During the month of February, we explored themes including Groundhog Day, friendship, Valentine’s Day, and taking care of our teeth! We learned what it means if the groundhog sees his shadow. Our STEM focus for the month will be a fun activity about measuring our shadows!
Bumblebees: As the new year began, we learned all about the season of winter, and all of the changes that occur during this time. We discussed snow and ice, how ice is formed, and even did a science experiment on using different mediums to melt ice. We made icy art by mixing salt and glue and snowy pictures using shaving cream. We then moved on to learning about snowmen, and made a giant class snowman and created a story all about him. From there, we moved onto penguins. We discovered that penguins love to slide on their bellies on ice, so used items from around our classroom and made predictions whether they would slide like penguins or not. We also continued mastering our scissor skills by cutting out our own penguins. Finally, we ended the month learning about hibernation. We figured out why certain animals hibernate and had fun pretending to hibernate ourselves. The best part about this theme was our special stuffed animal show and tell and our pajama party!
Dragonflies: We explored some really fun themes, including polar bears, penguins, and other arctic animals! We answered some interesting questions like, “How do polar pears stay warm?” and “How do penguins stay dry?” We learned that penguins rub oil all over their feathers that make them feel waxy. This helps keep them dry when they go in the water! Some other animals we learned about were snowy owls, seals, and walruses. The children were fascinated to learn that the walruses have extra long teeth called tusks! We learned that walruses use their tusks to pull themselves onto the ice and to look for food.
Our STEM activity this month was an experiment to see how polar bears stay warm in the icy water. We learned that they have blubber that helps to keep them warm. We filled a bowl with ice water and put our bare hands in to see how cold it was. Then, we put our hands inside a rubber glove and covered the glove with a layer of blubber (shortening). Then, we wrapped the whole thing in plastic wrap and stuck our hands back into the ice water. We couldn’t feel it! The blubber kept our hands nice and warm!
During the month of December the Bumblebees will be talking all about the holidays and why they are an important time. For Hanukkah, children will create menorahs and play with dreidels. For Christmas, the class will paint with gift bows and work on their fine motor skills by wrapping and unwrapping “presents.” A special holiday show-and-tell will allow the class to see all the different ways we celebrate.
In December the Dragonfly students will learn all about winter, bears, and snowmen! The STEM focus for December will be following a recipe to make snow!
Is November over already? The month flew by! We began the month by learning all about owls. We learned the word nocturnal and imitated owls- when the lights were on, we pretended to sleep like owls do and when the lights were off, we had fun flying around the room.
Next, we focused on discussing our families! We came up with a list of our favorite things to do with our families and talked about who is in our family. We also used scissors for the first time during art to cut out our very own houses and graphed the number of family members that live with us.
From there, we moved on to discussing turkeys and Thanksgiving. We worked on recognizing numbers 1-5 with a fun turkey feather game and investigated real feathers! We talked about the many things, places, and people that we are thankful for. We also worked on being kind to our friends and working together to achieve a common goal, such as building with different types of blocks, creating a long train, or completing difficult puzzles.
Finally, we ended the month by creating our very own piece to our classroom puzzle. The children love looking at how all of the pieces fit together, and figuring out who each piece belongs to. It is a great addition to our classroom kitchen area, and we invite you to come in our class to check it out!
Welcome back! September is a very busy month for the Bumblebee and Dragonfly classrooms. We will be spending the first month getting to know each other. The month of September will be dedicated to making new friends and reuniting with old ones. We will begin learning our class routines, such as snack, circle time, clean up, and play time; as well as beginning show and tell. As the month progresses, we will work on mixing colors, shapes, and apples.
To end the month of April, the 3-year-olds learned all about caterpillars and butterflies. Students pretended to be caterpillars and went through the life cycle, from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, finally emerging into beautiful butterflies! Bumblebee students created their very own hungry caterpillars using balloons instead of paint brushes, and created colorful (SYMMETRICAL) butterflies. The best part about this theme? Both classes received live caterpillars that students get to observe and take care of daily as we wait for them to morph into butterflies and release them into our MMO garden!
Field trip to the Turtle Back Zoo!
The Bumblebees and Dragonflies were very busy during the month of April! Students began the month focusing on zoo animals and preparing for their field trip to the Turtleback Zoo. Bumblebee students played the group board game, “Feed the Monkey,” in small groups, where they took turns rolling dice and found the correct space which correlated to the number of bananas needed to feed the monkey. The children sang a song about the zoo and acted out each animal and made binoculars in preparation for their class trip. It was exciting to see some of the animals that we learned about live and in person at the Turtleback Zoo. The children are STILL talking about the bears and the giraffes. Thank you to everyone who attended!
The 3-year-olds are learning all about the season of spring in April. Bumblebee students discussed the different changes that occur in the world around them, including how flowers bloom, trees start growing leaves, animals wake up from their hibernation, and the clothes that we wear change. The Bumblebee class welcomed the warm weather that comes with spring by having some of their circle times outside on the lawn, including show and tell! The children loved the change of scenery and listening to the different sounds outside. To celebrate spring and Earth Day, students planted their our own pea & zinnia plants.
The Dragonfly students conducted a fun STEM experiment called “walking water.” Students and teachers took six cups and filled three of them with water, one with red water, one with yellow water, and one with blue water. The other three cups remained empty. Next, the class arranged the cups in a circle, alternating one with water and one without. Then, students took six strips of paper towels and put them in the cups so that one end was in a cup with water and the other end was in an empty cup. As they watched, everyone saw the colored water “walking” up the paper towels! The children predicted what would happen when the different colored waters mixed together in the empty cups. They predicted that red and yellow would make orange, yellow and blue would make green, and red and blue would make purple!
March was a very busy month for the Bumblebee class as well! Students spent the month in the deep ocean, exploring some of the sea creatures that live there. Each week the class focused on one or two animals, with art, science activities, and literacy all focused on those animals. Students learned about seahorses, clownfish, jellyfish, starfish, sharks, whales, octopus, and sea turtles. The Bumblebees even created their own pet jellyfish in a bottle! Then we explored sinking and floating and tested different items found in our classroom. We also created oceans in a bottle using sand, shells, and foam stickers.
Our Bumblebees loved looking at their pet jellyfish and their oceans in a bottle!
The STEM activity for the month of February was a prediction chart for Groundhog’s Day. Our 3-year-old students discussed what it means when the groundhog sees his shadow and when he doesn’t. Then, our students thought like scientists and predicted whether the groundhog would see his shadow or not. The dragonfly students made a chart and talked about the results. Eleven children predicted that the groundhog would see his shadow, and eight children predicted that he wouldn’t see his shadow!
The Bumblebee class pretended to be bears and had their own hibernation and then went on a bear hunt by acting out the story We’re Going on A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. To end the hibernation theme, students had a stuffed animal show and tell. It was so much fun to see all the different types of animals that everyone brought in and to try and guess if that animal hibernates during the winter or not.
In Dragonflies one of the STEM activities in January included an experiment to see how polar bears stay warm in the icy water. We learned that they have blubber that helps to keep them warm. We filled a bowl with ice water and put our bare hands in to see how cold it was. Then, we put our hands inside a rubber glove and covered the glove with a layer of blubber (shortening). Then, we wrapped the whole thing in plastic wrap and stuck our hands back into the ice water. We couldn’t feel it! The blubber kept our hands nice and warm!
We did a lot of baking this month! The Dragonflies made latkes, and cookies!
Our 3-year-olds painted these painting by rolling acorns!
The Bumblebee class has done some charting! See the class results below: