To continue our education and learning process, the Early Preschool class decided to take their painting activity from inside the classroom to the outdoors! Earlier in the day we had been discussing weather and changing of seasons, so there was no better way to paint a picture of the sky, than taking the activity outside! The children were instructed to look up into the sky and draw whatever they see. Some drew the clouds, the sky, or airplanes; some just drew their families! It was such a wonderful experience to use the art easel in the garden and take such a great lesson outdoors!
The Early Preschool classroom has been learning about dinosaurs. In our room we discussed species of dinosaurs, read the book “‘Dinosaur, Dinosaur”, and talked about whether or not dinosaurs are still living. We also discussed words such as extinct, paleontologist, and fossils. To extend our learning about this topic, we did a dinosaur egg hunt outside in the garden. All of the students were told that before the dinosaurs went extinct, they hid dinosaur eggs all around our garden for the class to find. Everyone got very excited, so we lined up and prepared for our dinosaur egg hunt!
As we went outside, everyone went in various directions discovering all of the eggs. They were surprised to find dinosaur stickers inside the eggs! It was so much fun finding all of the eggs and seeing what the dinosaurs left behind for the EPS class!
The Early Preschool class has so much fun learning our letters. During “F” week, we learned how to distinguish the letter “F” from other letters of the alphabet. The help with this, I placed magnetic strips on the backs of several letters on fish shapes. The students were then asked to go “fishing” and catch letters. Once a fish was caught, students were asked if they found the letter “F or a different letter. If they found a different letter, they threw it back in the pond. This continued until all of the letter “F”s were caught..
For the month of August, the Early Preschool class in Plano has been discussing the sky. Within this theme, we talked about air transportation. As a class we discussed where a plane travels, if it is loud or not, and it the speed it travels. The weather has finally cooled down, so we were able to go outside and look for airplaines ourselves. The class congregated outside and laid on their backs, looking at the sky. They didn’t have any luck this way, so they ran around the play area looking at different angels to see if they could find one. Finally, a large plane flew overhead. The children were so excited, clapping and waving their hands to the plane they had so anticipated seeing. Blue skies, sunshine, and an airplane in the sky: What a beautiful way to spend our morning!