Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Willow Room: Terrific 2's and 3's class

We read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle

We asked the children "Have you ever planted seeds?"

We made beautiful bubble pictures by by blowing through a straw into cups filled with paint mixed with soap.  Then when the bubbles got big, we pressed a paper on top to make a print.

We practiced songs for our Mother's Day party.

We did a 5 kites rhyme. 

We planted seeds today, sunflowers and strawberries.  We discussed what plants need to grow.

Our dramatic corner is now a flower shop.

Oak Room: Pre- K class

We read "Where does a butterfly go when it rains?" 
and "The crunching munching caterpillar" by Sheridan Cain

We used bells today and danced to music.  We also practiced our Mother's Day songs.

We played with puppets and had a "dance party" with our puppets.

We played musical chairs and have fun because those who don't get a chair become the cheering section.

We also read "Berenstain Bears and the picnic" by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Monday, April 29, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Monday, April 29, 2013

Willow Room- MWF class

We read "The very hungry caterpillar" by Eric Carle

We asked the children "Do you have the letter U in your name?"

We painted by blowing into a cup of paint through a straw to make bubbles.  Then we took a piece of paper and put it gently on top of the bubbles.  It left a bubble shape print on the paper.

We practiced our songs for Mother's Day.

We looked at objects that start with the letter U and talked about the sound it makes.  Our dramatic play area is a flower shop.

Our seeds have grown into plants!

Maple Room: Morning class


We had camp day today.  We had a pretend fire in the room and we sat around it for our circle time and stories.

We had a tent and flashlights and we wore camping clothes for our "hike" and "Bug hunt".

We did "Going on a bear hunt" for music time.  We ate a special snack with teddy grahams and bananas.

We made fire fly bug jars for art and had bugs in grass at the easel.

We had water in the sensory table with glo bracelets. We had a camp site set up for our dramatic play area.

We read "Goodnight, sleep tight, Don't let the bed bugs bite" by Diane De Groat for our story.
The children wrote a story about their camping day.
Camp Trinity:
"Once upon a time there was a class that went camping.  They had dinner. Then they got lost. They went home to sleep.  Then they ate their lunch.  They saw 100 ghosts and were frightened.  They heard a bum and a thump and then there was a big scary ogre.  Then they brushed their teeth.  And then they went to sleep.  They ate dinner.  Then they roasted marshmallows.  Then tey saw a fairy. Then they went to a place they go to school.  They saw a lot of cats and they brought them home.  They saw a bunch of dogs and they brought them home.  Then their flashlights stopped working. So they sat near the fire."

Maple Room: afternoon class


We read "Sunflower house" by Eve Bunting

We painted with yellow paint and we had paint and brushes at the easel.

We practiced our songs for Mother's Day.

We had water and glo bracelets in our sensory table.  

We had fun with a tent and the pretend camping site in the room today.

Oak Room- pre- k class

We read "The very hungry caterpillar" by Eric Carle

and "Houdini the amazing caterpillar" by Janet Pedersen
We painted with prikley rings in bright colors of paint on white paper.

We practiced our Mother's Day songs

We also read "The Berenstain Bears new kitten" by Stan and Jan Berenstain


Stay & Play: 

We read "Pigeon wants a puppy!" by Mo Willems

We did spring stampers on paper for art.


We used ribbon bells and did the "Hooray March" for music time.

We had foam flowers and we enjoyed playing with puppets.


Friday, April 26, 2013

Transformation from caterpillar to butterfly project

 This is such a cute project.  

We always get painted lady caterpillars in the spring and watch the transformation from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly; we then have a release party to set them free.  In our Maple room the children paint egg cartons to look like caterpillars.  Then as our real caterpillars transform into the chrysalis stage, we have them put their caterpillar inside a paper bag to be their chrysalis.  They stay in there a couple of weeks having on a bulletin board in the room.  Meanwhile the children paint "wings", we used eye droppers and folded paper to make them look symmetrical, but you can do any creative art process.  Then the fun part begins.  When the children are not there, we take their caterpillar out of the bag, add wings and put it back in the bag and back on the bulletin board.  Then we wait and when our real butterflies start to emerge we do something really fun.  We added to the paper bag on the end a piece of fishing line and when the children are sitting at circle time, one of the teachers is gently pulling on the fishing line, to shake the bag until one of the children notices the noise or movement.  Then we announce the butterflies are trying to emerge from their chrysalis and take the bags down.  The children open the paper bag (chrysalis) and find their butterfly inside!  They are beyond excited!  We tie this all in with various books about butterflies including The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.




