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February 28, 2012

Rose Flower Garden Restaurant!

Rose Flower Garden Restaurant!
Rose Flower Garden Restaurant!
Rose Flower Garden Restaurant!
Rose Flower Garden Restaurant!

We just concluded an incredibly exciting emergent project on restaurants! The project began one morning when a group of children created a restaurant in the dramatic play center of the Sun Room. The interest continued and grew, and the teachers quickly began to discuss restaurants with the children and begin planning a full-scale project! We talked about different kinds of restaurants, and decided we wanted to have our own. We planned the food we'd like to eat, who we'd invite (parents and family members), and brainstormed restaurant names. We voted and found that the Rose Flower Garden Restaurant had the most votes, just barely beating the Kitty Litter Restaurant (phew!!). Stories like Mean Soup, Stone Pizza, Stone Soup, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Eating through the Alphabet filled our shelves and story times, and we enjoyed songs about cooking and baking too, like Cookie Bakers of the Night and On Top of Spaghetti. Next, we realized there was still a lot to learn about how real restaurants work...so some research was in order! A visit to Red Robin gave us the chance to see the kitchen, talk to restaurant employees, and consider how we wanted our own restaurant to play out. Back at preschool, we were blessed by family members who came in to cook with us, teaching us how to make meatballs and brownies, and leaving the entire building smelling delicious! We chopped up ingredients for our very own Stone Pizza and Mean Soup and practiced lots of measuring, pouring, and mixing skills in the process! Children used lots of writing to create their own menus and practiced taking orders. The day of the restaurant itself, the kids set up the room -- setting tables and practicing all the hard work of preparing for a meal -- and then seated their families and took order. Lots of great math skills were utilized as children added up the cost of their families' meals, worked at the cash register, and made change! All in all, we were so blessed by the enthusiasm and excitement of this project -- from teachers, students, and particularly from our wonderful families, who were so patient and so willing to participate in so many aspects of this truly emergent project!


February 7, 2012

Pajama Party Math

Pajama Party Math

Our recent PJ party gave us lots of opportunities to practice math skills in interesting ways! During Greeting Meeting, we took notice of everyone's cool slippers. We formed categories like animal slippers, sports slippers, character slippers, fuzzy slippers, and "other", and then spent some time sorting ourselves and helping each other figure out which category our slippers belonged in (categorizing is an important language and literacy skill, too!). Then, we lined up to see which kind of slippers had the most and least amounts, and counted to determine tie breakers.


January 10, 2012

Launching into Space!

Launching into Space!
Launching into Space!
Launching into Space!

We are learning so much about space!  Where is it?  Above the clouds?  What's out there?  Planets, stars, space men (maybe) and the ISS (International Space Station).  How do you get there? Spcae ships and the Space Shuttle (used to).  Check out our mock-up of the Space Shuttle!  We docked at the ISS, then unloaded the payload bay and did some experiments!


November 10, 2011

The 1st Thanksgiving

The 1st Thanksgiving
The 1st Thanksgiving
The 1st Thanksgiving
The 1st Thanksgiving

The teachers donned Pilgrim and Native American costumes and acted out the events leading up to and including our nation's 1st Thanksgiving feast.  IMMEDIATELY afterwards, even before snack, the children clamored for their costumes and reenacted the story over and over again!


April 26, 2011

It was a beautiful morning!

It was a beautiful morning!
It was a beautiful morning!
It was a beautiful morning!

It was a beautiful morning, so we decided to hold center time outside!  The children helped to roll out the easels and bring out our playdough table.  Our art project was transported to the picnic table.  Our recycling bins (our special emphasis this week) were also moved outside.  We wish everyday could be like today!