Today, the students were able to decorate Easter eggs with Ms. Rosie. Each student decorated three eggs. They are all very colorful and the preschoolers had a great time decorating!
There are some things that you will always see in a preschool classroom. One of those is an area for exploring with blocks. It is important to remember that when a child is building with blocks he or she is exploring many different ideas: balance, architecture, height, width, story-telling, weight, construction, sharing, time management, and planning of ideas. Students need to figure out how to work together to achieve their goals. It may just look like they playing, but while they are having fun those preschoolers are learning about serious topics.
One of our centers that is available to the students during the day is our Lent felt board. The students can use the felt pieces to retell the story of the miracle of Easter.
Last week, in Religion, we learned about when Jesus fed a large crowd of people with only two fish and five loaves of bread. The students were really interested in the story, and were amazed that the whole crowd left feeling full and that there were still 12 baskets of leftover food. On Friday, the students brought in small bags of snacks that we combined into one large snack. Every one ate as much as they wanted and had leftovers to go home. Although what we did was not a miracle, it did allow us time to reflect on how important it is to thank God for what we have, no matter how big or small it is.
Finally, we can go outside and get some fresh air! Although our space is a bit cramped because not all of the snow has melted yet, it was good to get outside. The students practiced some of what we have been learning about shadows and reflections by trying to find shadows on the ground and figuring out they were a shadow of.
On Friday, students brought in pictures from their Baptism to share with their friends. All week, we discussed what Baptism is and why it is important. We learned that in order to be a part of the Church family, we need to do two things: love God and be baptized. Some students pointed out that there were some similarities in the pictures: everyone was wearing white, everyone was wearing a fancy outfit. It was a lot of fun to see the pictures!
Mrs. Marx is a preschool teacher at Epiphany Catholic Elementary School in Chicago, IL.