Friday, April 25, 2014

April 25th, 2014

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!  Coming back to school on Monday, my students were introduced to the letter, "T".  We started off making our T-Tigers.

On Tuesday, the 22nd, we observed Earth Day.  We discussed the concept of reducing, reusing and recycling.  Then, I brought out my own personal recyclables from home for my students to (of course) construct a robot.  The end result?  Meet Robo.  She's a super-powered fembot who uses her super powers to fight pollution.

On Wednesday, we put together our t-tape.

Throughout the week, we also tricycled in our ties...

...tambourined with tambourines...

...talked together while taking tea...

...and tinkered with toys (we're on kind of a robot kick right now).

We also concluded our rainbow theme and - to my great joy - started on insects. 

"Ladybugs are my favorite insect because they're so pretty."

We then learned about my favorite insect; the firefly. They're from early in my childhood, back in the old country.  And, by old country, I mean the Ohio suburbs.

Meanwhile, in Ms. Rebecca's class, her students thoroughly cleaned the brick walls with soapy water and paintbrushes.

They read stories together, too.

As did Miss Kim's class.

I want to say a huge thank-you to all my families for taking the time to complete our first homework packets.  Every single student (who wasn't on a cruise or a trip to Hawaii) worked hard on their homework this week.

Gotta fill those beautiful minds!

Friday, April 18, 2014

April 18th, 2014

It was an Easter celebration that lasted the whole week at Sacred Heart Preschool!  On Monday, we visited Grossmont Gardens Retirement Community where they had arranged for an Easter bunny visit, a balloon artist (who specialized in swords), cookie decorating, and an Easter egg hunt.

Did I mention there were balloon swords?

The egg hunt was beautifully put together with many of the residents watching and helping our students collect the eggs.  I adore Grossmont Gardens and greatly appreciate how far above and beyond the activities director goes for us.

Back in class, we really focused on the significance of the first Easter.  In preschool, emphasis is placed mostly on Jesus' teachings and God's love for us when He sent His only Son.  As the children get older, their education will expand to the details surrounding the crucifixion and Stations of the Cross.

We also discussed the concept of spring and life beginning anew as springtime baby animals are born and hatched.  Then, we made our baby chicks.

On Thursday, we prepared our Easter bags for the big hunt at school.

Then the whole preschool participated in an Easter egg hunt.  The Easter bunny hid my students' eggs in the shark tank.

Miss Gabriella's eggs were hidden in the lunch courtyard.

Miss Kim's were hidden in her classroom...

...and Ms. Rebecca's were hidden in her patio.

Then, the whole school, along with many of our family members, participated in a huge feast!

Notice a bluish cast of light in some of the photos?  San Diego's storm of 2014 damaged our 20-year-old awning irreparably.  On the day of our egg hunt and feast, it was replaced with a brand new one!

Just making sure our school remains super awesome.

Friday, April 11, 2014

April 11th, 2014

S is for Swan

This week we were introduced to the letter "S". 

After reading The Ugly Duckling together, we made our S-Swans.

We also practiced writing the letter S in sand, some while dressed in full astronaut gear.

Then, we used the sand to make our lower-case s-sand.

Today, we made our annual Lenten pretzels together.  This is something I've enjoyed doing with
my class every year during Lent.

Each student practiced twisting their dough rope like, "arms folded in prayer".

Everyone agreed that the work was well worth it!

We have fun in preschool (especially as we're breaking the rules)!