Welcome back from break! We had a great first week back. Our theme was super science, and we learned and explored many new things! The preschoolers loved all of the hands on activities and crafts. Take a look at what a great week we had!
During our group activities this week we explored many elements of science! The preschoolers put pieces of tissue paper into a small jar and tipped it upside down into a tub of water to discover that the paper stayed dry! Ms. Anne went around the circle and gave each preschooler a different item such as a feather, golf ball, and paper plate! We predicted if one would fall to the ground faster by two preschoolers getting onto chairs and dropping their items to see if their predictions were correct! The preschoolers separated different materials into a category of magnetic or not magnetic. They tested those predictions by using a magnet wand to see what stuck!
The preschoolers loved exploring all the different types of science during our table activities! At the language table we practiced letters by using play dough to create the shapes of the letters. We also searched through a tub of orbeez to find foam letters and match them to the letters we saw on the paper. At the creation table the preschoolers used a variety of materials to create a robot! At the art table we made bubble art by blowing into a container of water and paint with a straw to make a bunch of bubbles. Next we set a piece of paper on top of the bubbles leaving the shape of the bubble! We also made hearts with baking soda and vinegar and food coloring. The preschoolers made salt name art by writing their name in glue, then adding salt, and finally decorating with drops of food coloring. We also made robots that could walk with yarn and straws! At the science table we explored the idea of static electricity to see what can stick and what cannot stick to a balloon! We also made bouncy balls!
Throughout the rest of the classroom we had so much fun building and engaging in fantasy play in the house and kitchen! The preschoolers loved playing in the snow at the sensory table!
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.
Winter Party and Just for Fun!
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!
This week we learned about Thanksgiving and family! We did many fun self help activities including learning how to put on a jacket, fold laundry, and clean up. With Thanksgiving coming up we talked about manner words and what we are all thankful for! Take a look at our exciting week!
During our group activities we learned a fun trick to putting on our jackets by laying it on the ground in front of us and then sticking our arms in and flipping it over our heads! We had taped squares and many materials scattering the hallway such as leaves and pom pom balls, where we had to sweep the materials into the right squares. Another activity was learning and practicing how to fold laundry and hang up laundry to dry. We also learned how to set the table! To prepare for Thanksgiving, we practiced passing around food. An item was sent around the circle and the preschoolers made the decision if they wanted to take it and glue it on their plate or continue to pass it along. With Thanksgiving coming up we talked about what we are thankful for and made cards of thanks for someone! The preschoolers thought of a person and explained why they are thankful for them and wrote it in the card and then decorated a turkey on the card!
At the art table this week we used cookie cutters and paint to stamp families onto paper! We also made name turkeys using stamped letters, paper plates, feathers, eyes, beaks, and gobblers. We made trees by stamping our hand with brown paint onto the paper making the branches and to make leaves we used sponges! Using beads and yarn, each preschooler got to make a bracelet representing their family where each bead stood for one of their family members. At the science table we had a STEM activity using candy corn, pumpkins, and tooth pics to build their own houses or buildings! Another activity was washing and cleaning babies! There was a bucket with soap and water where each preschooler washed, dried, diapered, and clothed a baby! At the science table there were coffee filters in the shapes of leaves and using markers we drew the veins in the leaves and and then sprayed it with water to make a unique leaf!
During our other centers this week we played in the kitchen, the house, and with many games! It is so fun seeing all of their friendships continue to develop!
Just For Fun!
Rainy Day Activity!
On Halloween this week we went around the circle and everyone got to share about our costumes! We also went trick-or-treating around the school and got goodies from teachers and students!
This week we did many fun group activities! We performed some cognitive challenges on Halloween: Potion pour tested our logic as we watched purple potion get poured into different shaped containers and had to determine if the amount of fluid changed or not; Cups tested our ability to track a little pumpkin with our eyes; and lastly, we compared rows of candy corn to determine if one row had more or less than the other. This week we compared and contrasted owls and bats, and then preschoolers used leaves make one or the other.!
The theme this week was fall where we did many activities with the colors and objects most commonly associated with the season! At the art we had cutouts of pumpkins where we first traced our names, and then finger painted with orange paint to make our own pumpkin patch. We also had large cutouts of pumpkins where the preschoolers could paint their best Jack-o'-lantern! Using red Popsicle sticks we decorated picture frames with cutouts of leaves and pumpkins. At another table we painted pictures of apples! At the language table there were trees with uppercase and lowercase letters and the preschoolers had to match them and glue them onto the tree. We made marbled leaves at the science table by swirling food coloring in shaving cream and then placing a leaf shaped piece of paper on top leaving a beautiful pattered leaf. We also made fall poems by choosing descriptive words for fall!
During our other centers this week we played in the house, kitchen, and played games with our friends! The preschoolers also loved exploring all of the new objects like squishy skeletons and eyeballs in the sensory table!
Rainy Day Activity!
This week's theme was pumpkins! The highlight of our week was our field trip to Plumper Pumpkin Patch where we played on the playground, saw a variety of farm animals and picked our own pumpkins! We focused on learning about before and after's of different objects! We also did many fall and pumpkin activities! Come see what a fun week we had!
On our field trip to the pumpkin patch we did many fun things! We first learned about the farm and all of the different crops, animals and pumpkins they grow! Next we got to look at all of the farm animals such as bunnies and goats. After we took a ride on the tractor and saw the Christmas trees and other parts of the farm. Next we went to the playground where there were big slides, mazes, pumpkin bowling, and a spider web to climb on. Finally we went to the field and picked a pumpkin! What a great day it was!!
During our group activities we explored the inside of pumpkins and learned all about the seeds and other materials that are found on the inside! We practiced our cutting skills to cut out a pumpkin craft. On our craft, we used seeds and cut yarn to replicate the inside of our pumpkin!
