This month we spent a lot of time learning the letters of the alphabet. We did a letter or two a day throughout the month and did activities based on them. We did a favorite cookie vote for C, jellybean color identification for j, and snowflake shape sorting for S. We also worked on reading our names on name tags and doing some shape games. At the end of our circle time we have been singing letter songs from our big song book and the kids all love dancing to that. We have been doing our science sensory bins on a regular basis too. We like to do hands on activities and that seems to be one of the class favorites. We used pasta for the letter P, rice for R, beans for B and corn for C. We like to play with play-do and we have added cups and new cookie cutters to use.
Valentine’s Day is always fun here. We made hearts to decorate our valentine tree and listed things that we love. We had heart shaped sandwiches, fruit, veggie straws, yogurts and Oreos for dessert for our lunch party. The kids all helped to put valentines in their friends’ mailboxes that we made. We had a special super bowl day too where we wore our favorite team gear, played some passing games and voted on who would win the super bowl. We also weave counting and math skills into our monthly themes.
We have been working with the children to help put on their own hats, gloves and jackets, as well as their own shoes when they fall off. We usually start to zipper for them and have them finish the rest. We will often have to fix glove fingers but they have all been getting them on themselves. Hats and jackets they have down to a science so we like to encourage them to work on new self-dressing skills!