Monday, May 14, 2012

Still Life Paintings

Making "I Spy" bottles 

Monday Pizza Picnic in the church

Tuesday Pizza Picnic

 Making play dough cookies

Selling Lemonade

Cookies for free

Friendly swing helper

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sense of Sight

(Trouble downloading pictures. I will upload them on Monday)

This week we used our sense of sight to play some I spy games. We also used our eyes to do some still life paintings. You can check out the paintings in the hallway. We also made "I spy" bottles to play with, each bottle contains the letters of each child's name and other fun objects to search for.

This week we will be completing our May portfolio pages. The Miss Julie from the library will be coming to read to us.

Up coming Events for the last week of school: May 20-22nd

No hot lunch program during the last week of school!

Special Lunch: On Monday and Tuesday (May 20 and 21) we will have McDonald's Chicken nuggets and fries for lunch, thanks to our room parents being so frugal with our class party money! If students don't like McDonalds nuggets they will need to bring their own lunch. Students will need to bring their own drink.

Bike Days: On Monday and Tuesday we will also have a bike day. We will take special time at school to ride our bikes, talk about bike/summer safety, and make sure our helmets fit well. Students need to bring a helmet!  If students are at school both Monday and Tuesday we will store the bikes in the classroom or locked shed.

Preschool Park Day: Thursday May 23rd from 9-11 at Laurel Park. We will enjoy some fellowship together on the playground and have a small snack. Families are welcome. We will try to all meet at 10:40 under the pavilion to hear the kids sing some favorite songs and say our goodbyes.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Week of the Young Child

This week May 7th-11th  Zion is celebrating Week of the Young Child. This week gives us a reminder of how important it is to be a kid and have fun. We celebrate with the Parents Day Out kids and all the kids up to second grade. To celebrate our special week we have so dress up days and fun activities for the kids.

Monday: Hats and Sunglasses Day

  • Wear your hat and sunglasses to school. 
  • We will also have a special lunch provided by the Early Childhood department for all the kids.  Lunch will be Little Caesars pizza, fruit, and water. We will enjoy lunch either under the shade trees, pavilion, or inside depending on weather. 
Tuesday: Sport shirts day
  • Wear your favorite teams jersey or t-shirt and/or hat
  • We will also have a special lunch provided by the Early Childhood department for all the kids.  Lunch will be Little Caesars pizza, fruit, and water. We will enjoy lunch either under the shade trees, pavilion, or inside depending on weather. 
Wednesday: Favorite Color Day

Thursday: Crazy Socks Day

Friday: Bobcat Spirit Day- Wear red and white, or a Zion t-shirt

Other upcoming Events:

Miss Julie from Kisker Library is coming May 14th and 15th- The librarian will be coming to school to share some books with us about frogs.

Bike Day- May 21st and 22nd students can bring their bikes and helmets to school to have some fun learning about bike safety and get a chance to ride our bikes together up on the blacktop by the main school. Students must bring a helmet! We will be helping each child to have a proper fit to there helmet and learn about some other summer safety. Bicycles (training wheels or not) or tricycles are welcome.

Last Day of School- May 23rd is the official last day of school for preschool

Preschool Picnic- May 24th (Thursday) from 9-11 we will hold a preschool picnic at Laurel park. Families are welcome to come and spend some time together before we are all on our own ways for the summer.

Our sense of Taste

This week we learned about our sense of taste. 

First we had to discover the kinds of tastes that our tongue could taste.  We used Q-tips to taste salt water, lemon juice, unsweetened chocolate, and sugar water.
After tasting each we made a list on the SMARTboard of foods that had that taste.

The "bitter" chocolate was not very good.
I think they all thought of chocolate a little different after that taste
After the bitter we all had to go get a drink to wash the taste away

But everyone liked the sugar water

Sweet is a much better taste than bitter

We especially like sweet candy like suckers
To explore our taste on Tuesday we tried 3 different kinds of juices and mixed them to make our own popsicles

Eating the popsicles was the best part

Although it was soooo hot that they melted quickly
We enjoyed some time on the big playground while Mrs. Helmkamp observed our running, skipping, and galloping
Getting a boost to try to climb the pole

Everyone wants up but Mrs. Helmkamp and Mrs. Schmidt won't help lift them up so they have to figure it out on their own

You are getting close! 
(sorry no picture) We had a sweet, salty, and sour snack of applesauce, Buggles, and sour candy. Some of us loved the sour candy and others were a little less willing to try it.
On Friday we had some Jelly Belly taste tests
First we had to draw a picture of the jelly bean

When everyone had their picture then we tasted them all together

Then we tried to guess what kind of taste we were tasting

Then we used our labels to identify the jelly bean we colored

The least favorite Jelly Belly was the buttered popcorn.

Most of us liked the Cappuccino (coffee), lemon, and cotton candy flavors 

Others figured out how to get past the tastes they didn't like!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

upcoming events

Week of the Young Child is coming up! We will be celebrating by having some special dress up days and other special activities throughout the week!

May 6th- 12th
Sunday: All children Second grade and under will receive fruit snacks after church services

  • Dress up in hats and sunglasses
  • Pizza Lunch provided for students
  • Dress up in Sports attire, wear your favorite team
  • Pizza Lunch provided for students
  • Dress up in your favorite color
  • Wear crazy socks
  • Bobcat Spirt Day, Red and White, or other Zion apparrel
Last Week of School: May 21st-23rd. There will be no Hot Lunch during the last week of school.

Preschool End of the Year Picnic will be held on May 24th at Laurel Park from 9-11am. All of the preschoolers from all of the classes will be invited. We will get to play together, enjoy some outdoor activities, have snack, and a short devotion and closing. Siblings are welcome.

Using our ears

This week we used our ears to learn about hearing.

This week we also did our April family portrait

Quite the tower builders

matching the sounds to the picture on the SMARTboard

Matching the sounds inside the eggs

In the gym we danced to different paced music with our flags
Dancing in the gym

We also painted to music

First we listend to slow music and moved our brushes slowely

Then we listend to fast music and moved our brushes fast
On Thursday we enjoyed the beautiful weather and took a nature walk 
we collected items to make a collage

The Honeysuckle bushes were a big hit

Making our collages

Being helpful

Showing off the stilts, we are getting pretty good at them

Finding shade to relax

Painting again

Matching sounds

"I use my ears to hear..."