S is for Spider

The origins of the long s, ſ, can be traced all the way back to old Roman cursive, a script used in Rome for everyday, informal writing from the first century AD to about the third century.

In this script, the letter s was written as a vertical downstroke with a small curve at the end of it, and a diagonal upstroke at the top. It looked almost like a check mark, with an added diagonal line on top of it. I

n new Roman cursive, which developed between the third and seventh century AD, s was written almost as we write the lowercase r today: a vertical downstroke, followed by an upstroke with a curve.

For this activity, we learned all about the long s sound found in the word SPIDER.

To do so, students used manipulatives (in this case, toy spiders) to cover the letter S.

This letter S was placed onto a letter card. Students enjoyed playing with the spiders and putting them into different shapes on the letter.

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Sorting Spiders: Smallest to Biggest

Measurement concepts are often a part of children’s interactions.

“My dad is bigger,” “I can jump higher,” and “I have more play dough than you!” are common comparisons that children make.

From the child’s perspective, these statements compare quantity; however, they also provide a nice introduction to measurement.

Unfortunately, it is an often neglected content standard in early childhood classrooms.

Throughout the many projects we do throughout the week, we are constantly measuring, comparing, and contrasting items related to the theme.

For this activity, your little one was presented with a problem.

They were each given five different-sized blocks with pictures of different-sized spiders on them. They were then asked to sort them by size. The target words for this activity were small, big, bigger, biggest, smaller, and smallest.

Miss Cheyenne’s Little Butterflies

For pre-literate children, the visual arts are a primary means through which they can explore and share their perceptions of their world. The visual arts can help children to communicate ideas that cannot be expressed verbally, which is particularly important for children with English as a second language.

This week’s theme entails all things related to hiking. In order to bring the visual arts to our young ones, Miss Cheyenne came up with this colorful art project! Students used their fingers to add glue and pipe cleaners to paper shapes in order to create a beautiful butterfly!

Our students enjoyed sharing their creations with their friends. Many of them even engaged in some dramatic play!

Bumble Bee Small World Play

Engaging in small world play is so important for young children.

Not only does it nurture their imagination, it also enables them to explore new materials, act out scenarios from real life, build language, practice social skills and gain an understanding of the world around them.

For this activity, students participated in this kind of play within the scope of our bee theme!

Using several different materials, your little ones enjoyed creating their own environments for their bees.

Many developed stories for their creatures, using their imaginations to concoct various scenarios.

Butterfly Roll and Count

For this activity, students learned how to use a dice!

To do this, they lined up a number of flowers, 1-10.

They were then given a butterfly figurine. Following this, they were given two dice.

They were instructed to roll their dice to call out the number that was face up. After this, they moved their butterfly (starting at 1) to this number, counting as they did so.

Butterfly Magnets

Preschool students are some of the most curious beings on the planet.

The problem, however, is that they don’t understand complex answers if you only use words.

“Magnetic fields” and “positive/negative terminals” mean little a preschoolers. It is for this reason that we are constantly having our students experiment with different kinds of magnets.

By exposing them to items, they are able to understand complex concepts through concrete knowledge.

To align this with our butterfly week, we decided to play with these fun butterfly magnets! In addition to manipulating the magnets, students also created patterns out of them.

Beetle Letter Roll

For this activity, many of our students got to manipulate a dice for the first time!

With the aid of colorful illustrations, students learned how to spin a dice, recognize a letter, and then match that letter with an item! To tie this in with Beetle Week, we used a beetle-themed dice.

Firstly, students learned about four kinds of beetles.

Secondly, they learned about the letter that each beetle starts with.

Thirdly, they rolled the dice. Following this, the matched the letter with the correct beetle.

They completed this until each letter was rolled. Lastly, they traced each letter in the glitter.

Beetles in a Jar

Beetles are a type of insect characterized by front wings that serve as protective covers for their membranous hind wings.

These protective sheaths are often brightly colored, making them a fun subject for preschool counting! At our school, we are always engaging in play-based math activities.

This includes counting, sorting, measuring, and having fun!

We try to use an many three-dimensional items as possible so that our activities are as concrete as possible.

For this activity, students counted a variety of beetles of different quantities.

Following this, they sorted their bugs according to number.

Beetle Sensory Bin

Beetles, or Coleoptera, are the largest group of insects.

There are around 400,000 species of beetles that are known to scientists.

They can be found in all regions, from mountaintops to wetlands to scorching deserts.

For this activity, we decided to create our very own beetle habitats.

Using colored rice, plants, tweezers, and toy beetles, students created the perfect homes for their critters!

This activity targeted multiple developmental domains, including fine motor skills, science, and social science!

Spider Web – Visual Discrimination Activity

Although most children develop the ability to focus visually and to make fine discriminations in visual images as they grow, some children will take longer to develop these skills and may need some additional help, or additional practice.

Good visual perception is an important skill, especially for school success.

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Children need good visual perception to discriminate, copy text accurately, develop visual memory of things observed, develop good eye-hand coordination and integrate visual information while using other senses in order to perform tasks like recognizing the source of a sound, etc.

This activity accessed these pertinent skills.

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Using a variety of different colanders, your little ones weaved spiders into a web of string, which targeted their ability to perceive spatial relations.

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