We had so much fun at celebrating Christmas on Thursday! To start off the day, our 8th grade buddies came down to visit. They helped us to make a yummy treat: Christmas trees made out of ice cream cones, frosting, and sprinkles. Yum!
After lunch, we had our Christmas party! We had some yummy snacks while watching a movie and we had a visit from Santa. What a fun day!
Our preschoolers did such a great job at the Christmas concert on Wednesday. I'm so proud of all of them!
On Tuesday, the preschoolers joined the entire Epiphany school on a field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry. We had so much fun!
On Monday, students had a Christmas taste test to see which Christmas treat they enjoyed more. It was a choice between peppermint (candy canes) or gingerbread (gingerbread cookies). It was a pretty close contest but gingerbread won!
We used jingle bells as our instruments as we listened to different Christmas songs about bells. It was fun to try to make our jingle bells sound loud or quiet.
This week was also exciting because we had our all school field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry. We were able to explore many different exhibits but one of our favorites was the Christmas Around the World exhibit. This one has always been one of my favorite Christmas traditions and I'm so glad that I was able to share that with our preschoolers! Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post full of pictures from the trip!
We have tried many different activities recently to explore wind in our classroom. Preschoolers played a partner game in which they tried to blow a pom-pom into their partner's hand without letting it fall to the ground.
With our partners, we played a racing game in the hallway. Preschoolers tried to blow the pom-pom to their waiting partner who then used their own straw and tried to blow the pom-pom back to the finishing line. It was so much fun!
Back in the classroom, students worked together to find objects in the classroom that they could move by blowing into a straw. The preschoolers had a lot of fun testing different items in the classroom.
In order to prepare for our upcoming field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry, each class is learning about how different countries celebrate Christmas. We are learning about how people in Sweden celebrate Christmas. We made hats for Santa Lucia Day and we learned how to say Merry Christmas in Swedish. It was a very fun day!
We added some toys to our water table for the preschoolers to play with. The toys represent many animals that live in water. We now have sharks, whales, an octopus and several fish in our water table. The new additions have led to some very interesting storylines. One recent play storyline involved a family of fire-breathing sharks. Our preschoolers are so creative!
This week, our preschoolers can explore water in two very fun ways during center time. In our science center, students are able to explore sink and float. We have several items that they can choose to try out. With each item, they need to make a prediction about what they think will happen and then test it out.
Thanks to our very snowy weekend, we were also able to add some snow exploration into our center time. A large amount of snow was added to our water table. Students were able to explore the snow and observe as it slowly melted due to the warmth of our classroom.
As you know, we have a very snowy weekend! There was still plenty of snow in the courtyard this morning so I scooped some up. The preschoolers felt the snow as we talked about how it melts when it gets warm. We read The Snowy Day this morning and in that book, the character of Peter learns about snow melting when he tries to save a snowball. After we felt the snow, we painted it with watercolor paints. We then saved the giant pile of snow on a shelf to see how long it would take to melt. It's almost time for dismissal and it still hasn't melted all the way!
Mrs. Marx is a preschool teacher at Epiphany Catholic Elementary School in Chicago, IL.