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!