Jefferson Park preschool

Autumn, Pumpkins & Fire safety in room 3

            When October began we started talking about Fire Safety since it was Fire Safety week. The children practiced how to Stop, Drop and Roll in case their clothes were on fire. They crawled under smoke to get outside in case there’s a fire in the home. We talked about what not to touch in their home such as; stove, iron, matches, lighters, and portable heaters. The children got to meet real Fire fighters and listen to the stories they told about being safe and going to the fire fighter even though he may look scary with all his protection on. It was great week of learning fire precautions in our classroom.

            As the weeks went on we focused on the fall season. The children learned many math and science concepts as we explored pumpkins. We held them to see how heavy they were, we arranged the in graduated order, we measured them, we cut them in half and explored the inside, we roasted the pumpkin, and then we made pumpkin soup. The children also learned a rhyme about Five Little Pumpkins that involves counting and rhyming.

            Then we turned our focus to the outdoors and what was changing as Fall proceeded. The children went on a leaf hunt in front of our school and in the playground each day. They collected acorns to be counted. We made wreathes out of leaves and paper plates. We used this activity during back to school night to show parents that you don’t have to spend money to create beautiful art.  We ironed leaves between wax paper to preserve them. We used leaves for color, size, and pattern. The children are also learning new rhymes about Autumn Leaves that includes motions, and Five Little Leaves that incudes counting backwards from five. We are patiently waiting for all the leaves to fall off the tree in our playground so we can jump in them. 

Room 4: Creating Zoo Habitats

The children were fascinated by the zoo and the animals that lived there. We believe they developed an appreciation and respect for animal life.

 During our zoo exploration we discussed

    1.Types of zoo animal homes.

    2.Needs of zoo animal.

    3. The caretaker’s role.

Conceptions for the children to explore

  1. Mention several zoo animals we saw such as : llamas,birds , bears, monkeys, kangaroo, goats and turtles.
  2. A zoo is a place for animals.
  3. Zoo animals are kept in cages, fences or water.
  4. A person who feeds and takes care of the zoo animal is a zoo keeper.
  5. Veterinarians are animal doctors .
  6. Zoo animal need food, water and shelter.

The children in room 4 decided to make animal homes.

First, each child became a zookeeper. We asked the  children to construct a home for their animals. Next they used craft sticks, paper and other materials to create the animal quarters. Lastly, the  little zookeepers gave a description of the home they created. Telling the class who lived there and how they made it.

 

SONG AND RHYME

To the Zoo 
(sing to the tune of “Are You Sleeping?”)

Where do you go? Where do you go ?To the zoo, to the zoo

What do you want to see? What do you want to see?Elephant, Elephant

(You can use another zoo animal such as: snake, bear, monkey, lion, penguin etc)

Room 5: "Dali Art in Preschool Class"

 This month for Our Annual Art Show presentation, our classroom presented three different projects about Salvador Dali (A Surreal Famous Painter from Spain). After reading the book Dali and the Path of Dreams by: Anna Obiols. Our children were inspired and created their projects. First, they made The Long Ledge Elephants; we made an elephant stencil and had each child trace it. After that they painted the elephant and colored the background with colors of their choice and finally they decorated it using different art materials such as: Stickers, pieces of fabric, rhinestones and jewelry. Secondly, The Flying Clocks; they cut their tree and glued it on the card board also; they chose colors for the background and created the nature scenery. In addition, they made the clocks in different shapes and painted with watercolors they also wrote the numbers and the clocks’ hands on it, after the clocks were dry they glued them on their projects. The last project was title Butterflies Sailing on a Ship (3- Dimensional), we used a real piece of a tree log in the shape of a ship. Furthermore, they used different colors to paint the butterflies and create symmetry. Ms Suzette and I set up the sails and helped them to glue the butterflies on it. While our students were working on these projects they enjoyed being creative, interactive, inspired, spontaneous, and being Salvador Dali’s Imitators.