It was a magical day at Little Wildcats Preschool. We at yummy snowflake cookies for snack and made a special surprise present for our families. During circle time Mrs. Claus came to visit us and read "Twas the Night Before Christmas"; half way through her story we heard jingle bells and Santa appeared. Santa spent time with each child talking with them about their families and what they wanted for Christmas. During small group we had our high school teachers help us write letters to Santa. Mrs. Weisenfluh said that she will mail them to the North Pole (please watch your home mailboxes these will be arriving shortly) Happy Holidays...See you in 2015!!
Our lead teachers for the week, Nikki & Kaylee, have come up with some very creative winter activities. We were lucky the weather was not rainy and we were able to play outside for recess. After running around and getting our bodies warmed up, we ate snowman vanilla yogurts for snack....yummy! We were able to play with snow in the sensory table (equal parts baking soda and shaving cream..it actually stays cold like snow). For art we made a secret Christmas present for our parents and an aerial view snowman. These snowman art project will hang in our classroom for the rest of the week and into January.
Aerial View Snowman Art Project: The first picture is an example the lead teachers created, the next two pictures are the snowman hanging in our classroom, and the rest of the pictures are the preschoolers in process of making their art projects.
For parents who don't do drop off and/or pick up I wanted to post pictures of the bulletin boards as you enter the preschool. Today we broke open a piñata during large group time. The preschoolers used their gross motor (large muscle) skills to swing the bat and try to crack open the piñata. If your child does not have a picture it is because they moved so quickly that their picture came out too blurry to post. Some of these actions shots are great!!
The theme of the week is around the world; we are learning about diversity within cultures and holidays. Aubrey and Lizet are the lead teachers and have lesson planned some creative and hands on activities. The sensory table is filled with rice, wooden beads, take out boxes and chopsticks. This area provides our preschool students an opportunity to work on fine motor skills: by manipulating the chopsticks to fill up the take out boxes. The art project today is posted on the preschool bulletin board in the hallway leading into the school. This art project was created using two different mediums: watercolors and markers. We also passed a world ball around during large group and asked every preschooler where they would like to travel; an example of some of the responses were: Hawaii, Colorado, The North Pole, Africa, and Grandmas House.
Our lead teachers Kiana and Payton have planned some really great transportation activities for this week. Our sensory table is filled with oatmeal and construction vehicles. During snack we built our own stoplights; spreading peanut butter on graham crackers and we used m&m's for the lights. This snack allowed preschoolers to use their fine motor skills to spread and it provided practice in color recognition and patterning when the kids put the colors in the order of a real stoplight. During art time we rolled cars in paint and drove them on paper covered tables. This activity provided preschoolers the opportunity to practice sharing, taking turns and creating a group project together.