Every day at the beginning we announce who has a class job that day.
The first job of the day is calendar helper.
This is an opportunity to practice counting, literacy, and mastering the days of the week.
The letter of the day is picked out of a box.
We learn its sound, we list words beginning with the letter, and learn how to make the lower-case version.
95% of written English is with lower-case letters, so that's what we concentrate on.
Every day we learn interesting facts about three states, and the "state picker" selects their favorite.
We then glue it on our big map of the United States.
Close up, the children watch our leopard gecko, Lizzie Lizard, eat 3-4 juicy mealworms every day!
Then every six weeks, when she sheds her skin, it is quite a spectacle.
The "Game Picker" selects a game such as the Memory Game, What's in the Box?, Animal Sounds and lots more.
These games provide fun and challenging ways to hone concentration and memory skills.
Step-by-step, the children learn sign language to popular songs, including Doe-a-Deer, What a Wonderful World, You've Got a Friend in Me, and more.
Mastering a useful skill like this promotes confidence and pride in young children.
Halfway through Zoom, the "Movement Picker" selects a dance activity.
We all stand up, shake out our legs, and do The Chicken Dance, play Freeze Dance, the Macarena and many more fun choices!
Kids LOVE science experiments, and we do too!
Wait till you see a balloon being blown up by itself and rainbows appearing before your eyes!
At the end of our hour, the "Story Picker" gets to select from three carefully selected books.
Everybody gets comfortable and cuddles up at story time.
We have birthday parties, holiday celebrations, directed drawing, talent shows and every Thursday, Show-and-Tell!