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CLOUD WEEK

CLOUD WEEK 2019

This week we will be exploring clouds, colors, science and colloidal suspensions ( a big word for messy fun) at the art table.

Colloidal Suspension

 ~ a mixture having particles of one component, with diameters between 10 −7and 10 −9metres, suspended in a continuous phase of another component. The mixture has properties between those of a solution and a fine suspension

~ a colloid that has a continuous liquid phase in which a solid is suspended in a liquid.

As we talk about clouds outside there are several ways you can bring that learning inside.  One of them is to make ‘goop’ to explore- as we will at the art table.  By combining cornstarch and water you get a mixture that is both solid and liquid – and lots of fun to play with.  It is a sensory experience that is both clean and messy. And lucky for the art station worker – it’s a project that is easy to clean up.  The cornstarch just brushes off clothing, wipes up off floors and disappears off of hands when they are dipped in water.  Clean, messy, fun!  We will be discussing shapes, texture and colors at school this week.  Our story will talk about different shapes you see in the cloud formations.  Ask your child what they see in the sky, in a reflection in a puddle or in a nature book. You can increase their vocabulary with ‘big’ scientific words as well as adjectives that describe shapes textures and colors.  

 In Mind in the MakingEllen Galinsky writes about 7 Essential Skills. Looking at things closely helps children develop focus.  True focus means they are alert, engaged and able to stay attentive during the activity.  As they experiment with the goop this week they will be focusing on shape, texture, design and then during circle time they will be focusing on similar shapes in the story It Looked Like Spilt Milk.This will encourage their Working Memory.  Working Memory allows you to take information you already have and connect that information with new information or experiences.  This happens when they sing a familiar song, remember what comes next and can make a prediction based on existing information. They will use both focus and working memory at preschool this week.

Did You Ever See a Cloud?

Did you ever see a cloud, a cloud, a cloud?

Did you ever see a cloud that looked like a ____?

A big one, a little one, a quiet one, a loud one?

Did you ever see a cloud that looked like a ____

Did you ever see a cat? A dog? A plane?

Ask your child to think of words that describe what clouds look like.

CLOUDS

The clouds are passing by,
The clouds are passing by,
Way up high in the sky,
The clouds are passing by.

The clouds are passing by,
Way up in the sky,
Sometimes fast, sometimes slow,
The clouds are passing 

5 Little Clouds

5 little clouds floating in the sky

First one said I’ll drop rain when I go by 

Second one said I’ll fill the sky with flashes of light (lightening)

Third one said I’ll make noise with all my might (thunder)

Fourth one said I’ll change the rain into snow 

Fifth one said when the sun comes out I’ll make a rainbow.

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VEHICLE WEEK

VEHICLE WEEK 2019

This week we will continue with our transportation theme.  The trains will still be out and we will add vehicles to our play.  Starting on Tuesday there will be construction vehicles in the sensory table, vehicles at the art table and vehicle puzzles at table toys. Children love things that move. In the block area we will be experimenting with the ramps and vehicles as well as the balls and ramps.  We will have the ramps outside as well.

We will be singing our train songs again this week as well as adding some new vehicle songs.

Drive, Drive, Drive 
 Drive, drive, drive your car,
 All around the town.
 Vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom,
 Up the hills and down.

 Turn, turn, turn the key,
 Make the engine roar,
 Vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom,
 Let’s go to the store.

 Press, press, press the pedal,
 Give the engine gas,
 Vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom,
 Now we’re going fast.

 Turn, turn, turn the wheel,
 That is how we steer.
 Vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom,
 Make a turn right here.

 Push, push, push the brake,
 Make the car slow down.
 Vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom,
 Now we are in town.

Traffic Light Song.
Can you see the traffic light,
traffic light, traffic light?
Green means Go and Yellow means Slow, 
and Red means STOP, STOP, STOP!