We're buggy about spring with caterpillar bulletin board

This is one of our favorite bulletin boards and each year we change it up a little.  This time we added our group project caterpillar to the grassy area.  
The lady bugs are paper bowls painted red with black dots added using corks.  The caterpillar is our "Very Hungry Caterpillar" and the kids painted paper plates green.  We get caterpillars each year and watch the transformation into butterflies.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Willow Room: MWF class

We read "Whoosh went the wind" by Sally Derby

We asked the children "How do you feel when it rains?"

We painted with watercolors in a sponge painting tool on white paper that revealed a surprise.  (We wrote their name in white crayon, and when they painted over it, their name showed up.)

We painted turtle shapes at the easel with rollers that had squares on them.

We practiced our Mother's Day songs.

We did a science project, called make it rain.  You use water and cotton balls as clouds.

We thought of words that start with the letter T.

Maple Room- morning class

We read "Butterfly House" by Eve Bunting

We did self portraits today.
We had pizza shapes at the easel with red paint, glue and cut out shapes to look like pizza toppings.

We practiced our Mother's Day songs.

We did letter Z activities, upper and lower case and thought of words that begin with the letter Z.

Maple Room- afternoon class

We read "The letter T alphabet book" and "Very Special Friends" by Jane Chapman

We worked on our letter journals on the letter T

We had paint with scrapers , toothbrushes and mesh brushes at the easel.

We did letter T activities- dry erase boards, letter sounds game, and did a letter sounds song "The letters on the bus go ..." to the tune of Wheels on the bus.

Oak Room: Pre- K class

We had beach day today.  One of our favorite activities.

We read "Harry by the sea" by Gene Zion ( we laid on our beach towels for the story)
We had a beach bag and played a guessing game- "what  
is inside the beach bag?"

We did a watercolors and salt art process- you paint with water colors and then sprinkle salt on the paper, which creates a cool effect.

We had the estimating jar with bugs in it.
We did an alphabet fish matching activity and a patterning board game.

We did snack and music in the gym; we did pretend surfing to music.  We played pass the fish, if you are holding the fish when the music stops, you stand up and say "Bloop, bloop"

We played balloon volleyball and balloon badminton today.

we had water table play, sand in the room, and did magnetic fishing activities.

We had snack, picnic style in the gym.

Stay & Play:

We read "The dinosaur who lived in my backyard" by G.G. Hennessy ( a book on CD)

We had oil pastels to draw with for art and chalk at the easel.

We did The freeze song, ( march skip, jump)
and using bells we did "I know a chicken"- a very fun song.

We played the game of Uno with small groups, had magnetic fishing and had sand in the sensory table.



Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Willow Room- Terrific 2's and 3's class

We read "The best nest" by P.D. Eastman

It is a story about homes, so we asked the children "What do you like best about your home?"

We painted with bug and flower stamper shapes.

We painted at the easel with rubber brushes on flower shape stencils.

We practiced our songs for Mother's Day.

We did a kite rhyme.  We looked at a real bird's nest and we looked at our caterpillars- which are now in the chrysalis stage.

Oak Room- Pre- K class

Beach day tomorrow.

We read "The three little fish and the big bad shark" by Ken Geist and "Don't eat the teacher" by Nick Ward

We painted with watercolors of blue and green to create an ocean.  Then we used sea creature stampers to make an under the sea picture.

We did Body Rock, Baby Beluga, and bean bag boogie for music.

WE watched a DVD of under the sea with the magic school bus.





Monday, April 22, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Monday, April 22, 2013

All of our caterpillars have formed into chrysalis. 

Willow Room- MWF class
We read "The best nest" by P.D. Eastman

We asked the children "Do you have the letter T in your name?"

We decorated kite shapes with tissue paper squares.  We painted tulip shape flowers using stencils at the easel.

We practiced our Mother's Day songs for music time.

We did a kite rhyme, looked at objects that start with the letter T.

We looked at a real bird's nest.


Maple Room- morning class

We read "The grouchy Ladybug" by Eric Carle

We painted paper then added black dots to the with corks to look like the spots on a lady bug.

We had paint at the easel.

We practiced our Mother's Day songs for music time.

We did letter Z activities and we also did an estimating activity.

