After a few months of virtual learning, Preschool Pals was open for summer school with limited student. Only the children who were going to kindergarten were encouraged to attend. We have a smaller class for two days a week. We also did extra cleaning, more washing hands both for children and staff, temperature check every morning and used facial mask while we're inside. This summer the children were interested in bugs (they found a lot of bugs and worms while we were gardening) so we had a little project about bugs. Due to the short summer session and the two days a week class we were unable to answer all the children's questions. Nevertheless, the children had a lot of fun at school. Since we couldn't held a graduation party, on our last day of school, we had a little party with cupcakes, goody bags and diplomas for the children to bring home!
The books we read...
Due to the pandemic caused by Covid 19, Way to Grow Preschool Pals had to close in mid March. Classroom teaching was placed by virtual visits and virtual classroom. We would like to thank all parents and caregivers who scheduled visits every week and encouraged their child to attend our virtual classroom. Here are some the pictures when we were away from each other and connected virtually.
Preschool Pals had a Parent-Child Class with Children's Theater on February 27th. Ms. Chris came to lead a fun activities with the children and their parents. She talked about making music with our bodies and voices, moved our bodies like animals then she read a book called "Thump, Thump, Rat-a-Tat Tat" by Gene Baer. The children had a wonderful time as you can see them from the pictures.
Preschool Pals had a Pajama Party on January 29th. We've been learning about letter Pp all week so we've decided to have a pajama party. Even our food all begin with Pp (Pineapple, Popcorn, Pizza & Pink milk)! We also read, acted out and watched a movie about Paperbag Princess! It was a fun day! Check out our pictures!
On January 22nd, Preschool Pals went to SeaQuest in Rosedale mall for the field trip of 2020. The place really let the children touch, feed, and play with the animals. I think both children and parents had a really fun time and some had already planned for return visits.
This time, Ms. Nora brought Glockenspiel Xylophone, Scarf, Rhythm Sand Block, Musical Spoon and Cabasa. It was fun playing with interesting musical instrument and sing songs about dragons, knights and princess.
After a lot of observation and listening to the children while they're playing, we came up with a project. This time our project is "Bringing Fairy Tales to Life." We started our project by turning the pretend center into a puppet show or fairy tale show with different outfits that children can try on and perform. We stocked our library with books with tales from different part of the world. We have blocks and manipulative toys to support children understanding of the project. We did special activities such as making porridge after reading Goldilocks, potato taste test after reading the enormous potato. making crow crayon etching art after reading the crow's tale and creating our own characters for our castle story time! In between, we created arts with different mediums and wrote children's opinions on different stories.
The books that we read...
The letters that we learned...
On our last day of 2019 before the winter break, we had a little party. We've been reading the Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires so we've decided that we're going to make Gingerbread Cowboy. The children had lots of fun watching Ms. Alanna carved the dough into a cowboy and used the rest of the dough shaped into their favorite cookie cutters.
But just like in the story, after we baked the gingerbread cowboy, it ran away! So we had to look everywhere in the building and catch it so we can eat it! Fortunately, we caught the gingerbread cowboy at the front desk! We ate it and it was delicious!
Our music teacher Ms. Nora came once a month to sing some songs and play some musical instruments. In November, Ms. Nora brought chimes, personal drums, maracas and scarfs for us to play. In December, she brought ribbon sticks, scarfs, jingle bells and wood block. She also brought a snowman so we can sing and dance with it!