This week we focused on the theme of ponds and frogs! We learned about different creatures that live in ponds and we also learned the difference between a frog and a toad! Join us and take a look at our eventful week!
For our group activity this week we created our very own turtle shell! We used fine motor skills to cut out the oval shape and glue on our own special designs. One of our focuses this week was patterns, and so we talked about patterns at the carpet, and made two different patterns on our shells. Check out at all our different patterns! We also talked about number sequences. We counted frogs and attached the correct number to each frog card, numbered 1-10. Then we put our cards in order from 1-10.
So many fun activities during free play this week including painting, being carpenters and fixing up the house, playing restaurant, and playing games with our high school friends. The sensory table was very popular this week as we filled our table with orbeez, and threw in all sorts of pond items, like plastic frogs, snakes and plan life to replicate a pond! It actually felt like water, super cool!
Our table activities this week included lots of matching, spelling, and identifying. We learned about different animals that live in a pond, made art which helped us identify the difference between a toad and a frog and we also experienced what it would be like if we had webbed hands just like some of our favorite pond animals do!
Teacher Emily taught us a fun song about frogs and we danced and sang it all together! Hop Hop Hop!
One of our group activities this week was SO fun! Preschoolers worked in small groups to talk about two pond animals that they were given and act out the animals for the group. They discussed what they knew and / or could see about the animals they were given. Then they had to plan how to act out their two animals for the rest of the class. The class had to guess which animals they had and it was a huge hit (for most anyways!)!
Lots of gross motor skills were practiced this week during the hallway activities as we played "Duck Duck Goose" and had an obstacle course!
Thank you everyone for a successful week and lets continue the learning at home and learn more about the many animals that live in a pond by visiting one, such as the one at the Hillsboro library! We will see you soon and we hope everyone has a fantastic spring break!
This week's theme was rainbows and our weekly skill was sorting colors! St. Patrick's day was also this week, and so many of our projects involved the traditions of that holiday along with exploring colors through rainbows! We learned the order of the colors on the rainbow and practiced it throughout the week. We had many fun activities which included making leprechaun pudding, fruit loop art and we even went on a rainbow hunt to work on the colors of the rainbow and find the pot of gold! Join us and take a look at our exciting week!
During our group activities this week we made pudding that the leprechauns secretly turned green! We're still wondering how he did it! Our other group activity this week was making a four leaf clover collaging, and thinking about what we would wish for if we found a four leaf clover ourselves! We used all kinds of materials that were the color green and designed our very own lucky clover!
For free play this week we did many fun things such as playing doctor, building legos, reading books with our teachers, painting, playing in the house and kitchen and exploring the sensory table where we looked for gold and other goodies!
At the table activities we had many fun projects going on that focused on colors and fine motor skills. At the creation table we were building and designing our very own trap to catch the leprechaun! Some other activities included making a rainbow out of fruit loops, doing a science experiment that involved making different colors explode in milk by touching them with a dish soap covered q-tip to create a fun pattern. We also created many paintings inspired by rainbows using different techniques such as sponges and masking tape!
Happy Birthday to our friends!!
At the end of the week we had our Rainbow Hunt! As we walked around the school we spotted many rainbows and at each one we would sing the rainbow hunt song to see if the colors of the rainbow were in the correct order! Once we found the right rainbow by signing the song we knew we found the pot of gold! At the end we found the correct rainbow and a leprechaun popped up with a pot of gold! She gave us bubbles as our prize! What fun!
Want to sing along?? Here is the song (tune of I'm a Little Teapot):
We are leprechauns on a rainbow hike
Searching for the rainbow that looks right
First is red and orange, yellow, green then blue
Last is pur-ple, what a view!
Other photos from the week!
What a fun week we had learning about the colors of the rainbow! We can continue to learn more about colors by practicing them at home by coloring, reading, painting and much more! Thank you everyone for a great week, and join us next week as we learn about ponds and frogs!
