More Stuff From The Pre-School
February 24th, 2012, by hollyvictoria
As rainbows and gardens have been an interest thanks to our books, “A rainbow of my own” and “Planting a rainbow,” we have visited those books this week and created our own rainbow garden. We walked to Rhythm and Blooms to buy white flowers, then we talked about the 6 colors of the rainbow and added the colors to the water. We did not tell the kids what would happen, we wanted to hear their ideas and theories about what was happening. The next day, I brought down the daisies in the blue water and asked the friends what they noticed. Nathan jumped right in and said, “Oh no! The color got on the flowers.”
February 22nd, 2012, by hollyvictoria
Everyday since the beginning of the year, most of the preschoolers have wanted to have a pillow for rest time. In the classroom, we only have 1. Freida, Althea’s mom, had told me that she had lots of extra material and was interested in Co-oping for project time. Freida made us pillows that the children were able to stuff with poly-fil and their choice of lavender, chamomile and/or rose petals. She then made pillow cases that the children were able to decorate with fabric markers, and/or sharpies and drops of rubbing alcohol, to create a “firework” effect. Within a couple days, every child in the class now has their very own pillow that they keep at school and use at rest time.
February 17th, 2012, by hollyvictoria
This week we have collected $7.24, bringing our 3 week grand total to $19.41! Nice work Pre-School! Leslie and I have decided to add a little more excitement to our collecting, by offering a PAJAMA PARTY (with a movie at rest, TBD, parent permitting) when we reach the goal of $50.00. Thank you to all of our families that have helped us get as far as we have!
This morning I was counting pennies when Connor showed up to help. Connor helped put the money into a smaller jar, and carried it to the big jar on the front desk.
February 8th, 2012, by hollyvictoria
Many of our Preschoolers are very interested in cycling. The Strider bikes (a bike with two wheels and no pedals) seems to always be in use when we are outside. A couple of our friends even bring their own Strider type bikes and helmets from home, so that more friends can ride with them! As the weather gets nicer, we will be able to have designated bike days, where we will go out into our neighborhood for bike rides! We are fortunate to share a city block with a piece of the Amazon trail, so we never have to cross a street, and can still enjoy a long bike ride! I look forward to sharing this interest with the Preschoolers as our year together progresses.
February 3rd, 2012, by hollyvictoria
Congratulations Preschool! This week alone, we have raised $8.66! To end our first week, we did some penny themed projects. We counted pennies and learned how to count with tally marks. The children seemed to grasp the concept of 2 sets of 5 making 10, especially when we used our fingers for assistance. After our tally meeting, we had 2 penny themed projects set up. One was a penny toss, and the other was shining the pennies using vinegar, salt and rough bristled paintbrushes.
Leslie sat with the children shining the pennies. Right away when Leslie walked over, I heard her say, “WOW!” The solution was really working!
Keenan: Look! Mine is shiny!
Alaya: Are you sure this will work?
Renee: Mine is working.
Leslie: Why do you think the vinegar and salt are making the pennies shiny?
Renee: Cause we are painting them.
Madelyn: Cause they are magic pennies.
We also sang our Magic Penny song again at meeting time. After projects, a group of children sat down in the meeting area and sang the song from their memories, including the hand motions. It was so sweet to listen as they pieced the song together using each other as references. Nathan seemed to be the only friend who could remember most of the middle verse, and he sang, “spend it, pend it and ……………. roll on the floor!” (What he remembered from “Lend it, spend it and you’ll have so many, they roll all over the floor!”) The other friends sat silently waiting for Nathan to remember, since they depended on his memory for this line. Even when Nathan didn’t get the words quite right, the friends were excited that he had even remembered that part!
The other penny project was a coin toss. A tub of water was put on the floor, and a blue bowl balanced on the water. Tape was put on the floor to show the friends where to place their feet. Then the friends took turns tossing their 10 pennies, one at a time, to either get them in the water, or into the blue bowl. Madelyn incredibly was able to toss 3 of her 10 into the blue bowl!