Maple Room- afternoon class

We read "Butterfly House" by Eve Bunting

We painted with back massagers- they are fun to roll on the paper and make a cool noise.

We had paint with brushes at the easel.

We practiced our Mother's Day songs.

Oak Room- Pre-K class

We read "The Berenstain Bears by the sea" by Stan and Jan Berenstain
and "Gilbert Goldfish wants a pet"

We cut out air balloon shapes and painted them with back massagers.  We will add them to our bulletin board next week.

We did "Toe, Leg, Knee" ; "Join in the game" and "Rock and roll freeze dance" for music.  We also played a game "which cloud is the balloon hiding behind?"

Stay & Play:

We read "Harry and the lady next door" by Gene Zion

We painted with rainbow colors inside a stencil.

We played musical chairs and did some sing a long songs for music time.

We did some building with waffle blocks, and enjoyed exploring with magnets.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Friday, April 19, 2013

Willow Room- MWF class

We read "Katy Duck is a caterpillar" by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

We talked about seasons and asked the children what time of year do you like best?

We painted using the bottoms and tops of different size cups for circle art.S words, and we had fun with our dramatic play area set up as a BBQ/picnic area.

Maple Room: Morning class

We read "the very hungry caterpillar" by Eric Carle

We made a symmetrical painting, with folded paper to make butterfly wings.  The children dripped paint on one half only of a piece of paper using paint and eye droppers, then we folded the paper over and pressed it together.  When we opened it up, we saw a symmetrical picture.
Symmetrical painting made by dripping paint on one side of paper only.  We will make them into butterfly wings.
 


Very Hungry caterpillar necklace that involved patterning too.  


We had small paper with tiny brushes and paint.

We did The April song, and practiced our MOther's DAy songs.

We did a book called "Butterfly, butterfly" by Petr Horacek

We did letter Y activities, and did a caterpillar sequencing game.

We made a caterpillar pattern necklace.  The children put o a caterpillar head, then a green pasta, a red circle, a green pasta, etc.  to make a very hungry caterpillar necklace.

Maple Room; afternoon class

We read "The grouchy ladybug" by Eric Carle

We did a cutting project today.  The children cut out circles and painted by putting circles on the red paper to look like lady bugs.

We had small paper with tiny brushes at the easel.

We did The April song, and some lady bug rhymes, plus we practiced our songs for our Mother's Day party.

We also read "The very clumsy click beetle" by Eric Carle

Oak Room- Pre- K class

We read "Swimmy" by Leo Leonni and "I will surprise my friend" by Mo Willems- an elephant and piggie book.

We cut out a big blue fish shape and used small fish stampers on them to illustrate our story.  We made many red fish all over and one black fish like swimmy.
Swimmy- 

We played a small group game that was using addition skills.

We had magnetic alphabet letters and magnetic boards to use them on.
We had sea shells with magnifying glasses

We did down by the bay- a sing a long chant, and 5 little fish swimming in the sea with props for each child

Stay & Play:

We listened to a story on a CD- called "The Dot"
We also did Take me out to the ballgame

We mixed up puffy paint with colored paint ( it is a mixture of salt and flour)

We did a song called "I can dance"; (we sit quietly until the music starts, then we dance"  and we did "We are the dinosaurs" using maracas as props.

We had waffle blocks, legos, clay, and Mr. Potato head to play with special today.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Willow Room- MWF class
We read "Because a little bug went kachoo! by Rosetta Stone

We asked the children "Do you have the letter S in your name?

We painted with sponge sticks and flower stencils.

We practiced our songs for Mother's Day.

We did a spider shape felt rhyme.

We looked at objects that start with the letter S.

We have a picnic /BBQ area in our dramatic play area.  We played a colors and shapes learning game today.

Maple Room- morning class

We read "Waiting for wings" by Lois Elhert

We painted egg cartons to make them look like caterpillars.

We had paper at the easels with corks and green and red paint to look like caterpillars.  We had forks to dip in green paint to look like grass.

We did April song, and practiced our Mother's Day songs.

We did letter Y activities, upper and lower case y and thought of words that begin with the letter Y.

Oak Room: pre- k class

We read "The magic school bus on the ocean floor" and "I am going" by Mo Willems an Elephant and piggie book.

We worked in our journal notebooks writing the numbers 6-10.

We made potato head creations, and did a patterning board game.

