This week we focused on the theme of ponds and frogs! We learned about different creatures that live in ponds and we also learned the difference between a frog and a toad! Join us and take a look at our eventful week!
For our group activity this week we created our very own turtle shell! We used fine motor skills to cut out the oval shape and glue on our own special designs. One of our focuses this week was patterns, and so we talked about patterns at the carpet, and made two different patterns on our shells. Check out at all our different patterns! We also talked about number sequences. We counted frogs and attached the correct number to each frog card, numbered 1-10. Then we put our cards in order from 1-10.
So many fun activities during free play this week including painting, being carpenters and fixing up the house, playing restaurant, and playing games with our high school friends. The sensory table was very popular this week as we filled our table with orbeez, and threw in all sorts of pond items, like plastic frogs, snakes and plan life to replicate a pond! It actually felt like water, super cool!
Our table activities this week included lots of matching, spelling, and identifying. We learned about different animals that live in a pond, made art which helped us identify the difference between a toad and a frog and we also experienced what it would be like if we had webbed hands just like some of our favorite pond animals do!
Teacher Emily taught us a fun song about frogs and we danced and sang it all together! Hop Hop Hop!
One of our group activities this week was SO fun! Preschoolers worked in small groups to talk about two pond animals that they were given and act out the animals for the group. They discussed what they knew and / or could see about the animals they were given. Then they had to plan how to act out their two animals for the rest of the class. The class had to guess which animals they had and it was a huge hit (for most anyways!)!
Lots of gross motor skills were practiced this week during the hallway activities as we played "Duck Duck Goose" and had an obstacle course!
Thank you everyone for a successful week and lets continue the learning at home and learn more about the many animals that live in a pond by visiting one, such as the one at the Hillsboro library! We will see you soon and we hope everyone has a fantastic spring break!
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.