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".
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!
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.