What a fun filled day! Our little owls did a great job given such a crazy schedule. Our day began with the annual Fiesta Shoebox Float Parade. Once that was finished we began a rotation through the Fiesta rooms with a change happening every 20 minutes. We had to be on our toes all day!
In our first room we made brightly colored Fiesta Crowns!
Our second stop of the day was making Cascarones.
The best part of this room was cracking them on a friends head!
On to music and dancing. We partook in the Chicken Dance, Mexican Hat Dance, and ribbon twirling to De Colores.
Just about the time we were all getting a little hungry we found ourselves in the Cake Walk room. The game was not nearly as entertaining as decorating and eating our very own cupcake!
After that sugar infusion we headed outside for some piñata fun.
We were treated to a wonderful Fiesta lunch complete with bean and cheese tacos, chips and cheese, Mexican rice, and fried tortillas tossed in sugar and cinnamon.
Our day concluded with some homemade maracas.
Thank you to all the parents that pitched in to make today's festivities such a success for the children. Enjoy the Fiesta Holiday on Friday and I look forward to see you all next week as we dive into the world of insects.
Our prehistoric study continued today. The children have loved listening to all kinds of dinosaur stories, playing dinosaur games, and growling at every chance they got.
We finger painted during art and once the pieces are dry we will cut them into dinosaur footprints. The kids loved mixing the paint with their hands and before long most looked like Smurfs!
Our dinosaur friends tagged along for recess again.
We spent some time today discussing how scientist learn about dinosaurs. We talked about fossils and how they are evidence left behind from long ago. We strapped on our thinking caps and pretended that a chocolate chip cookie was a rock full of chocolate fossils. We used tooth picks as our tools to extract the chocolate chip fossils from the cookie rock. A delicate process which the children enjoyed. After several minutes of chipping away everyone wanted to eat their specimen.
Looking forward to our Fiesta Celebration next Wednesday. Information about the Fiesta Float Parade was sent home today in totes. Parade will begin just after drop off around the upper mall similar to the Halloween Parade. See you then!
The children had the most wonderful time playing with dinosaurs, learning about the different types of dinosaurs, and literally walking like dinosaurs for our art project today.
I had a number of new offerings this morning from fine motor work, counting, science explorations, and the addition of several dinosaurs to our block center. We all enjoyed a few "roars"!
During our art time we made a class mural. We were very excited to take off our shoes and socks and put on some dinosaur foot plates. They were dipped in paint, then we walked across the paper leaving behind a trail of dinosaur footprints. Once this is dry we will cut it into smaller pieces for each child to take home a section. Lots of giggles!
We also had the opportunity to make pretty little bracelets with some new plastic bracelet rings I found at Michael's yesterday. These are the perfect size and so much fun to make.
During recess we decided to take our dinosaurs out to play. Some took their dinosaurs for a swing, others for a trip down the slides, and others just wanted to play in the mulch with their new friends. Lots of creative play today just by adding the simple element of a dinosaur.
We finished our day with a fun little science experiment. We learned that dinosaurs hatched from eggs. So we each got a couple of "dinosaur eggs" to hatch. We used vinegar to try to crack our eggs open. Every one was excited to fine a baby dinosaur inside their egg which they were allowed to keep and bring home if they wanted.
Enjoy a slide show full of candids from this morning's party in the park. Weather was in our favor and the children clearly had a blast! So nice to see them playing together in a setting other than the classroom. Thank you for all of your contributions to the party. It was a huge success! Happy Easter and we will see you all next Wednesday.
Our day was full of activities. We had an educational visit from Critterville. They brought several interesting animals for us to check out. We also had a wonderful time coloring Easter Eggs!
Our egg dying was by far our favorite activity of the day!
Enjoy the weekend! See you all at Raymond Russell Park on Wednesday morning at 9:30. Let me know if you have any questions.
What a beautiful day! We enjoyed our time together this morning working at the salon and exploring new games.
The hair salon was a huge success. The children all enjoyed trying their hand at styling. It was funny to watch the difference in the way the boys and girls interacted with the set up. The girls knew exactly what to do and jumped right in. The boys on the other hand seemed to take their time warming up to the idea of brushing the models hair. Eventually even the boys tried but were naturally drawn to other offering in the room.
Other activities presented today were a new sensory tub full of eggs and little treats to hide inside, a tea set, and several fine motor and literacy activities.
During our circle time we listened to a story about spring, danced with egg shakers, and even had a egg and spoon race around the room.
For art we collaged Easter Eggs with confetti.
We closed out the day with a little baking soda and vinegar fun. Always exciting and now that the children have had a few exposures to it they are eager to make reactions and watch the bubbles flow!
Friday will be the first Friday of the month so show your school spirit and wear your t-shirts. We will be dying eggs in class and will have a special visit from Critterville!
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.