This class loves measuring! They have been requesting that we do some more measuring. The students love seeing how tall they would be compared to items in the classroom. The yarn piece are being sent home today. I encourage you to do some measuring at home with the yarn.
Epiphany School had our Spring Concert on Wednesday. The preschoolers did an excellent job! Thank you to Mrs. Abarro for putting together such a lovely concert!
We released our butterflies on Wednesday. It was fun having them in the classroom but it was time for them to be able to explore the outdoors. We released them by the garden near the Church. That garden always has the most beautiful peonies! Hopefully, some of the five butterflies will make their new home nearby so we can see them from time to time. They seemed pretty content on the peonies so they might stay pretty close to us.
In addition to the butterfly exhibit case that I had on loan from the Field Museum, we were also able to explore an Animal Homes box from the Museum. It was full of interesting animal homes. The homes had some very interesting similarities and some very interesting differences, too. We were able to explore the homes for a paper wasp, honey bee, mud dauber wasp, weevil, bark beetle, and two types of birds nests. It was fun to see and feel the different materials that animals had used to build their homes.
All five of the butterflies have emerged from their chrysalis! The preschoolers have been so excited to watch this process unfold. We also have a new butterfly item to make observations of. On our big carpet, we have an exhibit case that we have on loan from the Field Museum. The preschoolers have enjoyed making comparisons between our butterflies and the butterflies in the exhibit case.
Students worked together with a partner to measure things in the classroom. We are working on using measuring tools the correct way. Do you have measuring tools at home? A ruler? A scale? You can use these tools with your preschooler! Try measuring the height of furniture in your house. What is the tallest piece of furniture? With a scale, you can weigh items in your house. How much does an apple weigh? What if you weighed four apples?
What a great day we had! Today, the preschool classes went to the Chicago Children's Museum. It was so much fun! The preschoolers were able to explore three of the permanent exhibits at the Museum. We explored the WaterWays, Kids Town, and Dinosaur Expedition exhibits. The preschoolers all had so much fun! After lunch, we were able to enjoy the beautiful weather by going for a walk for a bit outside the Museum at Navy Pier.
The last couple weeks, we have been doing an Alphabet Countdown to countdown to the end of the school year. It's a great way to review letter names and letter sounds and then we do an activity for that letter. You can check out our letter countdown hanging up in the classroom.
Today was the letter J. I apologize for the blurry photos but I wanted to share. All students started at a line of tape in the hallway and tried to jump as far as they could.
We've been making weekly observations of our bean plants and our grass. Some of the plants are growing a lot! Some have changed a little. And some haven't shown much change at all.
We also have some new members of our classroom. We have four caterpillars that have already shown some significant changes and growth since they made their classroom debut last Monday. The preschoolers love checking up on the caterpillars.
Mrs. Marx is a preschool teacher at Epiphany Catholic Elementary School in Chicago, IL.