This week was a blast! We learned a lot about pumpkins and fall, and even went to a Pumpkin Patch! Note: this picture was taken right when we got there...before the rain!!
Though we didn't get a picture, this week, Preschoolers learned what was inside of a pumpkin. Each preschooler was then able to practice cutting and gluing to make their own pumpkin. They even were able to use string and other materials so simulate what a pumpkin looked like inside. They had a lot of fun!
During free time, we continued to learn about pumpkins. At the language table, we organized alphabet pumpkins in order on a vine. Many of us are just starting to identify our upper case letters. For those who found that too easy, we had them do it with lower case letters. At our art table, we used strips of brown paper to construct a fence and then used our fingers to add little pumpkins on it. In addition to our learning tables, we had so much fun playing with all our friends. We read books, played games, did puzzles, made crafts, and so much more!
Even though it was rainy outside, that didn't stop us from going on our first Preschool Field trip to Plumper's Pumpkin Patch! After taking a fun bus ride, we got to learn all about pumpkins from one of the Farmers. She showed us a ton of different varieties of pumpkins. Some pumpkins even had funny names like the "Cinderella" pumpkin, the "Jack Be Little" pumpkin, and even a pumpkin called "Red Warty Thing". That's it's actual name too! We then got to pet all of the animals. They had goats, cows, alpacas, chickens, and even some sheep and a new baby lamb that was only 5 DAYS OLD! She was so cute. After that, we went on a Hay Ride around the Pumpkin Patch. It was so cool to see all of the fun things they grew at the farm. Once we were done with that, we played on the playground. We went down the slides, climbed on the hay bales, went pumpkin bowling, and maybe got a little muddy. ;) We then picked out our own little pumpkin! After a quick lunch, we got on the bus and went home. Some of our high school and preschool friends were so tired that they fell asleep on the bus! All in all, it was a super fun day!
This week we learned about pumpkins, inside and out!
We got to do so many fun activities!
We definitely took advantage of the sun this week, spending a good amount of time out in the fall sunshine. We got to hula hoop, play soccer, jump rope. play catch, or just explore all of the fun play structures on the playground!
Learning and Discovery
This week we got to measure the height and width of pumpkins, and learn their parts. We learned about the letter E and F during sign in and our morning circle. For our weekly skill we also practiced our position words. We practiced this with little pumpkins at a table activity during free play, and in small groups we got to use our bodies to practice position directions with chairs!
At our table centers, we got to do lots of pumpkin activities! We got to feel the inside of a pumpkin, make a scarecrow, a pumpkin volcano experiment, draw jack-o-lantern emotions, and decorate a pumpkin. We also got to play pumpkin ring toss, and pumpkin bowling.
In our second week of Preschool, we celebrated the amazing things that makes us unique! We played games, did crafts, and learned many new things. Take a look at this awesome week of preschool!
Action Packed Fun
This week, we played so many games! We tried to balance bean bags on our body, experimented with the parachute, practiced balancing, played "emotions" hockey, and even did some yoga!
Learning and Discovery
This week, we did a ton of group crafts. We made our first hand drawn self portrait, which we are going to compare to the one we do at the end of the year. After listening to a story about emotions, we then chose an emotion and decorated a face to look just like ours! We made it out of "loose parts," such as noodles, buttons, and other crafty things. Finally, with the help of our High School friends, we traced and decorated our bodies on a big piece of paper. We even hung them up on the wall for everyone to see! It is so much fun to find our "paper selves" every time we are in the hallway.
At our table centers, we did lots of arts and crafts. We made people out of paper that looked like us, as well as painted our faces on a big mirror to make a "mirror image" of ourselves. We also practiced measuring things, finding letters in a word search, and tracing words. When we weren't at a station, we played dress up, read books, explored the sensory table, and did so much more!
We had a great time this week with all our Preschool friends!
This week we learned about shapes and colors! A definite favorite of the week was when we played Red Rover in the main hall. Whenever our shape or color was called out, we jumped, ran, crab-walked, bear-crawled, or skipped to the other side while our high school buddies cheered us on.
Learning and Discovery
Through our different table activities, we got to practice identifying our shapes and colors. We painted, hunted for treasure in the sensory table, made hot air balloons, practiced writing the names of shapes, made a school bus, used cookie cutters to paint shapes, and so much more. We had a blast at the first week of preschool!
Fun with FAME!
This week we got to do activities with the FAME (Fine Arts and Media Entertainment) class. We learned sculpting with Play-Doh, painting, coloring within the lines, drawing faces to match different feelings, and also sang songs and clapped or played bells to the rhythm. We had so much fun learning from the professionals! It was definitely something exciting and different!
In the months of September and October, we had two birthdays!
Happy Birthday Ella and Talia!
On September 19th, we welcomed all new and returning preschoolers to Little Jags! While parents learned some helpful information about the Preschool, we had a ton of fun playing games, dressing up, and doing crafts. We met some of our preschool teachers, and also made some new friends!
What a fun start to a new preschool year!
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.