Today our focus was on the Pond. During our large group motor activity we did duck, duck, goose. For snack we ate frogs; which consisted of apples, grapes and marshmallow eyes...yummy! At small group learning, our high school teachers taught us about the frog life cycle. During circle time the question of the day was, "Have you ever seen a dragon fly". During art we made mallard ducks. We will miss the kids during the break and look forward to seeing them back on Tuesday, February 17th. Don't forget to work on your abc books :)
Today we welcomed a new preschool friend to our classroom. In the sensory table this week there were oorbez, which added texture to the water. We were able to use our motor skills to manipulate the fishing poles and pick up the ocean creatures. For art we created individual handprint ocean animals to add to our classroom sea scene. We worked together as a group to make the blue ocean with our handprints.
After a cold morning outside for recess, we came inside to do our large group activity...the much loved parachute!! Today we made ants on a log for snack. This snack provided preschoolers a chance to practice fine motor skills to spread their peanut butter onto the celery and utilize their numeracy skills to count the raisins they added as ants. During art we used the nature we collected last class (leaves, sticks, etc) to make trees. Kinectic sand in the sensory table was a hit again today!
During the last 2 weeks of fall preschool we will be learning about different environments. Today the focus was on the desert, with an emphasis on snakes. Our sensory table had 4 different colors of kinetic sand; which is a pretty fun product to work with. It looks like common beach sand, but you can pile it, shape it, squeeze it, or just let it drift in slow motion through your fingers. This futuristic material possesses a mushy texture and just enough malleability so it can hold the shape of simple sculptures. During our outside time we went on a walk to the wetlands and picked up materials that we will use in our art project on Thursday. Teacher Sydney and Sarah also educated our class about what kinds of animals and plants that we would find in the wetlands. Our snack today was a dirt cup (pudding, crushed graham crackers, and a worm (gummy of course). The art project was a snake...this was a great activity for preschoolers to practice their fine motor skills, using scissors to cut on the lines.