This post is very late, but I just had to share some of the moments I captured during our Dr. Seuss weeks at preschool! We were so lucky to have guest readers each day share the gift of reading with our children! Thank you parents for volunteering to read, they loved it! Here are just a few highlights from our fun filled weeks! A favorite day was Wacky Wednesday! Throughout the day preschoolers found "wacky" things around the school! Toilet paper in the writing center, toothbrushes in the pens and a shoe on the wall! So silly! Friends colored under the table and cut and weaved yarn, string and streamers on an upside-down table. We read The Lorax and then practiced color matching and fine motor skills by stringing beads on truffela trees, and painted our own trufella trees. The loved the "fizzy feet" activity that went along with the Foot Book, anything with baking soda and vinegar is a crowd pleaser for sure! We enjoyed some Dr. Seuss themed snacks, our favorite being Thing One and Thing Two! Thank you Ms. Jess and Isla for all your time and patience making them for us, they were almost too cute to eat! Almost! :)
On February, 23rd we celebrated the 100th day of preschool! We celebrated all week long by exploring and playing with the number 100! We began the week by each bringing a collection of 100 things to count and share with our friends. Ms. Kristen and Ms. Michelle hid 100 chocolate kisses around the school. Each time someone found one they had to match the number on the bottom of the kiss with the corresponding number on the giant hundred chart. It didn't take long for friends to find all 100! Throughout the week we did 100 exercises, wrote 100 words, and had circle time discussions like, "we wish we had 100_____" and "we could eat 100_______." The most popular answers were blueberries and carrots! What healthy kiddos we have at Desert Blossom! Friends created 100 day hats, glasses and necklaces to wear in honor of the special number. Kiddos raced to see how many times they could write their name in 100 seconds, how many licks it took to get to the center of a tootsie pop, painted 100 dots with q-tips and attempted to read 100 books! A kitty adoption fort was constructed during choice time and many adorable kittens found loving homes. But the most exciting addition to preschool during 100 week was the new loose parts in our outdoor space! Who knew we could have so much fun with tires, mats and containers?!
Last week Desert Blossom preschoolers celebrated George Washington and Abraham Lincoln's birthdays! We discussed what presidents do, friends shared what they would do if they were president and we began to investigate coins and dollars. Some of our favorite quotes from our discussions were;
"Presidents are good at cleaning up."
"Presidents take care of people."
"Presidents go fishing."
"if I were president I would be the police."
"If I were president I would make hearts for people."
Kiddos made Abraham Lincoln and George Washington masks, constructed their own American flags, explored coins by making coin rubbings and designed new versions of the dollar bill with their own face in the center! We experimented with the best way to clean a dirty penny. Which do you think worked best; water, soap and water or vinegar and salt? We sure ended up with some shiny pennies! Friends had a blast in the outdoor space playing with crepe paper in the breeze and building "boobie traps" with loose parts that they collected around the yard. Each week these little people amaze us more and more! What fun!
Love was in the air last week at Desert Blossom! We sang fun Valentine songs like "Do you Know My Valentine?" and "H-E-A-R-T", and played the circle time game Missing Valentines. Preschoolers each created their own heart person bag so that friends could deliver special valentines to their classmates during the week. We were busy spreading the love making beautiful tissue paper hearts to decorate our windows, chalk hearts, square pattern hearts, and love rocks. Preschoolers used conversation hearts to build letters, sort colors and practice counting. We did some fine motor practice along with number recognition and counting by sewing our number hearts. Friends sorted heart beads by color and created necklaces and bracelets to give to a valentine. We also enjoyed some very special valentine snacks each day! Thank you friends who brought a delicious treat to share! We all sure felt the love and friendship at school!
We continued the month of January with more winter fun! We had to be creative and make our own snow since the weather outside was unseasonably warm. We sang the "It's Snowing" song and had an indoor snowball fight with newspaper snowballs, built a garbage bag snowman and made play dough snowmen, snowflakes and snowballs. Friends wrote and illustrated a class book titled Winter Favorites, sharing their favorite activities during the winter. We created snowflakes of all kinds; baked cinnamon sugar tortilla snowflakes, handprint snowflakes and pipe cleaner stamped snowflakes. We practiced our scissor skills by cutting icicles, and finger ice-skated in white paint to practice our names and letter of the week.
We ended the month with our exploration of Polar Animals! We learned a little about the polar regions and what animals live there. We read some non-fiction books about polar animals and even did some sorting and classifying of different species of penguins! We discovered how animals can live in the arctic and antarctic's cold icy climate by testing the blubber hand experiment. We also tested and observed what happens when you put salt on ice. Kiddos designed polar bear masks, sponge painted penguins, made footprint penguins and built an igloo! We played in the arctic ocean sensory tub, painted icicles on the easel with droppers and pretended to be penguins by strapping on pillow bellies and balancing eggs on our feet. Friends practiced letter formation by tracing letters in play dough with straw pieces and tried out crayon rubbing with their hot glued name. We played the Feed the Penguin game for one-to-one correspondence and counting practice and friends loved the Shopping Day game Ms. Jess brought to school! We even made a edible penguin for snack and did some arctic animal yoga!
