Happy holidays to all of our wonderful preschool families! I hope that you are enjoying your winter break so far. Before our break, we learned about all things "Winter!" It was a great week that culminated in our amazing Winter party. I can't tell you how happy I was with all of the work that our high schoolers put into these events. It just shows again how much these students care about our preschoolers and how far they will go to ensure that we create magical moments for them! Take a look at the fun things we did this week!
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.
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!
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.