This past week in preschool we focused on colors, shapes and life on the farm! We spent a lot of time talking about how primary colors combine to form new colors. We read The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle and then we made our own "mixed up chamelons". Each child was given a baggie with a chameleon drawn on it. In the baggie were two separate primary colors. They were then encouraged to use their hands to mash the paint colors together in the baggie to see first hand how yellow and blue combine to make green and how red and blue combine to make purple. The children loved this hands on activity!
We also spent time singing songs about shapes and playing shape games to begin to learn to identify the names of shapes, as well as the similarities and differences between shapes. Additionally, we created a "Shape Tractor" to tie into our farm theme. While exploring our farm theme, we discussed different farm animals as well as what each animal provides for us in terms of food and/or materials. The highlight of the week is when I brought in homemade dirt dough and allowed the children to play with plastic farm animals in the dirt and then wash them off in a "bathtub". Your children might have come home a bit wet and dirty, but they were happy!
This week we also began circle time and calendar time. During cirlcle time, we begin by relaxing our bodies and then we all greet each other and sing a song together. We follow this with calendar time where we gain exposure to calendar concepts such as days of the week, months of the year, seasons, weather etc. Developmentally, some children are ready to conceptualize calendar information, while others are not. My goal is to expose all of the children to this information in a way that is developmentally appropriate for them.
We are looking forward to a very exciting week at HPS! I am so excited to see you all at the apple picking picking field trip and at Open House. I also can't wait to see all of those beautiful little smiles shining on picture day! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!