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Learning About Artists - Pre-K 9-3

Posted by [email protected] on January 27, 2022 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (89)

Our theme for this week is Artists. We talked about different artists, what they were famous for, and what types of tools the artists use to create their work. The children did a self-portrait of themselves using a mirror, crayons, coloring pencils, and markers. They drew a picture of whatever they wanted using oil pastels. They learned that artists sometimes need inspiration to create something different and unique. They also learned that sometimes artists do not use paints, paintbrushes, but instead they use items such as metal, glass, etc. The children created a mixed media art using ripped paper, tissue paper, yarn, stickers, etc to create their own art. It certainly made them creative and they were so excited! They practiced writing the artists' names all in lowercase to get practice writing in lowercase and they also practiced writing names of different tools artists use. They have been writing more this week and I have seen some improvement over the last few weeks in their writing. I also have been focusing increasing their number recognition by using the 100 days of school chart. They have been doing wonderful and they are trying their hardest to remember what number comes next.

We haven't been going outside due to the cold temperatures but that doesn't stop us from getting our physical activity in. We have been doing different activities such as yoga, balance beam, red light-green light, etc. The children have told me that they love it when we can play inside because they do different activities. I try to change it up so it does not get boring for them.

We talked about upcoming activities such as Hula in the Coola and Valentine's Day. I have sent out information about Valentine' Day Celebration and the sign up sheet is by the parent board. Feel free to sign up any time! I will send out a reminder the week before our Valentine's Day Celebration. Any questions, feel free to reach out to me!

Have a great week!

-Ms. Michelle

Five Talented People - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on January 27, 2022 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This week was all about 5 very talented people that created some really spectacular art. We started on Monday with Vincent Van Gogh. We looked at several pieces of his work. At the art table, we worked on our own self-portraits, just like Vincent! The funny part about doing these is that many of the children called it a "selfie" and forgot the word "self-portrait"! Oh what a different world we live in! Tuesday was all about Claude Monet! We again looked at several pieces of art and then used our own watercolors to paint the picture (see the front window for these). Wednesday was all about Mary Cassett. She painted many girls and women with big hats and bonnets on their heads. We decided to have a tea party in the drama area to go with her fancy girls from her pictures. Thursday was all about Yayoi Kusama. She was a Japanese artist who liked to use polka dots all over. We used one of her pictures as our inspiration piece at art. We used q-tips to make tiny polka dots in orange (like Yayoi's pumpkin picture). Friday will be all about Augusta Savage. We will be using clay as our medium to sculp and create our own masterpieces. Our sensory table was full of scrap paper this week. We continue to work on our small muscles so we did a lot of tearing paper there and naming the colors we see and some random shapes we made. Our language activities included lots of writing practice and letter identification. We ended our week with a game of letter BINGO! Our math activities included putting numbers in order from 1-20, measuring with unifex cubes and a game of Connect Four! We did not go outside this week due to the cold weather. We did however make our own fun in the Great Room with relay races, fun on the climber and a few games of "cake walk-fall festival-style". We walked on our lettered carpet squares. When the music stopped, a teacher picked a letter and instead of picking a cake, you told a word that started with your letter. We intend to stay warm and hopefully get outside next week for some fresh air!

All About Art - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on January 27, 2022 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (1)

This week the children learned about some famous artists in history. Monday was Van Gogh and in art the children created art drawing with wet chalk. In language the children matched letters to a paint palette and in math they looked for hidden shapes around the room. Tuesday, Claude Monet, in art the children painted paper plate lilies, and in language the children dictated what art is. Wednesday, Mary Cassatt, in art the children painted dots used pencil erasers and in language they engaged their pre-writing skills by connecting dots. Today is Yayoi Kusama. In art the children worked their fine motor skills doing some cutting practice and in language the children the children did some more letter matching and in math the children sorted fruit counters and counted for more and less. Tomorrow will be Augusta Savage and in art the children will glue pasta to paper, in language they will dictate what they would create if they were a painter and in math the children will play a path game to get the paint brush to the paint cup, a good activity to work on 1 to 1 correspondence, counting and taking turns. In the water table this week the children worked with paint brushes, paint cups and trays and colored gems. The children have also enjoyed many gross motor activities in the great room this week such as cosmic yoga, listen and move activities, the slide, the monkey bars, , running, balancing plastic eggs and spoons, balance beam, jumping, hopping, running, crawling, musical cairs, and dancing and freezing. We hope the temps go up so we can go outside soon!

