Early Childhood Programs Blog

Food in the Garden

March 9, 2012 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: We had a delicious week learning about food and where it comes from. We hiked the trails to locate old farm fields and garden plots that grow food. We loved to sing songs about seeds and get our hands dirty digging outside. We looked for food sources for animals, too. Next’s Week’s Theme: Counting to… Read more »

Tap for Sap

February 24, 2012 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: We discovered trees in winter and how some tree sap can be delicious this time of year.Favorite Activities: We enjoyed searching for trees with holes from woodpeckers and counting how many trees were tapped with buckets along the trail. We tasted the sap and met taxidermy specimens of woodpeckers, too. We loved… Read more »

Art Outside

February 3, 2012 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: We explored different art processes indoors and OUT! Favorite Activities: We loved making our own play dough and finger paint. We painted stones, trees, and leaves outside. We made ice sculptures that water the trees and made beautiful natural scultpures which we left throughout the outdoor classoroom for others to find. We used yarn… Read more »

Whose Tracks?

January 28, 2012 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: We were really making tracks learning all about the shapes of different animals’ feet. Favorite Activities: We loved stamping animal tracks on artwork and narrating stories about these animals. We examined deer hides, antlers, and feet. We searched for (and created our own!) animal tracks on the trail and in our natural… Read more »

Hoot and Howl

January 20, 2012 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: We learned about owls that hoot in the night. Favorite Activities: We loved meeting the barred owl with Miss Laura and learning about how it uses its call in the night. The feather guessing jar was a fun way to count and measure, too. We loved doing print-making to create an owl with patterned wings. We… Read more »

If I Were a Bat…

January 13, 2012 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: We learned about mammals, especially bats! Favorite Activities: We loved comparing bat taxidermy to a blue jay to discover the differences between the two. We were able to make some unusual predictions as we read Stella Luna by Jannel Cannon. Cutting our bat ears and wings was a highlight! Of course, we… Read more »

Under a Blanket of Snow

January 6, 2012 - Preschool Weekly

This Week’s Adventures: We learned about hibernation and the useful role that snow plays in winter. Favorite Activities: We loved using puppets to act out Jan Brett’s folktale The Mitten. Our tape snowflake paintings were as hit as were our little houses where we wrote letter “Hh” for home. We learned some new winter songs and… Read more »