Saturday, February 27, 2016

I'm Ready for Summer

Summer is still several months away but our preschoolers enjoyed our Super Summer Seashore Safari!  Our MWF classes are beginning to add sea creatures to the bulletin board.

Step by step drawing cards in the art center show our students how to draw sea creatures.  Check out Ed Embereley's website. It will show your preschooler how to use shapes and letters to draw animals and much more.

Our MWF afternoon class had a special visitor!  An octopus provided a wonderful opportunity for us to be marine biologists.  We learned the many parts of an octopus, how they move and what they eat.  A big thank you to Mrs. V for this amazing experience!
Discovery Channel video---

Our TTh 3 y/o class saw sharks at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.  Black Tip Reef is a great live cam of ocean life---

Need  a quick trip to Hawaii's beaches?
More live cams---

Pipeline North Shore---

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

More Summer and Sunshine

Our Super Summer Seashore Safari continues to provide a lot of smiles for our preschoolers.  There are many activities to choose! Like...

Gluing seashells...

Seashore counting...
5-12 for MWF classes

4-10 for our TTh 3 y/o class

Our TTh 3 y/o are 'crabby'

Our MWF preK classes are working on sea creatures to place on our ocean floor.  Here is the before...
Children trace, color and cut.  They make a tally mark and get to press the 'easy button.'  We'll post the 'after' picture soon.

S is for snake skin.  Our MWF students will get a chance to look at the patterns and details with magnifying glasses.

Ask your child about all the summer and seashore activities in our room.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Summer, Sunshine and the Sea

It's time for us to leave winter behind and head to the seashore! 
We will have a beach to play in during center time.  Our messy tub is filled with sand, seashells and sea creatures and more!  Check out past posts to see what's happening!

Friday, February 19, 2016

More Concentric Circles

Our lessons have moved on to Pablo Picasso but our young artists are still very inspired by Wassily Kandinsky...

Center time in the art center---

Large group project on cardboard---

Thursday, February 18, 2016

I'll Meet You at the Top of the Coconut Tree

Our TTh 3 y/o students were able to look at
 and explore coconuts today. 
Ask your child about the coconuts.  Was the coconut smooth or rough?  What was on the inside?  How did the 'water' on the inside come out?  How did the coconut 'open'?

Monday, February 15, 2016

Shades of Blue

Last Monday, we gave the children their choice of reds or blues to create their own version of Picasso's Rose Period and Blue Period.



 More fun with Picasso---

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Don't Go Breakin' My Heart

Our MWF preK classes created a giant Valentine.
First, we painted.
 Then we glued.
 We had our picture taken with the
Valentine during our party.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Stripes & Spots

What did your child choose?  Stripes or spots?
We love Elmer!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Farewell to the Fort

The cereal box fort is being deconstructed.  What happens to all the cereal boxes?  Find out---

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

We Love Elmer!

We are going to be having lots of fun with Elmer this week.  Large elephants will be at the easel. Boring to beautiful!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy New Year!

Our MCP MWF students are learning that children all over the world celebrate holidays.  We have been learning about Chinese New Year!  We learned the color red and oranges are used for good luck.  Good luck is when you want good things to happen. 

We watched a Dragon Dance...

and a Lion Dance...

When we were little we learned how to eat with a spoon and a fork but children in China learn to eat with chopsticks...

Pandas live in China and eat bamboo.  We learned pandas are endangered and saw a panda in the wild...

and we went to the National Zoo in Washington D.C.

and a quick 'trip' to the San Diego zoo to see their panda exhibit...

Enjoy these videos with your child!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Painting Like Picasso Part 2

 Rose on one side of the easel and blues on the other.
Some of our friends are sketching before they paint.