Our special senior field trip was a blast! We had a great time bowling at Park Lanes and spending time with our senior friends.
We are so lucky to have a bowling alley so close to the school! Instead of taking a bus, we pulled on our coats, found our buddies, and walked the couple of very long blocks to the Bowling alley. It was fun to talk to our preschool and high school friends, as well as enjoy the nice rainy weather. ;)
After a quick crash course on how to bowl, and a little help from some assist ramps, we were knocking down pins like a pro. We took turns bowling, and had a great time guessing who would win on our teams. But perhaps the best part of all was THE FOOD. We got yummy slices of pizza for lunch, which we enjoyed even down to the very last bite.
Wow, what an amazing week! We really enjoyed the warm sunny weather (WE GOT TO PLAY OUTSIDE!) and learning all about ponds and frogs.
Learning and Discovery
We had some exciting group activities this week.We got to make counting flashcards! Each preschooler cut out numbers and then matched them with an amount of frogs. They took them home so that they can practice their numbers everyday! We also made turtle shells by gluing different colored shapes on our paper in a pattern, and then got to wear it on their back!
Action Packed Fun
On Tuesday and Wednesday, it was so nice and sunny that we got to play outside with all our high school friends! We hula hooped, bounced balls, rode bikes, played tag, and so much more!
Wow we had some fabulous table activities this week!
We had a fun obstacle race, but we were turtles! We also made ducks, and glued feathers on them- so cute! We practiced our numbers by gluing sequins on frogs, and then counting how many "Flies" each frog ate. We also practiced our counting and color sorting. We also got to play beanbag toss, but we were tossing the beanbags into the animal's mouths! We also got to make frogs and practice coloring them. We also got to learn about, write, and label the parts of a duck.
On Thursday we got to have not just one fire drill, but three! The fresh air was... refreshing.
Luckily we still had time for some fun activities. We played "Letter Bingo" and had to find all the letters on our paper. But all the letters were hidden in a giant bin full of Orbeez!
We also went searching for letters in a fish bowl to spell pond themed words- like "Duck" "Frog" and "Lily Pad." In addition, we practiced our letter sequencing by lining up the number of ducks, frogs, and fish.
Happy Birthday to all our March birthdays... which just happens to be Rian! Thanks for the Cupcakes! As you can tell, they were very tasty :)
This week, we had a wonderful time learning all about Spring! We talked about weather, plants, and the animals that come out during springtime!
Learning and Discovery
Weather, and rainbows, and clouds, OH MY! Our week was jam packed full of great group activities. On Tuesday, we learned about the clothing we wear in different seasons, and made a chart to show what we discussed. On Wednesday, we learned about the colors in a rainbow and their order (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple) and then made our own. Mrs. Anne had set out different colored objects around the room, which we then had to find, and put in rainbow order. We ended up with a HUGE rainbow made completely out of things in our own classroom! On Thursday, we read the book It Looked Like Spilt Milk (by Charles G. Shaw) and learned about how clouds can make different shapes in the sky. We walked outside with our high school buddies and set out blankets to lay on. We watched for cool looking clouds and talked to our high school buddies about what we saw. After that, we went inside and made our very own clouds (out of shaving cream and glue) into a design of our own. However, some of us were so enamored with the feeling of the shaving cream mixture, that we spent more time just smearing it around and squishing it in our hands! We dictated a sentence that our high school buddies wrote down, that said "It looks like spilt milk! But it isn't. It is a... Dinosaur, bunny, my mom, etc..." We had a blast!
We absolutely love spring here at preschool! We made so many cute crafts and participated in so many exciting activities during free time. On Tuesday, at the art table, we practiced our fine motor skills by cutting, gluing, and sponge painting a toilet paper roll butterfly. They turned out so wonderful that we decided to hang them up in our classroom. At our science table, we discovered all the different parts of a plant, like the stem, leaves, flower petals, roots, and seeds. Finally, at the language table, we learned to match and spell spring clothing related words (Like "Rain boots" and "sunglasses"). We also did a gross motor activity in the hallway where we hula hooped, and threw rings over cones. On Wednesday, we made a paint dot rainbow mobile at the art table (Which is also hanging up in our classroom! :), explored how bees pollinate flowers (at the science table), and rolled a dice to discover what letter some "spring" themed words begin with (such as "sun", "rain", and "nest"). On Thursday, we had a REALLY cool science station where we learned how the water cycle works. We had a jar of clean water, which we then sprayed some shaving cream (for clouds) over, and then dripped a few drops of food coloring into that (rain). We then watched as the food coloring slowly dribbled into the water. We learned all about condensation, precipitation, and evaporation. It was definitely a class favorite! We also practiced cutting and mixing paint colors while we made paper plate flowers at the art table, as well as matched rhyming words (such as "run", "fun", and "sun"). We had a gross motor activity where we collected paper bouquets of flowers and then did what the flower said on it (for example, run, skip, or jump). We are so excited that the sun is shining, the weather is warming up, and Spring is in the air!
