Friday, 22 March 2013

Sand, Water, Goop, and Dough!

The week started off with a Preschool assembly involving experiment after experiment relating to mixing colours!  First we discussed the three primary colours: red, yellow, and blue.  Then we experimented with these three primary colours and learned what new colours we can make when we mix two of them together(orange, green, and purple), first with food colouring in water and then with paints in see-through plastic zip lock bags!  Squishy squishy!  The children were so very interested and knowledgeable with their predictions and explanations!  A really fun you tube video that musically addresses this mixing of colours was enjoyed by all children:

This week Toddlers continued to work on their book about numbers and learned about number 3.  We worked on our own numbers 3 by decorating them with colourful plastercine pieces.  Together with Ms Evita Toddlers read a book Little blue and little yellow and learned that if one mixes blue and yellow, one can make green! And if one mixes yellow and red, one can make orange! Children also explored the concepts full and empty. Toddlers also watched some videos about colours and that new colours and shades of colours can be created by mixing various colours… imagine, there is not just one type of blue, yellow and red, but light blue, dark blue, bright red and dark red, very light yellow and very dark yellow! The world is full of colours! Have you noticed those colourful butterflies on the walls in Preschool? Oh wow – cheers to those endless ways to be able to express ourselves through art and colours!  On Friday we had a very special visitor – Henry’s mommy Ms Jennifer came to Toddlers and led Circle time, read a story and we played some games together! It was so much fun! We all enjoyed her visit! The more we get together, the happier we’ll be!

The Preschool 1 children took this same colour theme and worked with it in various painting projects including:  Marble Paintings… taking two colours and adding three marbles and shaking them vigorously in a big box; painting and combining two colours on the easel; and water colouring oval like egg forms as we get ready for next week’s field trip to Tērvete!
Ms Maria and the children reflected upon a video that she had presented to them a few weeks ago regarding mixing neon colours and what happens to the colours when they are mixed.  Children recalled the video and the science experiment and expressed great excitement and presented Ms Maria with various results of what will happen as they attempt a similar experiment!  I think you can imagine the atmosphere of the Preschool 1 children in this dark dark room with magical glowing neon colours! In Ms Ruta's music class songs were randomly chosen through the use of spinning a maraca onto a board full of colour-coated songs!

Preschool 2 children worked on painting and mixing colours in order to prepare a surprise to their families.  You will be able to enjoy them next week. :)  On Wednesday afternoon we had a fun circle time with children initiated “show-and-tell’ where they shared their toys from home.  On Thursday, March 21st, we went on our first trip to the forest after the long winter. This time we had a special visitor, Mr. Chalkly, who decided to join us! Even though there was still snow and ice in the forest, the bright sunshine and bird songs told us that spring is near!  The children had great fun sliding and rolling down the hill, as well as using every opportunity to slide on the ice. We checked the bird houses that were put up on trees back in the fall. Even though we did not see any birds in the forest, the children all replied that there were some birds in the houses and “they were sleeping in their houses!”   In the forest we looked for some tracks and foot prints in the snow and tried to predict who might have left those tracks in the forest.  The children enjoyed climbing trees and swinging on a rope. We also toasted marshmallows on a fire and made some hot chocolate.  We are really looking forward to the next week when we will prepare and celebrate Easter!

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