Growing Little Gardener's!
Week 4 we finished up our plants unit by learning about what fruits and vegetable we can grow in our garden. Next, we got ready for Mother's Day by going on a rainy nature walk to collect flowers to make cards! The kids were most excited about all the dandelions that bloomed in the field next to the preschool.
Week 5 we ended our plants unit with gardening. The kids took the time to paint pots. We spent an afternoon outside learning how to plant seeds! The kids have continued to check their plants everyday.
We finished our unit by going on a field trip to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The kids attended to Ready, Set, Grow! program. There they watched a puppet show, looked at bugs under a microscope, released ladybugs into the greenhouse, planted seeds to bring home and went on a bird watching walk! So many sights, sounds and textures to explore!
Throughout the plants unit the kids loved playing with the stuffed animals. Based on student interests and preparation for summer, Ms. Gwen decided to started a new unit on Forest Animals! The first weeks focus was on sights, sounds and smells in the forest. The kids spent the week exploring changes in the classroom, learning about different forest animals, the sounds they make, creating animal habitats and spending extra time outside. The kids spotted a robin, rabbit, geese and pine cones while playing outside.
Our PM class started April off with our 101st day of school party! We celebrated by dressing up, watching 101 Dalmatians, receiving awards and eating some tasty treats.
After a crazy and exciting start to the week we transitioned into our unit on Plants! Our focus for week 1 was Spring. The kids took the next couple days to adjust to the new teacher Ms. Gwen, enjoy the warm weather and explore the changes, decorations and new toys in the classroom.
Week 2 our focus was plant anatomy. We took the time to learn songs about plants, read Tiny Seed by Eric Carle, start our seed in a bag project and learn about caring for our classroom plants. Some kiddos decided to give our classroom plants an unexpected haircut. This created a lovely opportunity to learn about pressing flowers!
Week 3 our focus was plant life cycles. The kids learned about what makes plants grow and how they change over time. They are most excited about watching their window seeds grow, bugs, playing at the park and beginning our outdoor garden in the weeks to come! The kids want to plant carrots, sunflowers, strawberries, cucumbers and watermelon. We ended the week with some science fun on rain clouds.
During this mini project, we spent time learning about the different food groups. We talked about foods we would like to try, but haven’t, and tried them during our snack time. We sorted pictures from the food groups on the classroom wall. We read the book “Stone Soup” to learn even more about vegetables. Students made a grocery list for our own stone soup. They took turns cutting the different vegetables and helping to cook the soup. We all agreed the best part of the day was getting to try our soup. Check out the pictures from our soup making day!
After our field trip, both AM and PM classes learned all about pumpkins. We started by saying what we already knew about pumpkins. We explored the insides, counted how many seeds were inside different pumpkins, and even had a taste test! The PM class agreed that roasted pumpkin seeds were better then roasted pumpkin, even though some students enjoyed both. Check out a few pictures from the day!
We have spent the first part of the school year learning all about friendship and what it means to be a good friend. We have learned about green choices (keeping hands to ourselves, using kind words, ect) and red choices (hitting, yelling, ect) with David from "David goes to School". We have learned that sharing is a great thing with Elephant and Piggie and that sometimes friends fight with Abel and Beatrice from "Are We Still Friends?". We have practiced sharing, listening, and helping our friends when they have big feelings. Check out some friendship pictures below!
We also had our first field tip in October! We went to a farm to learn about apples, pumpkins, and animals. We enjoyed getting to have a wagon ride through the field and eat farm fresh apples for snack. Then we got to feed some animals! See the field trip pictures below!
End of Year Celebration
Our last day of summer school was Friday August 12th. So we celebrated at Huset Park where there's a splash pad. Unfortunately, the weather was cloudy after the rain and very windy. The temperature was not warm either for kids to enjoy playing in the splash pad although some of them did! Nevertheless, we made the best of it and we had fun! Also, it's always good to see some alumni. Check out the pictures!
Children's Museum Field Trip
Our classroom went to Children's Museum for a field trip on August 10th. We explored every floor and had tons of fun. We played at the community playground, check out Wallace and Gromit exhibition, created art, explored the space play place, washed car, dodged lasers, climbed the wall and of course enjoyed over and over again the two stories slide. Check them out!
Ready, Set, Smile!
This summer, we collaborated with Ready, Set, Smile, an organization who prepares and empowers all children in the community to care for their oral health through education and preventive services. Their trained community health workers came to our classroom to do an education about oral health with our children. They provided a 15-minute interactive presentation for all the children in the classroom featuring age-appropriate education, tooth brushing models, and take-home hygiene kits for every child. Then their dentist did a dental screening and cleaning. They also followed up with the parents after their visit. For more information, check out their website: readysetsmile.org
When we read "Gingerbread Cowboy" the children seemed to be interested in more fairy tales stories so this summer, we explored more fairy tales stories. We started with the timeless fable of "The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse," by Mac Barnett. We transformed our pretend center into a puppet show corner with dress up clothes, puppets and popcorn. We wrote a postcard from the belly of the wolf. We continued with another famous fairy tales of The Tortoise & The Hare. We read one fairy tales after another. We tried to create activities that help children learn more about the stories. Since it's summer, our sensory table was always filled with water for the children to play, from bubble bath, alphabet soup where children learn to spell, helped fairy tales characters escape their icy capture to counting fish and rubber ducks. Check out their play in the classroom, the art they created and the activities they participated in!
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Bakery Project III
To culminate our bakery project, we compiled the recipes that we tried from the book that we read and other extra recipes from those books. So we gave them out to parents which hopefully would try the recipes at home with their children! Check out the recipes!