This week we learned all about the animals that we call pets!
We had a lots of fun sharing with each other what pets we have in our home,
and which ones we wish we had!
Learning and Discovery
We had a lot of exciting group activities this week!
On Tuesday we got to play a game called Cat Cat Dog (instead of Duck Duck Goose). It was an exciting game and great to get all our energy out!
On Wednesday we had a lot of fun rotations. We jumped + crawled like different animals in a sock-collecting game, played catch, blew a ball around a hula hoop, practiced balancing by walking with a ball on a cone and then passing it to our partner, had a race where we used a straw to blow a ball through a maze to see who got it there first, and so much more!
On Thursday we glued together different parts to make a pet lizard. We used watercolors to make our new pet very colorful, and then gave our lizard an eyeball! You can check them out in the hallway this week!
Since we had a snow day last week, we got to finish some Dr. Seuss activities this week. We got to paint our very own Truffula trees, play Dr. Seuss rhyming hopscotch, and see how many Dr. Seuss hats (Using cups and paper) that we could stack on top of each other!
We had lots of creative crafts at the art table this week. We got to cut out a cat & paint it. To paint it, we used a marble roll technique with a variety of marbles and other rolling items inside a shoe box, and we got to shake the box to get our paper to have lots of unique textures. In another art activity this week, we either got to make a cat or a dog with paper and markers!
At the language table, we used sequencing to put together puzzles of different pets that we might have. We also got to put together "My Pet Book" and then take it home to read! We also practiced writing words like "cat" "dog" and "parrot"
In the hallway during free time, we tried to see how many socks we could take out of the doghouse and put in a bucket- but you could only do one at a time, and had to crab walk there!
At the science table, we looked at different types of pet food, and had to guess which pet eats that food! We also discovered the magic of optical illusions by taping a pet on one side of a straw and it's home on the other. When we spin the straw quickly, our eyes are tricked into seeing the pet IN its home! So fun!!
At the creation station, we learned how to make different origami pets!
This week was filled with so many great activities, as we learned all
about Dr. Seuss, rhyming words, and book characters. We had a Snow
Day on Wednesday, but that didn't stop us from having a blast!
Learning and Discovery
Because of the snow day, we only had one group activity this week. We read the book One Fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish, (By Dr. Seuss), and then made our own fishies. We were given different red and blue materials (such as fabric, puff balls, ribbon, and more), which we used to adorn a paper cut out in the shape of a fish. We developed our fine motor skills by cutting, gluing, decorating, and coloring. We loved using our imagination to make these fun fish friends.
Green Eggs and Ham Lunch
"I do not like Green Eggs and Ham. I do not like them Sam I am." That's what was written in the book Green Eggs and Ham (By Dr. Seuss), but we don't agree! We LOVED green eggs and ham! The culinary students here at Century High School made us a fantastic lunch of green eggs, flaky biscuits, ham, fruit salad, and a yummy pretzel dessert. Some of our preschool friends were hesitant to try the new foods, but when they did, they had to go back for seconds! After we all had our fill, we each took a vote on who liked it and who didn't. Almost everyone said they enjoyed their Green Eggs and Ham! I hope that we learned that it is always good to TRY something new!
Pajama Day Fun
On Thursday, we had a Pajama day, where everyone got to wear their PJ's to school. We did a mini fashion show and showed everyone our cute pajamas, before snuggling up with our blankets and settling down to watch a movie. We ate bags of buttery popcorn (which we had voted on last week) and watched a special "The Cat in the Hat" compilation of mini stories. We had a great time!
Wow, what a week! Our high school friends planned some wonderful activities inspired by Dr. Seuss. On Tuesday, at our language table, we learned the words for all the colors (like "pink", "blue", "yellow", and more) and then practiced coloring eggs with those words on them. At the science table, we did a counting game with goldfish crackers, where we tallied up how many we had of each color in our bag. Of course we got to eat them afterwards. At the art table, we did a craft based off of the book Oh the Places You'll go (By Dr. Seuss), where we made and decorated a hot air balloon and then dictated what place WE wanted to go.(Some of the preschoolers wanted to go to Disneyland, Lego land, Alaska, and more!). In the hallway, we played an obstacle course game where we had to match pictures to their silhouettes, inspired by the book, The Shape of Me and Other Stuff. On Thursday, we did some equally fun games. At the language table, we did a rhyming word puzzle. At the Art table, we did a painting based off of the book I Can Read with my Eyes Shut (By Dr. Seuss). But, instead of reading with our eyes closed, we PAINTED with our eyes shut! We put a blindfold on and had to try drawing a picture. It's a lot harder then it looks, but we had a really fun time. Out in the hallway, we did "Cat in the Hat" bowling, and measured how long we were IN SOCKS (from the book Fox in Socks By Dr. Seuss). Most of us were around 6 socks in length. We are getting so tall!
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.