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A Camping We Will Go! - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on May 19, 2022 at 2:20 PM

This week was all about camping and we had SOOO much fun! We set up a tent in the drama area complete with a "fire", "sticks" and marshmallows! We also had food, a lantern and some "bugs" to go with the theme! We listened to night time camp noises often and did a lot of pretend play! At the other areas, we painted with marshmallows and made a camping collage with lots of camping stickers. For our language activities, we put together some camp rhyming words and wrote a short story about what we would take if we went camping. For math, we put together a paper s'more and went "fishing"! Our science has been engineering with toothpicks and small marshmallows. We made "tents" and also tried to see how tall we could make a structure without it falling over. We got in a lot of outside time too but our biggest success this week was all the circus practice we got done each morning! We are almost ready for the BIG SHOW!

Let Camping Season Begin - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on May 19, 2022 at 2:15 PM

This is always an exciting theme for the children, and teachers! The children talked a lot about what they know about camping this week and talked about what they will do when they go camping. On Monday in art the children created a handprint campfire on a large poster board, and in language the children worked with rhyming words, matching the rhymes together. On Tuesday in art the children painted with marshmallows, so cool! In language the children engaged in a camping bingo activity. Wednesday in art the children painted with a rice filled nylon stocking and moved it up and down on their paper to create prints. In language the children liust6ened to and answered wh questions, a good activity for them to work their logical thinking skills. Today the children explored many fine motor activities such as togs, small koosh balls, kinetic sand with scoops, and putty. Some floor puzzles were brought out and we saw lots of teamwork! Tomorrow in art the children will glue yellow, orange and red paper to create another campfire and in math the children will explore a camp concentration activity. In the water table this week the children worked with insects, bowls and frogs. The children also worked with mini-marshmallows and toothpicks this week

Camping - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on May 19, 2022 at 2:15 PM

Camping Week

We started the week with singing "A Camping We Will go", named camping item and foods, and talked about Camping stories. Many children took mac & Cheese camping and took a boat to get there.

Art

The children painted with Jumbo marshmallows , made their own fire pit by gluing on logs and sponge painted on top of the logs to resemble fire, star cookie cutter stamping w/ blue paper to resemble a starry night of camping, we decorated colored tubes with food stickers to make Binoculars and tomorrow we will make Lanterns by stuffing green clear cups w/orange/red/yellow tissue paper and pipe cleaner for a handle.

Math

The children counted cotton balls and placed them in between brown paper to make pretend S'mores, we practice color/shape matching with shape grid, mini marshmallow counting w/ fire pit cups-count the marshmallows using spoons, colored coin matching w/ foam sorting tray to match same color coins/same size coins by separating them into the sections in the tray.

Motor Development

The children explored with pretzel sticks and small/large marshmallows by creating their own structure- the children were very creative, animal print paper and toddler scissors/preschool scissors were at the manipulative table to practice holding both pair of scissors and manipulate how they both work and Hook the fish w/ magnet wands- name numbers on fish you know, bracelet/rings with cones -see how many you can fit on cone or arm.

Sensory Bin

Mini marshmallows, straws, small plates/small clear containers and graham crumbs

Social Emotional

We have a tent and pretend fire pit/camping food/Smores/ cups and picnic food plates. Song: A Camping we will Go!

Friday

We will make S'mores, crazy cube activity outside

Gong Camping - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on May 19, 2022 at 2:15 PM

This week we went camping! Not literally, although I'm sure the children would enjoy it. We started the week off by introducing the children to the camping theme. They used bingo daubers to mark on the letter "c" and chalk and chalkboards in language this week. We kept the theme going in art as they painted with marshmallows, made a campfire on contact paper, glued popsicles sticks on paper and painted with pine cones. We worked on our cognition and general knowledge by counting insect counters, manipulating letter blocks, interacting with magnet numbers, and making animal prints in play-doh. To work on their motor and social skills this week, the children manipulated and connected math tiles, played catch outside, and chased each other on the patio in our own version of tag. We also engaged the children in language and literacy by reading multiple books to them every day.

Flashlight Fun - Infant

Posted by [email protected] on May 19, 2022 at 2:15 PM

This week in the infant classroom the theme is camping! Here are a few things we explored and talked about this week! Our entire group enjoyed exploring shape sorters and making marks on paper with jumbo crayons. The older infants practiced letting go of sensory balls inside the jumbo tube, and retrieving them when they rolled out the opposite side of the tube and across the floor. The older infants also enjoyed making marks on paper as we stood in front of the play yard mirror. We also sang Head shoulders knees and toes during this activity. We also sang “campfire songs” as we shone flashlights on the walls with the classroom lights off. It has been a great week but we look forward to a new theme on Monday. Until next time!

 

All About Gardening - Pre-K 9-3

Posted by [email protected] on May 12, 2022 at 4:40 PM

Warm weather is finally here! Hopefully, it stays warm! With that said, please make sure your child has socks on if they wear shoes with holes because of rocks, sticks, and other outside items can hurt their feet. Check your child's cubby to see if they have warm weather clothes in case of accidents, spills, etc.

This week, we have been talking about Gardening. We talked about where our food grows from which are trees and garden. We talked about the life cycle of a flower using pictures and we labeled each part together. We are growing our own sunflowers! The children are excited to watch the seeds grow into actual sunflowers and I explained to them that it takes time for the sunflowers to sprout. We talked about what things plants need to grow which are soil, sun, water, and air. We learned how bees and other insects help spread the seeds around so that new flowers, trees, and plants grow.

