This week we learned all about dinosaurs (how big they were, what they ate, how long ago they lived, etc.) and used our weekly skill of "measuring" to learn so much.
It was a sort of short week at preschool, because we had no school on Wednesday, but it was still so, so fun! On Tuesday, we learned about different types of dinosaurs and had to make a hypothesis about how long some of them where... IN PRESCHOOLERS! After we made our guesses, we laid down in a big line and counted how many people it took to be the same length as the big dinosaurs. On Thursday, we made volcanoes. We cut out pieces of paper to make it look like a volcano and trees. We then put paint on our paper and used a special technique (AKA blowing through a straw) to blow the paint around, so that it looked like lava. It was a very fun craft!
Because of the short week, we had to cram a TON of activities into our two free play days, but it was so worth it. On Tuesday, at the language table, we became paleontologists and had to uncover puzzle pieces in a bowl of sand to make a word (for example, we had to find the letters H-O-R-N to spell Horn). At the science table, we did Dino Egg letter matching. We had to match the lower-case letter in the egg to the upper-case letter on the paw print. At the art table, we made spotted dinos by putting paint on big Lego bricks; and dotting a piece of dinosaur shaped paper. Outside, we had to carefully crack ice balls to get the dinosaur out (kind of like being a paleontologist again!), and then in the hallway we did a dino walk/ring toss. At the creation table, we made salt dough creations, which was a blast! On Thursday, we made our own dinosaur skeleton at the science table (out of q-tips), and at the language table we matched baby dinos to their mothers by finding the correct beginning letter sounds. At the art table, we decorated dinosaur eggs with colorful paints. At the creation table we made water colored dinosaurs, and out in the hallway we did a dinosaur track activity.
Our teachers are hard at work on our end of year scrapbooks! We can't wait to see them at preschool graduation (which is coming up all too soon!)
This week we continued learning about habitats!
The highlight of this week was when Reptile Man came to our preschool!
Learning and Discovery
This week we learned about camouflage. Mrs. Anne had a newspaper and asked us how many squares were on top of it. Right away, we all saw two red squares. But she had tricked us! There were four squares, but two of them looked just like the newspaper. Just like how camouflage hid those squares from us, animals use camouflage to help them to blend in and hide in their habitat. Then, we went outside and looked for animals that were camouflaged on the playground.
For another group activity, we made snake mobiles! We cut out a spiral shape from our paper, painted unique patterns, and gave our snake eyes and a tongue. They all did a fabulous job!
We had a lot of exciting table activities during free time this week! We got to build habitats for different animals using blocks. We made sure that the habitat matched what the animals would need, like a fish would need places to hide from sharks! We did puzzles of different habitats and learned what animals live in those places as we practiced writing the names of those animals. We played a matching game of which animals live in what type of landscape. We also got to make a tiger in a very creative way- we got a tray of shaving cream, and then mixed orange dye into it. Then, we rubbed our tiger onto it so that it turned orange!
For another activity, we learned about cacti and how they are found in the desert. Then we made a super cute craft to show what they look like using some tissue paper, paint, and glue. We practiced both our counting skills as we counted how many animals we saw in each habitat. In another fun activity we had, we had to balance, dunk, and crawl to help our animals to the right habitat. Overall, it was a super fun week!
On Thursday, the Reptile Man came to preschool! It was so much fun to learn about different snakes, turtles, crocodiles, and more. We talked about which reptiles are friendly, and got to hold lots of animals! It was fun to watch reactions from fearing for their lives, to not being able to wait for their turn! We had a lot of laughs and loved learning about
We had one May birthday that we celebrated this week!
Happy Birthday Aiden!
Happy Habitat Week! We had a ton of fun this week learning about the different habitats that animals live in, as well as developed our weekly skill of distinguishing between "same and different".
Learning and Discovery
My oh my, it's been another wonderful week doing our group activities. On Tuesday, we separated into small groups, where we each received a picture of an animal in a habitat, and a big piece of white paper. Our task was to recreate the picture, by drawing it on the big piece of paper. Each preschooler was in charge of drawing one part of the animals body. It was truly a collaborative task, as we had to decide as a team how to draw it and take turns adding our own pieces. Then our teachers helped make the rest of the habitat. We did a great job and all our pictures turned out so cute! They are now hanging on the wall in the hallway, and you can see them at pick up time! On Wednesday and Thursday, it was just so sunny outside that we HAD to go play outside. We had a blast playing on the play structure, riding our bikes, playing catch with the balls, planting "flowers", and just having a great time with our friends. We love the sunny weather!
