For the past month, the preschoolers have been reading books written by author, Jan Brett. First, we read “The Mitten” which was about a young boy who loses his white mitten in the snow. Through the story, various woodland animals find the mitten and crawl inside… The second book, “The Three Snow Bears”, another version of “Goldilock and the Three Bears”, takes place in the Arctic region and the characters are polar bears living in an igloo.
Both books were about snow and cold…Brrr. They matched the weather we have had outside on Mackworth Island! Our centers have included many snow themed activities as well as many outside adventures playing in the ice and snow!
All eyes are on the story, waiting to see what happens next…
During story time, students acted out the story using props and masks.
Students dressed up as animals from “The Mitten” in the Drama Center.
The art center was a busy place as students made masks of all the animals from “The Mitten”.
Painting big, medium and small sized polar bears at the easel center…
Experimenting with shaving cream and liquid water color paints at the art center…
More fun with shaving cream…
- Love this!!
- Building igloos in the gym…working together with friends!
- Team work is important…
What a busy month it has been!
We read What I Like About Me! by All Zobel-Nolan. Ask your child what their favorite colors, foods, and activities are! The past two weeks we have had fun exploring all the same and different characterstics of our friends- hair colors, eye colors, ear gear/glasses, heights, etc. We all are same and different in our own special ways! We also took a mini-field trip, and walked over to the audiologist’s office, where we explored all kinds of colorful ear gear!
We then moved on to the Family Unit, and read Oonga Boonga by Frieda Wishinsky. It is about family members who try to calm a crying baby. The children enjoyed recreating this story in the drama center with baby dolls and props!
Thank you families for sending in pictures of your mothers, fathers, siblings, and grandparents. We have been creating classroom Family Trees with those photos. Check them out sometime!
What a busy couple of weeks it has been! The start of school has been a lot of fun!
We kicked off this year with reading “The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn, a sweet story about a small raccoon who starts school for the very first time, and is anxious about leaving his family. We have been doing all kinds of activities related to the start of school! We also reviewed our Preschool Expectations with the children: Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Your Friends, and Take Care of the Environment. The children enjoyed viewing pictures of themselves following the daily expectations, such as washing hands and helping friends with clean up. We truly do have a special group of kids this year!
The following weeks, we read “A Special Friend” by Dorthy Hoffman Levi. It is about making friends with someone who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing. We discussed in depth about how to be a good friend. We followed the story with activities related, such as, fingerspelling your name. Ask your child if they can begin to fingerspell their name!
For current events, we also started off the year with several caterpillars in our classroom containers! Together, over the last several weeks, we have watched the caterpillar eat leaves then form a pupa. We read “The Hungry Caterpillar” and did fun puzzles and games while we waited. And waited. The children waited so patiently for two weeks before the pupa began to change colors and butterflies emerged! We released butterflies last Thursday, and what an exciting day it was!
Last Thursday, the firefighters showed up at Mackworth Island with their fabulous red firetruck! These bunch of kids were so excited to meet the firefighters and enter the red firetruck! We want to thank the Falmouth Fire Department for giving us an opportunity to learn about the fire department’s job and allowing us to experience the red firetruck!
The first two weeks of ESY (summer school) went by so fast because we were having so much fun! We read the book, “Planting a Rainbow,” by Lois Ehlert and discussed the process of growing flowers from seeds. We also reviewed the different colors and types of flowers. The children made flowers from cardboard tubes and egg cartons. They turned out to be beautiful and we are enjoying the colorful artwork in our classroom!
The weather outdoors has been glorious, so we’ve held center time outdoors a couple of times.
So sunny out, shades are necessary!
A group of kids play tag.
If it’s too hot or rainy out, we have center time indoors. From puzzles to coloring pictures of flowers to playing kitchen to exploring colors using manipulatives, there’s plenty to do!
Once a week, when it’s warm out, we have water play – sprinkler, pool, and water slide! The children tremendously enjoyed the water slide!
A group of kids waiting for their turn on the water slide!
Pool time fun with some of the Elementary kids.
That was only two weeks’ worth of fun! Check back in for more pictures for the last two weeks of ESY, where we focus on gardening! Stay cool in the meantime!
This week has been special! We got to visit the beach several time, weather-permitting. Here are a few pictures we wanted to share with you! More to follow!
NOTE: We will have MANY more pictures to share with you at our annual Preschool Potluck next Thursday, June 9th at 5:30 sharp. Hope to see you all there!
This week, along with this fabulous warm weather we have been having lately, we have been studying the BEACH. We are so lucky we are located right nearby the beach since it makes for a wonderful hands-on learning experience!
Our drama centers have been very enteraining to watch as the children actively pretend to apply sunscreen, swim in the sea, dig in the sand…
Our sand and water play has been filled with many sensory items such as sponges, shells, toy sea creatures…
Our art center has never been more colorful with doing sea creature finger painting! Definitely check out our hall way when you can!
Our writing center has been consistent with new paper materials for the kiddos to practice their budding writing skills!
Today the children created a “beachy treat” with vanilla pudding (colored blue like the sea), crushed wafers (sand), cool whip (surf), and graham crackers fish (..fish)… YUM.
THANK YOU again for all the snacks and beach toy donations! We are incredibly lucky to have thoughtful parents. Successful and FUN week all around!