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  • Five Senses with Giant Marshmallows!

    Using our five senses strengthens our everyday experiences. The five senses introduce toddlers to methods of exploring the world around them and expanding their view of how things work. Drawing a child’s attention to the five senses and discussing them increases understanding of and communication about the world around us.

    We used the all five senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste) to explore a giant marshmallow!

    SENSE OF SOUND

    Children use their ears to take in information about things around them.  Like other skills that children learn, listening takes practice. Indoors and outdoors, there are many opportunities for toddlers to engage their listening skills.  The marshmallows were hidden inside the mystery can.  We used our ears to try to guess what was in the can.  As I shook the can – our class discussed that they made a soft quiet sound.

    SENSE OF SIGHT

    When children play games that involve sight, they’re practicing early literacy skills!  Sight games help children recognize words, patterns, objects…and help them develop their memory!  Sense of sight activities help preschoolers learn about their eyes as they explore the world around them.  We used our eyes to observe the color, shape, and size of the marshmallow.

     

    SENSE OF SMELL

    Over time, children will recognize certain smells as comforting, yummy, scary, exciting, etc. As children are exposed to different smells, they learn more about our environment. They will be able to distinguish between good and bad smells, comfortable and uncomfortable smells.  In the toddler room, we used our noses to smell the sweet sugary marshmallows.

    SENSE OF TOUCH

    Most touch activities involve the hands and feet. Children learn how to communicate with others through touch. Engaging their hands builds their fine motor skills, helping them learn how to do more for themselves, such as writing their names and buttoning their coats.  Everyone got to hold a marshmallow.  We discussed that it was soft and squishy and sticky inside.

    SENSE OF TASTE

    Many events in a child’s life involve food. Sense of taste activities teach children that the sense of taste and smell are connected.  This was the best part – tasting the giant marshmallow!

  • Finishing up with Fall

    We had a great time celebrating Autumn in the toddler room!

    Our Discovery bins were filled with beans, leaves, mini pumpkins and scoops and bowls to practice pouring and scooping.  These bins also foster discussion of colors, letters, and shapes.

    We used fall colored fingerprints to make turkey feathers for a Thanksgiving craft!

    Our watercolored leaves turned into fall foxes!

    We practiced fine motor skills by coloring, stickers, and fall themed playdough cookie cutters.

    Fall provides some yummy apples.  We used the special peeler to get our snack prepared!

    Fall was fun! Winter is coming…

     

  • The Beginning of the Holiday Season

    Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, we are getting into the holiday spirit!

    We started by making open ended creations using red and green gum drops and tooth picks!

    We went on a letter hunt in pretend snow! (Even though it happened to be 60 degrees outside at the end of November!)

    We painted with star shaped cookie cutters! Our December shape is the star, and color is red.

    The students were able to make homemade red, peppermint play-doh! We will use this in class activities throughout December.   

  • Class Thanksgiving Feast!

    Leading up to our class Thanksgiving feast, we talked all about how the first Thanksgiving came about!

    We discussed that the Pilgrims came to America on the Mayflower and met the Indians who taught them how to hunt and farm in the Spring time. At the end of their harvest they had a feast to celebrate their hard work and new found friendship. We brought this all back to the student’s own lives and how it connected to their Thanksgiving today. As a class, we decided that the holiday was based around appreciation and being thankful for what we have 🙂 We made a list of what we were most thankful for on the board following this exercise.

    To help us better understand the  story of Thanksgiving, we retold it together as we created a symbolic necklace.  Each colored bead on the string symbolized a part of the story. The kids had fun making the necklaces and it helped them to remember the story in a unique way! We sent a key home to parents so they could talk about the Thanksgiving necklaces outside of the classroom.

    Just like the Pilgrims and Indians, we prepped our food for our feast!

    And then we got to enjoy it together!!

  • Hands on, Interactive Learning at Creative Tots

    We had a blast with our November farm theme in Preschool/Preschool Prep! Below the students are washing the “mud” (brown paint) off of the pigs to reveal a letter to identify!

    The Preschool class acted out the story “I Spy on the Farm”. It was a fun and interactive way to retell the story step by step.

    After reading “Chicka Chika Boom Boom”, we collected leaves outside that had letters on them and we created our own fall version of the alphabet tree!

    Practicing our cutting skills by giving the trolls a haircut!

    Matching letters to the correct beginning sounds

    Measuring with nonstandard objects

    Fine motor fun!

    Counting our way through Preschool!

  • Reading Groups: K Prep

    The K prep students have been working hard on TWO books this past week and during our short week this week. Our sight word focus has been on the words am & at. This is a precursor to our introduction to word families which begins when we return from Thanksgiving Break. We interacted with the sight words in a variety of ways and have been enjoying our time buddy reading the books we have mastered.

     

     

     

  • Farm Fun!

    The farm theme has provided some fun center options and activities in the toddler room.

    The toddler sensory bin filled with corn kernels and farm animals.

    A horse barn has provided a fun place for imaginary play.

    We used our sense of hearing to listen to the farm animal sounds!

    We have practiced fine motor skills while lacing farm animals!

    Fun farm animal magnets were mixed with letters to provide discussion.

    Another sensory activity included washing big and little farm animals.

    We sorted farm animals by size (big and little) and by color.

     

     

    Then we acted out our book of the month, I Spy On the Farm,  with face puppets.

     

  • Some November Process Art

  • Learning About The First Thanksgiving

    We have begun our study of The First Thanksgiving in preschool this past week.  We have learned a little about how the pilgrim children were different from us, that the big boat they traveled on was not called Jimmy (haha), but actually the Mayflower and that the Indians taught them how to plant seeds and hunt for food.  We love this time of year in preschool!

  • Science Exploration in K Prep: Pumpkin Investigations