First week of Preschool - 3 Yr Old & 4 Yr Old Classes

I have had the pleasure of teaching preschool for many years, however each year I am thrilled and excited to meet new faces and see how much old faces have grown. I especially look forward to the individual personalities working together in the same space learning about one another and making connections, some life long friendships. 

The children have settled into the preschool very well and are enjoying the indoor and outdoor space. We have had the pleasure in our 4’s class to listen to many conversation among the children using a variety of words using descriptive language.  

 


 

Joseph feels the placemat and says “to change it to silver you have to stroke it.”

 







 

Cory holds the sequin mat for Jordan to discover.

 







 

After filling in the triangles Magus holds the tile tray up to the window to see the light shine through in the different colours.

 





 

Jordan proudly shows us a banana he
made after we read a story about a banana.

 





 

Magnus decides to play hide and seek,
here, he can be seen hiding his eyes
while he counts to ten.

 



 

 

Magnus knows after counting to ten its
time to go find his friends.

 


 









Ching Ching explores stirring with
the paint and her snack yogurt.

 






 

AJ is engaging in sensory play,
with the paints.

 




We used eye droppers to see how many drops to fill the circle. Natalia demonstrated her own creativity when she said “look I made a purple caterpillar.” 



Until next post



Jess
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The Painting Process (Fine Arts & Science T/TH)

For our first painting activity this school year, I provided the children with paints and some painting tools made out of foam.



I was eager and excited to see the different artworks the children will be creating.

But the reason of my excitement shifted from seeing their artworks to the story and process behind each child’s painting as I observed them create their masterpieces.



Aiden started painting with red, blue and yellow. He then mixed all the colors on his paper and noticed that the colors were changing to dark green, dark purple and brown. The color brown caught his eye and he started to mix all the colors in one bowl to make brown. When he was finally satisfied with the shade of brown that he created, he painted it on top of his painting as a final touch.
 
 
 
 

Mateo only wanted to use green because that is his favorite color and it looks like the grass.













Dayna was focused on making a purple and green pattern.












While stamping the foam brush on his paper, Jerome was saying “boom! boom! boom!”. He enjoyed how the paint splattered on his paper like an explosion.









 
Iris started painting with yellow then added blue in the middle. She noticed that when the blue and yellow paint mixed, it made a different color- green. Iris then added blue on the other parts where the yellow paint was. She mixed and mixed until different shades of green were present.









Jason was intrigued by the lines that the foam brush was making. He was turning and twisting the brush in different directions to see what kind of mark it would make.







This activity reminded me on how I should focus more on the process of how these artworks are created rather than the final artwork themselves. It is through this process that the children get to express themselves creatively.

I am looking forward to see how the children’s creativity will develop throughout the year!

Until next time,

Patricia








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Our Cherry Blossom Playground - 4 Hour Class

A few weeks ago, Teacher Patricia suggested we take the children to the hill area across from the far parking lot. I was all in, as the hills were lined with cherry blossom trees in full bloom and below was a sea of pink from the fallen petals. I could feel that an adventure was going to happen with the children. So instead of going to the playground, we headed over in the other direction.

The children were all full of questions, such as where are we going, are we going on the bus, what about the playground, are we going to the field? We told them we are going on an adventure, it was a mystery. You could feel the curiosity building and more questions were asked. We gave them a hint and told them it was a pink place. Oh boy, that got them going… So off we headed down the walkway with no toys, no bubbles and no wagon, just ourselves.

Do you know what happened? We had many adventures, all with our imaginations, our bodies and the cherry blossom trees. The children loved the way the ground looked with hues of pink below them and above them. The wind would gently blow the petals down which the children thought was like snow. Some children chased the petals while others thought of a way to make the trees rain more petals.


 
The children ran up and down and around the hill endlessly. They climbed trees with a little help from the teachers and once sitting up there, they enjoyed the view. We saw squirrels running around and a few insects as well.



We had a parade that the children orchestrated and performed. There was also some super hero role playing and some dinosaurs running around too. The children also picked flowers from the ground and used them as props for their imaginative playing.



The time we spent exploring on the hill was proven to be a success. The children were so engaged in interacting with their peers, moving their bodies, using their imagination and building their growth in so many areas of their development, simply by being present in nature.

Until next time,

Deanna
 
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Lollipop Spa - 4 Hour Class

This year for Mother’s Day, the 4 Hour Class decided to do a Spa Day for their mommies.
The children voted and named the spa, Lollipop Spa. In their spa, they will have hand scrub, tattoos and a café.

Before the spa day…

Things to do:

1. Make the gift (heart-shaped lavender pouches). The children sew their pouches.
 


2. Make a card.
 


3. Make signs for the spa and the different stations
 

 
4. Make the hand scrub. The ingredients used for it were salt, sugar, olive oil and peppermint essential oil.
 
 
 
5. Make the chocolate covered strawberry.


6. Buy the tattoos

 
Spa day…

Things to do:

 
1. Put up the signs.
 


 
2. Bake the scones
 
 
3. Set-up the spa and café
 


 
 
When the Lollipop Spa opened, the mommies and grandmas came in and got pampered by the children. The children gave them hand scrubs and applied tattoos. They were also served the yummy scones and chocolate covered strawberries with some tea.
 
 
We hope the mommies and grandmas had as much fun as the children in preparing for the spa day.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Until next time,
Patricia

 
 

 
 


 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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The Art of Comics - 4 Year Old Class

Our four year old class recently learnt about the Art of Comics during an engaging and informative visit to the Richmond Art Gallery. The Field Trip was led by Melanie, the gallery's School Program Coordinator.

Melanie displayed snapshots of an age appropriate comic strip, and asked the children thought provoking questions... How do you think the character in the comic strip is feeling? How do you know the character is feeling this way?

Armed with a dry erase pen and eraser, the children were shown how easy it was to put emotion into a character by adding a few choice lines and curves around the eyes and mouth. The children were very intrigued by Melanie's interactive presentation.

Melanie also showed the children how to draw a character by using basic shapes. After this lesson, she showed the children a few tricks. If you put a bend in a straight line, suddenly your character has a bent elbow. Add some squiggly lines to a circle... voila, curly hair:


 
Melanie showed the children a drawing of a box, with a character looking fearful as he stood over the box. She then asked the children what they thought was in the box... “a ghost”, “a present”, “a scary present”, “a scary doll I think”, “a cat”, “a dog”, “a train”, “a jack-in-the-box”..... You guessed it Oliver, it was indeed a jack-in-the-box!

After the presentation, each child was given a large piece of white paper, pencil and eraser and asked to draw their own family:















 The children were then given crayons, to add colour to their drawings:







 
Melanie ended the Field Trip, by taking the children into the gallery to show them selected panels from the graphic novel, George Sprott, by Canadian Cartoonist, Seth.

A life-size CKCK television studio has been recreated so that it feels like you are inside the pages of Seth's book:

 
The children had fun looking at the extra large panel from a comic strip. Each were eager to share what they had found in the detailed drawing:

 




Thank you again Melanie, our imaginations were awakened during this Field Trip, and our drawing skills enhanced. All while we had fun!

Barbi
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