Happy holidays to all of our wonderful preschool families! I hope that you are enjoying your winter break so far. Before our break, we learned about all things "Winter!" It was a great week that culminated in our amazing Winter party. I can't tell you how happy I was with all of the work that our high schoolers put into these events. It just shows again how much these students care about our preschoolers and how far they will go to ensure that we create magical moments for them! Take a look at the fun things we did this week!
For our group activities this week, we talked about items that we need to gear up for winter versus summer. We had two high school friends be "Winter" and "Summer" models for us. Mrs. Anne gave each preschooler an item of clothing and they had to decide which friend their item should go to! It was a very fun way to discuss how we stay comfortable and what we might need in different situations. On our second day, we discovered how freezing would effect different types of liquids. We touched things like water, lotion, soap, etc in it's natural form, and then predicted which liquids we thought would freeze solid or not. Then we saw the results! Some of the liquids froze solid, others just turned into an almost ice-cream texture...cool! We spent a lot of time practicing for our winter program as well...I hope that you could tell!
This week had so many neat activities happening, that we ran a few of them both days to ensure that all children could do them! At our science table, we had a game where children rolled a dice and depending on the number rolled, had to place certain items on a paper snowman to complete his parts! We also had a really neat mirror "symmetry" activity where teacher Mikaela created a v-shaped, stand up mirror and showed the preschoolers how to place q-tips in front of the mirror in patterns to create snowflakes by using the reflection from the mirror! It was fascinating for the preschoolers to see that their q-tips multiplied in the reflection to create a full picture. Teacher Maria used play-doh snowmen and a tray of loose parts to allow preschoolers to "build a snowman." We also made paper snow globes by rolling paint with marbles in a shoebox at the art table, as well as a wintery scene by using cardboard squares as a tool for some "scrape art." Our glass jar snowglobes, which were finished off with your preschoolers pictures to give as a gift, were also assembled during class time, allowing children to measure out scoops and count out sequins to put into their jar. At the language table, we spent both days working on our name snowmen, which involved counting the letters in our name, identifying letters in our name, and writing out each letter of our name in order. For some this was review and for others, it was quite a challenge! The more we practice, the better we'll get!
Our room was a buzz with activity and ideas! We had home improvements happening in our play house, some really neat ideas at the creation table, hilarious life events being played out in the dramatic play centers, and lots of friends sharing and playing together.
Every year, I find myself so busy and in the moment that I completely forget to take pictures of the main events!! I have some just from the singing to share, so hopefully everyone was able to get some good pictures. Enjoy the rest of your break, and we will see you in one more week!
This week we learned many new things about places around the world! Miss Anne brought in some special dolls made from husks, and a very different type of ball from Africa. Everyone was able to touch the items and we talked about how they are different and similar to the dolls and toys that we typically play with. We then traveled in small groups to play different games from around the world. We played a marble shooting game, a top spinning game, a color sorting sombrero game, and a straw jumping game. How fun! We also made winter lanterns, inspired by a variety of cultures who make wishes and light their lanterns to float up into the sky. The preschoolers made a winter wish to attach to their lantern. Wait and see at the winter party!
At the art table we learned about symmetry while we made African masks out of paper plates and an assortment of materials such as feathers and pom pom balls. The preschoolers made maracas by filling paper plates with their choice of sounds making items, such as beans, cereal, rice, etc. They used watercolor paint to decorate the outside. We played a game that included rolling a dice and then trying to pick up that many objects using chop sticks. At one of our language tables, we learned about the places that are important to us, such as our school, city, state, country, and of course...planet earth! We painted flags and tried our best to use careful hands to paint some Chinese winter words! That was tough!
During our other centers this week we had a lot of fun playing with our friends! We had some doctors helping their patient and chefs cooking tasty food for us to enjoy!
In the month of December we have one birthday! Happy Birthday Alex!
Rainy Day Activity!
This week we learned about safety and what we can do to keep our bodies healthy! We talked about germs and how they make us unhealthy. We demonstrated how germs transfer by having two pieces of bread, one straight from the bag, and another that was passed around the room and touched by each preschooler. Now we will wait and see how our germs affected the bread! We made our own germs by first blowing paint through straws, and then adding eyes and other materials! The next day we learned how to keep ourselves safe! We also had fun gross motor stations set up where we tossed balls, crawled through a tunnel holding balloons, balanced, learned how to somersault and practiced the steps to "stop drop and roll." In the hallway we walked on different materials in our bare feet and talked about how they feel.
This week we did many fun activities focusing on our health and safety! At the science table we talked about and sorted items that would be hot vs cold, as well as foods that are good and bad for our teeth. For language, we practiced teeth brushing by matching upper and lowercase letters. We also identified tools that we use to help keep our bodies safe or healthy, and how we use them. At the art table, we made a Mr Potato Head 5 senses craft, traffic lights, and first aid kits. Busy week!
Throughout the rest of the classroom this week we had a ton of fun playing with our friends! We played board games, explored in the sensory table, and enjoyed fantasy play in the kitchen and house as usual!
Just For Fun!
Rainy Day Activity!
This is a great activity to encourage your kids to eat healthy! All you need for this activity is the printed worksheet, and an assortment of your favorite vegetables to act as a flowers roots, stem, leaves, flower, and seeds! During this activity you can talk about why vegetables are good for our bodies and help us stay healthy!
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.