This week we welcomed Veronica, our new PreK teacher. She has spent the week observing the class routines and getting to know the children. She is warm with the kids, is calm amidst the high energy of our PreK room and has a strong background in working with young children. We are so happy to have her with us.
We continued learning about space this week, but are focusing primarily on space ships. On Monday we looked at The Big Book of Rockets and Spacecraft. It has huge fold out pages and tons of details about various spacecraft. We checked out Saturn V – which was the first to carry people to the moon – in detail. Our project was to use a print out of Saturn V and the kids added the letters of their names to them. They turned out really cool!
We said goodbye to Leora this week. She looked so cute in her crown and gave the kids lovely gift bags as a goodbye gift. We will miss her but are excited for her to start in the PreK program in her home district.
On Tuesday and Wednesday we read about the International Space Station and looked at photos of it. I then got out lots of “loose parts” which the kids could use to create a model of the ISS in any way they wished. It was fun to see what they chose to do with all the supplies. This was very much about the process more than the finished product.
We had Elsie in our class on Wednesday. She is volunteering as part of her Bat Mitzvah service project. The kids LOVED her and enjoyed listening to her read stories to them and also loved the game she played with them outside.
Thursday we had stations set up for our activity time. There was an outer space sensory table, rocket ship coloring (with the kids photos on them) and a station where we mixed up Oobleck. Oobleck is made from cornstarch and water and creates a non-Newtonian fluid. When you run your fingers slowly through Oobleck, it acts like a liquid, but apply rapid force and it solidifies, bends and even tears. We will play around with it and experience its odd properties on Friday after Shabbat.
I encourage you to ask your kids about our rhyming songs this week. We have had fun practicing our rhyming skills through the old classic, The Banana-fana Song. 🙂
Next week is a short week and the end of our summer term. The kids have been enjoying making domino paths to knock down so we will dive into that next week. You can check out amazing videos online of the crazy things people can make with dominos! It should make for a fun week!
We wish all the best to our friends going into Kindergarten soon; Colette, Andrew and Brookie!
Ms. Katie, Ms. Veronica & Ms. Lily