Happy Birthday! (and the Letter S)

Happy New Year!! I am so excited for this New Year. I have so many goals for preschool that I am hoping to implement this year. I welcomed the kiddos back this week from Winter break and we started our new theme from Experience Early Learning (Mother Goose Time): Baby Animals. We talked about pregnant moms, helper dads, and oviparous animals (creatures that lay eggs). We also had a birthday celebration and celebrated our own births. (Our birthday celebration just happened to land on my own birthday… Yay! Happy Birthday to me!)

I emailed all my student’s moms the day before and asked them to share with me how their child got their name. It was sweet reading all the personal stories of how each child was named. Some of them made me laugh, some made me cry, but each of them gave me a little glimpse into how special these children are to their families. Each child had the opportunity to share their story of how they got their name with the other students in the class. If they weren’t sure, or were too shy to say it, I helped them. I read what their moms had written about them. Each child was beaming as they shared how they got their name.    

After we shared about our names, we practiced writing our names on our name tags (provided by Experience Early Learning). We are all on different levels with writing our name. Some of my students are still working on just the first letter. Those are my younger students. Then, there are a huge chunk of students working on their first name. Last, a few students are working on their whole name: first, middle, and last name. Even though we are on different stages in the name writing process, we are all doing our best and I am very proud of each student and the progress they have made this year.

We continued the birthday celebration by making party hats and eating brownies. I also gave each of the students a little present. We sang “Happy Birthday” to me (because it was my actually birthday), but I let the students blow out their own candle on their own brownie. We listened to birthday music and had a fun time together. Each of the students got to share what month they were born in and what day.

This week, we are also learning the letter ‘S’. We did so many letter ‘S’ writing activities, and they were all super fun. One of our favorites was writing the letter ‘S’ in sand with our finger.

We also loved writing letter ‘S’ words in shaving cream.

One thing that we get to do every month that we love from the Experience Early Learning curriculum is our “I Spy the Letter…” worksheet. The students get to use the magnifying glass to search for pictures that start with the letter ‘S’. When they find those pictures, they color them in.

Next week we will continue to learn about babies and baby animals.

** I receive curriculum from Experience Preschool (formally known as Mother Goose Time) for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 5th year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Experience Preschool with Mother Goose Time!

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