This has been a truly amazing year. I have been blessed beyond measure to have worked with such wonderful children and their families. Thank you all for your kind words, support and most importantly for sharing your little ones with me each week. We have all learned a lot and have grown so much.
My sweet little Owls. I will miss you! Have a safe and fun summer and I will see you Monday's this fall in Life Skills!
We enjoyed a day full of camping themed activities. These campers and going to be tuckered out tonight!
At Camp Wannahawk-A-Loogi the campers got to go fishing, hunt for bugs, blow bubbles, enjoy a roaring campfire, check out a huge tent and enjoy a popsicle to cool off.
Next, it was on to make some smores and fresh lemonade in a baggie!
Other highlights of our day included...
Someone even made a camping scene with our geotack game! It has a sun, tent and canoe!
It was a wildly fun day! Looking forward to our annual Family Picnic on Friday. It will be held in our room at noon. See you then!
Who can leap tall buildings in a single bound?
Who has super human strength?
Who can save us from another boring rainy day?
Preschool Super Heroes!
That's who! Check out all the fun we had celebrating our inner super hero today.
One of our activities was to demonstrate our super hero strength. We had a tire pull set up. Not a heavy tire but I loved how they all pitched in to help. The expressions of strength on their faces and then when no one was looking a few went back and tried it on their own.
My personal favorite was our photo booth. What great super heroes!
It is so hard to believe that next week is the last week of school and my little owls will be spreading their wings and flying on to new classrooms. Enjoy your weekend and I will see you all on Wednesday for a very special Camping Day!
What a washout! Thanks goodness we were talking about super heroes today. The children had a wonderful time together saving the planet from a boring, rainy Wednesday.
We worked on fine motor skills, cutting, playdough, early writing and pretend play. We even stopped a time or two to just watch the rainfall.
Friday will be our opportunity to dress as our favorite super hero, wear a super hero t-shirt or if the girls prefer they can dress as a princess. Just have fun with it. There will be capes available at school for the children to wear if they would like.
After all the talk about worms on Wednesday, it was high time the children had some real worms to investigate. Yesterday I went to Walmart to buy a tub of worms. Yes, Walmart sells worms. And let me tell you the real worms did not disappoint. We began with a little circle time and discussed how these worms were alive and real. They were one of God's creatures and we need to treat them with kind and gentle hands. We discussed how it would hurt the worm if we poked or pulled them. Once we were all on the same page the exploration began. I must say I was pretty impressed that nearly every student picked up a worm at least for one brief moment. We checked out their segmented body and learned how the worm expands and contracts their body in order to move.
The children were given a worm or two to take home. They understand these worms are supposed to live in our gardens and they will die if left in the cup. They were very excited to have a worm of their very own. And don't think I left school empty handed. There were a few left that I brought home for my own kids. They enjoyed them as much as the Owls did.
Happy Mother's Day to you all. And a very special Thank You for all the wonderful treats the teachers were blessed with this week. It is truly a blessing to be a part of these little lives. I love every moment of it!
What three year old doesn't love worms? We had such a great morning learning about these amazing creatures. We measured worms, drew worms in salt trays, counted, sorted and painted with worms. I can't wait to see what the class thinks of real worms on Friday!
For art we painted with fishing lures. These felt life like and at first some were not so sure they wanted to use a worm as their painting tool! Once we got started they were a lot of fun. The children dragged them through the "mud" and painted their trails on paper.
At recess one of the boys found a lady bug for us to explore! The joy and laughter this little creature brought was priceless.
We finished our morning with some playdough worms!
We packed a lot of fun into our day! I was hoping to have our ladybug release today but after searching all over town yesterday and finding out that the ladybug suppliers were having trouble filling orders this season due to late frosts we were without ladybugs. I had to think of something fun to replace my lesson with. So we decided to save some bugs from gelatin blocks. Oh, the squishy, ooze through our fingers and the joy of finding a bug we get to keep made up for the disappointment of not having real ladybugs to experience.
Some children were very deliberate in their exploration and choose to take their time and use a variety of tools to extract their insect while others enjoyed the feel of the cool gelatin and dove in with their hands.
While I was mixing up the gelatin I made a few extra molds just for exploring. I put them out with water colors and pipettes and the children had a ball investigating what would happen.
Another highlight of our morning was the Art Show. We all had a great time hunting down our masterpieces!
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.