On Tuesday, pieces of yarn were cut to match each student's height. On Wednesday, students were able to use their yarn pieces to see how their height compared to items in the classroom. Students used blocks, books, and various other items in the classroom to see how their height compared to the height of other objects. This is a great activity because it gives the students some time to practice measuring skills and also gives them time to practice their counting. The preschoolers have already been asking when we will be measuring our heights again.
We have been learning about things that grow and this week spent a lot of time learning about animals that hatch from eggs. We spent a lot of time talking about birds and nests. On Friday, the students were each given a yarn "nest" to set up in the classroom. Students were asked to think like a mama bird to try to find the safest place for their nest in our classroom. At the end of the day, we took a look around the classroom to see what, if any, of the nests were able to last through the entire day. It was a fun experiment and the students learned why a bird may choose a tree or a birdhouse instead of the ground as those locations may be safer for their nest and eggs.
We read the book, The Sun is my Favorite Star. We've been learning about things that grow and we know how important the sun is for things that grow. Last week, we used the sun to make art! Students arranged items on solar-activated paper and watched as the paper changed colors. You can see the finished solar prints hanging in the hallway.
If you walk into our classroom, one of the first things that you will notice are the bags hanging in one of the windows. Each bag has a bean and a damp paper towel. We have been using magnifying glasses to observe our beans on a weekly basis. The preschoolers are becoming amazing scientists. They are making great observations and drawing what they see in their "Bean Journal." Hopefully, some of the beans will start to sprout and we will be able to transfer them to soil.
Friday was a simply beautiful day. Both preschool classes went on a walk around the block to look for signs of spring. We've been on many walks this week and it's fun to see how the plants are changing from day to day. When we returned to the courtyard, we had the chance to play with our outdoor building materials. The preschoolers were very excited to see the building materials since we haven't had the chance to play with them in months!
Mrs. Marx is a preschool teacher at Epiphany Catholic Elementary School in Chicago, IL.