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.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Fall Leaves, Potions and . . . Warm Toast!
After reading a fun story about a witch who puts all sorts of odd things in her caldron, the M/W group had an opportunity to mix many substances together, one at a time, to see how they affect each other in a mixture - a great little science experiement!
Hazel and Jack thought it'd be neat to mix theirs together.
We had an "organized" group art project this week with gluing faces on pumpkins - the younger children are still learning how to USE the glue - they'd rather use it as a marker. I have begun tutoring them on this, by modeling where to put the glue and then we press down on the paper and count to 5 to make sure the features stick to the pumpkin!
Good job, Molly!
. . . and Hazel.
We called attention to all the shapes of the face.
Jack is doing SO well at writing the letters of his name!!
On a chilly day, the T/Th group made toast. We had a bit of the bread before it was toasted and then talked about how the bread changes after it goes in the toaster - crunchy, warm . . . good opportunity to answer some questions with descriptive language.
The children were able to exercise skills with utensils as they spread butter or peanut butter on the toast.
We took a walk to collect some fall leaves. Sinh discovered a tiny ant home...
We like this little tree and visit it on every walk - all of its leaves are already off.
So many things are changing outside . . .
Later we sorted our leaves by color and shape.
Good friends . . .
Jackson LOVES to "hide" under the small slide.
The M/W group congregated around the salt table.
They decided to play "birthday" and sang happy birthday at least 10 times.
Jack enjoyed making pairs out of my Old Maid deck and then lined them up and counted them.
Colin enjoyed some quiet time in the tent we made.
Some of us are getting more accustomed to enjoying having some good, clean messy fun!
Colin wrote his name in the shaving cream.
A T/Th picture!
When we clean the table, it is another opportunity to stretch our arms wide as we wipe the table back and forth - continued exercise for crossing the mid-line.
Colin helped Hazel to put the 5 Little Pumpkins in the proper sequence.