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!
To further learn about primary colors and mixing colors, we incorporated it into our centers…
Such as, home-made play doh mixing …
Or adding food color drop mixtures to the frozen water sensory play…
We also played dress up A LOT this week, and enjoyed sledding!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
We also made some egg rolls for our hands-on activity. YUM!
Tomorrow we will have special visitors…stay tuned!
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!
In the meantime we can pretend. We will cover our cars with playdough and dress our friends for the chilly weather.
We will draw pictures of blizzards, spray paint paper, and paint wintry scenes.
We’re wonderful at improvising!
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?
For the sensory tables, we added ICE and SNOW this week for the children to dig through with sand shovels and mittens. BRR…
Today was a fun day for the art center; we made clay sculptures of the animals!
Check back later for more updates! STAY WARM!
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!
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!
Stay tuned for more pictures! Happy Kwanzaa!
This week we learned about a Jewish holiday called Hanukkah and added holiday pieces to our centers. We read “Chanukah Lights Everywhere” by Michael J. Rosen during our morning meetings to introduce holiday vocabulary such as latkes, dreidels, and menorahs. For drama, we had a kitchen set so children could “light” a menorah and cook latkes!
For our blocks center, a lot fun was had building menorahs out of blocks. We also enjoyed playing with an Hanukkah family set.
For hands on math, we discussed about how many candles are on the menorah. We counted 9! We also learned how to play with a dreidel and “chocolate coins!” Many home-made dreidels were sent home with the children so perhaps families can learn this game as well!
For the art center, we made the dreidels! We used cardboard and pencils to do “spin art” on individual dreidels. Look how great they came out! Star of David ornaments were also glued together by popsicle sticks and decorated creatively by the children.
Sensory breaks are always popular with our kids… and they, of course, loved the table this week with beans, corn, etc. Sen
Last but not least, we made latkes for morning snack, and what a hit they were! Traditionally, latkes are served with applesauce. We served them with applesauce AND ketchup. Yum!