August 6, 2017

W is for WATERMELONS


Summer's end is only a few weeks away.  With all this hot weather, I was looking for an inspirational theme for the first week of August.  It hit me when I went to one of our kiddos birthdays up in the mountains and low and behold;  WATERMELON!

This was a great scene with the kids running, playing, and yes, eating watermelon.  While sitting there watching all these little guys, I couldn't stop all the ideas from buzzing in my head (along with outdoor flies buzzing too lol). I new we could do science, math, writing, language arts, poetry and lots of preschool practice opportunities with glue, scissors, and so much more with this one theme, so check out PattyKakesKidz while we find ways to conquer all with this week's theme on WATERMELON!





So much fun with our little ones, but it doesn't stop at just typical preschool work and displaying their cool creations on the walls for all to see.  We also tackle the science of how to use watermelon.  Continue on and see the kids at work making watermelon smoothies...



We discussed what is a watermelon, when and how does it grow and then we learned how to cut one.  


Time to taste our watermelon and clean the rind (with our teeth lol)

Now that's done, time to add it to our blender, along with cut bananas.


Once we finished preparing our shake, and the kids did a "Build Your Own Pasta Dish", we enjoyed a cup of our watermelon shake with lunch.
  
The remainder was poured into ice cream molds for Monday's treat.  They all think they're getting these "bad for you" ice creams, when in fact, it's pure watermelon and bananas.  

Now for just a few cute pics below from this week's fun.



Standing in the creek, looking for crawdads and cooling off.


Quiet time in our loft.


Sharing in our dramatics area with a new friend. 

Getting ready for a bike ride in the early morning before the summer heat gets to be a bit too much.  
Must put in a plug for the masterpiece in background.  We often do group art posters and display for everyone in the neighborhood to see.  It's so sweet to hear people's positive comments about the kid's projects.  This is just another way to introduce "group work".  Some day when they are in college and hear the instructor say, "today we will need to partner up with a group for this week's project".  These little ones will be completely used to the idea and probably end up leading their groups.
 

Nothing wrong with a little nurturing of baby dolls.  

That's it for this week's blog with PattyKakesKidz and WATERMELON!

January 22, 2017

Dinosaur Digs and more....

Dinosaurs have often been an exciting topic to learn about, yet controversial for some. Not everyone has the same views as to the definitive existence of these great creatures, but what a wonderful opportunity to explore these animals in all their greatness.  
This topic is for the believers as well as the non believers.  It opens doors and thought provoking conversations with your little ones.  
Enjoy seeing what 3 days of learning looks like in a preschool of 9 little ones.

At the first opportunity of clear weather; outdoors, here we come.
 We explored in our mud kitchen, which was renamed; the Dinosaur Dig.
 A prehistoric bat was found and fed, gulp...., MUD! LOL
 Setting a dinosaur trap.
 Digging beneath our Camellia flowers.
 
  His face says it all, "by golly, I've struck gold!" Actually just a huge lump of mud!
Group activities are important to a healthy opportunity for social connectivity:


Coloring a brachiosaurus in his habitat.

Here are some quotes from listening to the kiddos talk:

Question: Is he a meat eater?  
No, he eats the leaves on the tall trees.

Question: Am I bigger than he is?  
No, he can sit on you and squish you. 

Question: Do you think he's a nice dinosaur?  
Yea, he can be our friend and protect us from the big mean dinosaurs.

Comment: The T-Rex has BIG SHARP TEETH that can BITE YOU!


 Here's the final poster size painting they did as a group.  It's 2' X 4'.

I always include some type of fun educational worksheets, along with crafts, reading, music and discussions.  Hands on learning happens as well to connect all they have learned.  These next few are the worksheets.



Here is one of our dinosaur crafts.
Working together at the table was so much fun listening to their discussions and plans for play afterwards.  It was all about Dinosaur Digs.


Craft #2
Noodle Dinosaurs

Squeezing glue onto the lines then gluing any noodles you want provide learning as well.  It also develops fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. 
 

Craft #3
Stegosaurus

See the spikes on the tail?  Yea Miss Patty, they are to poke you with if you try to hurt it!

Wow, they listen when we discussed the purpose of the plates along the back and it's spiky tail.




Hatching Dinosaurs.

Well we cheated, for immediate gratification.  We broke open our eggs and then we placed them in water.  Otherwise, we would have had to wait a few days for them to hatch.  

This was truly a hands-on fun project.



Here are some good books we read.  There were 3 other ones too, 
but they went home with one of our kiddos.  

I laminated some dinosaur pictures to use as 
vocabulary words and put them on a book ring.
  That about wraps up our Dinosaur Digs week.  As I mentioned, we only had 3 days together so we could only get in so much learning with all our fun.  There's just never enough days in a week LOL.
Dinosaur Digs Bulletin Board
  Have a great day everyone, until next week where we explore our unit on the 
5 Senses

PattyKakesKidz