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Train Week

TRAIN WEEK 2019

Children love trains. We will have them in all the rooms this week. Our art project will have the children use shapes to build their own train. The art activity uses pre-math skills. The ‘train pieces’ will be circles, triangles, rectangles and squares. As you discuss different shapes with your child you are building their math vocabulary. You can help your child with the names of shapes as they name objects in their home environment – a door is a rectangle, the dinner plate is a circle, the window is a square, a stop sign is an octagon, etc. They can recognize and compare 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes as they compare the 2-dimensial train they make at the art table with the 3-dimensional wooden trains in the blocks area and with the 2-dimensional train puzzles at table toys. As the children learn about shapes we will give them opportunities to create and take apart shapes –- make a square from 2 triangles, a rectangle from 2 squares, a circle from 2 half circles. At the playdough table you can encourage the children to create new shapes — cut the ball in half, roll the snake into a circle — as they experiment with the playdough. Using words such as turn (rotation), flip (reflection), slide (translation) identifies spatial visualization terms that will later be used in geometry. Using these terms with toys – “turn your Teddy Bear over” – will then be used with directions for shapes – “turn the triangle shape piece so it fits inside the puzzle”. At Circle Time we will continue to use words that expand their spatial orientation vocabulary. Above, below, in front, behind, over, under are positional words that allows children to understand where things are in their world. The spoon is beside your bowl, you are under the table, a bird is flying over the house are sentences that teach spatial orientation. While reading Freight Train we will use positional words that describe where the train is going. Using descriptive words with your child you can help them develop a stronger math-based vocabulary. When you talk with your child try using descriptive vocabulary words that include shape, size, and placement.

Down By the Station
Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row
See the engine driver
Turn the little handle
Whoo Whoo Choo Choo
Off we go!

Little Red Caboose
Little red caboose, choo, choo, choo
Little red caboose, choo, choo, choo
Little red caboose behind the train, train, train,
Smokestack on his back, back, back, back
Chugging down the track, track, track, track
Little red caboose behind the train.

Choo, Choo Peanut Butter
A peanut sat on a railroad track
His heart was all a flutter.
Around the bend came a choo-choo train
Uh Oh! … peanut butter!

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SNOW DAY #5

ICE SCULPTURES

After you take the frozen ice out of you containers you can explore with the cold ice blocks on the table.  Watch as it glides across the table, look at it with a magnifying glass, shine light through the ice, touch it and see what happens to the ice as it melts from the heat of your hand.  After you have explored the frozen water set the ice block on a cookie sheet with sides or a shallow pan.  Using table salt or coarse salt – or both – sprinkle the ice with salt.  Let the salt sit for awhile and watch as it ‘eats’ away at the ice.  Shine a flashlight through the ice, use the magnifying glasses again and look at the new shapes made by the salt.


Add color to the ice sculptures and watch as the color makes its way through the crevices created by the salt.If you want to make a permanent reminder of this experiment use paper or paper towel to make an imprint of the colors on your ice sculpture.


ICE-CAVATING

This is an idea sent in by Colleen, Mom of Finn (Bears class)
Does your child like to excavate and dig in the dirt?  Give them a block of ice with a toy or some kind of “treasure”  frozen inside.  Let them figure out how to get it out.  Chip away with a spoon, some kind of wooden or metal  tool, a small toy hammer and chisel.  Ask if they can think of another way to get the toy out.  Look at the toy with a magnifying glass and with light shining through it.  Make shadows …. Explore!



SALT PAINTING

This is a fun art project and by adding a small drop of watercolors to a squiggle of salt, you can demonstrate capillary action. This is the property of liquids that allows them to move in small spaces without external help. The same principle is shown when water “spreads out” on a paper towel, or a flower in colored water takes on the color of the water. The water colors aren’t only a science lesson, they’re super pretty! 
1. Lay a piece of heavy paper (it can be construction paper, cardstock or anything else that won’t warp when wet) on top of some newspaper. With a bottle of glue, “draw” whatever patterns you desire. You could write a message, or draw a nice Valentine heart, or just some Picasso-esque squiggles. Make sure the glue lines are pretty thick, but not big puddle2. Pour normal table salt over the wet glue. You’ll need a lot of salt for this. Make sure it gets onto all the glue. You can do this by tilting the paper after the salt is on it. Then shake off all the excess salt onto the newspaper or into a plastic container.3. Using watercolors, paint the salt whatever colors you please. Make sure the paint is nice and watery so the paint brush doesn’t actually have to touch the salt that often. Don’t let it get too wet though, or it’ll wash the salt away. I recommend experimentation.I love the intensity of the color you get with this technique, especially against a darker paper, and the tie-dye-like effect. Happy art making!   https://mommypoppins.com/content/weework-kids-craft-easy-salt-painting


SNOW ICE CREAM

Becky, Mom of Wyatt, Bea and Wesley (Orcas class) sent in this idea.Make Snow Ice Cream while we still have some snow outside.. Easy and delicious. Use half and half, sugar, vanilla and, of course, snow. The kids loved it!

