Winter brings talk of snowflakes, bright stars on dark nights, and sometimes warm weather,, too! We celebrated all of these this week by making beautiful snowflakes with Kait, learning a new “star song” with Chris, and “test-driving” some brand-new tricycles that were purchased for our outdoor Garden play space. (We waited until the ice melted before pulling out our new additions!) Madeline read us a wonderful story in Spanish class called “The Three Wise Men,” a holiday celebrated in many Spanish-speaking countries. The children are learning more new vocabulary this winter as they talk about “la ropa” (clothing). Ask your child to teach you some Spanish at home!
The Milkweeds and Lavenders enjoyed the sweet sounds of the orchestra this week when we listened to a recording of Sergei Prokofiev’s musical fairy tale Peter and the Wolf. The story, beloved by our preschoolers, is wonderful in and of itself and provides a lovely introduction to the delightful music of seven orchestral instruments: violin, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn and kettledrums (boom!). Your children were rapt! We also enjoyed listening to Lloyd Moss’s Zin! Zin! Zin - A Violin, a lyrical rhyming book which introduced us to the words solo, duo, trio, and quartet. Stay “tuned” as we embrace our wintertime study of “Surviving and Thriving in the World of Music!” And please let us know of your musical talents and interests in any way shape or form. We always enjoy tapping the resources of our parent community when we begin a new study, and our preschoolers eagerly anticipate the arrival of “guest experts” to our classroom!
The Peppermints and Honeysuckles introduced our winter theme: Animals Surviving in Winter. We went to the Garage and pretended to be mice outside in the winter who had to look for the things we need to survive. We decided that the most important things are shelter, food, water and protection from predators. At project time on Thursday, we discussed how animals either migrate, hibernate, or adapt in winter. We then played a game where the children acted out a variety of animals, such as a migrating bird, hibernating bear, and a squirrel foraging for food. Using wire, dried fruits, popcorn, and Cheerios, we made animal feeders for any creatures in the Garden who have to find food in the winter. We also introduced a sewing project this week. Those children interested in coming to the art table could choose to either make a pillow or a tote bag.
Enjoy the long weekend!
The Preschool Team