Oh my goodness, our free time stations were so fun this week! We started off this week, on Tuesday, by writing "habitat" themed words in sand (at the Language Table), painting our own habitats (at the Art Table), and doing an animal eye spy / counting activity (at the Science Table). On Wednesday, we matched beginning letter sounds and letters to animals we saw in pictures (at the Language Table), made super cute toucans (at the art table), and made our very own habitats- out of fabric, animals, rocks, and other creative items (at the science table). Out in the hallway, we did a bean bag toss gross motor activity. On Thursday, at the language table, we sorted letters based on their characteristics (loops, tails, etc), while at the art table we made a desert sunset landscape by rubbing chalk and adding silhouette shapes. pictures. At the science table, we used dot painters to practice our numbers and counting. For our gross motor activity, we did a challenging, but exciting, obstacle course that involved balancing, crawling through a tunnel, hopping and other fun ways to get our animal to the correct habitat.
3 baby chicks hatched this week! Preschoolers and High Schoolers alike enjoyed playing and holding the adorable puff balls. We are still deciding on a name for our cute new friends, but some class favorites provided by our preschoolers are: John, Chelsea, Susie, and Glimmer Sparkle.
Happy Birthday to all our April Birthdays... Ethan and Ira!
We had tons of fun learning about keeping our earth clean,
taking care of a garden, and so much more!
Learning and Discovery
On Tuesday for our group activity, we learned to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We sorted different pieces of trash and talked about if our item was plastic, paper, glass, metal, etc. Now we know why it is important to recycle!
On Wednesday, the FAME class showed us all the different cool things they have been doing! Sadly, we didn't get any pictures, but we looked at lots of different types of art, and listened to music. It was so cool to see all the different talents showcased there!
On Thursday we all got to make a craft to show the parts of a flower. We used paper + string to show the leaves, stem, flower petals, and roots. We also talked about how not only do we plant and grow flowers, but also fruits and vegetables.
We had some awesome table activities at free time this week! We got our hands dirty when learning about gardening and planting seeds. We learned about how we put the seed under some good soil, and then have to water it each day. We are already noticing some sprouts from the seeds that we planted. We also got pretty dirty when we used pudding, Oreos, and gummy worms to make a garden that we then got to eat!
We learned about keeping our earth clean and how important it is- We made a collage of our earth with different colored pieces of paper, and then wrote what we will do to keep our earth clean. We made another collage- this time with different scraps (Like wrappers and bottle caps) to decorate the first letter of our name. Recyclables can make great art materials! Using different cereal and food box labels, (Pop-tarts, Ritz Crackers) we put together the pieces to solve the mystery of which food it was. We made a sunflower craft plan label for our growing plants, were we practiced writing the word sunflower and used paint to decorate.
We also practiced raking plants into different piles, practiced how to hula hoop + jump rope, and practiced spelling color words by finding letter tiles in a pot of soil. We also made a flower craft by cutting out green paper, and then using finger corks in paint to stamp the flower petals.
Beetles, and Caterpillars, and Flies, OH MY! This week, we spent a lot of time studying insects and their characteristics, as well as practiced our weekly skill of learning to sequence events!
Learning and Discovery
We learned so much this week during our group activities. On Tuesday, we were each given a slip of paper with a type of insect on it, and then we shared our insect with the class and talked about whether it was a good bug or a bad bug. We then placed it on our class chart. We agreed that ladybugs, butterflies, and others, were good insects, while wasps, dung beetles, earwigs, etc. were bad. On Wednesday, we did a super cute craft. We made lightning bug (firefly) sun catchers. We took pieces of yellow tissue paper and stuck them to contact paper. We cut out and added black wings and a head, and viola! We had an adorable bug to put in our window. On Thursday, we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar (By Eric Carl) at circle time. We then had to work with our high school buddies to sequence the story, by putting what he ate in order by day (For example, FIRST on Monday, he ate 1 apple. THEN on Tuesday, he ate 2 pears). After that, we had to retell the story using our paper. to see if we put the story in the right order.
We had a great time during free time! On Tuesday, we learned about the life cycle of butterfly at the science table, by doing a cute activity with pasta. At the language table, we played a game that involved slapping certain letters with a fly swatter. We also made a cute lady bug at the art table, and tried to make it through a spider web (made of rope) obstacle course in the hallway. On Wednesday, we learned about the characteristics of an insect (they have 6 legs, 3 body parts, etc.) at the Science Table and then had to be able to identify which bug was an insect. At the language table, we did an insect scavenger hunt, and at the art table we painted cups for the seeds that we're going to plant next week. In the hallway, we did a fun beanbag toss activity. On Thursday, we worked a lot with patterns and sequences. We decorated a bug by making a pattern with paper shapes at the art table, and did an assessment with colors at the language table. At the science table, we observed REAL insects (under glass) with magnifying glasses (just like a scientist!). In the hallway, we did a maze that involved carrying balls, using our hands and even our legs! It was hard, but lots of fun!
