This month we having been enjoying the changing of the season by going on walks to look for signs of fall around our school. We also recently went on a field trip to the local apple orchard and learned about apples and pollination.
September and October have been a whirlwind of fun and learning with our new group of preschoolers! We are learning the routines, making friends and discovering the joys and wonders of preschool! The children are enjoying building, playing house, exploring with the sensory table and play dough, reading books, playing outside, making art as well as hands-on learning in the math and science centers. Art, Media, Gym and Music are also an important part of our days and we look forward to these specials and having times with those amazing teachers. Some of our studies these last two months have included- learning all about me and our families, apples and pumpkins.
STEAM Friday fun:
We investigated the school garden and tried some vegetables.
We made prints with materials from our garden.
We had fun with color mixing.
We did color mixing using baking soda and vinegar.
We went on a virtual field trip to the Great Wall of China.
To celebrate March is Reading Month, our preschoolers participated in a whole school vocabulary parade! The elementary students were invited to dress up as a creative and exciting word, based on the book, “Miss Alaineus” by Debra Frazier. Our 4 and 5’s represented one long word- MISCELLANEOUS. Each student wrote one letter on a piece of poster board and then decorated it with “miscellaneous” materials from the classroom. After the parade, the children enjoyed popcorn and watched School House Rock!
Today we read a book about kindness and caring for others. We talked about ways we care for others and how it makes us feel to be kind.
Cutting out ovals for our big letter O.
The boys were using the sticks and curves from our handwriting materials as well as vehicles and loose parts to make roads and other landscapes.
Animal sort- is it a carnivore, ominvore or a herbivore?
Ice Cream Shop
While reading books by Jan Brett, the children were curious about one of the story characters named Hedgie the hedgehog. During our class discussion, someone posed the question-
What is the difference between a hedgehog and a porcupine?
This lead to an in-depth study about these animals. We listed things we already knew about them and posed further questions to investigate. We read books, looked up information using our iPads, drew pictures and made 3D hedgehogs and porcupines out of clay.
We’ve been learning, growing and having so much fun together over the last few weeks. The children read many story books by authors Jan Brett and Ezra Jack Keats as well as non-fiction text about winter, hedgehogs and porcupines. We explored magnets, made snow dough, pretended to go camping, used the large blocks to make boats and cars, made patterns and measured with unifix cubes and created many, many masterpieces in the art center.
We have a new classroom job! The lunch counter gets to ask everyone if they are getting a hot lunch or have a cold lunch. The child then write an H or C and adds up how many for each category.
We made gingerbread slime today with our STEAM Friday friends! Next week we will be reading lots of gingerbread man stories, so we thought it would be fun to make some slime for everyone to play with.
Here is the recipe we used. It turned out great! We only needed to add a bit more borax than the recipe called for.
The children used technology and blocks to explore and build famous structures from around the world! They worked in small groups to look at pictures and videos online of the Great Wall of China and the Eiffel Tower and then collaborated on the process of building the structures.