PICNIC PARTY

Have a picnic in the living room.  (Or under the dining room table, on the bed in the bedroom.). Bring out a table cloth to sit on and let them decide what food to have for the picnic.Decide on a theme.  Stuffed animals are often guests at these picnics.  How about a Pajama Picnic where everyone wears their jammies?  Or a fancy picnic, a clothes on backwards picnic?  Then you can read a book while you finish your picnic treats.

SINK AND FLOAT

Always a fun way to spend the afternoon. Fill up a storage container with water.  One where you can see through the container is best.  Set it on a a plastic garbage bag and towel to absorb the splashed water.   Go on a treasure hunt around the house to find items that may “sink” and items that may “float”.  Decide what items will go in the “sink’ collection and what items are in the ‘float’ collection.  You can make a graph and see if they were correct with their decision on what items would  sink and what items would float.

FREEZE DANCING

Play some music and when it stops everyone freezes.  Decide on how they should freeze — like an animal, like a letter of the alphabet, something silly, a yoga position, etc.
RED LIGHT GREEN LIGHT is also a fun version of this stop and go kind of game.

Enjoy your day with the kids.  The snow will go away and we will be back to ’normal’  soon and this will just be a memory.  A fun memory!   


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SNOW DAY #4

It looks like we may have one more Snow Day before it turns back to Seattle Slush Days.

Here are some ideas I found online at https://www.parents.com. They looked like fun. While it is still cold enough I am going to go try the frozen bubble idea.
Ornella, Mom of Jackson,Oliver and Wilder (in the Orcas Class)had a fun idea. Bury glow sticks in the snow and go look for them. It is similar to the colored ice cube hunt but you can do it at night! Such a great idea!

Cold Mold

Borrow some pans from the kitchen. Use them to build crystal fairy castles or to create cakes for a cold-weather “buffet”

Ice Maker

When the temperature drops below 32 degrees, blow bubbles and watch them freeze on the wand.

For the Birds

Hollow out an orange and fill with seeds to feed your feathered friends.



Ice and Easy

Freeze colored water into ice cubes, then hide them around the yard for a wintertime scavenger hunt”

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SNOW DAY #3

INSIDE ACTIVITIES

As we enter our third day of Snow Days it may be harder to find enough snow to play in outside  so bring some inside!  Get a large pan, cookie sheet with sides or a plastic storage box – the under-the-bed sweater boxes are the best.  Put the container on the floor with a garbage liner and towel to protect your floor or on the kitchen table.
Here re three ideas for inside snow activities.  Kev had River paint with paint brushes and set up a science activity to watch how long it took for the snow to melt.Danielle had Ansel use a squeeze bottle to change the snow to green.  If you have pictures of your child painting the snow please send them to me and we will add them to our snow wall.

Paint the snow….
Use paint brushes, eye droppers or squeeze bottles to paint the snow with food coloring or liquid paint.  If you do not have any of those tools you can just use spoons to drop the paint onto the snow.  It is fun to mix the colors and watch them blend.

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Next idea …..

Play with dinosaurs or animals in the snow.

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Build a construction site in the snow …

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Snow is a great sensory activity for your child.  Talk about how it feels, how it changes (melts, molds/forms shapes, crystalizes).  You can watch as it changes back into water and discuss why it does that.  And, of course, talk about the weather – cold and sunny, wet and cloudy, snowy and windy)
Have fun exploring the snow with your child.

Hope to see you soon!

Teacher Janice

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SNOW DAY #3

OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES

Outside activités

Go on a neighborhood explore…

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Talk about the light and how it shines on the snow.

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Look for things that are frozen.  Can you find ice that is in the process of melting because of the sunshine?  Is there ice that has melted and has frozen again overnight?

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Shadows!  Make shadows on the snow and then on the grass.  How are they the same and how are they different?

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Snow on the mountains.  Why does it stay on the mountains even though it is sunny today?  Why does it melt on the street but not on the grass?

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Look for snow sculptures, snow people, snow forts.  Can you find tracks in the snow where people, dogs, cats and birds have walked on it.  Do you see tracks from sleds and from rolling a ball in the snow?

