Shadows and Reflections (Week 1)

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Hello families and friends!

What a busy couple of weeks it has been since our February break! The children definitely got the recharge they needed.. they came back fresh and ready to play!

We started a new unit this week- Shadows and Reflections.  We are currently reading several stories including: Play With Me, by Marie Hall Ets.

Our centers are slightly different than usual. For drama, we are playing with mirrors, letters, and shadow props using a “light up box” and an overhead projector.  The children practiced spelling their names and even pretended to be on-stage, singing (of course) “Let  It Go.” :)

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For puzzles: we added geometric boards with plastic nails and rubber bands as well as a few other comparing capacities items, go fish numerals, etc.  The kids were IMMERSED into creating letters and shapes with the geometric boards.

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For art, the kids enjoyed their independence creating colorful and shiny collages using dull and reflective papers such as cellophane, foil, construction, and tissue papers.  It made for a glue-y goopy mess, but also for a lot of fun!

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For water and sensory play, we created bubbles using Dawn dish soap as well as vegetable-based glycerin.  Pouring water into different containers and whisking it all together made for soapy, bubbly fun!  Pipe cleaners make for an excellent tool for blowing bubbles. We also checked out our reflections in the water and bubbles!

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Lastly but not least, for the block center, we added many woodland animals from the story and we also played with foam play doh. It was an enjoyable way to recreate the story we read earlier.

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Have a wonderful weekend! Hopefully spring weather is well on its way to stay!

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World of Color week 3

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Can you guess what we are studying this week? Ice cream! We have been reading Wemberly’s Ice Cream Star by Kevin Henks.

We added an ice cream stand/truck to the block/drama centers.  Be sure to ask your kiddos at home what kind of ice cream they like! Chocolate, strawberry, mint, or vanilla?  How many scoops?  In a cone or in a bowl?  And most importantly,  with rainbow sprinkles added?

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Check out our ice cream art work made of shaving cream and glue!

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Stay tuned for more pictures…we, of course, will be having an ice cream party this Friday!

Update: Here are some photos from our delicious ice cream social!

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The Wonderful World of Color! (week 1)

Hello!

This week we started a brand new unit- The Wonderful World of Color.  As always, colors make for fun learning in preschool-aged children.  We read 3 books this week: Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh, White Rabbit’s Book of Color by Alan Baker, and Max’s Dragon shirt by Rosemary Wells. Ask your kiddos which one was their favorite!

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To further learn about primary colors and mixing colors, we incorporated it into our centers…

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Such as, home-made play doh mixing …

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Or adding food color drop mixtures to the frozen water sensory play…

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We also played dress up A LOT this week, and enjoyed sledding!

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Chinese New Year

We have been studying the Chinese New Year, and what fun it has been!  We decorated our centers to focus on the traditions carried out in China.

For our writing center, the children practiced writing on trays filled with red sand – they wrote in Chinese and in English!

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For our drama, we had a neat kitchen/dining set-up.  The children sat on the floor for their “meals” and they enjoyed practicing using chop-sticks.  We also had an awesome dragon mural on the wall. THANK YOU DYLAN!

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Our sensory bin was filled with rice this week! The children LOVED it.  Rice is such a great sensory material, and we filled it with various toy animals such as dragon, rat, cow, goat, pig, rooster…  We filled it with these animals as each year represents an animal, such as “The Year of the Dragon”.  We also filled the sensory bins with other items such as gold coins as tradition has it that these items brings you good luck in the new year!

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Our art activities was especially fun this week as well! We created red/gold play-doh on Tuesday.  As always, play-doh is a hit with our kids!  On Wednesday we provided the Chinese New Year colors (red and gold) materials for the children to create their own art!  We also created lanterns out of paper materials as well and added on to our Elementary School’s paper dragon in the hallway.  Be sure to check it out some time!  The Elementary kids did an awesome job with it!

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Today was an especially fun day as we received food donations from the Empire restaurant on Congress Street in Portland.  The children extremely enjoyed their delicious noodles, and practiced eating with chop sticks.  THANK YOU EMPIRE RESTAURANT!

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We also made some egg rolls for our hands-on activity. YUM!

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Tomorrow we will have special visitors…stay tuned!

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Snow!

Our Mackworth Island Preschool kiddos had fun in the snow today!

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Oh, Winter. Where are You?

As we enter our final week of Wind and Water we can’t help but wonder…. Where is the snow!? What a strange winter, indeed!

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In the meantime we can pretend. We will cover our cars with playdough and dress our friends for the chilly weather.

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We will draw pictures of blizzards, spray paint paper, and paint wintry scenes.5e446c76-2471-42d8-a08e-1c98653419f1 623f38ac-822f-4f46-8da0-70ab01823e5b 2b382023-6e7b-49d2-85aa-32bafb1bbc3f

We’re wonderful at improvising!

See? Snow!

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More snow please!

 

 

We enjoyed the sunny weather today, and took advantage of it by walking around Mackworth Island.  There is a small hill close to our school which the kids had fun sledding and rolling down. Enjoy the pictures!

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Merry Christmas!

We wanted to share these pictures from December 21st-22nd before the recent holiday break!  We kept very busy as the children spent the last few days learning about Christmas.  The centers were set up to reflect the holiday.  For example, for our block center, we supplied the shelves with wrapping paper, tape, and bows so the children could “wrap.”  This was a fun way to practice giving and receiving!  It was also special since we ended the school year with a large pajamas party, and we also invited the older elementary students (who are such great role models!) downstairs for center time.  We spent part of the morning cookie-decorating and watching The Polar Express!  We had such fun learning about the holiday and hope you enjoy the pictures as well!

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Wind and Water: Week 3

Happy New Year! We are S-L-O-W-L-Y getting back in the grind this week!  We are thankful that the snow arrived just in time for this unit as we are focusing on SNOW this week!  We are reading “The Mitten” by Jan Brett and “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats.

So far, we have enjoyed the drama center, dressing up as various animals from “The Mitten!”  Can you guess who is the hare and who is the fox?

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For the sensory tables, we added ICE and SNOW this week for the children to dig through with sand shovels and mittens. BRR…

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Today was a fun day for the art center; we made clay sculptures of the animals!

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Check back later for more updates! STAY WARM!

 

 

 

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Kwanzaa

We are wrapping up this week by learning about an African culture holiday called Kwanzaa.   New holiday vocabulary was introduced: kinara, Africa, and Unity Cup.  For our drama play, we added the kinara so the children could pretend to light them!

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Our art centers were certainly fun as we created bracelets out of Kwanzaa colors: red, green, and black! We also had the children paint a Kwanzaa flag at the easel center. A colorful kinara was also created out of the children’s painted handprints!

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Stay tuned for more pictures! Happy Kwanzaa!

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