Yesterday was graduation day for our preschoolers. We had such an amazing year and the graduation celebration is such a fun way to celebrate all that our preschoolers have accomplished throughout this school year!
I love doing photo booths with our preschoolers so it was fairly clear that we would need to do a photo booth on graduation day. Check out our preschoolers in their graduation attire.
Today is a big day for our preschoolers. Those who are going on to Kindergarten next school year, spent some time with Mrs. Sanchez and Ms. Chavez this morning. They are so excited for Kindergarten! Those who have one more year of preschool spent some time with me and some shaving cream. It was a fun morning! Those who will be going to Kindergarten next year learned about what Kindergarten is like. And those who will be in preschool next year talked about being a leader in the classroom next year since they will be pros at preschool.
Today, we were able to use many fun materials from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for a day all about insects. First, as a part of our alphabet countdown, preschoolers worked in teams to find three insects that had been hidden around the classroom. Each team had a map leading to one of the three insects. X is for "X marks the spot!"
After finding the three insects using their maps, the preschoolers rotated through three different stations. Ms. Kaitlyn read stories to them about insects, they browsed nonfiction books about insects and chose several insects from the books to draw, and they worked together to complete a floor puzzle depicting the life cycle of a butterfly.
When we went outside for recess, the preschoolers searched for more insects that we could look at using the plastic container. The container had a magnifying glass on the lid so that we could make some observations.
Friday's letter for the alphabet countdown was the letter U. In order to celebrate the letter u and the word "under", the preschoolers found a place to read a book where they could be under something. They crawled under tables, pillows and blankets. They had a lot of fun reading in a different environment.
Although we already released our butterflies, we were able to witness a butterfly release once more when Ms. Kaitlyn's class released their butterflies on Friday. Although our butterflies quickly flew away, the butterflies from Ms. Kaitlyn's class lingered for quite some time. While I was helping some of the butterflies out of the net, a couple of them decided to rest on my hand for awhile. The preschoolers were, of course, very excited to see these butterflies. Goodbye, butterflies! I hope that you enjoy the garden!
Mrs. Marx is a preschool teacher at Epiphany Catholic Elementary School in Chicago, IL.