On Monday, we went for a walk to find fall leaves. We found many beautiful leaves that had fallen onto the ground. Throughout this week, we will use the leaves to do a color sort, to do leaf imprint drawings, and then they will be added to the science center for further exploration. Be on the lookout for cool leaves in your own neighborhood!
On Friday, we played letter Bingo. The preschoolers worked as a team to find the letters on their game board. This is a great way for our older preschoolers, the ones who will go to Kindergarten next year, to help out our younger preschoolers, the ones who will be with us again next year. As you can see from the photos below, we had a lot of fun playing letter Bingo!
This week, we opened our sand and water table as a center. Currently, it has sand and measuring tools (measuring cups and measuring spoons) and funnels. This is a great center for hands-on exploration of objects. It allows the preschoolers to use real-world tools (measuring tools) while playing. Throughout the year, this center will have sand, water, and other materials for the preschoolers to interact with.
Last week, we spent a lot of time discovering how much we have grown. We looked at birth announcements (thank you to all families who sent them in) and then held a bag of blocks that weighed the same amount as some of our friends when they were born. Then, we stepped onto a bathroom scale to see what our current weight is. We have grown so much!
We also looked at the height of a newborn baby and compared that to our current heights. You can see our current heights on display near the closet. These heights will be updated throughout the school year.
We are beginning to work on scissor skills. In preschool, we learn to cut safely using scissors and to cut on a straight line. Once we have learned how to cut on a straight line, we can then cut on wavy or curvy lines as well. This week, the preschoolers worked on their scissor skills by cutting out a face for a pumpkin. You will see these finished pumpkins on our bulletin board in the hallway.
In the science center, we have added some new materials for our preschoolers to work with. They have paper towel tubes, tape, and a marble. With these materials, they need to work together to make a marble run. It's not easy and requires some teamwork and some trial and error to get the marble from one end to another. It's always fun to see them work through and solve problems that they encounter!
On Friday, our preschoolers used paper towel tubes to do some circle stamping. We used the primary colors (red, blue, yellow) for our circle stamping.
Thank you to all families who have emailed photos to me, brought in pictures, and sent in bulletins from your Mass attendance. They are on display in the hallway outside the school office. Please continue to send in pictures, bulletins, etc. as you attend Mass with your preschooler throughout this school year.
Mrs. Marx is a preschool teacher at Epiphany Catholic Elementary School in Chicago, IL.