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Measure the snow.  Is there more snow in the shade?  More snow under a bush?  Do you see snow on the roof of a house?

Enjoy a walk through the neighborhood on this sunny snow day.
Hope to see some of you in class tomorrow ….

~Janice

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SNOW DAY #2

With the cold weather and snow the birds are on the hunt for food — and water.  Here is a simple bird feeder you can make with items you have at home.  The bird seed may be the only thing you don’t have but you can substitute uncooked oatmeal for the birdseed. It is a little less messy and the birds love it.

First cut a shape from a piece of cardboard, cardstock or something stiff.  You can also use a stick or piece of wood.   The birds have a natural place to sit.  🙂
Add a string, twine or a pipe cleaner for the feeder’s hanger.

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Next you will need bird seed or oatmeal and something to use as “glue”.  Nut butter or shortening work well as the “glue”.

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Spread the “glue” on the shape or stick.

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Shake off the excess — this can get messy so be sure to do it over a piece of paper or outside.

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Take your bird feeder outside and hang it from a branch on a tree or a place the birds can find it….and probably the squirrels as well.

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If you hang it near a window your child can watch the birds come and eat from their feeder.
Enjoy!



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SNOW DAY #1

Fun ICE SCULPTURE project

First pick some water proof items to make the interior sculpture with.

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Next you will need a plastic baggie or a plastic container.Yarn and / or a pipe cleaner

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Place the items in side the baggie or the plastic container

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Add water to the baggie / plastic container.  Set the baggie in the container if you choose to use the baggie.  Submerge a long piece of yarn, twine or pipe cleaner into the water,  This will be the hanger for your ice sculpture.

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Set the sculpture out side in the snow / on your deck or porch.  After it freezes remove the sculpture form the plastic baggie / container and hang it up.  It will glisten in the sun (which is coming on Wednesday!)

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With the temperatures below freezing at night and near freezing during the day your sculpture should last several days.
This is a great way to show your child how water freezes, talk about weather and temperatures and get them excited about doing science experiments.

Enjoy!

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MITTEN WEEK

MITTEN WEEK 2019

Thumbs in the thumb place… We haven’t had a lot of time to wear our mittens this year but we can still sing about mittens.   We will be working on colors with a mitten story this week.  The children will be talking about textures in the art room, there will be an assortment of warm clothing in the dramatics area and we will have books about weather in the library.  We will be dressing Bear – mostly in a raincoat but we do have mittens for Bear. This will be a good week to add to your child’s vocabulary: words that describe the weather, colors, temperature and textures. Our children have lots of words for wet and rain but not as many about cold weather – if you have a chance try to get up to the mountains to play in the snow and use those mittens!

Mittens on My Hands

(Sung To: ‘Wheels on the Bus’) 

The mittens on my hands
Keep me warm
Keep me warm
Keep me warm
The mittens on my hands
Keep me warm
All Winter long!

The socks I wear will…

The boots on my feet…

The hat on my head…

The scarf around my neck…

The coat I wear will…

Mitten Song

Thumb in the thumb place (Give Thumbs up with both hands)
Fingers all together (hold fingers together like in mittens with thumbs out). 
These are the things we wear in mitten weather (move mittens back and forth). 
When it’s cold, it doesn’t matter whether, (shrug shoulders)
Mittens are wool or made of finest leather. (rub hands like of 
Thumb in the thumb place, fingers all together

Mittens for Snow Time

Mittens for the snow time, when the world is white. 
Mittens for my two hands, (hold up hands) 
Mittens left and right (show left & right) 
Mittens with a thumb place (show thumb) 
Mittens warm and snug 
Mittens make me feel like giving a hug (hug self)

Mitten Story

My poor little kitten lost her mitten and started to cry, “boohoo”,
So I helped my kitten to look for her mitten, her beautiful mitten of blue.
I found a mitten just right for a kitten, under my mother’s bed.
But alas the mitten was not the right mitten, for it was colored red.
I found a mitten just right for a kitten
…under my father’s pillow … yellow.
…on the hand of my brother’s clown … brown.
…under the laundry so clean … green.
…inside a grocery sack .. black.
…under the kitchen sink … pink.
I found a mitten just right for a kitten inside my favorite shoe,
And this time the mitten WAS the right mitten, for it was colored blue!

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