We had a fabulous week full of fun activities & lessons to teach us all about life on a farm!
Learning and Discovery
On Tuesday we found out that we are incubating chicken eggs in our preschool! So we will have baby chicks in a few weeks! We loved learning about chicks- how they grow and hatch out of their eggs. Then we got to glue lots of feathers on our paper and a chick face, then closed out egg, then reopened it like how a chick breaks out of their egg. You can see these cute crafts in the hallway!
Wednesday we had some fun dancing time, then moved on to a couple exciting rotations! At one rotation, we had a horse maze. We practiced galloping and even had a horse to ride as we raced to put all the beanbags in the bucket. We also got to roll like a pig in mud (including somersaults!) We experimented with weight by filling eggs with different substances and tested to see which ones rolled down the ramp the fastest! Then we had a Farm Roll Round-Up. We rolled cows right back into their farm stalls.
On Thursday we had an assessment with letters- we drew our uppercase and lowercase letters on white boards. We also practiced our numbers by rolling a dice to try to win!
What an exciting week! We had so many fun crafts and activities during free time! At the art table, we got to make sheep by stretching cotton balls to represent the soft wool on a lamb. We also learned how to sew pillows! Another day we made chicks using shaving cream, glue, and feathers. So cute!
At our other tables, we got to dig through dirt to find different farm animals, identify the type of animal, and clean them using sponges and toothbrushes. We experimented with milk and dish soap to see how they interacted with food coloring. We also practiced writing our name, and counting the number of items we found in different colored eggs. To practice our alphabet, we glued all different kinds of farm words on our paper in alphabetical order! Another exciting activity helped us practice our letters by writing farm words in mud! (Chocolate Pudding)
Our gross motor activities were a blast! One game we played, we'd roll two dice, and it would tell us an animal and an action. From galloping like horses, to sounding like a pig, they had a great time! We used fly swatters to get our sheep balloons all back in their pen, and we found different farm animals in their pins with a hallway farm maze!
Our special senior field trip was a blast! We had a great time bowling at Park Lanes and spending time with our senior friends.
We are so lucky to have a bowling alley so close to the school! Instead of taking a bus, we pulled on our coats, found our buddies, and walked the couple of very long blocks to the Bowling alley. It was fun to talk to our preschool and high school friends, as well as enjoy the nice rainy weather. ;)
After a quick crash course on how to bowl, and a little help from some assist ramps, we were knocking down pins like a pro. We took turns bowling, and had a great time guessing who would win on our teams. But perhaps the best part of all was THE FOOD. We got yummy slices of pizza for lunch, which we enjoyed even down to the very last bite.
Wow, what an amazing week! We really enjoyed the warm sunny weather (WE GOT TO PLAY OUTSIDE!) and learning all about ponds and frogs.
Learning and Discovery
We had some exciting group activities this week.We got to make counting flashcards! Each preschooler cut out numbers and then matched them with an amount of frogs. They took them home so that they can practice their numbers everyday! We also made turtle shells by gluing different colored shapes on our paper in a pattern, and then got to wear it on their back!
Action Packed Fun
On Tuesday and Wednesday, it was so nice and sunny that we got to play outside with all our high school friends! We hula hooped, bounced balls, rode bikes, played tag, and so much more!
Wow we had some fabulous table activities this week!
We had a fun obstacle race, but we were turtles! We also made ducks, and glued feathers on them- so cute! We practiced our numbers by gluing sequins on frogs, and then counting how many "Flies" each frog ate. We also practiced our counting and color sorting. We also got to play beanbag toss, but we were tossing the beanbags into the animal's mouths! We also got to make frogs and practice coloring them. We also got to learn about, write, and label the parts of a duck.
On Thursday we got to have not just one fire drill, but three! The fresh air was... refreshing.
Luckily we still had time for some fun activities. We played "Letter Bingo" and had to find all the letters on our paper. But all the letters were hidden in a giant bin full of Orbeez!
We also went searching for letters in a fish bowl to spell pond themed words- like "Duck" "Frog" and "Lily Pad." In addition, we practiced our letter sequencing by lining up the number of ducks, frogs, and fish.
Happy Birthday to all our March birthdays... which just happens to be Rian! Thanks for the Cupcakes! As you can tell, they were very tasty :)
This week, we had a wonderful time learning all about Spring! We talked about weather, plants, and the animals that come out during springtime!
