preschool projects

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 1: Insects Oh! My!

    This month our class have centered the activities around the theme” INSECTS”. The insects that we studied in depth were: butterflies, ants, caterpillars, ladybugs, bees, grasshoppers, mosquitoes, and the cricket. 

Here are some of the ways we planned this thematic unit:

·         We analyzed the insects’ bodies using posters;

·         We talked about how they were born, how they grow, what they eat, how they move, where               they live, what they do, and their importance.

·          We made our ladybugs and counted the spots on their shelves;

·          We made butterflies using sand and glitter;

·         We made our own caterpillars;

·         We used our fingers to paint the ants;

·         We hopped and jumped like the grasshoppers

·          We pretended to fly like the butterflies, crickets, mosquitoes, and  bees;

·         We made insects out of play-dough;

·         We used shaving cream to trace insects;

·         We drew insects using chalk;

·         We observed live ants using the magnifiers

·         We read and acted out  the stories ”The Very Quiet Cricket”; “The Very Hungry caterpillar”,              “The Very Grouchy Ladybug”

·         We classified the insects into groups.

   Using their cognitive skills, our students had a lot of fun learning about insects , why they are special for us and for the environment.

Room 2: Zoology

 The highlight for May in room 2 was definitely the class trip to Turtlelback Zoo.  Before we went we discussed zoos and zoo animals for about a week beforehand. On the morning of the trip it was slightly overcast but it kept it from being too hot during the day while we walked around the zoo paths. We had 3 parents who came with us and they helped us soo much. On the bus ride to the zoo the children were so excited and as we drove past a lake and through a county park, it gave them a lot to talk about. As soon as we got inside the gates we headed for the train station and when we got there it was empty. No one was standing in line! It was great to just get right on without waiting. The children really enjoyed that ride with the tunnel and train whistle.

After the train ride we started to walk around and one of the first things we saw was the American Alligator. He was so huge and the children could get a really good look at him because it wasn’t crowded. Best of all he climbed out of the water right in front of the children. They were ecstatic!  As soon as we turned away from the alligator we came across a male peacock. He was standing in the middle of the pathway with all his tail feathers out and he was swishing side to side. We got such a good look at him.  We believe he was showing off because he knew he was beautiful.  Then he started to shake all of those beautiful feathers right in front of us! It was an amazing sight! The children were ewwing and ahhing.

     We saw many other great things, such as, a wolf, bear, snow leopards, cougar, a huge tortoise, and penguins to name a few.  Right before we were to eat lunch we found a great little play area, that had a great climbing tree and a tunnel. The children had a great time here as you can tell by their faces. When we finally got to our lunch table they were very hungry and glad to sit down. We did a lot of walking and talking that day! As trips go it scored a 10.

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 2: Botany, Garden & Earth Day

Would you be surprised to know that science plays a very big part in the preschool classroom? Science, in one form or another, is an everyday occurrence in Room 2. We do one teacher directed science experiment a week, but there are many teachable moments for science daily, especially out on the playground.

The month of April we were able to celebrate Earth Day. To develop our botany and general science skills we worked in our garden area outside and we planted seeds in special seedling starters in the classroom. When we get back to school on Monday we will find a flat full of green seedlings!  Luigi’s Mother was kind enough to come in and help us clean up our garden and to plant our seeds. The children are going to plant these seedlings outside when the danger of frost is past. They are learning here that temperature and weather affects the growth of plants, besides other things. Here are some pictures of us working on our Earth Day Project. 

Preschoolers Plant with Groundworks

By: Khaleeqa Rouse 

Recently Elizabeth Groundworks visited our center and helped our preschoolers learn about the importance of planting. Each student had a roll in planting earth boxes of sugar snap peas. The children learned how the earth box sucks water from the bottom in order to feed the roots of the plants; and how this method was more efficient in having a successful garden. The children each planted a sugar snap seed, after they fertilized the soil.

Initially it was hard to get the children to focus, but they made up songs as each of their classmates went and helped prepare the box and plant the seed. The peas were the first addition to our garden this year. We hope have a garden full of delicious vegetables.

Cultivating healthy sustainable living starts at an early age. We have found that if children are involved in the process of gardening then they are more likely to eat vegetables because they know where they come from. Teaching the children how to plant reinforces curriculum concepts such as math and science, also the children just love to play and get their hands dirty.