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.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Becoming Aware of our Place in our Environment
The children enjoyed mapping where we each live in the neighborhood, in relation to each other . . .
We compared the number of steps and windows we have at our houses and graphed them together. This was a great early math activity. Thank you parents for performing the homework for this with your child. Enthusiastically and intentionally creating connections with home and school is a great habit to form!
Above right, after getting the idea from a book we read, we created our own book called, "Things We Do Together." We brainstormed some of the things we do together, such as sing together at Meeting Time, clean the tables before snack and build in blocks together. This was a nice, child-initiated project that made the children aware of how we are learning to work as a group!
Below more examples of how we spent our week together, as the children begin to learn to become a community. We made some nice smelling Shampoo Dough! Summer and the rest of the gang made a lot of birthday cakes - we enjoyed singing Happy Birthday a lot!
Noe helped her Bunny play . . .
Above all four children painting at the easel and Anders painting an "A" for Anders.
Below, a new basket of cars inspired some block building, making "parking spaces" for them.
Wow. Reading books together!
We read a fun book called, The Big Orange Splot, by Daniel Manus Pinkwater. The main character ends up painting his house all different colors!
Outside Summer and Jane collected rocks and lined them up.
We brought the rocks inside and sorted them by various attributes - rough, smooth, white, pink.
Bridget and Colin did a lot of sorting and ordering of items around the room
There was a game of "hide and seek" outside . . .
Colin checked out the golf clubs.
Adventures of our Friday Girls...(remember I have drop-in spaces for Friday!)
So far on Fridays we have done a cooking project. This morning it was Baked Hard Boiled Eggs! We put the shelled eggs directly in the oven at 400 degrees for about 23 minutes.
The kids helped set the timer...
We also toastsed some bagels. The eggs went inot a bowl of ice cold water to cool down after baking.
Bridget wasn't sure, but peeled her egg and took a taste.
Jane is a veteran egg white eater so she carefully eats around the yolk.
We also practiced pouring "tea".
Bridget enjoyed her buttery bagel and also shared her guitar!
Later we traced her guitar on big paper...
And the girls had a nice stroll with their babies. Excellent opportunities for friendship and community building!