Learning and Discovery
Weather, and rainbows, and clouds, OH MY! Our week was jam packed full of great group activities. On Tuesday, we learned about the clothing we wear in different seasons, and made a chart to show what we discussed. On Wednesday, we learned about the colors in a rainbow and their order (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple) and then made our own. Mrs. Anne had set out different colored objects around the room, which we then had to find, and put in rainbow order. We ended up with a HUGE rainbow made completely out of things in our own classroom! On Thursday, we read the book It Looked Like Spilt Milk (by Charles G. Shaw) and learned about how clouds can make different shapes in the sky. We walked outside with our high school buddies and set out blankets to lay on. We watched for cool looking clouds and talked to our high school buddies about what we saw. After that, we went inside and made our very own clouds (out of shaving cream and glue) into a design of our own. However, some of us were so enamored with the feeling of the shaving cream mixture, that we spent more time just smearing it around and squishing it in our hands! We dictated a sentence that our high school buddies wrote down, that said "It looks like spilt milk! But it isn't. It is a... Dinosaur, bunny, my mom, etc..." We had a blast!
We absolutely love spring here at preschool! We made so many cute crafts and participated in so many exciting activities during free time. On Tuesday, at the art table, we practiced our fine motor skills by cutting, gluing, and sponge painting a toilet paper roll butterfly. They turned out so wonderful that we decided to hang them up in our classroom. At our science table, we discovered all the different parts of a plant, like the stem, leaves, flower petals, roots, and seeds. Finally, at the language table, we learned to match and spell spring clothing related words (Like "Rain boots" and "sunglasses"). We also did a gross motor activity in the hallway where we hula hooped, and threw rings over cones. On Wednesday, we made a paint dot rainbow mobile at the art table (Which is also hanging up in our classroom! :), explored how bees pollinate flowers (at the science table), and rolled a dice to discover what letter some "spring" themed words begin with (such as "sun", "rain", and "nest"). On Thursday, we had a REALLY cool science station where we learned how the water cycle works. We had a jar of clean water, which we then sprayed some shaving cream (for clouds) over, and then dripped a few drops of food coloring into that (rain). We then watched as the food coloring slowly dribbled into the water. We learned all about condensation, precipitation, and evaporation. It was definitely a class favorite! We also practiced cutting and mixing paint colors while we made paper plate flowers at the art table, as well as matched rhyming words (such as "run", "fun", and "sun"). We had a gross motor activity where we collected paper bouquets of flowers and then did what the flower said on it (for example, run, skip, or jump). We are so excited that the sun is shining, the weather is warming up, and Spring is in the air!
This week we learned all about the animals that we call pets!
We had a lots of fun sharing with each other what pets we have in our home,
and which ones we wish we had!
Learning and Discovery
We had a lot of exciting group activities this week!
On Tuesday we got to play a game called Cat Cat Dog (instead of Duck Duck Goose). It was an exciting game and great to get all our energy out!
On Wednesday we had a lot of fun rotations. We jumped + crawled like different animals in a sock-collecting game, played catch, blew a ball around a hula hoop, practiced balancing by walking with a ball on a cone and then passing it to our partner, had a race where we used a straw to blow a ball through a maze to see who got it there first, and so much more!
On Thursday we glued together different parts to make a pet lizard. We used watercolors to make our new pet very colorful, and then gave our lizard an eyeball! You can check them out in the hallway this week!
Since we had a snow day last week, we got to finish some Dr. Seuss activities this week. We got to paint our very own Truffula trees, play Dr. Seuss rhyming hopscotch, and see how many Dr. Seuss hats (Using cups and paper) that we could stack on top of each other!
We had lots of creative crafts at the art table this week. We got to cut out a cat & paint it. To paint it, we used a marble roll technique with a variety of marbles and other rolling items inside a shoe box, and we got to shake the box to get our paper to have lots of unique textures. In another art activity this week, we either got to make a cat or a dog with paper and markers!
At the language table, we used sequencing to put together puzzles of different pets that we might have. We also got to put together "My Pet Book" and then take it home to read! We also practiced writing words like "cat" "dog" and "parrot"
In the hallway during free time, we tried to see how many socks we could take out of the doghouse and put in a bucket- but you could only do one at a time, and had to crab walk there!
At the science table, we looked at different types of pet food, and had to guess which pet eats that food! We also discovered the magic of optical illusions by taping a pet on one side of a straw and it's home on the other. When we spin the straw quickly, our eyes are tricked into seeing the pet IN its home! So fun!!
At the creation station, we learned how to make different origami pets!
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.