Today, both preschool classes combined to do a large art project. We first watched a short video of the alfombras de asserin (sawdust carpets) that are done during Holy Week. They are beautiful! Then, in groups of four, our preschoolers worked together to make their own carpets. We used paper and crayon, though, not sawdust. The finished projects are on display in the hallway!
This morning, we made bird feeders by stringing cereal onto pieces of yarn. The birds will be able to eat the cereal and they might even use the yarn in their nests! We will be hanging the bird feeders up next week. Not only were we doing an activity that will help neighborhood birds, it was also a good fine motor activity.
One of our activities during small group was using rulers to measure items in the classroom. Our preschoolers had a lot of fun using these tools.
This morning, we went on another walk around the block to find signs of spring. The preschoolers were so excited when we started to hear a woodpecker in a nearby tree. They were even more excited when we actually were able to find where the woodpecker was! We watched the woodpecker for nearly five minutes. In the picture below, the woodpecker is sitting on a branch. I've drawn a box around the bird so that it's easier to find.
We have a new friend in our blocks center. Bee-bot is a programmable robot. Our preschoolers are learning beginning programming skills by attempting to make mazes for Bee-bot to follow. When our preschoolers are using Bee-bot they are solving problems, working together as a team, using their creativity, and telling interesting stories. For today's maze, the dinosaurs and monkeys came to see Bee-bot complete his maze.
This morning, we used plastic eggs to make some art. The preschoolers used the eggs to stamp with paint.
Mrs. Marx is a preschool teacher at Epiphany Catholic Elementary School in Chicago, IL.