This month we emphasized and incorporated the theme of winter into our projects which not only supported our Project Based Learning objectives, but also helped increase the children’s awareness of winter in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. Our projects included snowmen, the creative use of ice, marshmallows and other items that represent winter. For example, our snowman project involved the use of simple math to figure out where the parts of the snowman’s body went by matching numbers. We also used miniature marshmallows to count the number of marshmallows needed to match numbers associated with several different snowmen and used glue to fix these marshmallows above each of the snowmen. Not only did this help them understand numbers, but without them even knowing it, they also increased their fine motor skills by gluing the marshmallows in a precise manner. These simple types of projects keep the children interested while allowing learning to be fun.
We also did a painting project using frozen paint pieces with sticks to create winter scenes and to learn about the various colors that were used in the project. We allowed the children to use their creative skills and to take pride in a job well done! Our days always include learning new songs and making time to read and listen to a lot of theme based books. Although the day is filled with fun activities, each day is focused on learning and improving a particular skill. We know it has been a great day when we all had fun and the children are not even aware that they actually learned something new.
– Ms. Rhonda’s P/T Preschool 3 – 4’s