This week, we learned all about being healthy, from head to toe. We focused a lot on healthy foods, keeping our muscles big and strong, and taking care of our body.
We had so much fun this week with all our group activities! On Tuesday, we practiced exercises that will keep our body healthy! We practiced throwing and catching a ball, rolling over (and even doing a somersault), jumping rope, and standing on one foot. On Wednesday, we learned about the importance of keeping our body clean. So we made soap! We combined soap flakes, water, and even our favorite scent! We then shaped our soap bar with our hands, and put a special surprise gem in the middle! They are drying right now, but we will be able to bring them home next week! On Thursday, we learned about our "5 senses". We took multiple materials (such as play dough, feathers, marshmallows, and more) and glued them to a piece of paper. Then, with the help of our High School friends, we wrote down what we thought each of the materials felt like. We had so much fun!
This week, there were so many fun things to do at our Free Time table stations. They all centered around keeping our body clean and healthy. At one station, we got to practice flossing and brushing a fake pair of teeth. At another station, we practiced spelling out healthy food words (like "Apple", "Grape", etc.). At yet another station, we were able to paint using FOOD! We dipped peppers, apples, carrots, and other fruits and vegetables in paint and then stamped them onto paper. That was definitely a class favorite! Some other stations included learning about water by dying celery, decorating a paper tooth while talking about what makes our teeth dirty or unhealthy, making a fire engine out of construction paper, and more!
This week, we met a new teacher- Ms. Amy! Next Thursday, Ms. Amy will be substituting for Ms. Anne. Ms. Amy came and helped out in the preschool on Tuesday and Wednesday and she had a great time! She holds a degree in Early Childhood and has children in many levels of education here in HSD...well, one off to college now! She brings some great experience to our classroom and we are so glad that she can be here in our absence. It was nice for the preschoolers to meet her, and for her to get to know the preschool!
This week, we learned all about Thanksgiving and finished up our unit from last week which was all about Families. We learned that all families are unique and special in their own way, which is what makes our world so wonderful. We also learned more "self-help" skills, practiced our manners, and were encouraged to use kind words and say "Please", "Thank you", and "You're Welcome". We also learned about the origins of Thanksgiving, and the fun things we do on Thanksgiving. We learned that Thanksgiving is all about being grateful, and we are so grateful for our Preschool!
Learning and Discovery
For our group activities this week, we did so many fun things! On Tuesday, we weaved houses out of construction paper. Weaving was a new skill for many preschoolers and they did a great job! They put paper dots on them to symbolize all the people that live in their house and talked to their teacher buddy about what makes their family special. On Wednesday, we learned a lot of family skills by rotating through stations. At one station, we learned to sweep the floor and scoop it up with a dust pan. At another station we were tasked with picking up all the toys on the floor and putting them in their proper place around the preschool. At the last station, we learned how to set a table, and how to put the tableware in their correct places. These are all great ways that preschoolers can help out their family at home! On Thursday, we talked about traditional Thanksgiving foods. We passed paper versions around of the food that is traditionally eaten on Thanksgiving, such as turkey, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, etc. and then took the food that we liked and glued it on our plate. While passing was a skill on it's own, this was a great opportunity for children to talk about foods that they like and what they eat at home.
For free time this week, we really got into the Thanksgiving spirit! We did so many fun language, science, and art activities that were centered around Thanksgiving. Some class favorite stations were making "Indian Corn" (by cutting out a corn cob shape, painting bubble wrap and then stamping the paint onto our corn cob), matching letters in a Turkey themed language activity, and making our own napkin rings at the art table, out of toilet paper rolls and many decorative options. These were sent home on Thursday, in the hopes that you might use them at your table! In the hallway, we played some tossing games with rolled up socks and practiced balancing in an apple picking game by walking along a taped tree to find apples that matched alphabet letters drawn. Preschoolers also made some play doh turkeys, and turkey headbands. At the easel, children got to paint with large feathers instead of paint brushes! These made some really pretty turkey paintings. What a busy week!
We celebrated all our November birthdays this week. Happy Birthday Iza!
This week we learned about family, our roles in our family, and how we can help around the house. We also practiced some self help skills this week and are encouraging preschoolers to keep practicing these skills when they come to school each day! You can help reinforce these skills that we have been working on. For example, putting our lunch in our lunch cubby when we arrive to school, taking off and putting on our own jackets, and hanging bags and jackets on our hooks. We did many crafts that represent our family this week, and lots of other fun activities too!
Learning and Discovery
In our group activities, we got to make a graph of who lives in our house with us. Every preschooler got a turn to identify who they had in their house and chose a dot to glue to represent those members. (You can see in the hallway!) We practiced folding laundry, tying our shoes, zipping our jackets, and buttoning. You can ask your preschooler to show you some of these skills at home!
During free time, one craft that we did was to make a family mosaic ornaments. Each color represented a different family member. We drew pictures of our families and decorated a house frame, learned how to take care of and wash a baby, and practiced hanging up laundry to dry. We got to match animal babies to their mothers to practice our upper and lowercase letters. We also practiced writing the names sister, brother, mom, dad, pets, etc. Then we glued them onto a headband to show our family.
This week we got to do so many fun things!
From trick or treating to building rockets, we had a blast!
Trick or Treating!
On Halloween we got to go trick or treating! It was so much fun to go around the school and visit all the different classrooms. And we got a lot of candy and fun toys!
Learning and Discovery
We did a lot of fun group activities this week! For our CD 2 student buddies, we did a lot of cognitive challenges that reflected concepts learned in class. It is always so cool to see how what we are learning in class is directly reflected in our preschoolers! We practiced spatial concepts and working together to build a rocket ship and house with blocks, we played with the idea of "centration" and "conservation" by doing a liquid pour test and a counting game with candy corn, and so much more! We also learned about the history of candy corn this week and used our fingers to tear paper and cut along a line to create our own candy corn. (In the hallway for you to see).
During free time, we got to make secret potions, practiced our letters by drawing in sand, made ghosts out of shaving cream and baking soda and then dissolved them with vinegar, matched our letters with bat wings, made some spooky arts and crafts, and played an obstacle course game in the hallway.
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.