During small group this week, our preschoolers practiced making predictions about the weight of different amounts of beans. They also explored how moving the buckets from one end of the scale to the other end might change the outcome.
This week, we made our first observations of beans. After we made our observations, we drew pictures of the beans in our plant journals.
The beans were each placed on a paper towel and given a few sprays of water and hung in a window. We will be making observations of these beans for several weeks. Hopefully, we will be able to grow some bean plants!
This week, we began our new unit of study: Things That Grow! Today, we used magnifying glasses to examine the exterior of some sunflower seeds.
Yesterday, we used mirrors to make observations of our reflections and then draw our self-portraits. You can see the completed self-portraits on display in the hallway.
Today, we did an experiment using a flashlight. We learned that some items will block light entirely, some will block some of the light, and some will let almost all of the light pass. Each preschooler found an item in the classroom to test. Later on, while in the science center, preschoolers were able to continue this experiment on their own. This is a very easy experiment to do at home. Simply find some items that you want to test, make a prediction about what you think will happen, and then try it out.
This morning, our preschoolers went on a shadow hunt. With a partner, they tried to find shadows throughout the classroom. We found so many shadows!
Yesterday, we celebrated Mardi Gras in our classroom. We began by doing a taste test of two different flavors of paczki.
Later in the morning, both preschool classes and the kindergarten classes joined in the hallway to have a second line parade! We had so much fun!
Mrs. Marx is a preschool teacher at Epiphany Catholic Elementary School in Chicago, IL.