We lucked out with the sunny weather and were able to play outside (without jackets) for a long time today! We also got to participate in a Cinco de Mayo Piñata activity. The preschoolers had so much fun collecting all of the authentic Mexican candy. Our science area has changed; over the next few weeks we will be observing caterpillars transforming into chrysalis and then into butterflies! We hope to release our butterflies on our spring field trip to the park on June 1st.
There are lots of pictures in this post...enjoy!! Located below are short descriptions of what we did for art and large group during the letters J - 0. The science table has been focused on "Aboriginal Art"; preschoolers have been able to read books about Australia and Aboriginal Tribes, as well as create their own Aboriginal Art in Sand trays. Our sensory bin in the preschool changes every week; during the last 3 weeks we have had: color bear sorting, Easter grass and Easter object searching and this week we have lot's of seashells we are exploring with magnifying glasses.
J: Jelly Fish; this activity provided lots of open ended creativity. Preschool students were able to design their own underwater creature with paint and string.
K: Koalas for art. during large group we went on a kola hunt around the school, we used our preschool binoculars and located 20 kolas posted all over the Westview campus.
L: Lollypops were created for art.
M: Monsters, preschoolers were able to design their own friendly monsters using toilet paper rolls. During large groups preschoolers practiced their balance and coordination while walking on monster feet stilts.
N: Number Octopus, this activity provided lots of great small motor & hand eye coordination; preschoolers had 8 strings and had to string on the coordinating number of beads to make the 8 legs of the octopus. During large group kids participated in a number walk game; in groups of two they rolled a dice and walked that amount on a number walk. The goal for the pair was to get to the sum of 20. This activity provided great math practice for the kids!
O: Olympic medals, preschoolers designed their own preschool olympic medals. During large group we were invited down to the drama department to preview two plays that they will be presenting to the local elementary school community; it was a private showing just for Little Wildcats Preschool!! We saw an abridged version of "Alice in Wonderland" and a fun short play called "Norman the Noun". Both were so well done and all preschoolers were such polite listeners!!
Today for the letter "I" we got to make our own ice cream for snack. This was a great activity for the preschoolers to learn some basic measuring techniques and the science behind the rock salt & ice turning a liquid into a solid. The recipe we used was:
1/2 cup half and half
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 sandwich ziplock bag
1 gallon ziplock bag
3 cups crushed ice
1/3 cup rock salt
1. Put all ingredients in the sandwich ziplock bag, except ice and salt (then make sure it is tightly closed!).
2. Put ice and rock salt in the gallon ziplock bag and then add the sandwich bag. Seal the gallon sized bag.
3. Squeeze bag until ice cream is thickened, about 10-15 minutes.
4. Remove sandwich bag, unseal and eat with a spoon!
During the last two weeks we have enjoyed learning about Elephants, Fish, Gardening and Hippos. We are continuing to learning sign language; we cant wait to share our learning at preschool graduation in June. Right now we are growing lima beans in the preschool; each day we are watching them sprout and grow. On our Hippo day we practiced our under and overhand throwing, by tossing a beanbag into the hippos mouth. Our sensory tables for the last 2 weeks were: fishing and ping pong color sort.
On Monday for the letter C, we focused on Culture. During Large Group preschoolers learned an Indian folk dance from a professional dancer. For art they made their very own passports; during this art project we learned where everyone wanted to travel. (see picture of bulletin board below) On Wednesday for the letter D, we focused on Dolphins and what else lives in the ocean. We used sponges to paint our ocean scene and glued on ocean creatures. We also discovered that when we painted with blue and yellow it made a new color, green!
Welcome back to Preschool!! Senior teachers this semester will be lead teaching by themselves, they will also be creating a bulletin board after their teaching day to display student work. Bulletin boards will be changing very quickly and not everyone does drop off/pickup so I will take pictures and be posting them on this blog.
This week we focused on the Letter A & B. Our lead teachers planned themes centered around America and Baseball. On 2/21 for America, we played capture the flag for large group and made American flags for art.
On 2/23 for Baseball, we played baseball and each child had a turn hitting the ball and running the bases. We made a glove and baseball for art.
This semester we will also be learning sign language each day for each letter of the alphabet.
For the last week of Fall Preschool we will discover colors. Today preschoolers painted a group rainbow during large group, ate rainbow fruit kabobs for snack and created a colorful class rainbow quilt during art. The science table during the last two weeks has been related to color as well. Preschoolers have been able to sort colored marbles using tweezers, look through color plexiglass to see objects turn different colors and watch white carnation roses change by drinking the colored water in their vase. Our sensory table offered preschoolers the opportunity to sort buttons of different colors.
Today during large group we went on a dinosaur hunt around the high school, using our special dino binoculars. We found 21 dinosaurs! For snack we ate cheese sandwiches that were in the shape of dinosaurs. During art we had our feet painted green by our high school teachers. We stamped our green feet onto paper, we drew some teeth and it turned into a dinosaur. These preschool dinosaurs are posted on the bulletin board outside the preschool.
This week was all about Space. On Tuesday preschoolers made astronaut helmets in art. On Thursday during art everyone created their own planets by painting a Styrofoam ball and adding lots of glitter. After these dry over the weekend we will hang them in our classroom. Our sensory table was full of moon rocks and astronaut figurines and our snack on Thursday was a fruit galaxy!
Community Helpers has been the theme of preschool since last week; we learned about Police and Fire last week and this week we are learning about Nurses and Doctors. During art today we used syringes to suck up paint and then squirt them out on a piece of paper. We talked about all the ways that nurses and doctors would use syringes. This activity provided preschoolers practice with their fine motor skills to get the paint into the syringes. It was quite a messy art project but such great learning occurred! Today we had large group inside because of the "wet" snow. We were able to go on an indoor snow walk, stopping at almost every window to watch the large flakes float to the ground. The science table has been changed to "Sink or Float"; kids get to test different objects to see at what point they start to sink under the water. (see photo below)