able to catch the clever cookie because the gingerbread man exercises regularly and is very fit. (Notice his fun sweatband made from candy and sprinkles!)

In this lively version of the story, the gingerbread man does not get eaten. He is so fit, that he is able to do a somersault in the air and flip off the fox’s nose. During the story, we talked about making healthy choices, such as eating food that will  fuel our bodies, exercising, and getting enough sleep.  This was a fun twist on the story that reinforced having balance in our lives!



Winter Party

We enjoyed spending time with our friends from Tucker’s Tots at our winter party.

We expanded our pretend play skills by making  play-doh cookies.

We decorated the cookies with beads

and “baked” them in our housekeeping oven.

A proud baker…

We developed our conceptual skills by playing gingerbread related games.

Exploring textures while “dressing” gingerbread men.

A gingerbread matching game…

Decorating gingerbread men with shapes and pompons…

We developed our fine motor skills while decorating gingerbread houses.

We spread icing on our houses with craft sticks

and decorated them with candy.

The houses were beautiful and tasty too….




“Cookies, Cookies, Best Thing to Eat”- Cookie Monster

We have had a lot of fun learning with cookies as our theme.

Reading books about cookies at circle…

We read Mr. Cookie Baker and then “decorated paper cookies.”

We labeled colors and painted with Q-tips to help us to form a correct pincer grasp.

After reading Maisy Makes Gingerbread, we made our own gingerbread cookies.

We patted and rolled out the dough…

Pressed cookie cutters in the flat dough…

and manipulated small M&M’s and raisins,

pressing them into the dough.

We practiced identifying shapes while decorating

paper cut-outs of gingerbread men.

We decorated them with plastic shapes and pom-pons.

After reading C is for Cookie, we fed Cookie Monster items that began with /c/.

Stay tuned for more fun with cookies, as our theme continues next week.


Fun With Food…

This past week our theme was “Fun with Food.” We read the big book, Jamberry.

We tasted various berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries) and placed a check mark on a chart if we liked the berries.

We determined that the same number of people liked strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

Our class liked blueberries the least. 

We played with plastic fruit, boats, boys, and bears at the water table.

It was a fun way to build upon our comprehension of the story

and to expand our pretend play skills.

We also  listened to the story of The LittLe Read Hen, retold using props from our classroom.

We learned about Habit #3  from the Leader in Me.

The story reinforced that it is good to “Put First Things First” /Work first, then play.

We also recalled what we had previously learned about friendship: Friends help each other.

We read the book, Peanut butter and Jelly, and then our teachers made us into the world’s largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich! It was a great sensory experience.

We expanded this activity by making peanut butter and jelly crackers.

First, we spread peanut butter on a cracker.

Then we spread jelly on a cracker…

The last thing that we did was eat our creations.

This was a great activity allowing us to practice fine motor/self-care skills, follow directions,  and sequence what comes first, second, and third…




Let’s Celebrate!

We marked the end of our “All About Me” unit with a party theme.

We read a book, Three Kind Mice, a story about three mice who made a cake for their friend, the cat.

We talked about how the mice in the story “Synergized”, or worked cooperatively in order to make the cake.

Then we made cupcakes.

We talked about the concepts full/empty and wet /dry.

We used a measuring cup to put the right amount of water and oil in the batter.

We took turns stirring the batter.

We counted as we stirred….

We expanded our imaginative play skills while having a pretend party in our housekeeping area.

Friends enjoyed using party horns….

It was a great oral-motor activity!

At the end of the week, we took turns aiming and hitting at a target, using a pinata on the blacktop.

Here’s what came out of the pinata (packs of gummy bears.)

We enhanced our gross motor skills by batting and kicking balloons in our motor room.

We exchanged gifts with our friends and practiced saying, Thank You!

After lunch on Friday, we decorated cupcakes.

First, we spread icing with craft sticks. Next, we put sprinkles on top. Then, we ate our creations…




We had a wonderful time learning about families this week. We started off by talking about the people in our families and made a chart, showing each family member.

Then each child counted the number of people in their family and looked at the chart to see which family had the most and the least number of people in it.

We used props to tell the story, Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman.


During circle, the children chanted  a repetitive line from the book and answered questions about the story.

We practiced our scissor skills by cutting out pictures from the story. We sent home a “Story Bag” with all of the cut pieces so that the children could retell the story at home.

We placed the props in our block area so the children could act out/recall the story. One friend enjoyed having Mrs. Zohab read the book to him again.

The next day we read, Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer. This is a book about a boy who goes camping with his dad. We expanded the children’s comprehension by setting up a campsite like the one in the story.

Here is a child cooking a fish for dinner, like Little Critter did in our story.

We made a campfire with tissue paper and paper towel rolls…We talked about fires being “hot.”

A friend is pretending to be Little Critter’s dad, “reading” a story  to the kids at bedtime.

Uh-oh…Here comes a bear. In the story, a bear came and took the fish that Little Critter caught.

On the last day of the week, we learned about babies. We brainstormed (Brainstorming is a necessary step in problem-solving, where people come up with possibilities or solutions to problems.) and made a written list of things that we knew about babies. In making our list, everyone’s contribution was added  to our list.  This activity reinforced Habit #4 “Think Win Win.” When we brainstorm, we see that everyone’s thoughts are important and are respected.

In circle, we read a factual book about babies.


Friends pretended  to care for babies, giving them baths in the water table.

Next, we refined our hand-eye coordination by “making bottles” for our babies.


The children enjoyed taking care of their babies…



We also used teacher-made puzzles and games. The children labeled and matched objets that babies might use.




Winter Party

We joined with Mrs. Stanley’s class for our winter party.

The  children enjoyed playing in various centers…

and took turns at the art center making gingerbread houses.

This activity helped to develop self-care skills. Children iced their houses using craft sticks which is similar to spreading butter or jelly with a butter knife…

They decorated the houses with candy…

handling small pieces of candy and placing them on their houses.

The proud owner of a gingerbread house….

(Thank you to our families for sending in supplies for this craft and to Mrs. Stanley for sharing these photographs.)






Peanut Butter & Jelly Crackers

As part of our “Fun with Food” theme, we made peanut butter and jelly crackers.

This was a great activity to practice following directions and

sequencing the steps involved in a task.

First, we counted out two square crackers

Second, we used a plastic knife  to spread peanut butter on a cracker.

Next, we spread jelly on the other cracker.

The last  step  was to press the two crackers together…

Learning new skills helps us to feel independent and proud.





Responsible Helpers…

in Building Independence/Self-care Skills , by Donna Dickerson

Each week we rotate jobs in our classroom to give students opportunities to be  responsible helpers. The children take their jobs very seriously and enjoy taking care of our classroom community.

These friends are weather helpers. They are wearing “weather glasses” and reporting on daily weather conditions.