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During group time the preschool teachers revisited the topic of frienship. After a discussion, the children participated in a partner challenge. They had to work together as a team in a three legged race around the group time rug!
On December 13th the center stayed open until 9:00pm to give parents some time to shop for the holidays or to just have a night out. Here are some of the highlights of the fun night!
This activity helps infants develop their physical abilities through self-guided exploration. A variety of balls in different sizes and textures were available for the children to explore. The teachers modeled how to toss and roll the balls and encouraged children to try. Baskets and hoops were set up for the children to practice directing their movements toward a target.
The children used hard boiled eggs, milk, soda, toothbrushes and toothpaste to understand the importance of personal hygiene and to develop an understanding of cause-and-effect. This activity helps children explore how all of the foods and drinks they consume affect their bodies. They explored the science concept of cause-and-effect while gaining an understanding of nutrition and how our bodies work.
This is a fun activity that children can do cooperatively with their peers, or a teacher/parent. It is a fun movement exercise that incorporates teamwork and concentration. Put a small ball or soft object in the towel. We used a parachute. A teacher/parent will hold one end, and have the child hold the other. Gently toss the ball or stuffed animal goes up in the air. Try to catch it as it comes back down.
The children prepared their own trail mix healthy snack. This helps introduce concepts of nutrition and empowers children to make healthy choices. This activity also introduces mathematical concepts of: counting, sorting and measuring.
Toddler 3 explored colors in March. They experimented with cornstarch, paint and eye droppers to watch the colors mix. The teachers introduced the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? and the experiments continued. The children played a shadow matching game with the colorful animals from the stroy.
On Wednesday, January 16, 2013, we had a pajama day and Literacy Event at the center. The children and teachers wore their pajamas to school and we read the story Ira Sleeps Over. There were activities available for families to do together and we even had some "warm" hot chololate after the story!
Kindergarten Prep children are continuously advancing their development in exciting and challenging ways. Our teachers facilitate experiences and opportunities for children, helping them to advance skills in core preacademic areas such as literacy, math, and science, as well as other essential areas such as art, social and emotional well-being, and health and wellness.