Today was and exciting day of trick-or-treating around the classrooms at Westview. Mrs Weisenfluh and Mrs Chilcott even dressed up as Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Dr. Seuss. During art we created our handprint spiders and utilized our fine motor skills to weave yarn in and out of holes to create the spider web. Mrs. Weisenfluh also read us two Halloween books during literacy time, Go Away Big Green Monster and The Legend of Spookly the Square Pumpkin. We wish everyone a Happy Halloween!!!
Today we rode in a school bus up to Terra Nova Farms (which is a sustainability program run by the Beaverton School District). When we arrived we went on a tour and saw all of the science experiments that lined the hallways (hydroponics, The word, Hydroponic, comes from Latin and means working water. Simply put, it is the art of growing plants without soil.) We then had a nature scavenger hunt out on the farm and even saw elephant poop "aka Zoo Doo" (which is used as a fertilizer for vegetable crops) and we saw a huge bin full of worms. We then returned inside and decorated halloween cookies (of course we washed our hands first) and made Halloween masks. The last stop before heading home was to pick out our pumpkins in the field. Everyone boarded up the bus and we headed back to Little Wildcats Preschool. This field trip was full of science and nature fun!
Todays teachers, Ialah and Allison came up with some nature inspired activities. During large group we went on a nature scavenger walk around the school. We used a nature checkoff list (click on the "nature checkoff list" to download your own copy) and wore binoculars to help locate all of our items. During art we created natural paintbrushes out of sticks and green arborvitae. This art will be displayed on the bulletin board as you enter preschool (you can also see a picture of the display at the bottom of this post). Teacher Maria read the book The Giving Tree and we all helped her complete the story on the flannel board that she created.
Today was a special preschool day because we got to go watch the Westview High School Drama Department perform "Miss Nelson Is Missing". All of the preschoolers looked so fancy in their dresses, skirts, dress shirts and even ties!
You all should be very proud at how well behaved your children were during this hour long performance. We saw the play at the same time as a local elementary school; one of the teachers from this school stopped me to tell me how impressed they were with our preschool class!
Located below are some group pictures as well as some photos I took during the play. Both Teacher Emma and Teacher Katerina were performers in the play. Emma is the student in the plaid dress and Katerina played the part of Miss Viola Swamp. We are proud of our two high school teachers they put on a great performance!
Our week was all about family friends and me. Today was the first class period that my child development 3 class were the lead teachers. These 2 students had to plan the art project, snack, large group activity and lead circle time. These girls did an incredible job and planned some very engaging activities for our preschool kids. During art time we created our family hearts, utilizing fingerprints to represent all of our family members. This bulletin board will be displayed leading into our school. I always try to post a picture of the bulletin board on this blog so all family members can see their children's artwork hung up.
This week our focus is on family, friends and me. This week in the sensory bin we have popcorn and people. Our art project today we focused on our names. We used fine motor skills to peel the sticker backing off our letters and then put them in the correct order on our coconut tree. We also had to count the letter in our name. During reading time, Mrs. Weisenfluh read the story Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom; everyone in the class helped put letters on our coconut tree. During circle time Kate was able to share a photo of her new baby sister Ruth...congrats Brinkerhoff family! Sayla is the student of the week so she was able to share her special poster and items that she brought from home.
We started our day off in learning centers; exploring the classroom and interacting with different manipulatives and activities. We were so thankful the sun was out because we could have recess outside again. For large group we took a walk around the "big school". During circle time our student of the week, Easten, was able to share his poster and objects he brought from home. We learned how to break apart the sounds in Thursday and practice saying each sound: Th, ur, s, d, ay. At art we painted our canvas letters; see pictures of these creative creations at the bottom of this post. During literacy time, I (Mrs. Weisenfluh) read the book My Crayons Talk. Each child received a differeng color crayon and as I read about the color, they came up and put it in my crayon box. The first week of preschool was a success for all...next week the theme will be family friends and me.
Student of the Week: Easten Happy Birthday to our September Friends