Milestones is a preschool designed to enhance the young child's abilities to interact positively in the group setting. Provocative activities intelligently engage the young mind and promote the assets of friendship. Talking is highly encouraged, modeled and facilitated, as children learn the value of expressing their thoughts, needs and ideas to each other, skills that are so helpful for future school success. Our school values supporting community through positive, intentional relationships.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Mashed Potatoes and Gingerbread
Before Thanksgiving we smashed potatoes for mashed potatoes with our homemade butter.
Below, see the various ways we smashed the potatoes.
We added pinches of salt to eat them and had some tea too!
We had some fun dumping and pouring some cranberries. Later we found out that the cranberries float in water!
Happy 3rd Birthday, Molly!
Sometimes we practice making smiley faces on the white board.
This week we began some holiday decorating.
We made red play dough and played with the cookie cutters.
We got outside to check out the leafless trees before the cold set in this week . . .
We began exploring the story of The Gingerbread Man.
We filled in his face . . .
We found him all over the room!
And had hot chocolate with him . . .
We worked together to decorate a paper version, we will make a real one next week and see if he runs away.
Too cold to go out so we brought the snow IN. Below, we water colored it!
We began writing letters to Santa.
Colin built a house with a cozy chimney.
We found some ways to get some exercise indoors - below, "bowling" and a chase game.
We talked about how to build a snow man and made a big paper one . . .
Curriculum surrounding that holiday with the big bird . . .
There was a time in the early 1990's where those of us who worked in progressively minded schools, because of stereotypes and commercialism, shunned the idea of supporting any curriculum around traditional American holidays. Well, over the years I have mellowed, had my own child, and realized, with young children, it is often what is right in front of them that creates the curriculum, rather than I, as the teacher, forcing a subject they may not be interested in. Starting with what is familiar to them and building the children's learning from there, is what I try to do personally and through the Reggio philosophy. In any event, ALL the children have been aware that, pretty soon, they are to have a big meal with their family.
Below, Colin made his own turkey, utilizing our available feathers . . .
I decided to make drawing turkeys more of a game by creating a Color-by-Number version . . .
The M/W group had fun using the dice to choose how many unifix blocks to gather for building a tower - good number-sense experience.
Then Jack had the idea to sort the blocks.
Everyone joined in on this activity!
The T/Th group learned how to set the table with their own personalized placematts. They will take these home next week so they can help you set the table!
We had fun at our pretend Thanksgiving table!
We got out the race track and made it really long, too.
At outside time we realized we needed to go check out all the big trucks.
Sinh enjoyed the simplicity of playing with a dinosaur on the dirt pile . . .
For our kitschy holiday project, we made turkeys out of cups - hoping to fill them with some treat next week.
Also in preparation for making mashed potatoes next week, we made our own butter out of heavy cream and a pinch of salt.
We each became a butter churn as we shook the jar to make the butter!
Jack's family shared a fun vegetable turning slicer/spiralizer which enable us to make "noodles" from zucchini!
So fun and delicious.
We then boiled our "pasta" for a few minutes, added some tomato sauce and...zucchini spaghetti! Yum!
We did some beading together this week. Below, Hazel helps Colin.