However, we did manage to sneak out of town over the weekend for a trip to San Antonio (Sea World), and we had a blast!!! The weather was gorgeous, and none of us had been to Sea World so it was a great adventure. I loved the whales. The kids loved feeding the dolphins.
Back to work though . . . . it's a gorgeous day here, and the kids are playing in the sand so I have a few moments to update you on this week's theme. We are learning about Easter stuff (bunnies, eggs, chicks). We have a busy week planned, and we are very excited about the Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday as well as the possibility of the Easter Bunny stopping by to leave us some goodies.
CIRCLE TIME ACTIVITIES
I recently created a powerpoint presentation of our circle time songs using music by Dr. Jean Feldman. I just threw it together with an owl theme (since that is our room theme), and the kids love it. I don't use every song every day, and I plan to add more to it, but typically we sing "Hello, How are You" to start, followed by "Days of the Week", "Months Macarena", and "What Will the Weather be Today?" Her music is available for download online, and I recommend it. We have her "Tidy Up" song at the end of the presentation, which I use several times during the day, and the kids seem to clean much better with it on. (We use this presentation every day)
Monday - Egg color / shape powerpoint presentation (I can email this to you, but it is just a simple slide show with 10 colors of eggs (one per slide), two slides containing five of those colored eggs so I can ask for volunteers to find a certain color. Then, there are two slides with bunnies hiding shapes (circle, square, rectangle, triangle). When you push the button, the bunny moves to reveal a shape, and you have a child tell you the shape. (Frogstofairydust@cox.net if you want me to send it to you)
Tuesday - Egg numbers and letters magnet board activity. These are from Childcareland.com (can't say enough nice things about this site - it's wonderful). They are just egg shapes with numbers and letters on them. For fun, print out a bunny graphic (I got mine from scrappindoodles.com), laminate, and glue to a craft stick for a themed pointer.
Wednesday - Egg visual discrimination game. (this is also from childcareland.com) We play this as a group and also at individual centers.
Thursday - review ppt presentation on colors/shapes
Friday - review letter / numbers activity
SONGS (in addition to what we sing everyday)
Little Bunny Foo Foo
I'm a Little Bunny
The Bunny Hop (poem/movement)
Bunny Hop Race (hop to basket, drop in egg - relay type)
Hot Egg (Hot Potato) to bunny music
SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES
Color egg hunt (they will hunt for a color designated to them)
Egg spoon race
Easter Egg hunt
The Night Before Easter
The Easter Bunny is Missing
Max's Easter Surprise
Language: Easter Egg Tracing, Bunny Writing skills (childcareland.com)
Math: Plastic egg counting/sorting. Egg patterning.
Discovery: dying Easter eggs
Manipulatives: Plastic egg size sorting, file folder games (size sort, puzzle match)
Sensory: Pom Pom egg match (put matching poms for each plastic egg)
Blocks: Add bunny, chicks, and easter eggs
Dramatic Play: Easter Egg hunt supplies
Phew - that was a lot to share. And lastly, today's craft was painted Easter eggs. Just mix regular paint colors with white to make them pastel and let the kids use their imaginations. For fun, bring in dot paint/markers.