This week we will be learning about dinosaurs, bones and volcanoes.  The children will be building a volcano and adding dinosaurs to the volcano before it ‘blows up’.  We will use descriptive words while we discuss big and little, loud and quiet, in and out.  The kids will be using tools (technology) as they add dino-bone powder to the volcano, dig for bones in the sensory table and examine fossil prints at the playdough table.  They will be paleontologists in the sandbox and in the sensory table using tools to find the hidden bones.   At Table Toys there will be little dinosaurs hatching out of eggs and in the Blocks area we will have dinosaurs stomping around the neighborhood.  At home you can talk to your child about size and comparisons. You can ask questions that compare things the child is familiar with: big as an elephant, small as a kitten. Talk about the difference of loud and quiet.  When is a cat loud? What is loud in the house – the vacuum? the hair blower?  the blender?  Give them an opportunity to make loud sounds and quiet sounds with a tool that can do both.  A tooth brush can make both loud and quiet sound.  The soft brush side of a tooth brush will make one sound while the plastic handle side makes another sound.  What can you use a tooth brush for?  At preschool we will be using it as a tool to brush off the ‘dirt’ from our bones. You can talk about how they use it as a tool to brush food of their teeth.  Dinosaur Week will be filled with STEM activities: Science-study of dinosaurs/volcanoes, Technology: paleontologist tools, Engineering: building the volcano, Math: adding/counting/comparing/categorizing. All of this while we play with dinosaurs!

Five Dinosaurs

Five little dinosaurs sitting in a swamp.
The first one said, “Let’s stomp, stomp, stomp

The second one said, “Time for lunch!

The third one said, “Let’s munch, munch, munch.”

The fourth one said, “Let’s stomp some more.”

The fifth one said, “Let’s all roar!”    GRRRR!

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs

Eating fruits and leaves 

Take a bite, chew it up

Their lunch is in the trees.

The Dino Ditty

Here he comes just a stomping with his feet

Singing Dino, ditty, ditty-dum, ditty do 
Searching all around for something to eat
Singing Dino, ditty, ditty dum ditty do 
He’s huge (echo). He’s strong (echo) He’s huge, he’s strong. 
Wont be hungry very long 
Singing Dino ditty, ditty dum, ditty do
Singing Dino ditty, ditty dum, ditty do