What an amazingly beautiful day at the Zoo! Armed with visors, water bottles, and even spray bottles, this was the start of our journey. If any chaperones happened to take additional pictures that they'd like to share, please send them my way! We had a huge lack of pictures in about half of our groups. :(
Cooling down after a long, hot day...
This was a really fun after school activity, and I am so glad that so many of you were able to participate! Health Services students taught the kids about their eyes, and led a number of fun activities for the kids. Look at this busy room! As if 4 hours of pk wasn't enough!!
Here the kids learned about the eye and then went to tables to do all sorts of eye activities. They made giant eyes, colored an eye diagram, made glasses, and did an eye test!
While we did so many neat things over the last two weeks for Zoo, we must have been too busy to stop and take pictures! I will add pictures from our field trip as well as soon as I get those gathered up!
This was a gross motor course where kids had to "feed the animals" by carrying their food along a certain path to the correct animal.
This activity was tied to our skill of the week, which was sorting by characteristics. We split the children into small groups, and as a group they had to create an animal. Each child was given a part of the body to draw, such as the body, head, legs, tail, etc...they had to think about what that part would look like, where it should go and draw it on the big poster. These activities are great to not only teach cognitive skills, but also life lessons about teamwork and respecting everyone else's work as well.
What fun is painting your hands if you can't share it with a friend!? This week the preschoolers learned a lot about insects and gardens. A small sampling of those activities are highlighted below. I wish I had time to post everything they do - it is so much fun!
For a special group art activity, the preschoolers traced the dotted outline of a vase shape and flower stem, painted their hands to create a "hand flower," and then filled the vase with torn tissue paper "water." This will be a special scrap book addition!
We had three special visitors in our class this week. One of my intro students happens to raise stick bugs, or walking sticks. She allowed us to babysit them for a week and get an up close and personal experience with these neat little guys. The kids loved them, and they were easy to hold because they don't go anywhere...at least not quickly!
Here the kids were taught by teacher Elizabeth about the importance of bees, and how bees pollinate flowers. They each got to wear a special bee finger puppet and fly into the flower filled with Cheetos (pollen) to collect nectar. Then, with their "pollen" covered fingers they would fly to another flower with a cotton ball center and discover how their "pollen" was transferred. Some exclaimed how hard it was to reach the nectar in the bottom of the cup, and we said, "Yes, a bees job is VERY hard!"
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.