Preschool Weekly Note

Dear Preschool Families,

Next week, our serene garden will be transformed from the magical venue of EATS (we hope to see you all tonight!) into an open air market (Mercado), complete with tables of food, juices, and festive decorations to celebrate the Spanish we have been learning. We are excited about this event! Should you want a peek at the ingredients in the snacks being provided, you are welcome to check them out in the kitchen area of the Early Childhood Building beginning on Tuesday next week. 

If the names Fefe and Roxy have become household names, it is because they won the hearts of our obstacle course enthusiasts in Preschool A. With rapt attention, we watched a video clip of a dog agility course where Fefe the poodle and Roxy the Jack Russell earnestly maneuvered through elements of an obstacle course specifically built for dogs. We were introduced to new obstacle concepts like weaving poles, an A-frame structure, and a collapsable tunnel. The handlers cheered their companions on and encouraged them to finish each element with speed and precision. At the close of each course, we noticed that the events were timed. We will be looking more closely at timers and the use of them to improve speed and confidence with coursework next week. Inspired by the performances we watched, we decided to have our beloved classroom gerbil “Goldie” try out elements of an obstacle course in our very own classroom! Securing Goldie in a yellow ball, we reveled in his antics and excitement. The Lavenders and Milkweeds demonstrated impressive teamwork as they shared obstacle ideas that included luring Goldie with edible treats. One child suggested the audience should play the role of judge, while another suggested we provide “Goldie with a drink at the end, and then do it all over again so he’s not tired.” Ask your child to share a highlight about the exciting agility coursework we created for Goldie!

The Peppermints and Honeysuckles are knee-deep in James and the Giant Peach, and it’s all we can talk about. We have a set of characters from the story so we are constantly acting it out during play time. The peach’s trip in the ocean gave us an opportunity to do some sinking and floating experiments.  We collected a number of items from our closet and tested them out in the Garden in a large bin of water.  Then the children found items all around the Garden and predicted whether they would sink or float.  Ask your child if they can remember which items sank and which ones floated.  In Bug News, we have watched our caterpillars eat and eat and eat, and they have now begun their metamorphoses.  There are already four chrysalises in our container, and there will be one more by the end of the day.  We watched a National Geographic video about the life cycle of a butterfly and were fascinated to learn that all resemblance to a caterpillar inside that chrysalis melts away and turns to goo.  The swirling liquid re-forms in the shape of a butterfly.  The children keep referring to it as a kind of magic!  During project time we have been creating caterpillars and chrysalises — next week, we’ll work on butterfly wings so we can recreate the life cycle at home.  We’re going to skip the goo-part!   

Upcoming events:

Friday, June 2 - Preschool Annual Bug Breakfast in the Garage from 8:15 to 9:15. Our Garage/Garden party will include delicious breakfast foods and a springtime sing-along, including plenty of songs about bugs! Stay for the full hour or as long as you can. Everyone is invited.

Have a wonderful weekend!

The Preschool Team