We did "Five little fishes swimming in the sea" using props.  We also sorted ABC pictures into a pocket chart by the beginning letter.

We had the estimating jar today.

Stay & Play:

"Franklin wants a pet" by Paulette Bourgeois was our story today.  We wet paper with a sponge dipped in water, then we drew a picture on it using chalk.

We did "The bear hunt" and "looby Loo" for music time today.

Trinity Preschool Activities for Tuesday, April 16, 2013

We enjoyed a "sunshiny day" on the playground today.

Willow Room- Terrific 2's and 3's class

We read "Are you my Mother?" by P.D. Eastman

We asked the children to tell us something about their Mother.

We fingerpainted at the easel.  We are making something special for our moms.  We painted fancy doilies at the table using water colors.

We practiced our songs for Mother's Day at music time.

We did a raindrop umbrella rhyme.  

We had fun with our sensory table, we had dirt, with pretend worms, and water with plastic fish to catch.

We set up a picnic center in our dramatic corner.

Oak Room- Pre-k class:

We read "Ten tiny tadpoles" By Debbie Tarbett and "One fish, two fish" by Dr.Seuss


We painted with these fun flip flop design painters.

These are sturdy and fun to use as a painting tool.  They are from Lakeshore Learning store.The children put their hands through the flip flop and press the design on paper.

Each one has a different pattern on the bottom.  

We did "There was an old lady who swallowed a sea", and "5 green and speckled frogs" (a counting activity) for music today.

We read another Mo Willems book- "Listen to my trumpet".

Monday, April 15, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Monday, April 15, 2013

Willow Room- MWF class

We read "Are you my mother?" by PD Eastman

We asked the children to tell us something they like best about their Mother?

We fingerpainted, and we are creating a special gift for our Moms.

We painted doilies to turn into flowers.

We are practicing songs to sing for our Mother's Day program.

We made a chart with all the letter R words we could think of.

We looked at our caterpillars.

Maple Room- morning class

We read a story called "Where does the butterfly go when it rains?  by May Garelick

We did a special project for Mother's Day.

We had butterfly shapes at the easel.

We practiced our songs to sing for our Moms at our Mother's day party.

We did letter Y activities and we did the estimating jar.

Maple Room- afternoon class

Where does the butterfly go when it rains? by May Garelick was our story today.

We did "Two little blackbirds", "couch potato pokey", "there was a little turtle who lived in a shell" for music time today.

We painted coffee filters to make butterflies
We had paint and brushes at the easel.


Oak room; Pre- k class

We read "The foolish tortoise" by Eric Carle  and 
Happy Pig day" by  Mo Willems.

We painted with green watercolors on a paper plate.  The we added shapes with stampers all over it.  We will turn the plate into a turtle with its shell.
Turtle was made by painting the paper plate green with watercolors, and then adding shape stampers on top.  


We did "Two little blackbirds", couch potato pokey, and there was a little turtle who lived in a shell for music time today.

We are making sand.  You put shells, rocks and water in a container and shake it up, the little pieces that break off are sand.  Sand is made by the shells and rocks getting turned over and over in the oceans, rivers and lakes. 

Stay & Play:

We read "Not Norman- A goldfish story" by Kelly Bennett

We pressed a letter shape stamper on a sponge that was very wet.  Then we pressed it onto "bleeding tissue paper" that was placed on white paper.  When we lifted it up, the letter was on our paper! Make sure you use tissue paper that "bleeds the color"; much of the tissue now is made colorfast.
We used the letters in our name.

Great alphabet stampers with handles work well for this project. A sponge that is very  wet to press the stampers  onto first.

We cut tissue paper into small pieces and put it on the paper. 

Press the stamper down on the tissue after it is wet and see what happens.

The letters came out great.



We played musical chairs for music time.  When we play musical chairs, we always cheer for the person who didn't get a chair and they become the cheering section.  

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Friday, April 12, 2013

Willow Room- MWF class

We read "Jack's Garden" by Henry Cole

We are talking about the letter R and asked the children "Do you have the letter R in your name?'  We graph the results and talk about the comparisons.

We glued tissue paper onto a flower shape and attached green leafy stems.  We had painting at the easel with long brushes.

We did "Looby Loo", and "say goodbye" for usic today.

We talked about the letter R and looked at objects that start with the letter R.

