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Getting ready for Graduation

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Graduation is something we talk a lot about in the preschool. Our seniors start becoming very aware of the transition that will soon happen for them. Kindergarten is something they are looking forward to with excitement but it’s not without a bit of anxiety as well. We try to make plenty of time to talk about this transition with them. The actual motions of getting ready for Graduation itself is helpful. Weeks before the event we prepare physically and mentally.  While making caps, decorations, name tags and invitations we are preparing and as the day gets closer we find that our senior friends are ready not only for the ceremony itself, but for the transition to a new school as well. 

















Children enter our preschool program at age Three. A few weeks before Graduation we put up pictures we took of them in the first weeks of their time here. They spent so much time looking at them, pointing each other out and exclaiming things about how cute they were or how someone looks so different now.…

Earth day is everyday.

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We did a lot of thinking and talking about the Earth this past week. We traced the Earth and some of her continents, we drew and colored what our planet looks like from space, we got our hands dirty planting seeds in the the soil our planet generously supplies.  Our big project was painting newspaper, tearing it up and gluing the pieces onto a large outline of the Earth . The children were very proud of this big beautiful piece of art. 


We talked about the things we know about the Earth and things we would like to know. We had a great discussion about ways we can help take care of the Earth. 

The Earth is green and blue”. Penelope “The ocean is blue and has sharks, turtles, and killer whales”. Leo“The Earth moves around and around”. Ada

“We can help the Earth by picking up garbage “. Daniela 
“We should not leave the electricity on”. Ada“I think we can help the Earth by helping trees”. Isabelle 










Super heroes of love and kindness

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journey began around Valentine’s day. We talked so much about love it seemed the perfect time to start a conversation about kindness. What is kindness?  What are ways we are kind?  What are ways sometimes we are unkind?  We got so many answers.....

We introduced the word “empathy”. Developmentally for this age group empathy is a bit of a stretch, but important to talk about just the same. An understanding starts on a basic level. How are we the same, how are we different? We share so much. Feelings are something we all have. When we are in touch with all our feelings, we can better recognize these same feelings in our friends. This project was born from our kindness talks and nurtured by the children’s love of  stories. 


The children were asked to create a character. To help those who might  not feel confident with representational art, we set up a” loose parts” provocation. We hoped it would inspire them to create their own unique character. The characters were traced and cut out and r…

Inventions

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During our inquiry into energy we read about Benjamin Franklin and we were all pretty inspired by all the things he invented. The children wondered what kind of inventions they could come up with. 

We read two great books, What do you do with an idea? by Kobi Yamada, and Ashley Spire’s, The most magnificent thing” .  It got us thinking. Where do ideas come from? They might come out of necessity or truly just be a crazy notion that pops into your head. 

With pencil and paper the children’s ideas went from their imaginations onto the paper. The inventions were wild and impractical to be sure but the important take away seemed to be that ideas can be things that exist inside your own mind or they can be shared using words, or we can express those ideas by drawing them.  If inventions were all things that didn’t exist before someone had the idea then we can see how important ideas can be however small or grand. 

We gave the children the opportunity to make their ideas come alive in a differe…

Love Day 2019

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The children made these beautiful cards for their parents for Valentine’s Day. 


It was a multi step process that invited the children to trace, draw and glue. 


We asked them, “what’s in your heart?” 









Pancakes, pancakes !

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One day we read the book Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle. We were happily surprised to see how the story connected well to things we had been talking about. When Jack wants pancakes he finds out just how much work goes into making them. By the end of the story we were all pretty hungry for pancakes. So maybe we could make them? Hmmm....

In the story Jack has to bring the wheat to a mill to be ground into flour. In the book the mill was powered by water that turned a wheel, we needed to use our own power. We got to experience first hand just how hard it is to grind wheat berries into flour . No wonder humans figured out a way to make it easier!



We didn’t have a butter churn but got the experience of making butter by shaking a jar full of heavy cream. You have to shake it for a long time! It’s not easy work!

We followed a “recipe”, “measured”, poured and stirred.


We cooked them using electricity until golden brown, and ate them with strawberry jam just like Jack.