We had so much fun during our first week of school! Let’s see what we did this week…
✓ Colored in a box
✓ Made necklaces with circles
✓ Transferred red items with tongs
✓ Explored lentils and apples in our sensory bin
✓ Did a science experiment
✓ Learned to recognize our names
✓ Learned the months, days, color red and the shape circle
✓ Counted to 10
✓ Did some basic adding and subtracting
✓ Learned some Spanish
✓ Learned the letter “Aa”
✓ Listened to letter sounds
✓ Read books
✓ Played outside
✓ Made alligators
✓ Made paper airplanes and flew them
Whew! No wonder Ms. Taryn is tired!!! See you next week 🙂
A preschooler’s world is one huge science exploration! From learning about how to roll a ball to what the wind feels like on your to making fizzy letters!!! Children are learning constantly about their world. At Square Roots Preschool, we fill our days with fun science projects all the time. With this particular experiment, the children learned about cause and effect and combining materials when we reviewed letters by making them bubble and fizz!
Follow these easy instructions:
- Mix baking soda and water in a bowl. I do a 3:1 ratio of baking soda to water. You do not want the mixture too runny or too pasty, you want it almost like an oatmeal texture. You could add food coloring to your mixture too. I did not for this particular activity but I have added food coloring or Kool-Aid in the past for color and scent.
- Pour the mixture into any mold you would like to use. I used a letter mold (I believe I found them at Hobby Lobby) since we were reviewing our letters for this activity.
- Put the mold with the mixture in the freezer overnight. The fact that this is freezing cold when you start your activity is exciting in itself!
- Pop your mixture out of it’s mold. I put them on paper plates here or you could use a bowl to catch the liquid…
- Here is where the liquid comes in! Pour some vinegar (I use white vinegar) in a bowl and let your child squirt the vinegar on the frozen mixture you took out of the mold. You can use an eye dropper or I like to use turkey basters for many different reasons…this is a whole post all on it’s own!
- The reaction of the vinegar mixing with baking soda makes the mixture and in our case, the letters bubble and fizz AND a lot of squeals of delight!!!
For preschoolers, daily life IS discovery! There are so many ways to foster children’s natural inquisitiveness. Here, we painted our letter B with baby oil as a new medium and the children discovered with amazement that when they held it to the light that the sun shone through. They made a Sun Catcher!
Square Roots Preschool is back in session! We were so excited for school to start again…but I know that isn’t always the case for the children. Starting preschool or going back to preschool can have a lot of emotions, including anxiety, excitement, nervousness. What is my teacher going to be like? What will the other kids be like? Will I have fun? Will the other kids want to play with me? Will I miss my Mommy and Daddy? What am I going to do all day? Will I get to paint? There are a million questions going through their little heads!
At Square Roots Preschool, we make this transition to preschool or back to preschool as easy as possible.
- We offer tours of the preschool! This is a great opportunity for your child to see the preschool in action and meet me. He will actually get to see what the kids get to do everyday and get the chance to interact with his classmates. This makes his first day so much easier because he has now met the other children and might even remember their names. We will typically schedule your tour during our Invitation to Play time, which is the first part of our day everyday. This is the time when the children can explore the classroom and everything it has to offer. During every Invitation to Play, there are activities out in each of the following areas: Art, Math, Science, Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Dramatic Play and Sensory.
- Every day is structured! We follow the same routine every day so she will know what to expect. Every day when she arrives, she will play during Invitation to Play time, then we always clean up the classroom but don’t worry; there is lots of singing and fun when we clean up. Next we always have a healthy snack and Ms. Taryn’s favorite part is everyone chatting. This is where we really get to know each other; we talk about our weekends, what we like to play, all of our favorite things. After our snack, we have circle time. Circle time is so much fun! We learn letters and numbers, months and weekdays, colors and shapes, Spanish and sign language. We sing lots of songs and sometimes even get to play the teacher! After circle time, we read books or sing and dance. We really like to shake our sillies out! Then we go outside. There are many things to do outside like play in our playhouse or ride scooters or chase bubbles. When we come back inside, we end our day with a group project. This could any number of fun activities that Ms. Taryn likes to plan but always involves something to do with phonetics, science, cooking or gardening! And you know what? Preschool children can’t tell time…most anyway! But they are really good at predicting routines. If she is having a sad day, she knows that Mommy or Daddy always come to pick her up right after group project!
- We play and have fun! Our curriculum is play-based so everything we are doing is interacting with each other in a relaxed environment. He is learning social skills such as making friends and mastering basic skills of interaction in a small, safe environment so when he goes to kindergarten he can feel confident with a few kids or a lot.
- Our environment is home-y and loving! If she really needs to bring her blankie to help her feel safe, she can. If she hasn’t quite mastered going on the potty, that is okay. If she has a conflict with a friend, all of us will work through the situation with gentleness and understanding.
Our goal at Square Roots Preschool is that your child develops a love of learning so that when he or she goes off to kindergarten he or she is read to learn.
p.s. I found the Magic Confetti letter on Pinterest with no source. So…if this is yours, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due:)