We also talked about plants and planting today.  We thought about what we need to grow plants ,  We planted sunflower seeds and strawberry seeds.  We looked at how big the sunflower seeds were compared to the strawberry seeds.  We also measured our caterpillars to see how much they have grown in a week.  They grow more every day.

Maple Room- Morning class

We read "The crunching, munching Caterpillar" by Sheridan Cain
We also read "The umbrella day" by Nancy Coony

We made some pretty flowers for our Mother's Day Party
We had flower shapes at the easel with paint

We did "The April song", "Sticky Bubble Gum", "Weather Rhymes" we practiced our songs for Mother's Day, and we did "Alphabet letter sounds song".

We did some letter X activities.

Maple Room: Afternoon class

We read "Crunching Munching Caterpillar" by Sheridan Cain

We painted with prickle balls to cover a whole paper.  We will use them to cut into wing shapes for our butterflies.  We had watercolors with brushes at the brushes at the easel.

We did Sticky bubble gum, come and get a smiley face, for music time and we listened to a book on tape called "five little monkeys wash the car".

We played with the parachute today in the gym.

Oak Room- Pre- k class

We read "Clumsy Crab " and "Smiley Shark" by Ruth Galloway

We painted on bubble wrap with 4 colors and then pressed paper on it to make a print.  We chose a sea creature "frame" to put over it.  A fish, a crab, a sea horse.


We did a sink and float experiment- then left all the materials out for the children to try it on their own.

We did a number board game and had a puzzle out with various kinds of locks.

We did "Mother Goose has rhythmical rhymes with rhythm sticks.  We also did "The River" an action song.

Stay & Play:

We read "One rainy day" by M. Christina Butler

We had watercolors and thin brushes for art.

We did "If you are happy and you know it", shoofly, and and umbrella rhyme "the children had to find the rain drop under the umbrella.

We played with the parachute in the gym.





Thursday, April 11, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Thursday, April 11, 2013

Willow Room: Terrific 2's and 3's class

"One Rainy day" by M Christina Butler was our story today.  We have sure had a lot of rainy days this week, so it was the perfect story.
We asked the children "What do you like to do on a rainy day?"

We used a shaving cream and glue mixture on a cloud shape and added blue yarn to look like rain.  We had dish scrubbers at the easel.

We did "Tap your toe and follow me", "ducks like rain", and "weather rhymes" for music.

We did an umbrella and raindrop color match game.  We looked at our caterpillars to see how much they grew.

Maple Room- Thursday class

We read "Split Splat" by Amy Gibson and "Franklin plays the game"

We played a math game today.  The children spun a spinner that had numbers and pictures of blocks on it.  The number they spun, was how many blocks they added to the tower.

We did a rainbow color memory game with a fun song.
We did The wiggle song, the hokey pokey, and There is a dog in school for music time.

Oak Room: Pre- k class

We read "A house for hermit crab" by Eric Carle, "Mr. Seahorse" by Eric Carle, and "There is a bird on your head" by Mo Willems.

We made 3 -D sea sculptures- we made salt clay and added sea shells and toothpicks.

We did a number recognition board game. We looked at sea shells with magnifying glasses. We did a lower and upper case letter matching puzzle.

We did wiggy, wiggy, wiggles - a fast and slow dance with scarves; and we did an opposites match game where each child got one part and they had to find their match that another student had.

We measured our starfish in the water to see how much it grew.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Willow Room: MWF class

We read "The umbrella day" by Nancy Cooney

We asked the children "What do you like to do on a rainy day?"

We used dish scrubbers to paint umbrellas.We painted at the easel using mini mop shape brushes.
We did "Head shoulders, knees and toes", ducks like rain", and weather rhymes" for music time.

We did rhyming raindrops (we matched rhyming words on umbrellas)
We looked at objects that start with the letter Q and thought of words that start yesterday.

Maple Room- morning class

We read "Arabella Miller's Tiny Caterpillar" by Clare Jarrett

We worked on a special art project for Mother's Day for our moms.
We used sponge brushes and rollers with paint at the easel.

We did The April song, PIZZA, 5 little flowers in a row, and sticky bubble gum for music time.
We practiced letter X activities on dry erase boards and played the missing letter game- A-X abracadabra- what letter is gone?

Maple Room- afternoon class
We read the books about the letter Q and R.  We also read "waiting for wings" by Lois Elhert

We worked on our letter journals in Q and R words and pictures.

We looked at the letters Q and R and practiced the sounds they make today.

We did The April song for music time.


