Monday, July 21, 2014

Pancake Week

We spent the week reading about pancakes and baking. We read Pancakes! Pancakes! By Eric Carle and Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie DePaola. In our sensory table there were whisks and flour mixed with coffee. It smelled great!  The dramatic play center was filled with felt pancakes, eggs, chef hats, pans, and butter containers. Pancakes were everywhere and the children enjoyed learning how to make them and shared stories about trips to IHOP.

On Friday we made our own wheat pancakes. The children got in teams of four to mix ingredients then I cooked them on the griddle. The children got to decorate their pancakes with whipped cream, honey, raisins, maple syrup, and cinnamon sugar. They made some interesting combinations, but they were proclaimed to be "the best pancakes EVER"!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New App

I found a great app called Shadow Puppet and we used it to make this great video...

If You Give A Pig...

This week the preschoolers are reading "If You Give A Pig A Pancake". The story is about a pig who does different activities that remind her of even more things to do. It is a circular story which means that the pig ends up in the same place that she started. 

Our room is filled with pigs, pink, and pancakes!  There are piggy banks, pink sensory bottles, and even an IHOP (in the dramatic play area). 

Yesterday we painted with some pig scrubbers from the Dollar Tree. 

Today we had rubber duck races (in the story the pig takes a bath and needs a rubber duck). The children used their fine motor skills to spray the ducks until they reached the other side of the tub. This activity was difficult for the younger ones but they did not give up!  It was also a great science activity. The children
N has to figure out the right spot to spray in order to move the ducks. 

During group time we talked about maple syrup and where it comes from. The children guessed that it came from bees, so we watched a video on how to tap a maple tree. We even got to taste some real maple syrup. Yum!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Vroom! Vroom!

The Sonshine Kids have been getting creative with the loose parts on our playground. We have tires, boards, buckets, wooden spoons, etc. for weeks, they have been attempting to make a motorcycle and the persistence paid off!  Everyone took a turn on these rad bikes!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Quick at the Draw

Some of our preschoolers are coming up with amazing drawings!  They are adding details and drawing on unusual objects to make creative things. Here are some examples:
Orcas by B age 5

Orca by R age 4

Mr. Frustrated (the puppet) by K age 5

Friday, June 13, 2014

Donuts for Dad

Donuts for Dad was a success!  We had some delicious treats from Shipley's and shared some love with our dads and grandpas. 
In the frame is a list of children's answers to the question "Why is your dad the best?"  We also interviewed the children about their dads. Some fun answers were: 
My dad loves me because God made me. 
My dad is really good at cleaning. 
My daddy's job is to go to work. 
My papa is so strong  he could lift a basketball. 
I love my papa because he is so cute!

Happy Father's Day!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sunflower Fort

It has been about six weeks since we planted our sunflower fort. It has been so exciting to watch the plants grow and now they are as tall as the children. The children love to inspect the plants for bugs and new leaves. I can't wait for the first flower to bloom!!!