Artists - Older Toddler

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Language: Word wall with pictures of artist and their name, crayons and paper in the writing area, introducing Valentine's Day songs and on Friday we will play follow the leader.

Cognitive and General Knowledge: Star math snack grid matching, lily pads with numbers and pom poms to count, facial expression matching, flower sorting by color and on Friday we will match rainbow-colored sticks.

Motor Development: Sand with trays and straws for drawing, logs for the frogs to balance, magnet people building, plant the flower in playdough and pots and on Friday we will use colored rubber letters with pegs.

Social Emotional: Children will hop from lily to lily in the great room while taking turns and rolling the dice with different colored flowers and matching them to the colors on the floor.

Art: Starry night for Vincent VanGough, Water lily painting for Claude Monet, little girl in the arm -chair painting for Mary Cassatt, abstract art for Yayoi Kusama and on Friday we will paint a cut out harp for Augusta Savage.

Health and Safety: Going over manners, safe hands, nice words and listening ears.

Sensory bin: Inspired by Claude Monet, there were beans, lily pads, frogs and shovels with buckets for scooping.

Creating our Own Masterpieces

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This week we talked about different artists and created our own art pieces! We did a starry night painting, a water lilies painting, a self-portrait, and a dot painting. We sharpened our language skills this week by reading various books, coloring with crayons and playing Simon Says. In math we counted sunflowers and played with magnet numbers. We practiced our gross motor skills by jumping from one color to another and our fine motor skills by using tongs to pick up pom poms. We added doll houses to our block area and the children have had loads of fun playing with them. We also brought in a light table for the children to use as a sensory activity. Tomorrow we will use dry erase boards and markers to expand on our language development, make play-doh, and use clay to make our very own sculptures. We will also listen to The Goldfish Song and Moving to the Alphabet with Jack Harman.

All About Artists - Infant

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This week in the infant classroom, the theme is Artists! We have explored quite a bit but here are our favorites! We tried scribbling with jumbo crayons on a large poster together as a group. The older infants did a great job taking turns and making large marks on the poster board. The group also enjoyed exploring shape sorters and nesting cups. We counted out loud at we tried stacking the cups and the smaller infants tried grasping toys and taking them in and out of the smaller nesting cups. The older infants also enjoyed painting at the low art easel with a sponge brush, exploring handled stamps and talking about/touching the snow outside. It has been a wonderful week in the infant classroom but we look forward to our Luau theme next week. Until next time!

Learning About Black Inventors - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on January 20, 2022 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (470)

This week we learned all about black inventors and figures. In art we glued a variety of different people on a bus, we reinvented Garrett Morgan's stop light as we glued red, yellow, and green paper on our very own stop lights, and we painted with colored shaving cream. We developed our language skills this week by reading various books about celebrated African-Americans, we used bingo daubers to trace the word dream, and we listened to and sung different songs. In math and science this week, we played with magnet numbers, matched numbers on a phone, matched different colored peanuts, sorted pom poms by color, and did a color changing water and oil experiment. We had a blast outside as we threw snowballs at each other. Inside, we played Red Light, Green Light, twisted lids off of jars, sorted ourselves into different groups and raced cars down ramps. We learned about different food that gives us energy. We also washed our baby dolls in our water table and brushed and combed her hair in our dramatic play area. Tomorrow we will use our listening skills as we play Simon Says, count and search for stars, and make our own Underground Railroad.

Learning About Black History - Pre-K

Posted by [email protected] on January 20, 2022 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (2)

Hello Families!

