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Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Autumn, Back to School, Blog, September Themes |

September Songs

September Songs

September Songs

Our September songs and art will be bushels of fun for your preschoolers. The action songs are always fun to do over and over! Try adding some apple tasting and cooking activities for a fun week.

Below you’ll find September themes and the songs we sing around each theme.




 

It’s All About Me

I’ve Got Two Eyes  (video)

I’ve got two eyes, oh yeah. I’ve got two eyes, oh yeah. I’ve got two eyes and they’re both the same size.               I’ve got two ears, oh yeah, I’ve got two ears oh yeah. I’ve got two ears and they’re both the same size.                 Add more body parts as needed. The children can choose the parts to count!

Apples  

Later in the month we study apples. These are the songs we include for the week.

September Songs

I’m A Little Apple Tree

I’m a little apple tree. (Hold arms up as branches)                                                                                                           All my apples grow on me.                                                                                                                                                       I mustn’t sneeze, I mustn’t cough,                                                                                                                                     or all my apples will fall off! (Cover your sneezes with our elbow)

Way Up High In The Apple Tree  (video)

Way up high in the apple tree
(Stretch both arms above your head, hands open)
Two little apples smiled at me
(Close hands into fists)
I shook that tree as hard as I could
(Shake the tree)
Down came the apples
(Bring fists down)
Mmmm, they were good!
(Rub stomach)

September Songs

Back To School

We start off the year with school buses in the block area along with the little people to take to school. Our first art project is painting school buses.




September Songs  These buses will go on this bulletin board.

Wheels On The Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round (make rolling motion with hands)                                                                                           round and round, round and round. The wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town.

The people on the bus go up and down (stretch body up and down while seated)                                                                                       up and down, up and down. The people on the bus go up and down, all through the town.

The baby on the bus goes waa waa waa (pretend to cry rubbing eyes)                                                                                                           waa waa waa, waa waa waa. The baby on the bus goes waa waa waa all through the town.

The mommy on the bus says shh shh shh (index finger over shushing mouth)                                                                                           shh shh shh, shh shh shh. the mommy on the bus goes shh shh shh all through the town.

The daddy on the bus says baby don’t cry (wag index finger)                                                                                                                         baby don’t cry, baby don’t cry. The daddy on the bus says baby don’t cry all through the town.

Variations: Additional verses, driver on the bus says move on back; door on the bus goes open and shut; wipers on the bus go swish swish swish (only if its raining outside); lights on the bus go blink, blink, blink…

We change the place the bus goes! Rather than “…all through the town” our bus goes “…all through the city, mountains, oceans, even all through the day care! Fun stuff

Mary Had A Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb.                                                                                                                 Mary had a little lamb, its fleece as white as snow.                                                                                                           Everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went                                                                                                         Everywhere that Mary went the lamb was sure to go.                                                                                                   He followed her to school one day, school one day school one day.                                                                               He followed her to school one day, which was against the rules.                                                                                 He made the children laugh and play, laugh and play, laugh and play.                                                                       He made the children laugh and play, to see a lamb at school.

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Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Art, Back to School, Blog, September Themes |

Preschool Marker Box

Preschool Marker Box

You can make this Preschool Marker Box if your school buys markers in the big bulk boxes. I made this with free paint swatches and an empty bulk marker box with the lid cut off.



Materials:

Empty bulk marker box

Paint swatches

Scissors

Tacky glue

Markers

What to do:

Cut the lid off a bulk marker box. Cut your swatches to fit in the empty spaces. Coat the under side of the swatches with tacky glue and stick in place. Have your kids sort their markers! The whole thing should take about 10 minutes to put together.

 




Preschool Marker Box     IMG_2451

Of course it takes practice to always have lids on tight and markers in their respective places.  😉

 




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Posted by on Sep 26, 2015 in Back to School, Blog, Bulletin Boards, child-care-information.com Blog, September Themes |

📋 Center Signs 📋

📋 Center Signs 📋

Most preschool classrooms are set up with what’s known as centers. Housekeeping, science & math, art and writing centers are just a few common centers. These areas are usually delineated well with furniture. Most teachers also add center signs with pics to indicate to children what’s expected in each center.

Here are a few of our signs. The pics of our preschoolers doing the activities in the center have been removed to protect identities.

image   Blocks

I just snap candid shots of the preschoolers in each center and tape a few to the laminated signs. As you see the signs speak to parents, explaining what each child is learning as they play.

 

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Back to School, Blog, September Themes |

Back To School!

One week ☑️

We’ve made it through another first week of school! Some kicked and screamed, some joined in willingly, (I’m talking about the teachers here)

😉

Surviving The First Week Of School

Surviving the first week of preschool is a big deal for the children as well as teachers. Here are some survival tips I’ve picked up over the years.

  • Get enough sleep.
  • Take your break.
  • Work effeciently to get the most done.
  • Leave work at work. Don’t take work home.
  • Have fun!

Back to School Safety Tips from the National Safety Council.

 

 

 

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Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Back to School, Blog, child-care-information.com Blog, Readiness, September Themes, Teaching Strategies |

Preschool Preperations

Preschool Preperations

First day of school blues can range anywhere from butterflies in the tummy to full-blown tears and temper tantrums! To keep your first day as clam as possible there are a few steps you can take in preparation.

1. Get back into the school-night bedtime routine. If you and your child are new to the back-to-school routine, start with a solid bed time routine. About a week before school starts, (now!) begin a bedtime that allows your child at least 8 hours of shut eye.

2. Plan ahead and shop for healthy breakfasts and lunches (if needed) a week in advance. Preparing lunches and even breakfast the night before will save time and prevent stress!

3. Prepare at least one change of clothes including socks and underwear. Most preschool teachers have a system and a place for each child’s belongings.

4. Set up playdates, if possible with other children from your preschool. Your local library or community center might offer free events for young children. Time spent interacting with others will help your child prepare socially and emotionally to the preschool environment.

5. No long goodbyes! Don’t be shocked if your child cries!  Maintaining a calm, positive demeanor will do you all a favor. Your child will pick up on your vibe. Ask the teacher if there’s a good time to call to check your child (if you’re child is really upset).

6. Parent involvement is important, even in preschool! Children have better long term outcomes when parents are involved. Talk to your child’s teacher (or child care provider) regularly about your child’s development.

7. Take advantage of any parent/family activities offered by your child’s preschool or child care center. These activities give parents a chance to network and children a chance to form friendships that might last a lifetime.

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