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The Beginning

Let's begin!
I am so excited to start this year of preschool.  I was very excited last year but this year I did my own lesson planning and am excited to see how it turns out.

This is our first week, week 1!  Here already.  We had a very busy summer with Jerry spending time in the hospital and recovery time from West Nile Virus and moving across town spur of the moment.  I am also going to be busy with wedding planning until October so I may not finish my whole daily lesson plan due to planning a wedding.

I counted out the weeks so week 9 (of preschool lessons) is the week of Halloween. I will be skipping a week in October for my honey moon.


Start
We started preschool on Labor Day due to the above information so Doll Dragon was home for about 45 minutes of our preschool lesson before spending time with other family members. So to start of the day, and probably most days, we will be doing some movement activity.  

Day 1 I had a playlist ready for silly dancing.  There was a song called "Teddy Bear Teddy Bear" that the kids really enjoyed. 


Tour
We spent some time touring our new classroom.  You can see the set up here. 



This week our theme is Construction!  Therefore the activities on the Help Yourself Shelf are construction themed. 



Discovery 
The first thing the boys wanted to do was discover the new things out for this weeks construction theme. 

 Thunder Dragon (our new preschool student) went right for the Prop Box. 






Little Dragon went for the building blocks









Inside the Prop Box

  • tools
  • hard hats
  • Popsicle sticks (as nails)
  • plastic screw
  • foam brick (for hammering the nails, screwing in the screws and some sawing)
  • small blocks

These items were out for playtime during the school day and when the girl dragons got home they wanted to play with the construction stuff too! The Prop Box was a bit hit. :)  It is a great pretend play starter. 


Trays
There are two trays out on the Help Yourself Shelf

Tongs, cotton balls, and an ice cube tray 

Toothpicks and marshmallows








Circle Time
Next we did circle time.  Circle time is usually a mix of sitting and movement and it can go in any order that works for the kids.  I have a list of what to do but not in any order.  

Day 1 I read the introduction story from the Jesus Storybook Bible to the dragons.  This is a great beginning story and it says the bible is an adventure story.  I think that is neat.  I also asked some questions. 
  • What is the bible? 
  • Why do we read it? 
  • Why is it important to read everyday? 
We reviewed our bible verse too. 



When our bible story was over we talked about the road signs hanging up. 


Some other circle time activities we did

Work Zone
Day 1 we reviewed the week folder.  The Dragons made a construction truck puzzle using jumbo craft sticks, truck print out, scissors, and glue.

They also practiced their handwriting by writing one of this weeks sight words, car. 
Numbers
I lay out the white board and drew a road down the middle with dump yard at the end.  I gave Thunder Dragon the zero's truck and Little Dragon the 10's truck.  Numbers 1-20 were in the dump yard and the dump trucks had to pick up the right load (numbers).  

I explained what zero's and ten's were and the dragons completed this assignment with no problem.


There was some extra time at the end of the day so we got out the construction sensory bin. 

For more on Construction 


 You can download my free lesson plan for the week and get more info here

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