Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Weather - August 4-8

 During our weather week, we learned about different types of weather.  We talked about sunshine, clouds, lightning, thunder, hurricanes, tornadoes, wind...all of it!  The children really enjoyed this week, thanks to our teachers who did a great job coming up with fun ways of learning!  Here's a little of what we did...

The one-year-olds glued cotton balls onto blue paper to represent clouds.  They also painted beautiful rainbows!

The two-year-olds painted lightning bolts and made really cute clouds and rain.  They colored umbrellas too!

The three-year-olds gazed at clouds when they talked about cloudy weather.  They colored hot cocoa mugs when they talked about snow.  When they talked about stormy weather they sprinkled sand on a tornado swirl drawn out with glue and painted a tornado too.  They watched The Wizard of Oz that day with the Pre-K class.  When they learned about sunny days, they set up centers outside to play and enjoy the sunshine with the Pre-K class.  And Friday was a water day!  They also created a weather graph with the children's favorite weather.  Surprisingly, their favorite weather was rain...probably because Ms. Ashley enjoys letting the kids play in the rain a little on rainy days!

The Pre-K class decorated beautiful umbrellas for their bulletin board.  They enjoyed playing a weather match game and drawing pictures of their favorite type of weather.  In a great weather literacy activity, they read the book It Looked Like Spilt Milk, then made their own cloud drawings.  For a special snake, they made dirt cake complete with gummy frogs and worms!

Have a wonderful week (we sure are!) and be on the lookout for our post on our Home on the Range Cowboy and Cowgirl Week!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Let's Get Moving!: Exercise, Sports, and the Olympics - July 28-August 1

We really enjoyed our exercise and sports week here at The Pa-Paw Patch!  It was an active week, full of games and play as we learned how exercise helps our bodies!  Here's a few of the things we did...

The one-year-olds glued shapes on to white paper plates to create soccer balls!

The two-year-olds used a toilet tissue roll to stamp circles on paper, as in the Olympic rings!  They also painted popcorn buckets...a staple at sporting events!

The three-year-olds grew a green bean plant and discovered this week that green beans were growing on it.  What good timing!  They stretched their arm muscles doing wall paintings outside, too.  They enjoyed coloring popcorn buckets, then popped popcorn and glued it on top.  Then, of course, they had some for a snack!  Skating on paper plates was a super fun gross motor activity, and then the kids loved exploring sports equipment at circle time!

The Pre-K classes stamped Olympic rings, had fun learning and practicing new sports, made wall paintings, and drew pictures of their favorite sports.  A few boys even played a version of basketball and kept score!  A great way to practice math!

Next up...Weather Week!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How Does It Work? - July 21-25

We found a little inspiration from "Team Umizoomi" and created a week dedicated to science, technology, and finding out how things work!  The kids had a great time exploring, creating, and asking questions during this week.  See what we did below...

The one-year-olds talked a lot about vehicles, rockets, and wheels, and enjoyed practicing circles!

The two-year-olds made gear prints by dipping toy gears in paint and stamping them on paper!

The three-year-olds had lots of hands-on opportunities to build this week!  We love their LEGO pyramid!

The four-year-olds crafted robots faces with old floppy discs and aluminum foil, played with a parachute, and enjoyed drawing their own robots.

The five-year-olds practiced folding and flying paper airplanes.  Ms. Kelly also taped tubes to the walls so the kids could drop marbles down them and watch them go!  They made shape robots, painted robots, and explored the inside of a computer!

Next up...our Exercise, Sports, and Olympics week!