Rainy Day Activity!
(Above - acting out animals!) This week we learned all about pets and different kind of animals! We learned about animals that we think make good pets and those that are better left in the wild or on the farm! The weekly skill for this week was numbers and we practiced them along with our animal activities throughout the week! Join us and take a look at our fun and busy week!
During circle time we learned about different birds, read a book about Murphy the dog, and we also decided which animals we thought would make a good pet and placed it on a class chart.
During free play we explored the sensory table which resembled where a hamster would live! We also painted on the easle, counted with blocks, read books with our friends, played in the kitchen and house and built puzzles! Our dramatic play area had some stuffed animal guests visiting this week. We enjoyed playing with our temporary pets all over the classroom. Our playhouse was often transformed into a Vet clinic!
Out in the hallway we continued to work on our gross motor skills and this week did some hula hooping, stairs, and an obstacle course matching socks!
At the table activities we learned about different animals by playing matching games, coloring fish, and making our very own pet book! At one of our science tables, we got to explore different pet foods and guess which pet ate which food. You won't believe what one of the dishes had....crickets!! After learning about birds as pets, we made parrots at the tables and gave them fun pet names. Throughout all these projects we practiced our fine motor skills by painting, gluing, cutting and more!
Other photos from the week!
Thank you everyone for a successful week and we hope everyone learned lots! We now know of so many more animals that live in our world and how they are all unique! We can continue to learn more about different animals but simply looking whats around and by going to places such as the zoo! Join us next week as we learn about rainbows! Have a great week!
Rainy Day Activity!
Welcome to Dr. Seuss week! As we all know this week was Dr. Seuss's Birthday and we celebrated it by learning about all the fun books he created and even watched a couple Dr. Seuss classics! We had several exciting days this week which included Pajama/Movie day and Green Eggs and Ham Lunch! Most of the activities revolved around Dr. Seuss's work in which we learned a lot about colors, numbers, letters and of course - rhyming sounds! Take a look at our super fun week as we celebrate Dr. Seuss week!
This week we had our annual Pajama and Movie day! We all voted on popcorn as our snack as we watched Dr. Seuss's "Green Eggs and Ham" and the "Sneetches"! Everyone wore their favorite pajamas and also brought in a favorite stuffed animal that we shared with the class! We even had the chance to actually eat green eggs and ham! Yummy!
During circle time we had show and tell for our letters we were assigned as we brought in items that started with that specific letter! It was a way for us to identify different items that started with the same letter, and we learned the rest of the alphabet as our friends shared with us their letters and items from home.
There are so many fun things we did during free play such as exploring the sensory table, playing kitchen and house, using blocks and Legos, playing with art projects we created and also creating our very own story using our story stones and rocks!
At the table activities this week we focused on many of Dr. Seuss's books such as "One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish" and "Bartholomew and the Oobleck"! At the language table we learned to match different items that sounded similar such as "Cat" and "Hat" and we focused on the theme of rhyming! At the science table we also painted fish and practiced mixing different colors of paint and seeing what colors we can create! We learned how messy Oobleck must have been for the characters in the story, as we played with it and buried our own toys in it too! ( We made two versions of Oobleck to compare the consistency of each ).
Green Eggs and Ham!
Here is our green eggs and ham lunch! ! Will we think their very yummy? Will we put them in our tummy?! Can I eat them next to you? If I try them, will you too??
Along with our usual hallway activities this week which focused on balancing bean bags on our heads and riding the bikes. We also went out as a class and played with the parachute! Kids got to shake the parachute and take turns crawling under to find the red or blue "fish" underneath. This was a great activity for working on gross motor skills!
More photos from the week!
Thank you to everyone who helped contribute to this busy and exciting week! We hope everyone had fun and learned a lot about Dr. Seuss and all the amazing books he created! To continue the learning there are many more books that he wrote that you can read at home! Join us next week as we learn about pets! Have a great week!
Rainy Day Activity!
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.