Our superhero students received a special surprise visit from Spider-Man! The kids were amazed and had a great time!
The students at Little Scholars Preschool had a special visit from Animal Experiences this week! Students were very excited to learn about, explore and develop an appreciation for reptiles, amphibians, and other small animals without being afraid of them. They learned that animals are not always kept as pets and that they are to be treated with care. Most of all, the kids enjoyed getting hands on with them!
Most of the learning in December tied back to the holidays of Hanukkah and Christmas. The teachers did many creative activities that the children loved! The children learned the traditions of Hanukkah. In one classroom they made latkes (potato pancakes) and in another classroom the children made dreidels out of a marshmallow and Hershey Kiss. Many elf games and Christmas activities were used in the math, literacy and language arts domains. A couple of highlights included a family engagement activity where the children decorated a foam gingerbread man at home and a science experiment that dissolved a gingerbread cookie. Also, students made gingerbread playdough to create reindeers and wrapped presents and ornaments to work on their fine motor skills.
Each day the children were visited by the “classroom elf” who taught them valuable lessons such as being kind to friends and family. Lastly, a visit from Santa was enjoyed by all!
The month of May started with a delicious May breakfast that included eggs, yogurt, fruit, muffins and donuts! Many activities continued during the month….
Mrs. Oldham’s classroom did a lesson about plant growth. They planted Marigold seeds and learned that soil, water and sun make seeds grow. The children learned to be responsible for their plants by watering them every day. The plants grew very big and the children were excited to take them home. In the Creative Art Domain, the children painted on the easel and then described what they had created. In Literacy, the focus was on Eric Carle books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear, Let's Paint a Rainbow and Will You Be My Friend? The last letters of the alphabet museum letters were finished - Y and Z
Ms. Tanner’s class did a lesson on pond life and learned about the life cycle of a frog. In Creative Arts, the children made frogs and turtles and expressed themselves with easel paintings. In Language Development and the Literacy Domains, they worked on opposites, letters Y and Z, and finished up letter sounds. In the Mathematics Domain, the class learned about numbers in the teens and counting by 10's. The class enjoyed working on gifts for Mother's Day and talked about why moms are so special.
Mrs. Peterson’s class began by making Mother's Day gifts with the theme - I Love You to the Moon and Back. Then on May 9th, the Monarch Butterflies arrived! Each week the children observed and drew the different stages of the Monarch butterfly in a journal. They also made a life cycle model that included: eggs, small larvae (caterpillars), large caterpillars, chrysalis, and a butterfly that pumps its wings to emerge into a beautiful Monarch. They expanded their language development by learning the words "metamorphosis" and "molting". On May 29th and the 30th, the twelve Monarch butterflies were released into the world to their natural habitat.
The month concluded with a special visit from Officer Craig from the East Providence Police Department. He discussed his duties as an officer and what to do if a stranger talks to you. He asked the children, "When do you call 9-1-1?” Officer Craig showed the children his "tool" belt that included pepper spray and handcuffs. He also explained about the shortage of female police officers and their importance in effective law enforcement.
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