This week has been a good week learning all about Black History. This week the children worked on letter recognition, number recognition, building and working on their fine motor skills such as cutting and beading a spaghetti noodle. There is so much to learn about Black History so we tried to learn as much as we can throughout this week. On Monday, the children learned about Martin Luther King Jr. and how he had a dream for everyone to be kind to one another no matter the color of their skin. The children learned that back then some friends were treated poorly due to their skin color! We also created two wreaths that are on our door where the children's hands were traced on either yellow, light brown or dark brown paper and cut out to make a friendship wreath by connecting their hands. We did an experiment with a white egg and a brown egg where the children had to guess if they are the same or different on the inside. Many friends said different because that's how they looked on the outside. In the end, we concluded that just because we are different on the outside, we are all the same on the inside. The children learned about Jackie Robinson, Michael Jordan, Barack Obama, and Ruby Bridges just to name a few who had an impact on Black History. By the end of this week, if the children have not grasped certain things due to learning so much, the one thing that we want them to take away is that just because we are all different on the outside, we are all the same on the inside and we need to be kind to everyone.

As Martin Luther King Jr. said, "The time is always right to do what is right."

We hope that you all have a safe and wonderful weekend and to stay warm!

~Chasity and Tara~

Exploring Black History - Pre-School

Posted by [email protected] on January 20, 2022 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (2)

The children explored activities in relation to famous inventors and people in Black History. Monday in art the children engaged their small muscles as they cut, or tore, yellow, red, and green paper to glue together a traffic light. In math the children engaged in a bingo game, Dodgers Bingo to celebrate Jackie Robinson. Tuesday in art the children continued working on their traffic lights of cutting or tearing the paper. In math the children worked on number identification and putting numbers in order 1-10, and in language the children practiced writing letters. Wednesday in art the children mixed paint colors and discussed the colors that represent different shades of skin. In language the children dictated what they would invent for people use, and in math the children patterned Lego's. Today in art the children marble painted, but with a golf ball!! In math the children used tongs to pick up small pom poms and place them on golf tees, and then count when they finished. This was a good fine motor experience too. In language the children will dictate what their dream is. Tomorrow in art the children will create glasses using straws and paper. In math the children will count the numbers on a clock and tell what number the hand is pointing too and in language the children look at a picture and tell a story. In he sensory table this week the children explored baby doll shampoo ith baby dolls, brushes and loofahs!

Black History Week - Older Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on January 20, 2022 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (4)

Black History Week

We introduced the theme daily with a picture and print of a famous/well known African American people.

Monday-Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday- Rosa Parks

Wednesday-Barack Obama

Thursday-Jackie Robinson

Friday- Garrett Morgan

Art

The children made clouds by gluing on cotton balls to paper for Martin Luther King Jr. "I have a Dream", Hand print wreath with various colors related to different skin tones, Crayon Box- glue different color crayons on box shape, Baseball- marble painted with red paint on white paper to resemble a Baseball and Friday, we will make a Traffic Light by gluing on red/yellow and green circles to orange paper.

Math

Egg math w/ brown/white/black skin tone colors, cotton balls/tongs and solo cups to practice grip and finger grasp, Color match fruit sorters to practice and recognize various colors/place in same section of egg tray to group same colors, Sports Ball Grid- match various balls on grid by placing same picture ball on top to fill grid board.

Motor Development

Rainbow connect people to snap together to hold hands using fingers/hands to push together, color boards with yellow/green/blue/red chunky pegs to make patterns on board, weaving baskets w/ ribbon to practice lacing/finger grasp and eye-hand coordination, sports craft sticks to make stand up on foam pieces to strengthen strength and grip and, Friday we will stick red/yellow/green squares on contact paper to manipulate fingers and place all materials on contact paper.

Sensory

Colored rice, scoops and pots

Books

Busy Toes, Bright Eyes Brown Skin, Hair Love, Feast For Ten and All The Colors of the Earth

Great Room Activity Friday

Kick the Cups with soccer ball

Shopping Obstacle course


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