Art & Science - Salt, Glue & Food Colouring - 3 Year Old and 4 Year Old Classes

The children in both our three-year-old and four-year-old classes had fun exploring colours and “absorption” with 3 simple ingredients: salt, glue and food colouring.



The children dribbled squiggles, dots, lines, spirals and made smudges of glue.


Next they pinched the kosher salt between their fingers and sprinkled the salt all over the glue and shook the excess off.




Now, the colour! This part of the process is really thrilling. The children dipped fine brushes into food colouring and gently touch the salt. It’s amazing to see how far the watercolours spread as they’re absorbed by the grains of salt. Little by little the children transformed their white, salt drawings into vibrant, colourful designs.

 
These works of art are not long-lasting as the salt will crumble and comes away from the glue, even when dry, but while it’s not a “forever” project, it’s definitely a keeper of an idea for fun and creative learning.
 
 

 

Barbi




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The Amazing Ambulance!! - FAS T/Th Class

During the month of November, we have been learning about different types of transportation in our classroom.  On Tuesday, November 28 we were excited to welcome Annemarie Byers, an experienced educational paramedic to meet with our class and explain how ambulances work to serve our community!

 The children were greeted and asked questions about their understanding of how several different types of emergency vehicles assist us…..police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances...of course!!!  We were all reminded how to reach paramedic personnel in an emergency situation by calling the number “9-1-1”.  The students were also able to view and try various types of support equipment such as splints and a working stethoscope, which they thoroughly enjoyed.  How and why we use these items was also explained in a “child-friendly” way! 
After Annemarie finished her presentation she gave the children an opportunity to ask any questions they had.  However, the highlight of the morning was when the children were given the chance to go outside and climb into an actual ambulance.  While inside, they sat and were able to see how it looks and works.

This “on-site” field trip gave our preschool class the chance to learn how ambulances and paramedics provide people with the help we need in an emergency situation.  As educators, we are thankful for community programs that services such as BC Ambulance provide to educate everyone!
 



Sincerely,

Teacher Lori Moore
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Friendships and bonding over common interests - 4 Hour Class

One of the most important question on every parents mind is “Does my child have friends in school?”


Our children form natural relationships over common interests just like adults do. Our monthly trip to the library allows children to choose a book of their interest; a book they can explore, enjoy, and then share that experience with their peers. This not only enhances children’s learning, but also creates room for children to find common grounds of interest, opening up a door for further friendships to form.


Nothing warms our hearts more than seeing these natural friendships and bonds forming among the children in our care. These are just a few candid moments of bonding.  


(Left to right; Stepan, Keane, Loen, and Jerome)


(Left to right; Mia, Linden, and Elliot)


(Left to right; Koen, Jayden, Austin, Fraser, Vienna, and Jerome with teacher Emmett)


Till next time,

Mariam 

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The Puddle by Hyewon Yum - 3 Year Old & 4 Year Old Classes

We read the book The Puddle by Hyewon Yum. It was a story about a child who was feeling bored because it was raining, she thought she was unable to go outside so mom illustrated a picture of them going outside with the right rain gear boots, rain coat, etc. This allowed them to have fun with a puddle.

After we read the story, I encouraged the children to put on boots, raincoats as we were going outside and maybe we would see some puddles that we may want to jump in!

Children benefit from exploring the changing season by using their sensory skills, which also helps in their cognitive development.

 













 
 

The joy the children found in jumping in the puddle is a perfect demonstration of how incredibly beautiful childhood can be and what it's supposed to be.

Thank you to our wonderful parents who helped with changing clothes when we got back to class.

 
Until next post
 
 

Jess
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The BIG Puddle - 4 Hour Class


 
With all the rain that we’ve been getting, puddles outside are inevitable. When we came out to the park last week, the children noticed a very big and somewhat deeper than usual puddle. Some splashed on it while others ran across it. But most of the children were more drawn to throwing things inside the puddle.
 
 
The children took turns in throwing different things they found around the park. There were leaves, flowers, rocks and sticks. Teacher Matt then asked the question, whether they think the object will sink or float. The children started giving their answers. Koen said that heavy things sink while light things float. Fraser replied with “The rock is heavy so it will sink”.

 

With this experience, the children were able to practice their turn taking skills, both their gross motor and fine motor control and the concept of buoyancy (sink or float) through their play in a natural environment.

Until next time,

Patricia



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