We practiced writing letters, matched lowercase flower letters to uppercase letter flower pots, figured out what sounds each letter makes by using a picture to the letter flower pots, and we played sight word bingo. We have been practicing a lot this week about figuring out what sounds each letter makes by using different pictures. We learned what numbers are odd and even. We played different math games using dice, sunflower seeds, and we sorted different gardening tools, fruits, and vegetables by their attributes. In Art, we made a My Name Garden, drew a picture of a garden as a class, and we painted flowers using plastic bottles. We did different things in Art such as cutting, coloring, gluing, etc and we experimented with different materials to create our pictures.

We talked about not running away from our mommies and daddies when they come to pick up because it's not a safe choice and we could run into another child or adult. We also spoke about not running out of the center without our mommies and daddies because there are cars and we could get hurt.

What To Do in the Garden - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on May 12, 2022 at 4:40 PM

It was all about plants, dirt, water and seeds this week! We started off with discussing what we need to get started in a garden. We read lots of books and researched how to have a healthy garden. We planted our own flower seeds after a vote of which to choose from. We also started our own sunflowers seeds in the room while we experiment what kind of water is best for them. We have sugar water, salt water, tap water and bottled water. Most of the children think the sunflowers will grow best with sugar water because they love sugar! We will see if their thinking is true! We drew pictures of our own gardens or gardens we would like to have. One day, the vase of flowers was out in the middle of the table and we got to draw what we saw. There are some true artists in this room! For math we worked with seeds and sorted and counted. We also put paper trowels in order from 1-20. Our language was all about labeling parts of a plant and writing some gardening words for writing practice. Outside on the patio we watched the flowers fall from the trees and tried to catch some before they got to the ground. We have been chalking a lot and using the stilt walkers to work on some balance skills.

Exploring Gardening - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on May 12, 2022 at 4:40 PM

This week the children explored gardening and how much fun it is to plant out own fruits and vegetables. On Monday the children dicated how they thought a flower grows, in math they used dot stamps to fill in flowers by the matching color, in art the children painted with different fruits and as a group we planted to pots of flowers that we have been watering and observing throughout the week. On Tuesday, the children matched letters in a carrot path, in math they sorted flowers by color and shape and in art they made their own flowers pots where each flower had a letter of their name. On Wednesday, the children matched lettered flower pots to flowers and in art they painted by hitting a fly swatter on their paper. On Thursday in math we rolled a dice that decided how many seeds to put into each flower pot, and in art the children made their own flowers from different shaped petals and stems of their choosing. On Friday, the children will dictate what they need to make a garden, in math they will trace numbers on flowers, in science we will water our plants and guess what we think will happen to them over the weekend, and in art the children will paint their own flowers using bright paint colors.

Gardening Week - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on May 12, 2022 at 4:40 PM

Gardening Week

We started the week by naming various tools we use for gardening posted on the word wall. The children repeated the words and pointed to the pictures when asked to find a Gardening tool.

Art

The children painted with plastic forks to make flowers and glued on stem/pedals, we painted with real branches from tress, the children painted small rocks with paint to take home and put in garden or flower pots, we stamped with spatula's to make sunflowers and tomorrow, the children will make lady bugs by using Loofah's.

Math

The children practiced their numbers/recognition by pushing flower number picks into egg cartons and naming the numbers they knew and counted while pushing flowers into cartons, we used small flower counters and small flower pots with scoops for counting each time the children picked up a flower counter and placed it in pot, during activity time, the children manipulated number wooden blocks by stacking them on top of each other and naming numbers they knew, another activity we did was veg. and fruit naming, counting and matching colors of veg./fruit to the colored buckets, and tomorrow, we will practice number/color matching with colored circles to make a caterpillar.

Motor Development

During activity time the children practiced stringing with pipe cleaners and cheerios to make caterpillars, we did leave rubbing instead of tree bark rubbing- the children colored over the leaf in the folded white paper to be able to see leaf with vigorous coloring back and forth, the children used real sticks to poke through large boxes to strengthen their fine motor grip/strengthen to be able to poke holes into boxes, today the children made their own bubbles by whisking water and bubble solution to make bubbles in their bowl- this required the children to use whisk rather quickly to make bubbles form and tomorrow, we will practice line/circle tracing with dry erase boards to increase early writing and work on goals.

Social/Emotional

Friday- we will introduce "Ring Around The Garden" using veg./fruit names

Make Vegetable soup with the ingredients the children named- Potatoes, tomatoes, corn, carrots, celery, broccoli and squash.

We will explore the insides of an egg plant

Fun With Gardening - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on May 12, 2022 at 2:55 PM

This week was all about gardening! In language this week we practiced writing by drawing on fruits underneath contact paper, tracing letters in soil, using scented markers to write on flower cutouts, and coloring with various shades of green. We also read various books centered around gardening. In math and science this week we counted and sorted vegetable counters, made mud and manipulated it, sorted flowers by color, and manipulated different puzzles. To help us with our fine motor development this week we fed caterpillars by scooping pompoms into toilet paper rolls, we planted popsicle stick flowers in play-doh, we threaded flowers into a strainer, and we wiped down different fruits with water and rags. In art this week we painted flowerpots, and we painted with broccoli, flowers, and apples. We also played with flowerpots, flowers, and watering cans in our block area and manipulated soil in our sensory table. We learned about working together and taking turns as we planted sunflowers seeds in our painted flowerpots and tossed apples into a basket. Tomorrow we will continue our gardening week by counting flower petals and sticking them to a felt board, drawing flowers on magnetic boards, sticking tissue paper on contact paper flower cutouts, and gluing gluing flower petals on paper.


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