We are starting the year off with an 'out of this world' theme! Our Preschoolers have been loving all of the outer space activities and materials. During our short week last week, the children shared all of the things they knew about outer space and asked some questions like "How far is Earth from the sun?" (93 million miles away!) and "How do astronauts know where they're going in Space?" They did a great job passing the astronaut training course and fitness test. We also met Silly Sally the Sea Star who gave everyone a Star or Sun Stamp! We got to eat some space food (pudding) from a plastic bag and straw. If we had the chance to fly a rocket to the moon, most of our Preschoolers would be on board. Only a few wouldn't want to go because of the long trip away from home. We also learned about all of the different sizes of the planets and the distance from the sun. We found out Jupiter is the biggest planet and Neptune is the farthest from the sun.
Next week we will be wrapping up our space unit. One of our high schoolers will be teaching us 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' in sign language. We will also be experimenting with different kinds of rockets, one made out of cups and elastics and one used with Alka-Seltzer tablets. Check out some curriculum highlights below.
Literacy: Writing/Creating space stories using different space manipulatives
Playdough Table: Galaxy Playdough
Sand Table: Making moon rocks with salt dough
Easel: Spray bottle galaxy painting
Important Updates & Dates for January:
Our preschoolers have been loving this unit so far! We saw plenty of creative building, teamwork and some awesome pirate costumes. The kids loved making eye patches and 'hooks' to put on their hands. Our pirate ship in dramatic play has been on lots of treasure hunts this week! We practiced our 'R' words by talking like pirates and making the 'arrr' sound whenever we saw the letter 'R'. We also introduced a 'Circle of Control' chart with things we can control in the inside of the circle and things we cannot control on the outside of the circle. Our friends knew right away things like doing our hardest work, keeping our hands to ourselves, and listening were things that belonged in the inside of the circle while the weather, things our friends do/say and the way we look belonged on the outside of the circle.
Next week, we will continue to focus on books that go against the typical gender stereotypes. We will be reading the Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch and Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty. We will also be reading The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires. In light of the Paper Bag Princess, we will compare a princess we normally see in books and the paper bag princess and we will have a fashion show with paper bag dresses/vests. We will also be doing another team building activity where we build with all of the different materials used in the Iggy Peck, Architect book (pancakes, toothpicks, twigs, rulers and crayons). At the end of the week, we will make a graph of our favorite character from all of the books we've read.
Check out some curriculum highlights below:
Literacy: Tracing & Writing Construction Signs
Math: Building Numbers with Duplos
Sand Table: Fairies, Trolls and Tree Blocks
Easel: Painting with Nuts & Bolts
We can't believe it's already December! Below are some special dates and reminders for the month.
As always, if you have any questions for this upcoming month, we are happy to help!
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