Oak Room- Pre- K class

We read "Fish is fish" by Leo Lionni
and "I love my new toy" by Mo Willems

We worked on our journals, writing numerals- 1-5, writing the number 1-5 and writing a dot to represent each number.

We did "I'm a little teapot", "Let's play in the band" and "I can hammer" for music time. We had the estimation jar with shells today.

Stay & Play:


We read "The fox and the springtime blossoms" by Julie Rawlinson

We painted using primary colors and Q-tips.  We mixed the colors to make secondary colors.

We did list of dances, and over the deep blue sea for music time.

Trinity Preschool Activities for Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Willow Room- Terrific 2's and 3's class

Our caterpillars have arrived.

We read "The crunching, munching caterpillar" by Sheridan 

We painted cut up egg cartons to look like caterpillars.

We used small squirt bottles with sponge tops filled with water colors at the easel.

We did Little miss muffet song, little fish, and Herman the worm for music time.

We played the honey posts color game.

We have cutting and tearing paper in our sensory table.

Oak Room:  Pre-k class

We read "Gilbert in deep" by Jane Clarke
and Let's go for a drive" by Mo Willems

We painted with Rubber worms attached with a string to a stick like we were fishing.

We did stomp, stomp, clap, head shoulders, knees and toe.

We have a fish shape that expands when placed in water.  We will see how big it gets.

We played ocean Bingo.

We looked at our caterpillars and measured how much they have grown.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Color experiment in pre-k class

We did a great color science experiment with cups, paper towels, and food color. It is fun to see how the colors and water travel from one cup to the other.

Take 3 cups and put paper towel linking one to the other.  Add blue in one cup and yellow in the second cup.  The middle cup has no water and no color added.  The color will seep up and fill the middle cup. 


Looks like orange, but it is yellow food color. 

You can see the blue and yellow traveling up the paper towel toward the middle cup, this takes time.



closer view

closer view


You can see the green in the middle cup.  It started out with no water in it either, just dry paper towel.

another look at the middle cup with the new color


The water in all three cups is at the same level and the middle cup now has combined color.


We decided to add some new cups to see what would happen.

Another view of the additional cups.



Pizza shop in preschool dramatic corner

At Trinity, we have fun setting up dramatic corner with different themes, and our pizza shop is one of the most fun.  The children love to pretend to make pizza, and they love to pretend to take orders.  We make our own real pizzas to eat for snack one day too.  There are some fun books to read about making pizza.




We use cardboard and paint sticks to make oven paddles.  We have some cardboard circles as pizza bases.  The toppings are made from felt.  We add empty cheese containers, some empty spice containers and of course the checkered table cloth.

We add phones, order taking pads, cash registers so add another element to our pizza shop.

It has gotten a little beat up, but this is our makeshift pizza oven.  Two pizza boxes taped together and covered with aluminum foil.  We use our pizza paddles to put our pizzas in the oven.

Have to have a great place to serve up the pizza.

Another view of our pizza oven.

We add aprons and a pizza maker chef hat, we make them with a paper napkin and  white paper.

Great view of our pizza shop

The children help color the pizzeria sign.

Trinity Preschool Activities for Monday, April 8, 2013

Willow Room: MWF class

We read "Crunching Munching caterpillar" by Sheridan Cain


We asked the children "Would you like ot have wings?  Why and what would you do?

We cut up egg cartons into small sections and the children are painting them to make a caterpillar.

We had sponge top squeeze bottles and watercolors at the easel.
We did "Herman the worm, and There's a dog in school for music time.  We also did the fingerplay
5 little monekys teasing Mr. Crocodile.

We made our picture chart of things that start with the letter P.  We thought of words that start with the letter P.

We measured our caterpillars.- They grew so much!

Maple Room- morning class


We read "Clara caterpillar by Pamela Duncan Edwards


We painted paper plates green to make a classroom caterpillar.
We had dab a doo painters at the easel.

We did April song, Leaky Umbrella, 5 umbrellas, caterpillar finger play

We did letter X activities and we skyped with someone in Arizona.

Maple Room -afternoon class


We read "Arabella Miller's Tiny Caterpillar" by Clare Jarrett

We worked on a special project for Mother's Day today at the art table.
We had sponge rollers and spools on rollers at the easel.

We did Brown Bear, and Sticky Bubble Gum for music time. 
We read Mouse's first spring too.

