Next week we will be transforming our classroom into a vet clinic.
Our little cowboys and cowgirls had so much fun today. Dress in their finest western gear we set out to explore all things rodeo.
Our trip to the Rodeo Room was as if we were transported to life on a ranch. We began with a little chat around the campfire to learn what life is like for a cowboy before exploring the rest of the centers.
We then got a chance to check out the other stations available.
One of our favorites were the photo booth! We had a lot of fun taking silly pictures. We also got a chance to sit on a real saddle.
We finished our rodeo experience with the stick horse races.
Our day was a huge success! Thank you to all the parents and volunteers for all the hard work that went into todays activities.
Next week we will be transforming our classroom into a vet clinic.
Our Rodeo Week is off to a wild success. We had a great time in our cowboy boots and hats, watching the trick roper.
We were treated to an amazing show by World Champion Trick Roper, Kevin Fitzpatrick. He showed us some pretty impressive roping skills. One of our boys even got to participate in a little trick in front of the whole group.
We finished our day with some painting and play dough fun.
Friday brings even more Rodeo excitement! We will enjoy some time in the Rodeo Room where the children will get to try their hands at some rope tricks of their own, sit around a campfire, climb on a real saddle, milk some cows, and participate in some stick horse races! A very special cowboy lunch will be provided but if you feel your little one won't be interested please feel free to send in a lunch. We don't want anyone to go hungry. Dress in you best western gear and saunter on down to preschool for a rootin' tooting' round up of fun!
Today during art we talked about the beautiful Texas Bluebonnets. I showed the children several pictures of bluebonnets and then asked if they could paint one. They could use a paintbrush for the stem and leaves but I asked them to use the tips of their fingers for the flower itself. I have to say I loved their interpretations.
On the playground, we climbed, balanced and played with our friends.
This morning the children enjoyed some farm fun. We talked about what types of animals you would find on the farm, played a farm animal listening game, painted some pigs in the mud and explored a breakfast cafe in the dramatic play area.
We had a blast painting cute little piggies in the mud. We also worked on our scissor skills while cutting some farm animal strips.
We pulled out all of the healthy breakfast options and opened the "Bluebonnet Breakfast Cafe" today. The children enjoyed making waffles and pancakes, choosing toppings, and slicing butter for their toast.
We rounded out the day with our first game of listening Bingo. I was amazed at how many animal sounds the boys and girls could identify. They loved listening, shouting out the answers and searching their game boards for the picture of the animal.
We had a fantastic time together this morning. We played, painted, and worked on a science experiment.
During art the children free painted with white, red, and purple paints. Their fine motor control of the paint brushes has greatly improved since the beginning of the year. I've been sifting through the pictures from September and the change is impressive.
While out on the playground we got a very special treat. The garbage truck came by and we got to watch as the dumpster trash was collected. Let me tell you this was pretty exciting stuff for the preschool crowd!
The children never get tired of baking soda and vinegar reactions. We explored this reaction in Life Skills with the older classes on Monday and since I had some left over supplies we got to put them to use in our room today.
We continued our study of robots today. The children painted with gears, learned about different ways robots can help us and worked on some fine motor skills.
Today we stamped with gears and created some really fun paintings.
The children also enjoyed a visit from a dinosaur robot!
We finished out the day with a bit of fine motor work. Peeling stickers is a task that takes patience and fine motor control. We then worked on hand eye coordination by placing the stickers in circles on a robot drawing. May seem simple but it is actually a very complicated task for young learners.
Robots are very exciting to preschool children. How do they work? What can they do? We worked all day on building, creating, singing, and playing with robots!
The boys and girls were excellent sharing today. The drill set was an attractive stop for everyone and I was pleased at how well everyone worked together to share the one drill.
During story time we discussed some facts we knew about robots.
"Robots don't eat food."
"Robots have batteries."
"Robots don't have feelings."
"They are not alive."
"Robots don't think for themselves."
"Robots help us."
Next, we thought it might be fun to pretend to be a robot. So I passed out a colorful sticker to each child, our "on" button. Then we sat down, pushed our "on" button, tuned our listening ears and enjoyed another fun story, If You're a Robot and You Know It... by David A. Carter. It was an instant hit and needed to be reread immediately! Not only did they enjoy the song but the book is a pop up book and the robots move throughout the story.
I also brought my daughter's robot kitten in to share with the children. The kitten purred, danced, and rolled around the room much to the delight of the class.
During art time we made the most adorable robots out of recycled materials. We were a bit heavy on the glue but once they are dry they are going to be precious!
We finished our day with some Alpha-bots which I found at Lakeshore. These little alphabet transformers change from a letter into a cool robot. Each one unique. We had fun finding our initial and turning it into a robot.
Friday we will continue with robots, meet a dinosaur robot and paint with gears. It is also the first Friday of the month so don't forget your school t-shirts!
Here you will find little snippets of our days together. When my children were in preschool and would come home I would always ask, "So, what did you do today?". All they ever said was, "Played." That didn't tell me much. I hope this blog will be a place to share what we have done and help you ask more directed questions of your child. You will see first hand just what we do after you kiss your little one goodbye in the morning. It will also be a great place to visit and see just how much your child has grown and learned throughout the year.