We began our first two weeks back in January with a little snow on the ground, but it quickly melted outside and we enjoyed many warm days outside! However inside Desert Blossom it was a Winter Wonderland! We read stories, sang songs and played games about all things winter! We created snowmen with many different materials; homemade puffy paint, our names, marshmallow stamps and salt. We explored symmetry with our painted pair of mittens. Kiddos decorated glittery snowballs, marble roll painted snow globes, tie dyed snowflakes and spelled out their names with marshmallow snowballs. Preschoolers experimented with borax snowflakes and ice cubes and salt. Friends discovered different textures while digging in the sensory table with snow dough and "insta-snow". We ice skated on paper plates to letter and numbers, played mitten memory match with upper and lowercase letters, strung our names with alphabet beads, and built the letter 'S' with wikki sticks, pipe cleaners, wood pieces and stickers. Kiddos practiced estimating with the How Big is My Mitten? activity, sorted different size snowballs, practiced identifying numbers and counting with the mitten button count and snowman bean bag toss. Friends enjoyed imaginative play outside building a giant campfire in the dirt pit and inside with costumes and playing school in the circle time area.
Unfortunately along with winter fun comes sickness. Our poor little school was hit hard with a cold/cough that swept through all our friends. We have been talking a lot about "catching" our coughs and sneezes in our elbows, using tissues and washing hands frequently with warm water and soap. When we wash scrubbing tops and bottoms of hands and between our fingers while singing a favorite song like "Twinkle Twinkle" or the ABC's. Teachers are working hard to disinfect all our toys and playing surfaces and we are asking parents to take their child's water bottle home frequently for a good wash. Please keep your child home if he or she has a fever over 100, a severe cold or persistent cough. We are hoping the long holiday weekend does the trick and we can all start back healthy next week for some more winter fun!
We had ourselves a merry little Christmas at Desert Blossom! So much fun was had by all decorating, making ornaments and gifts, constructing our own Polar Express train and baking sugar cookies in our PJ's! We squeezed in some name practice in shaving cream snow, and number recognition/counting with our Polar Express dice game. Preschoolers enjoyed painting wrapping paper with jingle bell paintbrushes at the easel, matching colors with Christmas lights, exploring in the hot cocoa sensory bin, jingle bells and magnets at the science table, baking cookies in the home living area and candy cane science! We enjoyed a Saturday morning trip with families down to Sunriver to check out the gingerbread junction and be awarded with a 3rd place ribbon in the kindergarten/preschool division for our gingerbread stories house! The kiddos all were so wonderful at our Christmas performance for our families, what a special night! Such a magical time of year!
Gingerbread stories are so much fun and tasty too! We began our week constructing our gingerbread house for the Gingerbread Junction in Sunriver benefiting Habitat for Humanity. We created quite a masterpiece that tells the stories of The Gingerbread Boy, The Gingerbread Girl, Gingerbread Baby, The Gingerbread Man and Gingerbread Friends. Our gingerbread house will be on display in the lodge at Sunriver through the holidays. Make a trip down there to check it out!
On Wednesday we read The Gingerbread Man Loose at School followed by baking and decorating our own gingerbread people. We left them to cool while we went outside to play and when we came back inside we discovered they had ran away! Luckily they left clues for us to follow and we found them across the street at Jackson's Corner! We enjoyed those sneaky treats with a warm cup of hot chocolate!
We played some fun gingerbread math games that helped us work on 1:1 correspondence and number recognition. Friends played gingerbread bakery in the dramatic play kitchen, decorated foam gingerbread ornaments at the art table, dressed a giant gingerbread, wrote letters in salt trays at the light table, decorated gingerbread house mats with play dough candies and practiced spelling out their names in gingerbread letters. We also were busy practicing our songs and poems for our Christmas Show next week! We love this magical time of year!
Happy Thanksgiving from Desert Blossom Preschool! I hope everyone had a wonderful week off enjoying family and friends! We spent the week before turkey day learning about the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving and enjoying the early snow! Wednesday and Thursday kiddos invited their families to join our friendship feast! Each child brought a different fruit and we mixed them all together to create a friendship fruit salad! We enjoyed good food and good company complete with an exciting turkey hunt! We all have so much to be thankful for! (Sorry Thursday families, I forgot to take pictures of your cute little pilgrims at their friendship feast.)
This month we are focusing on what we are thankful for and we sure are thankful for our friends at Desert Blossom! We read a story called The Spiffiest Giant in Town about a giant who is very generous to all his friends and in return his friends give him a crown as a special present. We also read Have You Filled a Bucket Today? and How Full is Your Bucket for Kids. These two books are about the invisible bucket we each have. When our buckets are full we feel great, but when it's empty we feel awful. Everything that happens in a day either fills or empties your bucket. We discussed as a class how to fill other people's buckets by giving compliments, being kind, sharing, taking turns and being helpful. When you fill someone else's bucket it makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside too and fills your bucket! Each kiddo has their own bucket on our bulletin board that we are filling with warm fuzzies when we see friends being bucket fillers!
Preschoolers decorated their own friendship crown and as a class we thought about why each of our friends at school is a good friend and wrote the reasons on their crown. We made friendship bracelets for a classmate and worked together to bake friendship bread. Friends also enjoyed exploring the water beads on the light table, building with the friend blocks and matching friend's pictures with their names and playing outside in the early snow!
Daily Happenings at Desert Blossom
See some of our fun projects, enjoy our outdoor exploration and join in us in our excitement for learning!