We had many different fall and pumpkin activities at our table activities this week! At our science table we put leaves under a piece of paper and used a crayon to trace them leaving the veins of the leaf on our paper! At our art table we had different shapes of pumpkins signifying different face shapes, and with those pumpkins we designed our faces with cut outs of features of the face and other materials. At another art table we had a fun water color painting activity! There were pictures of pumpkins with previously drawn faces of different emotions in white crayon. It was the preschoolers job to watercolor paint on the pumpkin to discover and identify the facial expression! We also had large cutouts of pumpkins where we could paint faces on them!
This week during our other centers we played with tubes and connected them to phones to talk to our friends, explored in the sensory table, and played in the house! We also played a game of pumpkin bowling where we tried to knock down the pins with small pumpkins!
Just For Fun!
Rainy Day Activity!
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 ounces of honey
2 cups flour
2 cups powdered milk
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Red food coloring
Yellow food coloring
Add flour, powdered milk, and pumpkin pie spice to the bowl. Stir the playdough until the dry ingredients are moistened. Work the dough with your hands to knead in all of the ingredients. You may need to add additional four and powdered milk at this point, 2 tablespoons at a time, until you get the consistency of bread dough.
Once all of your ingredients are combined, add 4 drops of red food coloring and 2 drops of yellow food coloring to the dough. Using your hands, knead the food coloring into the dough. This should give your playdough the bright orange color of a pumpkin. Store this edible pumpkin playdough in a plastic container with a well fitting lid, between uses.
This weeks theme was pumpkins! As we prepare for our field trip to Plumper Pumpkin Patch next week we learned many new things about pumpkins and patches! We also learned about position words and how to use them! Take a look at what a great week we had!
During our group activities this week we used cups and pumpkins to learn about different positions words! We also played a fun group game with beans bags on top of a parachute, and the preschoolers went under it! We practiced our different emotions by drawing faces on pumpkins. In the hallway, we played a game on an obstacle course! The preschoolers first rolled the dice, and the number it landed on was the number of bean bags they had to balance on their plate while navigating the obstacle course!
At this weeks table activities we used pumpkins to create many fun crafts! At our art table we did more crazy hair art by blowing dye out of straws. The preschoolers also decorated pumpkins with materials such as puzzle pieces and yarn. Everyone designed their own pumpkin patches using balloons to stamp and orange and green paint. We smooshed paint under saran wrap onto pumpkins and made fizzy pumpkins at our science table. At our language table we used pumpkins to trace the letters of the alphabet.
During our other centers this week we built with Legos and blocks, played board games, and played in the house! These centers are always busy!
In the months of September and October we have five friends with birthdays! Happy birthday to Connor, Talia, Ella, Noah, and Emmalynn!
Just For Fun!
Rainy Day Activities!
For this activity all you need is pumpkins, paint, and paint brushes! Painting pumpkins is a great way to let your preschoolers have a lot of freedom and be very creative!
This weeks theme was All About Me! We spent time further getting to know our new friends/classmates! We learned about all of our unique qualities and how they make the preschool a great place to be! We focused a lot on our faces and emotions and made a few self portraits. During this week we also played many games and did many table activities. Take a look at the great week we had! (Above: Singing the "Tootie Tah" with teachers. Hilarious!)
During our group circle time we used whiteboards to practice drawing different shapes in preparation for our self portrait assessment! We practiced circles, triangles, squares, and using those shapes to make the parts of our body. We also played a game of emotions hockey in the hallway using brooms and baskets and did some dancing while balancing beanbags on our different body parts!
At our table activities we did our very first self portrait assessment. We later used our creativity to make self portraits in a variety of ways! For one activity we put out a variety of materials such as buttons, screws, pasta and packing peanuts. The goal was to make a self portrait by manipulating these materials and using them as parts of our faces! At another table we had pictures of each preschooler and using straws we blew paint onto the top of our heads to create crazy hair! At our science table we used magnifying glasses to look at how our fingerprints are unique and no two will ever be the same! Some of us made cupcakes with candles showing how old we are this week and we made lots of fun things at the creation table.
During our other centers we cooked in the kitchen, played with Legos, built train tracks, played at the sensory table and dressed up! We are still working on cleaning up after we are done playing!
Just For Fun!
Rainy Day Activity!
Welcome to our first blog post, showcasing the first week of our new year together! I can't wait for you to see all of the amazing things your preschoolers were up to this last week. As we focused on reviewing our colors and shapes, we did many table activities, played lots of games, and spent a lot of time in the classroom centers getting to know each other and building relationships. What a great week!
This week, as we started our preschool adventure, the preschoolers took a tour of the classroom and explored all of the centers. We also learned about rules and jobs in our new class. It was a lot to take in for one day, and it will probably take a few weeks to really settle into the rhythm of things.
As we went over colors and shapes this week, we used their knowledge to play a fun group game of red rover! The preschoolers were each given a shape of varying colors. When their shape or color was called they had to do a movement activity to the other side of the hall. These included running, hopping on one foot, skipping, galloping, bear walking and even crab crawling! So much fun!
At both of our free play sessions, our tables were open with many colors and shapes inspired activities. At the creation table, the preschoolers decorated glue bottles, practiced cutting, and made many bracelets and necklaces. At our art table, we mixed colors, stamped with different shaped objects, created our own shapes pizza and wove colored yarn around a triangle shaped stick frame! For science, we sorted colors using tongs and used a salad spinner to make swirling color designs. We also enjoyed a snack and the company of friends at our snack table!
During our other centers we played house, cooked in the kitchen, dressed up, and even had some builders fixing the house! These activities involved a lot of role play, compromise, sharing, and cooperation.
Just for Fun Gallery!!
Rainy Day Activity!
Shapes and colors painting!
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.