Oak Room- Pre- K class


We read "Gilbert the great" by Jan Clarke and Charles Fuge

We also read "I broke my trunk" by Mo Willems

We made "Jellyfish"to hang around the room. We painted some paper plate bowls and will add streamers to look like tentacles.


We did sticky bubble gum, come and take a smiley face, 5 little fish swimming in the sea for music time today.

We had the water table in the room with sponges to help us learn about absorption. 

Stay & and Play:


No room for Napoleon" by Adrian Meserve was our story today.

We did a string art activity for art today.  We dipped string in paint and set it on paper.  Then we folded the paper over the string and held it while we pulled the string out.

We did "Went to the pet store", and "silly dance contest" for music time. 

We had fun with the under the sea activities in the room, and did magnetic fishing .

Monday, April 8, 2013

Caterpillars Monday April 8, 2013

The caterpillars more than doubled in size since Friday!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Trinity Preschool Activities for Friday, April 5, 2013

All classes went out to the playground.

Our caterpillars came today!
April 5 caterpillars are about 1/2 inch long and quite thin.  Let's see what they look like on Monday!

Willow Room- MWF class
We read "Clara's caterpillar" by Pamela Duncan Edwards.

We asked the children "Do you have the letter P in your name?


We used caterpillar and butterfly stampers  in spring colors on light green paper.
We painted with rollers and yellow, red and blue paint at the easel.

We did "Little miss Muffet", "I like my hat", and "Hand dance" for music time.

We used a mirror and water to make a rainbow for a science experiment.

We did a rainbow soup felt rhyme and we looked at things that start with the letter P

Maple Room- morning class

We read "Does a kangaroo have a mother too? by Eric Carle

We worked on a special project for Mother's Day
We had flower shapes with paint at the easel.

We did "The April song", "Months song", "Freeze dance" with ribbons, "Tommy Thumb", "Jump Up turn around", and "There is a dog in school" for music today.

We did letter W on the dry erase boards.
We also read "From caterpillar to butterfly" by Deborah Helligman

Maple Room- afternoon class

We read "Clara Caterpillar" by Pamela Duncan Edwards

We painted egg cartons to make caterpillars.
We had flower shapes at the easel with paint.

We did The April song. 


Oak Room: Pre- K class

We read "Tickly Octopus" by Ruth Galloway and "Elephant cannot dance" by Mo Willems- another elephant and piggie book

We made fish- we cut a triangle shape from a paper plate and attached it to the other side of the plate to look like a tail.  We decorated them with colored tissue paper.
The triangle cut to make the mouth becomes the tail.  The background is the mural we painted yesterday.  We will add more fish and sea creatures as we make them.


We did a fish race game, magnetic fishing puzzle, and a what goes together puzzle today.

We did The Pirate song, Freeze dance and fish rhymes for music time.

We talked about words that start with the letter Z.

Stay & Play:

We read "Curious - you on your way! a CD story

We painted using primary colors on a large sheet of paper across the whole table.

We did The cool bear hunt, over in the meadow, and clap if you want ot for music time.


School calendar for 2013-2014 for Trinity Preschool


Trinity Preschool Calendar     2013-2014

Tuesday                       September 3               Terrific 2’s and 3’s orientation - 
Tuesday                       September 3               Pre-kindergarten class orientation - 

Wednesday                   September 4               MWF classes orientation -

Monday                       October 14                  NO SCHOOL- Columbus Day

Friday                          October 25                  NO SCHOOL- Teacher in-service

Monday                       November 25              NO CLASSES- 
Parent conferences MWF and Pre-Kindergarten class  (Conferences for the Terrific 2’s and 3’s class will be held in the spring during class time.)

Tue. -  Fri.                    November 26-29         NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Holiday

WINTER VACATION - MON., DEC. 23 – FRI. JAN.3
Classes resume on Monday, January 6, 2013

Monday           January 20                               NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday           February 17                             NO SCHOOL – President’s Day


SPRING VACATION - Mon., March 24 – Monday, March 28       
Special Note: Classes resume on Monday, March 31

Thursday         April 17                                   NO SCHOOL- Teacher in-service
Friday              April 18                                   NO SCHOOL – Good Friday

Thursday         May 22                                    Terrific 2’s and 3’s - Last day of school
Friday              May 23                                    MWF and Pre-kindergarten classes- Last day of school

School phone: 847-357-1513 

School BLOG:    trinitypreschoolmp.blogspot.com
Check BLOG for daily activities, art, educational ideas and school newsletters
FaceBook: search for Trinity Preschool Mount Prospect

Calendar updated: April 4, 2013

April 2013 newsletter


Important Dates:
No Classes - Thursday, April 25- Teacher in-service (CPR Training, First Aid and AED training)
No school – Friday, April 26 Teacher in-service day.

