Friday, March 18, 2016

We'll Weather the Weather Together

Last week we enjoyed the pouring rain and the warm sunshine and it didn't slow us down one bit.  It reminds of a poem by Anonymous:

Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not. 

Here is a peek at PreK during outside time and the many activities they explore.  Digging for treasure, filling water bottles, donning capes, riding horses, building doghouses, and shooting lasers.  
Due to the popularity of filling water bottles outside, Ronda and I made it an inside activity too.  Students counted and chose items to fill their "sensory bottle" then poured in water.  Someone remarked that it was like a snow globe and another student called it an "I spy" bottle.  
Although worksheets aren't the main focus for students in PreK, they are extremely compelling to many.  After practice with a tracing sheet last week, I found one that was more complex and invited the class to try this advanced version.  The activity was also about moving from left to right (to strengthen pre-reading skills.)  I place a green marker dot on the left to designate "go" and a red dot on the right side to show when to "stop."  As I observed the students at work I was struck by how strong the pincer grip for most students has become.  Everyone had success!
Our sensory area was filled with water beads (these can be found at Michaels in the aisle with hot glue, shells, and assorted items to fill a vase.)  Kids LOVE these squishy little beads.  After this week I let them dry for a number of days and then store them in a baggie until the next time.  Just add water and they plump up again.  
One thing I love so much about preschool is that we allow the time and space to be creative.  Along with the appreciation and understanding that each child is unique in their creative vision.  Here are a few masterpieces to enjoy.  

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