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!)
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.