Today was spring picture day. Look at all of these smiling faces!
And, of course, we had to take one with silly faces, too!
One of our activities this week, during small group time, is to have some exploration time making shadows. Preschoolers make a structure using some blocks and then use the flashlight to make shadows. They can then try to move the flashlight to make different sizes and shapes of shadows. This activity can easily be done at home as well. Simply use a flashlight to try to make shadows using things that you have at home. What happens to the shadow if the flashlight is really close to the object? What happens to the shadow if the flashlight is further away?
We have a new center to explore this week: the light board! Preschoolers are able to explore the light board using see-through pattern blocks and magna-tiles. It's a lot of fun to see how the light makes the materials look. We can also build upon our color mixing skills that we've been practicing.
This morning, along with Ms. Kaitlyn's class, we celebrated Chinese New Year! We tried picking up M&Ms using chopsticks, we colored pictures, and we made a dragon. Then, we watched some short videos of some traditional dragon and lion dances. Finally, we took our dragon for a walk and had our own parade in the hallway. We had so much fun! You can see our dragon on display in the hallway.
This week, one of our activities during small group time was to read color words and then find something in the classroom that matches that color word. This is an activity that can easily be duplicated at home. Simply write down a color word, help your child to sound out the word, and then try to find something at home that is that same color.
This morning, we celebrated Mardi Gras in our classroom. We started our celebration with a taste test of paczki. We tried strawberry and blueberry ones.
After our paczki taste test, we went put on masks and joined Ms. Kaitlyn's preschool class and our Kindergarten friends in the hallway for some dancing.
Today, we continued exploring how colors can change when mixed with other colors. Each student picked two colors of food coloring. Those colors were added to frosting and then the preschoolers mixed until they had a new color. Then, they were able to spread the frosting onto a graham cracker for a snack. It was a fun and delicious exploration!
This morning, we did a color sort as a class. Each preschooler was given pictures that they then needed to place in the correct category. This is something that you can practice at home too! Try to find things that are blue. You could try to sort socks by color. Perhaps you might want to sort small toys.
Mrs. Marx is a preschool teacher at Epiphany Catholic Elementary School in Chicago, IL.