What a great morning! I'm so glad that so many parents and family members were able to join us today during our breakfast. We enjoyed some very yummy food and were able to spend some time in the morning with our loved ones. That's definitely a great way to start the day!
Monday was a very busy day! We celebrated our 100th day of school and we celebrated Chinese New Year! For our 100th day of school, preschoolers made hats and tried to build structures using 100 cups. For Chinese New Year, students helped to make a paper dragon. We danced and paraded with our dragon throughout the classroom and down the hallway. Preschoolers also did coloring pages and tried to pick up M&Ms with chopsticks. It was a very busy but a very fun day!
Preschoolers are 100 days smarter! Today, we celebrated our 100th day of school. Check out our pictures from our 100th Day of School.
Are you on Facebook? Do you follow Epiphany on Facebook? Following Epiphany is a great way to stay up-to-date about things going on in the school. It's always a way to help out our classroom. There is currently a contest in which our class could win an ice cream party! Simply, "like" our picture in the door contest. As of right now, we have 106 likes. The contest ends at 8am on Friday so be sure to "like" our door and share it with your Facebook friends!
During small group last week, students used toys and materials in our table toys center to make patterns. Recognizing and extending patterns are both important preschool skills that can be easily practiced while at home. You can involve your child in sorting laundry. Make patterns using socks! Ask your child to help get the table set for dinner. You can make patterns using silverware! You can go on a pattern scavenger hunt by trying to find patterns on shirts or rugs. Patterns are everywhere!
A box can be the best toy! It can be a house, a spaceship, a table. You can pretend that it's a boat, a car, or an airplane. It can be a chair, a castle, or a cave. A box can be whatever your imagination decides that it is. After a recent order of materials and games for our classroom arrived, we were lucky to have some great boxes to play with. Check out some pictures of our busy preschoolers as they create.
We have a new fun material to explore with in our classroom: water beads! Have you seen water beads? They are usually used in vases and floral centerpieces. However, they are also fun to touch. They start as little tiny balls and then, after soaking in water, they expand until they are about the size of a marble. The texture is squishy and a little slimy. Preschoolers love them! Not only are they a very fun and interesting texture, but they are also also fun to look at.
Our preschoolers went on a color scavenger hunt in the classroom. They worked with a partner to try to find things in the classroom that were their team color. They did a great job presenting their findings to the class!
We began a new unit of study this week and are now exploring the world of color. The preschoolers have had a lot of fun exploring with color in different ways. Some new materials have been added to the science center for the students to explore. And, we began using the light board as a center, too. The light board is a fun way for preschoolers to explore color and light. We have some fun pattern blocks to use at the light board. In the coming weeks, we will switch out the materials so that they can try out some different items.
Mrs. Marx is a preschool teacher at Epiphany Catholic Elementary School in Chicago, IL.