Kite Flying

March is a traditional time for flying kites, so your preschooler was able to learn all about it on this breezy day.

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To begin with, our class looked at the leaves on the trees in our front yard to see if it was a good day to fly kites.

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It was then explained that kites fly because the wind pushes on its face — trying to blow the kite away — while gravity pulls on it — trying to make the kite come down.

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Using real kites, we first launched out kites (without the string) from the stairs in the front yard, to see how far they would fly.

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We then took our kites to the back play ground, and practiced running up and down the area with our kites.

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Some students were even able to get their kites into the air! We then created our own kites with streamers and paper bags, and tried to fly those as well!

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Solar Painting

Art is important for children especially during their early development.

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Research shows that art activities develop brain capacity in early childhood. Art engages children’s senses in open-ended play and supports the development of cognitive, social-emotional and multi-sensory skills.

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As children progress into elementary school and beyond, art continues to provide opportunities for brain development, mastery, self-esteem and creativity. It is for this reason that we included an art project into our spring weather theme. Because we are learning about all things solar specifically, we painted with our very own suns!

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Using yellow balloons as our inspiration, we dipped these into yellow paint and stamped some “suns” onto construction paper.

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Cloud Racing

Gross motor skills are the skills we use to move our arms, legs, and torso in a functional manner.

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Gross motor skills involve the large muscles of the body that enable such functions as walking, kicking, sitting upright, lifting, and throwing a ball.

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For this activity, we consolidated our gross motor expertise with a fun weather game called Cloud Racing!

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For this activity, your little ones got some exercise by “blowing” cotton balls (clouds) across the front room with straws!

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Weather Writing

We spend about 30 minutes writing every day. Twenty of these minutes are spent writing on worksheets, and ten of these minutes are spent writing with tactile materials.

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In all of my experience, I have learned that children learn more from meaningful experiences than they do with two-dimensional materials, such as paper.

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It is for this reason that we write on everything! On walls, the sidewalk, and even the table! We also use EVERYTHING we can find to write: markers, crayons, chalk, play dough, and even mud!

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For these two activities, we explored two different letters that corresponded to our month of weather. The first of these letters was C for cloud, and the second of these letters was S for sun. For the cloud portion, we traced letter Cs into flour. A few weeks later, we traced the letter Ss into orange glitter.

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Solar Pies

The sun is the source of energy and heat for our planet. On Friday, we taught your little one that the sun’s energy travels through space, into the earth’s atmosphere, and finally onto earth’s surface. The sun’s radiation warms the earth’s atmosphere and surface and this process is called heat transfer. To help your little one understand this, we studied how heat transfer affects matter. To a child, matter is anything that they can touch.

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Because heat transfer can be an abstract concept for the young learner, we did a variety of activities that enabled your child to interact with it in a hands-on way. It is for this reason that we created mud pies!

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By making mud pies and allowing them to dry over night, your little one was able to experience how the sun works with their eyes and their hands.

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This enabled them to experience the process of heat transfer in a way that they could understand.

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Watercolor Easter Eggs

This week, many of our students tried watercolor painting for the first time.

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We added a variety of these colors to real eggs and enjoyed showing them to our friends.

watercolor1It was one of the most fun art techniques we’ve done in a long time and the whole process from start to finish was absolutely beautiful.

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watercolor2Because this activity is a messy one, we capitalized on that fact by doing the activity in an area where it was okay for the kids to get as messy as they wanted, and an area where the mess was contained and easily cleaned up!

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Win-win!  And we had even MORE fun than last year!

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