This week we had double the fun with two themes. Our K3 & K4 students took a deep dive into everyone’s favorite “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” while our preschoolers studied “The Littlest Pilgrim.”
Mother Nature is the best teacher for many things, not the least of which is science. To that end, we continued studying the changing of seasons.
Education in action came to life as students made Brown Bear a cave in which he could rest up this Winter. Look at the cozy caves our students made!
Speaking of resting in Winter, we took a look into which animals hibernate (which, we explained, is taking a long naptime) during these months. We also explored and examined the things our furry friends needed to do to prepare before a few months of snoozing. Who wouldn’t love a long winter’s nap?! The amount of food that animals need to consume in order to prepare their bodies for hibernation is nothing short of A LOT! Naturally, there was plenty of curiosity surrounding exactly what kinds of food these animals eat. We asked guiding questions and established prior knowledge, and were very impressed with our students’ level of understanding! They named all kinds of things like bugs and grass. . . But we can tell what they are eating at home, because they also said that animals really need to stock up on grapes, chicken nuggets, and mashed potatoes. Sounds yummy! Remember: asking your child guiding questions encourages their imagination and creativity, and helps develop that curious spirit.
Children enjoyed bringing their own bears to school for an age-old favorite “Show-And-Tell” to wrap our study of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See.” Children shared something special about their own brown bears with each other, and rested with them during nap time. One thing they share in common: naps! And who doesn’t love to cuddle with a bear?
Our sweet preschoolers loved every minute of painting their own versions of brown bears, cutting out shapes and making a brown bear face during art class. ADORABLE!
Our teachers understand the importance of continual development of fine motor skills, so they are always finding ways to integrate that into lessons. What better way to accomplish that during this time of year than to have the students use their thumbs and index fingers (formally referenced as a “pincer grasp”) to squeeze small cotton balls and feed our classroom turkey. By “Feeding the Turkey” different colors, the tails created beautiful rainbows of color. In our older classes, the students used tweezers to pick up the cotton balls to feed our turkey. Math skills were honed as well, as we practiced counting the number of cotton balls that were fed to our turkey. Utilizing sensory tools during painting is important, because children learn best when they can touch and feel different mediums. We don’t mind a little paint on our hands (or clothes!), because it washes right off.
Speaking of art! Our students also used their hands to create hand-printed turkeys – a keepsake for every refrigerator during the Thanksgiving season.
Thank you for stopping by to catch a glimpse into our world!