This week, we had a wonderful time learning all about Spring! We talked about weather, plants, and the animals that come out during springtime!
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!
This week was filled with so many great activities, as we learned all
about Dr. Seuss, rhyming words, and book characters. We had a Snow
Day on Wednesday, but that didn't stop us from having a blast!
Learning and Discovery
Because of the snow day, we only had one group activity this week. We read the book One Fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish, (By Dr. Seuss), and then made our own fishies. We were given different red and blue materials (such as fabric, puff balls, ribbon, and more), which we used to adorn a paper cut out in the shape of a fish. We developed our fine motor skills by cutting, gluing, decorating, and coloring. We loved using our imagination to make these fun fish friends.
Green Eggs and Ham Lunch
"I do not like Green Eggs and Ham. I do not like them Sam I am." That's what was written in the book Green Eggs and Ham (By Dr. Seuss), but we don't agree! We LOVED green eggs and ham! The culinary students here at Century High School made us a fantastic lunch of green eggs, flaky biscuits, ham, fruit salad, and a yummy pretzel dessert. Some of our preschool friends were hesitant to try the new foods, but when they did, they had to go back for seconds! After we all had our fill, we each took a vote on who liked it and who didn't. Almost everyone said they enjoyed their Green Eggs and Ham! I hope that we learned that it is always good to TRY something new!
Pajama Day Fun
On Thursday, we had a Pajama day, where everyone got to wear their PJ's to school. We did a mini fashion show and showed everyone our cute pajamas, before snuggling up with our blankets and settling down to watch a movie. We ate bags of buttery popcorn (which we had voted on last week) and watched a special "The Cat in the Hat" compilation of mini stories. We had a great time!
Wow, what a week! Our high school friends planned some wonderful activities inspired by Dr. Seuss. On Tuesday, at our language table, we learned the words for all the colors (like "pink", "blue", "yellow", and more) and then practiced coloring eggs with those words on them. At the science table, we did a counting game with goldfish crackers, where we tallied up how many we had of each color in our bag. Of course we got to eat them afterwards. At the art table, we did a craft based off of the book Oh the Places You'll go (By Dr. Seuss), where we made and decorated a hot air balloon and then dictated what place WE wanted to go.(Some of the preschoolers wanted to go to Disneyland, Lego land, Alaska, and more!). In the hallway, we played an obstacle course game where we had to match pictures to their silhouettes, inspired by the book, The Shape of Me and Other Stuff. On Thursday, we did some equally fun games. At the language table, we did a rhyming word puzzle. At the Art table, we did a painting based off of the book I Can Read with my Eyes Shut (By Dr. Seuss). But, instead of reading with our eyes closed, we PAINTED with our eyes shut! We put a blindfold on and had to try drawing a picture. It's a lot harder then it looks, but we had a really fun time. Out in the hallway, we did "Cat in the Hat" bowling, and measured how long we were IN SOCKS (from the book Fox in Socks By Dr. Seuss). Most of us were around 6 socks in length. We are getting so tall!
This week we learned all about America!
From National symbols, to our first President,
We learned lots of new things about this country that we live in.
Learning and Discovery
We had a lot of fun group activities this week!
Tuesday we got to use our gross motor skills to hop, skip, and jump!
Wednesday we all made a picture of George Washington, and learned about how he was our first president. We talked about the job of a president and then at the bottom of our page, we got to write what we would do if we were the president.
Thursday we learned all about voting and how we do that to decide many things in our country, including who we want to be the President of the United States. We practiced voting as we chose which color marker we should use to write on the board, and then we counted the results to see which color had the most votes. Then we got to do an anonymous vote to see which kind of snack we want to eat next week for pajama day. We tallied up each vote and found that popcorn won!
We had many exciting table activities this week during free time!
At the language table, we wrote thank you cards to soldiers, practiced writing words using a feather and ink, and also played memory with different national monuments and symbols- like the liberty bell and Uncle Sam.
At the art table, we got to make our own eagles and learned about how they are our national symbol. We also put together our own American flags, and learned about how many stripes and stars are on our flag. We also made red, white, and blue mosaic stars!
At the science table we learned about coins, and how there is heads and tails on the opposite sides. We flipped our coin a couple of times, and then tallied and counted to see if the coin landed on heads or tails more. Another day, we got to experiment on what cleans our pennies best, since they often get really dirty! We talked a lot this week about more and less comparisons, so another activity that we had was where we flipped over two cards from a deck, and decided which was a bigger number.
We also had some fun gross motor activities this week, including a statue of liberty freeze dance and a fun and wild laundry basket/ball obstacle course race!
Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at Little Jags! We had a wonderful time learning all about mail delivery and valentine's day traditions through exciting crafts and activities. This was also our first week with our new CD 2 buddies. They did an awesome job and are really excited to be working with the kids!
