Jump, Frog, Jump!

Good evening Tzeeporim families and friends!

We had a fantastic week last week learning about FROGS!

Our book of the week was Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan, which is one of the units of study in our ELLM curriculum. We used the curriculum as a launching point to explore both literacy and science related concepts.

Our sensory bin became a habitat fit for an amphibian. It included both a water space and a grassy spot for pretend frogs. We learned that frogs live on both land and water. We cut our own lily pads out of green foam board and used them to float our pretend frogs.

We learned about the life cycle of a frog. We learned that frogs begin life as eggs that are clustered and called frog spawn. We learned that toads differ from frogs because they lay their eggs in a straight line.  We differentiated between fiction and nonfiction books. We discussed that nonfiction books many times have photographs, and fiction books have illustrations. We also used the felt board to sing “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”.

As an emergent writing activity, we talked about the difference between the ways that frogs, snakes, and turtles move. Each student picked the animal that they liked the most from the story Jump, Frog, Jump! and drew a picture of the animal. Some students dictated a sentence about their animal, and others wrote their sentences independently.

We focused on two letters last week as well. We learned about the letters Q and U. We traced the letter Q and the letter U. We turned the letter Q into a queen and the letter U into an umbrella for our ABC books.

We continue to do circle time each day and the students are becoming more and more able to lead circle time themselves. They really have the routine down pat!

We spent time in centers. We especially enjoy building with our new Magna-Tiles.

We had so much fun celebrating yet another 5th birthday! We enjoyed juice boxes and birthday bananas!

In Jewish Studies, we continued learning about Pesach and prepared for our model seder.

In P.E. we played flag football outside with Ms. Jackie.

 

We also had fun on the playground and were so excited to see the concepts we are learning in the classroom extending to the world outside. We came across a caterpillar meandering over the picnic table, and a Ms. Melissa caught a frog!

We welcomed Shabbat with all of our preschool friends in the main sanctuary.

We are learning so much about Passover and can’t wait to show you everything we have learned about Pesach at our model seder next week!

Todah rabah,

Ms. Alicia and Ms. Carolyn