Friday, April 24, 2015

Happy Earth Day!

We are getting ready for Earth Day!  To start off, we talked about Earth and what is looks like.  The children had fun making their very own!  I always love projects like this because as you can see, EVERY classroom made theirs in a different way!  It's so neat to see all the creativity!
Of course throughout the week, we learned about how to take care of our Earth.  Pre-K learned about the "3 R's"- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.  Even our 2 year old class did a sorting activity to determine which items we can reuse and which ones we should recycle.
"The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss is a great story for children when we are talking about taking care of Earth and making sure it is not polluted.  One class did an art project to go along with the story.
While recycling is important, at Sunflower Station Preschool, we are big on REUSING!  After all, "one man's trash is a teacher's treasure!"  The children made some recycled art by using shredded up paper to make a tree, circle (our shape of the week) containers and lids to decorate a fish, and odds and ends to make little creatures out of toilet paper rolls.

We also had some great sensory activities going on this week from planting flowers to making oceans in a bottle! 
What a great message for our little guys to take away from this week!  Even though they may be small, there is still a lot that we can all do with just our two hands!
Circles are our shape of the week!  One classroom made a circle collage, including part of their morning snack- a cheerio!
For the letter of the week, several classrooms made "l is for ladybug" and one classroom made their own lollipops!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Plants & Flowers

As the weather is warming up, it's time to learn about plants & flowers!  The children made their own flower artwork and one classroom took it one step further by writing the numbers on their petals up to our number of the week and then gluing them on their flower in the correct order! 
I love how these turned out!  This class used pattern blocks and paint to create beautiful artwork of flowers!
We learned about the parts of a flower this week and practiced identifying them!  The children also talked about the different plants that we eat and where they grow.
To work on rhyming words, the Pre-K classroom created these adorable flowers with rhyming words as the leaves!
flowers with rhyming words Pre- Kindergarten
One classroom divided into groups and each worked on a piece of a project they made to go on the wall.  Each group had a different task of making the soil, creating the flowers, making the water drops, and then of course the watering can!  It's so neat to see them all work together on a project!
plants & flowers preschool
Our letter of the week was "k" and we are definitely in the mood for Spring with all the kites!  It was neat to see how the classrooms did their kites in different ways!
k is for kite daycares

Friday, April 10, 2015

Insects & Bugs

We're going BUGGY at Sunflower Station Preschool!  This week is all about Insects & Bugs!  We had some really cute and unique art projects going on including bugs made from fingerprints, egg cartons, and more! 
fingerprint bugs childcare

Pre-K had some fun painting with a fly swatter!  The finished product was so neat with all the different colors showing!
Fly swatter painting daycare

Even insects create some great Math activities.  While talking about butterflies, we can learn about symmetry!  Several classrooms also made a graph to show their favorite insects.
To practice their sight words for the week, Pre-K made a chart showing what insects "are", "can", and "have".  We also worked on spelling our names by making caterpillars!
For a fun, movement activity, one classroom threw bugs (cotton balls) into a sticky spider's web!
At the end of the week, the 2 year old classroom had a Buggy Parade using the bug headbands they made during the week. 
Buggy Parade Sunflower Station Preschool
We made Ladybug Crackers for our Cooking Project.  They were so cute and the children really enjoyed them!
We can't ever forget our letter of the week!  The children made "j is for jellyfish".

The teachers decorated their bulletin boards to go along with our theme!  Aren't these so cute?!