Learning and Discovery
My oh my, we had a great time doing all our group activities. We met our new high school buddies this week and loved getting to know them while doing crafts and playing games. On Tuesday, we made our "mailboxes" for our Valentine exchange. We decorated paper bags with cute heart decorations and then attached a picture of our face at the top. On Wednesday, we wrote letters to our loved ones, on big hearts that we cut out ourselves! Then, on Thursday (VALENTINES DAY!!!!) we made an adorable craft involving laying tissue paper pieces on contact paper, which we traced and cut into a heart. We also had some extra time so we got to play with the parachute in the hallway.
Lunch Time Fun!
For some reason we had a lot of fun taking pictures during lunch this week.
Well, it's been another wonderful week here at Little Jags! At our free time stations, we did various things such as learning to write a note to a family member or friend, matching letters on houses, and rolling a dice to make words (at the language table), as well as exploring the package delivery system by both weighing and measuring packages, and even stamping our address number on a house craft! In addition, we decorated envelopes, made our own mail truck, and used squeezable paint and scraping it to make a colorful print on a heart. We played fun games in the hallway such as racing our preschool friends (to pick up a ball, put it in our basket, and run back), throwing darts through hearts, and a tape obstacle course. When we weren't at our stations, we kept busy reading with our high school friends, playing at the sensory table, and making the world's "Tallest" tower.
This was probably one of our favorite moments of the week! We delivered Valentines to each of our friends and received so many sweet notes (and tasty treats) in return.
We had two birthdays this month! Happy Birthday Emmy and Caleb!
This week we got to learn about all different types of careers. The preschoolers loved thinking of all the different people that help in our community- doctors, dentists, police, firefighters, moms, dads, grandparents, teachers, and so many more!
A highlight of this week was definitely meeting some members of our community
who came and taught us about their jobs!
Learning and Discovery
On Wednesday, Dr. Smith and her assistants Tanya and Lisa came to teach us about being a dentist! We learned about the five surfaces that we need to clean each day by brushing and flossing, and that this keeps the cavities away. We also learned about the different tools that a dentist uses. We learned that we have 20 teeth now, but when we are older we will have 32 teeth! We got a new toothbrush that we get to use when ours wears out, and also a calendar to keep track of when we brush our teeth. Dr. Smith told us to practice brushing our teeth by ourselves, but to let our parents brush our teeth also until we can tie our shoes. Learning about being a dentist was so much fun!
On Thursday, four firefighters came and taught us about their job! We learned all about how they help the people that live in our community and keep us safe. They showed us what they wear when they go fight a fire, so that they can stay safe from the fire and the smoke. Then we got to see the different tools that they keep in their firetruck, and how they use them. We loved learning about being a firefighter!
We had so many fun table activities this week! We got to be a chef and make pudding- so delicious! We talked about when we call 911 or our parents, made an instrument while learning about musicians, worked in a construction zone, and painted a picture of a "still art" portrait of a vase of flowers like an artist. We put different clothes on a cut-out person to represent careers that they might have. We solved a letter mystery as a detective, and watched the behavior between water, oil, and food coloring as a chemist. We also wrote about what we want to be when we grow up and drew a picture of us at our future job!
This week, we learned all about different modes of transportation!
By boat, by plane, by train, by bike, or by car...
Transportation is all around us!
Learning and Discovery
We had a blast during all our group activities! Our weekly skill was letter sequencing, so on Tuesday, we got to practice putting letters in order and even making a few words! On Wednesday, we experimented with our gross motor skills. We were challenged to pick up three large balls and walk through a maze... without dropping ANY of the balls. It was really tough, but three of our preschool friends managed to do it! :) On Thursday, we used cut-out paper shapes to make a picture of our favorite mode of transportation. We worked with our high school buddy to make the picture together. At the end, our high school friends helped us write what type of transportation we had made (boat, train, plane, etc.) and where we would travel to in it. We were all very creative and did a great job!
Action Packed Fun
We had so much fun this week playing in the hall! After getting our "Drivers License," we hit the road! We loved driving all the different cars and bikes, turning around at the stop sign, and coming back to the starting line. We also had a great time racing our preschool friends around and around the track! Our high school friends even got in on the fun! ;)
My Oh My, we did so many exciting transportation themed stations this week! On Tuesday, at the Art Table, we made a train out of paper, and wrote our name on it. At the Science table, we made buildings out of Magna-Tiles, while we practiced spelling transportation themed words (such as "Car", and "Bus", and "Plane") at the Language Table. On Wednesday, we made a map at the Art Table. We glued landmarks onto a paper and then using a car (with paint on it's wheels), connected all of the destinations. At the Science and Creation table we made boats out of foam and then raced them in a HUGE bowl of water. At the Language table, we had so much fun matching toy cars (with lower case and upper case letters on their backs). On Thursday, we once again played with Magna-Tiles and made more boats (this was too much fun and we needed one more day!), while we created license plates at the Art Table.
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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.