Several of our preschoolers and their families participated in a family field trip to the Field Museum today. Every one had a great time! I'm so glad that so many of our families were able to join in on the fun.
An important skill for any preschooler to master is how to sort or categorize items. In our classroom, you will see students sorting items by color, by size, or by type of item. This is an easy skill to practice while at home. Ask your preschooler to help you to sort the laundry. Or go on a walk and put leaves into different categories. You could sort leaves by color or by size. You could sort them by texture or what type of plant the leaves came from (tree or flower).
For a couple weeks, we have been documenting the growth of our caterpillars as they grew and changed into butterflies. Today was the perfect day to let our butterflies go so that they can explore outside.
We walked to the garden area by the Church. The butterflies seemed very happy to be surrounded by so many beautiful flowers!
We had a special visitor come to our classroom today. Ms. Katie from Toman Library read a story to us and told us about the summer program at the library. I encourage all families to spend a lot of time at the library this summer! Your preschooler can have his or her own library card to check out great books for summer reading. And the library has a great space-themed program for the summer.
Last Monday, I cut a piece of yarn that matched up to each student's height. We estimated how long the yarn would be if we laid each piece in a long line in the hallway. The yarn line went all the way down to 2nd grade! On Tuesday, we used the yarn to compare heights to things in the classroom. For example, students could see how many blocks tall they are. The preschoolers had a lot of fun and are excited to do it again.
We will use the yarn again next week and then I will send the yarn pieces home so that the preschoolers can practice measuring at home as well.
Mrs. Marx is a preschool teacher at Epiphany Catholic Elementary School in Chicago, IL.