Emergency forms:  If any of your contact information has changed, please make sure you update it in the office so we have a way to contact you in an emergency.

Reminder: Unless your phone call is an emergency- please do not be talking on your cell phone while in our halls.  Thank you.


HELP KEEP LENDING LIBRARY OPEN!
Please check at home and return any books you have from our lending library.  We are missing over one hundred books! Borrow, read, return! 

If we continue to lose books at this rate, I will not be able to continue the lending library.  PLEASE RETURN THE BOOKS!
Also, thank you to everyone who has donated books to us for our lending library.

Outside play: 
We are hoping to go out most days now that the weather is warming up.  Please make sure your kids have coats and good play shoes so we can enjoy the playground safely.

Mother’s Day program
You will receive information from your child’s classroom about specifics, but we invite the mom’s to come for some songs and refreshments at the end of the morning Thursday, May 9 (for Terrific 2’s and 3’s class) and Friday, May 10, for all other classes.  We will still have stay & play on Friday, May 10 for those who want to use it.

Tidbits/Blog/Facebook
Each day the teachers post the day’s activities in the hall in what we call “Today’s tidbits”.  I also take that information and post it daily on our BLOG.  This is handy for those parents who are not here for pick up.  You can even sign up to get the BLOG emailed to you each time I update it.
We have a facebook page too and you do not need to have a facebook account to see ours. 


Church Rummage Sale:
Trinity Church holds a rummage sale (like a garage sale) Friday evening, May 3 and all day Sat. May 4.  If you have items you want to get rid of and would like to donate them, you can bring them the week of April 29th.  If you have larger items like furniture, they will arrange to pick them up!
They have some items they can no longer accept – such as computers and TV’s.  I will post the list of acceptable and unacceptable items on the bulletin board. The rummage sale is a great way to find some new treasures too.

Butterflies and Moths
Every year we watch the transformation of caterpillars into chrysalides and then into painted lady butterflies.  The children are fascinated by how quickly the caterpillars grow and change.  This is a great science learning opportunity.  We learn to make predictions, observe, record data, and see if our predictions were correct. Then, we always set them free.

Warm Weather?…..Enjoy the playground.
If you want to plan a play time with classmates, you are welcome to stay after school and use the playground.  Please supervise your children and clean up before you leave. 

Fall at Trinity Preschool
All of our morning classes at Trinity are full for fall 2013. But we have a wonderful afternoon class that still has space.
The class will be a mixed age class (3 to 5) from 12:15-2:30.  Please tell everyone you know who is looking for preschool to check out Trinity!

Information will be coming home soon about our fall parent tot class.  It meets on Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11:00 and is for 2 year olds with an adult.

Auction money:
We have purchased a few items for the classrooms using money from the auction, but most of the money this year will be going to safety items.  We are getting more rubber mulch for the playground.  We are purchasing commercial grade doorknobs or the classrooms to replace the ones that have been on the doors for over 40 years.  They are not working well, and we are replacing them with knobs that will also lock from the inside of the classroom in event of a security emergency.   At a cost of about $400.00 per doorknob, it adds up quick.  We also gave some money to the church to help cover expenses like electricity and heat.
We are grateful to everyone who helps make the auction a success so we can afford to make these improvements. A special thanks to the preschool board of directors who put in their time to make the auction successful.

Trinity Preschool Board Members:
Trinity Preschool is a not for profit preschool that has a board of directors who oversee the program. The Director runs the day to day operations, but with the approval of the board.  The board meets once a month to go over important matters and the board also works on the auction.  If you think you might be interested in serving on our preschool board for 2013-2014; please talk to Mary for more details.

School District 59 “Ready to learn” class
If you live within school district 59 boundaries, you can attend this free class to learn how to help your child learn and be ready for kindergarten.  Details:
  • For parents with children age 0-5 years old
  • Free class, 90 minutes
  • Go home with free educational materials
  • Attend class geared to your child’s age- if you have 2 children under 5, attend 2 different classes
  • Sponsored by Dist 59- register through them.