What IS an insect?" We learned that, and many other fascinating things this week in preschool.
Teacher Dominique teaches the children the difference between insects and other animals. Insects have 3 body parts, 6 legs, and antennae. The children wore masks and moved like insects and bugs, then they made a chart organizing "insects vs. not insects."
What a fun week this was in preschool! I love Garden week because it opens up so many opportunities for discovery and exploring. Some of the things we covered this week included what kinds of things you would find in a garden, categorizing items in a garden, the parts of a plant, garden statues and how to pose like one, observing how plants drink water, and making tons and tons of flower activities....with our extra days this week also, we are literally swimming in flowers.
What is a farm? Why are they important? What might it be like to work on a farm? All of these questions were explored during farm week in our classroom. I believe the most popular activities of the week were the hands-on ones like "Bessie" our hand crafted milking cow. She started out as nothing but an abandoned table in the garage next door, but a little bit of TLC turned her into a pretty brown and white cow, complete with 4 udders to milk! Getting the milk into the buckets proved to be a challenge as children tried to master the technique of squeezing and pulling. Other favorites included making butter in baby food jars, corn painting, and the body game of "form the (insert farm animal)" that teacher Savannah led where the kids formed their bodies into cows, pigs, bunnies, and even corn!
Last Thursday, April 4th, the Senior level teachers accompanied the preschoolers on a special field trip of their choice (the Senior's choice, that is!). Every year as a special event, the Seniors get one trip with the kids all to themselves. It is a great bonding experience as they get to interact with a buddy the entire time.
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.