Today we were able to go outside to recess!! Mrs. Hatch and I spent our recess weeding the play yard....if anyone ever wants to volunteer to pull weeds when they get of control...this would really be awesome!! We spent another day discovering the classroom during learning center time. The science area is all about bugs for the next couple of weeks, our dramatic play area is camping and our magnet board has fall counting. During art the preschoolers made canvas paintings that will hang up in the classroom all year. We used masking tape to make the first letter of their name, the preschoolers than painted on top of it, then we peeled of the masking tape to reveal the letter. During large group deputy Haley came to talk to us about safety and talked about all of the items on his police vest. The reason I had him stop in was so the kids get comfortable with him in our building; he loves to join us during large group/recess and I want them to know he is their for our safety. We look forward to Tuesday & Thursday of preschool next week!
What a great start to the new school year! Mrs Weisenfluh will be the lead teacher for the whole week. Since we could not have recess outside, we took a walking tour of the school and practiced using our walking feet and quiet voices. We then played a game of get to know names/favorite colors by sitting in a circle and rolling a ball to one another. After we were able to play with colored scarves; passing them back and forth with high school teachers. We washed our hands for snack and enjoyed goldfish and a cookie (Thanks Gunner for bringing in a birthday treat). During circle time we learned the weather & days of the week song and did question of the day. For art the preschoolers were able to stamp their handprint on their first day poem and make a special first day crown. We ended out the day with another free choice, worked on the front cover of our interactive notebooks and sang "5 little monkeys". We hope Mrs. Hatch will be back to join us on Friday!!
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.