Friday, January 31, 2014

January 31st, 2014

We had a super exciting Monday morning when the Union Tribune recorded their weather reports live from the playground and from inside my classroom!  To see the video, click on the link: Union Tribune Kids Weather Report

 Whether they were on camera or watched the report from a distance (there were a few that were camera shy), all agreed that it was a lot of fun!  Weather reporter, Monica, was wonderful with the children and she seemed to enjoy it as much as they did.

Later, in Ms. Rebecca's class, some of the students had fun re-creating the event.

Fame, and arriving at school before 6:30am, isn't easy.

Earlier in the week with Miss Gabriella, the students were introduced to their new members of the classroom, an ant colony.  This is actually a fascinating little thing to watch over the course of a week. 

In my class, we planted wheatgrass seeds to watch grow.

When the wheatgrass was ready, we juiced it.  Oddly enough, not one student enjoyed drinking it.

This week we learned that the letter K is for Karate Kick (a definite favorite)...

...and kangaroo!

We made a fresh batch of playdough, and then constructed letter K's.

 We have fun in preschool!

Friday, January 17, 2014

January 17th, 2014

Continuing to learn about weather, we focused on clouds and rain this week.  After reading Sometimes It Looked Like Spilt Milk, each child finger-painted their own clouds with a shaving cream and glue mixture.

"Sometimes my cloud looks like an elephant and a zookeeper".

"Sometimes my cloud looks like a clown telling funny jokes".

We also are learning about rain and experimented with water vapors this week.  Using a jar partly filled with warm water, we closed off the top with a plate filled with ice cubes.  As the steam rose, it collected on the sides and dripped back down, similar to the earth's water cycle.

Science is always fun!

In Ms. Rebecca's 2-year-old classroom, they experimented with mixing shades of blue.  Then they painted their snowflakes!

We learned that J is for Jaguar.

And j is for jellybeans!

Towards the end of the week, we examined some of the concepts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s work... on a preschool level.  In my class, we focused on God's love for everyone, friendship, and kindness. 

(To the Tune of BINGO)

There was a man
Who was a friend
He preached love and kindness
He was a gentle man.

I love teaching preschool and making these songs up!

We're good friends in preschool!

Friday, January 10, 2014

January 10th, 2014

We came back from our Christmas vacation ready to learn!  We started a new theme for January focusing on weather and, in my classroom, we created a water tornado out of recycled soda bottles. 

Living in San Diego, it's difficult to understand snow.  So, we made a sensory bin of a polymer blend InstaSnow.  It squishes, it packs... it's room temperature.  The children (and the teacher) have a great time with this!

In Miss Gabriella's class, they learned that the letter I is for Ice.  They had a wonderful time freezing different color ice cubes.  The next day, they "painted" their letter I's with the ice.

Back in my class, we've been studying triangles.  We've also been practicing cutting with scissors.  To combine the two talents, we made origami snowflakes.  Oddly enough, no two were alike. :) 

Later, they served as the dot in our lower case i-icicle.

Totally unrelated, we also learned that I is for Iguana.

We have fun in preschool!