Sunday, February 23, 2014

Nolin's Preschool - Letter F

This week...the letter F.

F is for Feathers! 
I couldn't choose my favorite picture here...crazy girl! ;)

Nolin counted goldfish to put in the corresponding fish bowls.
We have started our Alphabet Wall in the den downstairs (AKA our classroom). 
Nolin sorted upper & lowercase letter F's in the appropriate fish bowls.
Nolin used torn paper pieces to make her name.  I helped her trace her name in liquid glue & then she placed the paper over it to show her name. 
We had some sensory play in bread flour.  Nolin really enjoyed this.  We talked about how the flour felt & looked.  She described it as soft & white.  Then I asked her what she thought would happen to the flour if we put water in it.  
Nolin wasn't too sure about the "sticky" flour.  At first I couldn't get her to touch it, but she had fun with it after I gave her a little more flour to make it less sticky.  
Nolin matched the letters on the flower petals.
We made fruit patterns.
Nolin finger-painted.
We played a sensory game where Nolin used her five senses to identify what piece of fruit I was giving her.  She really did great.  Then she ate the left overs.
Harris enjoyed some of the fruit too.  :)
We talked about fruits & vegetables.  Then Nolin sorted them into two groups.
Nolin painted a picture of fruit.  She loves the water paint books.
Nolin drew her first family portrait.  I was impressed with it & I wish she had used a darker crayon.  She drew all four of us & identified us.  She isn't happy about posing for this picture!  I think she was embarrassed about her bed head.  ;)  LOL
Nolin made friendship bracelets to give to a couple of her friends.
I made foam out of dish soap, water, & blue food coloring, by mixing it in the blender..  In the table there was also a foam letter F, number 4, number 5, fish, a fishing pole, & a few cups to play with.
Nolin & Harris both really enjoyed this sensory activity!
Nolin & I put food coloring into water to see what happened to the flower petals when placed in the cup.   Nolin predicted that the flowers would turn black.  After a while, I showed Nolin what was starting to happen, so she changed her hypothesis & decided that the flowers would turn the color of the food coloring.  I wish the petals would have changed a little more visibly for her, but she could still tell what was going on.
We talked about the parts of a flower & discussed why the Mums were turning color.  Then Nolin put the parts of a flower in the correct spots. 
Nolin identified numbers on pipe cleaners & then placed the correct number of beads on the pipe cleaner.  This was a great fine motor activity.
Then Nolin placed them in the correct spot on the rainbow.  She was adamant about doing this part herself.  
We added cotton balls for clouds & then Nolin enjoyed a fruit loop snack. 
While making the rainbow, we sang our color songs:

R-E-D spells red,
R-E-D spells red,
Apples & tomato juice,
R-E-D spells red.
*tune - "The Farmer in the Dell"

O-R-A-N-G-E orange,
O-R-A-N-G-E orange,
O-R-A-N-G-E orange,
That's how you spell orange.
Carrots, pumpkins, & some oranges,
Carrots, pumpkins, & some oranges,
Carrots, pumpkins, & some oranges,
O-R-A-N-G-E orange.
*tune - "Ten Little Indians"

Yellow, yellow is the sun,
It shines down on everyone.
Y-E-L-L-O-W, Y-E-L-L-O-W,
Yellow, yellow is the sun,
Shine on me so I can have some fun!
*tune - "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"

There is a color, green's its' name,
The color of the trees - Oh,
G-R-E-E-N, G-R-E-E-N, G-R-E-E-N,
& that's how you spell green - Oh!
*tune - "Bingo"

B-L-U-E, B-L-U-E,
That spells blue, that spells blue,
Blue's the color of the sky, blue's the color of the sea,
B-L-U-E, B-L-U-E
*tune - "Frere Jacque"

Purple as can be,
Purple grapes & violets,
A sight for you & me!
*tune - "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"

Nolin explored with foil.  She played with it first to see what it felt & sounded like.  Then I had her wad it up into a ball & try to unfold it without tearing it.  She asked for my help here.  :)  Then she painted on the foil.  By the end of this activity, she had paint up to her elbows.  I think that was a good finale to the letter F! 

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