Doctor Seuss: Day Three!
Today in class we read my favorite story by Dr Seuss, Sneetches.
During story, each of the children had a silver star they could choose to wear and we had a guest appearance by "Sylvester McMonkey McBean".
In the story, the Sneetches have marshmallow toasts on the beaches, so we had s'more bites for snack.
They look so tasty!
In the afternoon, they were still excited about the zoo they built yesterday, so they built another one. When block play and building are encouraged in different ways and areas of the room, children who usually don't engage in block play will become excited about it. Block play helps children build their own understanding of mathematical concepts like measurement, balance, and spatial skills.
Yesterday, in small group, we read One Fish, Two Fish. Then we did some fish-y math activities.
We did some addition problems with goldfish crackers.
And we graphed. We LOVE graphs in preschool! Here's why: Graphs are compound activities. We can use this one activity to cover many mathematical standards. When we graph we are classifying, counting and comparing. Since preschool attention spans can be short, this is a great way to cover a lot of ground!
We had "One Fish, Two Fish jello" for snack.
We also read If I ran the Zoo by Dr Seuss; during art the children were given materials to create a picture of their zoo.
It was pretty messy.
Later in the afternoon the children made a "Zoo Fair".
During dramatic play children are building their imagination and social skills. They are learning to work together by sharing limited resources and space. They develop language skills by explaining what they are doing.
They were encouraged to build cages and choose what kind of animals would be in their zoo.
They made signs for the cages.
Yet another successful day in Pre-K.
Today in small group we read There's a Wocket in my Pocket by Dr Seuss.
Rhyming is a fun way for children to play with words, but it also increases their phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness is a better predictor of a child's future success in reading than IQ or perceptual ability.
We talked about how Dr Seuss used nonsense words in the story, and how that means that a "wocket" can look however we imagine it.
Then we practiced making wockets out of clay. The children did an excellent job of describing their wockets.
"Mine has big ears and a long body."
"Mine has fluffy hair and a stubby tail."
"Mine has one leg and four hands."
"Mine has two eyes, a nose, and a smile."
"Mine has hair, two arms, two legs, and a skinny tail."
Next, they drew and colored their wockets.
Finally, they were able to put them in their "pockets" to take home.
Wendy Joy Yohman
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