This week we learned about all kinds of different transportation that we use every day! Cars, buses, planes and more! We did many activities such as creating our very own license plate, creating a train out of cardboard boxes (above picture) and working on many of our gross motor skills out in the hallway! Join us and take a look at this exciting week we had!
During our group activities this week we went over the alphabet with our friends! Each group member received 5 or so alphabet cards at random, and had to work with their group to put the entire alphabet together in the correct order! We have finished our alphabet daily sign in's and so this was a great review of our letters. At warm ups we are now practicing to write our names (in pencil!). This will help prepare us for Kindergarten!
This week's table activities involved lots of arts and crafts! The art activities included creating an image of a plane, decorating our very own car, and more! The table activities also included some cognitive development areas such as counting using block pieces, race car puzzles and and spelling out words that relate to transportation!
Lots of fun during free play playing house, dress up, kitchen, painting at the easel and checking out the sensory table!
This weeks hallway activities were a big hit as you can see! Since we were finishing some of our assessments, we included many gross motor activities such as hopscotch, running, skipping, and also riding the tricycles! Another one of our main hallway activities was the train we created out of cardboard boxes, we all worked together to design each of the boxes with markers, colorful tape, wheels and more!
Thank you everyone for a successful week! We learned lots about how we get around places and how cool traveling can be! We hope to keep learning more about transportation as we see it everyday in our lives! Have a wonderful week!
Make a few paper airplanes with your kids. Get three wire hangers and bend them open wide. Hang them on each other and then hang the top one on a door ledge. Assign points to each one and let the kids compete to earn the most points!
These past two weeks we have been learning about outer space! We did many activities learning about planets in our group activities, exploring the stars and constellations using marshmallows and toothpicks (fun!) and lots of vocabulary that have to do with outer space! Take a look at all the new things we learned over the past few days and also a few pictures from our Winter Party! Yes, after 2 cancellations due to weather, it finally happened!
For our group activities we focused on creating patterns with blocks, and continued that learning at the tables where we made patterns with planets!
At our table activities this week we created all sorts of different constellations using marshmallows and toothpicks to outline the shapes. At the language table we learned several words that involve the theme of outer space, some of those words included rocket, moon, sun, flag and many more! We made finger "smooshed" suns using saran wrap and decorated a space background by using a tooth brush and white paint to splatter the paint on the paper! We later made moons with a pasty flour and paint mixture that we painted onto out surface and then used corks to imprint craters. So cool! We also felt the challenge that astronauts must feel when trying to work with their over sized gloves! The kids put on fuzzy gloves and tried to pick up as many small items as they could. It was not easy! The most popular activity seemed to be the straw rockets! These were made out of straws and paper and they blow into the straw to shoot their rockets high into the sky!
This was a hallway activity we did a couple of times since it was so fun! It is a competition game using "moon rocks" where the preschoolers split into two teams and try to clear their side of the "moon" of all the moon rocks by throwing them on their opponents side. It was a great way to work on gross motor skills by quickly picking up and tossing paper back and forth!
During free play we got to paint and design our very own planet, play in the house and kitchen and sensory table with our friends and try out the rockets we made! This is the perfect time to explore around the classroom and try new activities with all of ours friends!
Here are several pictures from our very belated yet successful winter party! Although it was pushed back many times due to our big snow fall we finally were able to have our party and it was lots of fun! We sang our songs perfectly and enjoyed lots of goodies and activities with our families! Thank you to everyone who was able to attend!
Few more pictures from the week!
Thank you everyone for helping to make this week so successful! We hope everyone learned lots about outer space and the all the cool planets that surround our world! We hope everyone has a great week!
Rainy Day Activity!
We have certainly had a record number of snow days, and these last ones have really topped the charts! I thought it would be really fun to see what everyone was up to and share with each other the awesome experiences that weather can bring. We may be missing preschool days, but I am certain your preschoolers are gaining many memorable and educational experiences out there in the snow. I will post these around our classroom as well to help start conversations and give kids a reference to either share about their day or ask a friend about theirs! Enjoy!!
Mrs. Laack's Pictures!!
My kiddos playing in the snow, my cat crossing the road, and our big sledding hill that has provided hours of sledding fun this year!
Mrs. Anne's Pictures!
Some beautiful scenery pics at Mrs. Anne's house before she hit the road to escape the snow in Seattle, where she visited with family and attended her daughter's swim meet!
See you at school next week. Fingers crossed for a quick thaw!!
This week we focused on the subject of science and did all sorts of different experiments and made some cool science projects! We even went to OMSI and explored all the fun things there! Join us and take a look at our exciting week! (Above: Mrs. Anne passes around some sugar cubes and asks the preschoolers if they think they will dissolve in the water. We tested several different food items and observed if our predictions were correct, or not!)
During our group activities we made crystals! These were made out of pipe cleaners, hot water and borax! The preschoolers were encouraged to think of a shape to make with their pipe cleaner, and then make it with their teacher's help or on their own. They helped pour and mix the ingredients, hung their pipe cleaner shape in the mixture, and then waited a day or so to see the results! By the end of day one, we could see crystals forming! Our second group activity for the week was a science carnival with 3 different stations that included playing with balloons and seeing how the static can make our hair stand up, and attract other items as well! We also played with magnets and conducted a water experiment.
During free play we got to keep an eye on our "will it dissolve" experiments. We also checked out the sensory table, built with legos, and also were able to do some winter activities that we missed from some previous snow days!
The tables activities this week included making art with frozen paint! (yes it works!!), using the scale to weigh objects, sink or float experiments, creating winter in a bag (so fun!), and much more! With all of the missed activities from our snow day before the break, we had extra activities this week. It was VERY busy!
OMSI Field Trip!
OMSI was so much fun! We visited the Science Playground which had a giant sand box, water area, library, and all sorts of cool gadgets! We also visited the Fossil area and looked at all kinds of different fossils even a giant dinosaur mouth! This was such a fun hands-on experience as we ended our Super Science week! After all that hard work and play we finished off with lunch and many of us snuck in a nap on the bus ride home! ;)
Just a few more fun photos!
Thank you everyone for a very busy yet super fun super science week! We hope everyone learned a lot from these activities and continue to use these skills as they grow - join us next week as we start the topic of Outer space! Have a great week!
Rainy/ Snowy Day Activity!
1. First fill the jar with warm water.
2. Then dump most of the water out, light a match and throw it into the water.
3. Place the bag of ice over the jar and watch the clouds form!
This is another at home science activity where the kids can create a cloud inside their house! There can also be a disscusion afterwards of how clouds are formed and so on!
Alia Laack is a high school Family and Consumer Sciences teacher who runs the Early Childhood Education program at Century High School, including the Little Jags Preschool.