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Duckling Doings: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

September 27, 2011

Last week in preschool we covered the letter B. The kids are really fast learners, and they remember everything! We have been doing sight words the last two weeks, and I wasn’t sure how it would go. The kids are doing so well!! You can tell that most of them practice at home and they are so proud to come in and show me that they learned their words. Adorable! Ok, so here are some of the highlights from our letter B week:

Science: Of course, we learned about the butterfly life cycle! There are sooo many books to choose from, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, I’m a Caterpillar by Jean Marzollo, just to name a couple. We read Butterfly Magic by Melissa Getzoff. I made a picture board showing them the different stages of the life cycle, and we practiced putting them in order.

As a side note, we also talked about bats this week, and I read them a non-fiction picture book with lots of bat facts. The kids especially liked one pictured of a bat swooping down and catching a bug right out of the air. Sadly, one of my kids was sick that day, but his twin brother told him all about bats when he got home. Then on Monday he came in and told me the bat facts his brother had taught him. So cute!

Literature: Another book we read was A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson. It’s cute, it reviews counting, and it’s just silly enough to hold their attention without spiraling out of control. It’s all about a frog who eats lots of different bugs, and his belly gets bigger and bigger. Our poem this week was about bees:

Here is the bee hive. (hold up fist as the hive)

Where are the bees? (hold hands out palms up and shrug shoulders)

Hidden inside where nobody sees (move other hand around bee hive fist)

Watch and you’ll see them come out of the hive! (hold hand above eyes as if to look far away)

One – two – three – four – five! (count on fingers)

Buzzz!!! All fly away! (wiggle your five fingers to make the bees all fly away)

This poem was a little longer than the last couple, but they still had no trouble memorizing it.

Art: For our art project we made beautiful butterflies using tissue paper and glue. I have a couple kids who don’t really like coloring, so I’m trying to mix in at least one or two projects each week that don’t involve any coloring at all. This one was perfect. We also made bats one day using cut outs of our hands. The kids were talking about the vampire bats the whole time they worked on the craft. They really love the non-fiction picture books, even when they have individual reading time these are a favorite.

There you have it, a lesson on bugs – and bats. Ew!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Mary Kay permalink
    September 27, 2011 3:22 pm

    I want to be a pre-k!

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