We had a very special guest visit our classroom on Friday…some of the children have never seen a ferret before and were amazed. They thought he looked like a long furry snake! We learned his name is Swiper because he likes to swipe little things around his home and hide them in special places through the house. Swiper, no swiping! We watched as he tried to swipe some of the items from our classroom and hide them under the baby bed in the Dramatic Play area. What a fun new friend!
We had fun learning about different farm animals! We listened to the sounds they make, their colors, and sorted between the big animals and little animals. In art, we did “H” is for “horse” and put cotton balls onto sticky paper to make fluffy sheep. We also cleaned our animals with toothbrushes and sponges to practice fine motor skills.
One of the activities we like to do in the preschool class are these sticker pages. This activity is great for quite a few skills and our students really love them!
On top of them being fun to do because what kid doesn’t like to play with stickers, they are a great prewriting activity! We always practice doing them in order (not skipping all over the page) and when possible we work from left to right. They are also a great fine motor skill. The work that goes into getting the sticker off the sticker sheet is a good fine motor skill in itself, but it then takes it up a notch that they have to fit it in the tiny little circle on the page.
Such a fun and helpful activity!
For the month of November, we will be focusing on the use of our five senses: touch, taste, sight, smell, and sound. Early education focuses a lot of learning through sensory play and active learning because our senses are some of our most useful learning tools! It is important for toddlers to continue to develop their different senses, as well as to learn the use of their senses, because that is their means of processing the world around them. Use of the five senses can help children link their senses to recalling memories, which helps with overall cognitive development.
With our toddlers, we made pumpkin muffins as a class, and we used our senses to explore what we were making along the way. Here goes some multi-sensory learning!
Ms. Kristen had some already made muffins in the Mystery Can, and our friends listened to the sound it made in the can. We then started making our muffins, by adding each ingredient in a big plastic bag, one step at a time. Our friends got to smell each ingredient we were adding (yum, cinnamon!) throughout the process.
After adding all of our ingredients, it was time to mix the batter together. Each of our friends got to take a turn (yay, sharing!) mixing our muffin batter in the bag. They loved how squishy and soft it felt!
After putting the batter into the pan, our friends got to add their own chocolate chips on top–we always love to sneak in some fine motor skills 😉
They used their sense of taste at snack time, when they got to enjoy what they helped make!
We had a blast at our spooky Halloween party this Friday!
Vampire doughnut treats are the best. We had a lot of fun with those fangs
We threw flies into a sticky spiderweb!
We made silly play dough monsters!
We used jelly pumpkin candies and toothpicks to make our own structures!
We had such a fun time celebrating both Thursday and Friday!
We threw “bugs” at a spider web.
We made play dough monsters.
We also got to make a candy corn craft and practiced a little color matching in the process!
We also had some yummy snacks!
To celebrate Halloween this week, we had all Halloween-themed activities! We did Halloween art projects, played Halloween games, had spooky snacks, and of course–COSTUMES! We had so much fun celebrating Halloween with our friends. Have a safe and happy Halloween, from the Creative Tots Toddler Room!
Last week while we were completing our fall assessments, we got to do stations in class! These allow students to work more independently and review various skills in a fun way!
To work on our fine motor skills, we transferred pumpkin seeds using tongs!
We got to do some fun art exploration by painting with spiders!
We practiced our cutting skills by cutting spaghetti!
A big skill we work on and learn to do is to trace! This is a great prewriting skill and key before beginning KPrep. We practiced our tracing skills this week by tracing both pumpkins and leaves.
To work on color matching, we practiced matching up popsicle sticks to the correct color on the boards and it also helped us with fine motor because we had to match them up just right!
We also worked on our gluing skills and our number matching skills!
We had so much fun working independently and growing as preschool students!
Color recognition is a skill that uses the cognitive function, which is what our brains use to think, reason, and remember. Through cognitive reasoning, children link visual clues, such as colors, to the word it corresponds to, which is recalled from the use of their cognitive function.
The toddlers have been learning all about the color green this month! We incorporated the color green into lots of activities this week, for them to have the continual to exposure to one color, in which they can link to the word, “green”. They went on a hunt for the color green, used green markers, crayons, chalk, and paint, to create different artwork, and used green circles and triangles to sort shapes! Our friends sure made green week fun!