For afternoon snack our friends in the Apple Grove (Pre-K Room 3) were told we would be eating a WHOLE plant!!
We were excited and not quite sure we could eat roots, stems, leaves, flowers and seeds….Yikes!
We put all the parts together and found out we can do it.
Seeds…shelled and roasted pumpkin seeds
Leaves…lettuce leaves from “our Grove Garden”
and finally roots…baby carrots.
In the Pre-K Apple Grove, one of the culminating activities during our unit on “The Sky” was to build our own “star constellations” using mini marshmallows and toothpicks.
So, what do you get when you give prekindergarteners mini marshmallows to build with?
Happy and enthusiastic learners!
We looked at star clusters using our Smart Board and read, “Stargazers” by Gail Gibbons.
We heard the names of constellations like the ”Big Dipper”, “Leo the Lion” and “Great Bear”.
Our friends began to build their own constellations not realizing the pre-math and critical thinking skills they were demonstrating!
Star constellations with names like “Savannah”, “Flower”, “Ariel” and “Spider” were constructed.
The best part of this activity?
You guessed it…eating our creations!!
The Pre-K students in the Apple Grove room enjoyed a warm Fall day in The Outdoor Grove. Clay’s Mom brought turnip and lettuce seeds and small starter plants of cabbage, bok choy and broccoli.
Our friends prepared the planting bed with special gardening tools.
We smelled the earth and the plants too!
We measured the plants.
We measured the planting bed.
Holes were dug.
Seeds were sprinkled.
Small plants were placed gently in the ground as little hands slowly “tucked” and covered the plants in the soil.
We are proud of our hard work.
We love our garden!
Started from seeds.
Sprinkled into the earth.
We watered and watched.
Green sprouts emerge.
And check the plants.
We read, “The Carrot Seed”.
And then it’s time!
Little hands pull and tug…
On Friday in Room 3, the Apple Grove, our PK friends enjoyed their small group activity in Science Center.
We have been discussing primary and secondary colors in class. We sang and danced along with OK Go’s Sesame Street version of the song “Three Primary Colors”!
We used three cups of vinegar and food colors in the primary colors red, yellow and blue!
Eye droppers were used to drip colors (a great eye hand coordination activity) onto a plastic tray of white baking soda.
Colors bubbled, fizzed and mixed into secondary colors of green, orange and purple!
First we made our own “CLEAN MUD” using grated Ivory soap, tissue paper and warm water. Jackson said, “It looks like snow!” Our friends made snowballs with the “soapy mud”. Then, we built our own igloos with it using recycled fruit cup containers for a mold. Lastly, we sprinkled them with our oh so popular snow glitter!!
The culminating activity at the end of our unit on dinosaurs was exciting indeed!
The children created a volcano!
Dough, sand and other natural materials were worked together with small hands.
Eventually our dough resembled a small mountain.
More hands create an opening at the peak of the mountain top!
A recycled fruit cup container was used to hold the ingredients needed to create an eruption.
We used baking soda…a glop!
Red watercolor paint…a decent squirt for a fiery “lava”!
We loved the result! Lots of Lava.
Our volcano erupted ten times!!
We are a little family in our preschool classroom. A community of three, four and five year old boys and girls, learning through socialization how to be a friend, appreciate each other’s differences and similarities and respect the people and the world around us.
A child’s sense of self comes from the support of the adults in his or her life.
As a teacher, I know I play an important role in helping children deal with every day feelings in their world. I know that each child is an individual. I speak to each child with respect and interest, always addressing them by name and asking them to do the same for me. I happily greet each child as they walk into the room each day and follow up with friendly conversation with their parents too. While these gestures come naturally, I know too that I am modeling for the children the basics of socialization and communication each and every day.
I support the children in their efforts to communicate, helping with words and accepting their feelings as they develop the ability to grow and make sense of the world. The use of positive language, so crucial when speaking to children, builds a trusting relationship with each child.
In the preschool classroom, children learn to develop social skills to help them work and play, take the initiative and cooperate with those around them. Sharing, taking turns, respect for others and friendship is modeled by the adults in our school.
There are very simple and direct rules to follow in my preschool classroom…be kind, be safe and be the best friend you can be.
I assist the children in verbalizing their needs in a socially acceptable way. I encourage the children to be kind, caring and show empathy to all and thus find a room full of multi-tasking, problem solving children with a real sense of pride and accomplishment in who they are and what they can do.
For me, it is truly rewarding to see the mastering of skills in each and every child as they blossom and grow into bright and independent thinkers at The Grove School and beyond.