Valentine’s Day and Love-Run-Turned-Dance-A-Thon Fun

It was certainly an exciting day at preschool! With Valentine’s Day parties, torrential rain, and a Love-Run-Turned-Dance-A-Thon, we will be napping very well today, indeed!

The morning began with Valentine’s Parties in each classroom. The children enjoyed crafts, activities, special treats, and of course, exchanging Valentine’s cards! We want to send out a HUGE thank you to all the parents who volunteered to host and support these parties!

To culminate the morning, our plan was to participate in the Love Run Fundraiser. While many of us were looking very forward to experiencing the PCS “Love Run,” due to the torrential downpour of rain, the administration had to make a very quick and difficult decision to stay at the preschool and have a “Dance-a-Thon” as an alternate version of the Love Run.

While older kids can dart across the campus to avoid the rain, it really does take our “Littles” about 10 minutes to get to the auditorium on our “train ropes” as a class, which would have made for a very soggy set of children!

As you know, for many preschoolers, there is a very fine line between just the “right amount of fun” and “too much fun” (or too much stimulation), which can lead to undue stress and emotional meltdowns.

With these factors in mind, we opted to ‘dance it out’ in our very own “Glow-Themed-Dance-A-Thon!” The teachers went above and beyond to make this quick switch, and each classroom got to use glow sticks to dance for 20 minutes (the duration they would have been running). Check out the videos to see our students in action! The children had a great time!

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Thanks again to everyone who participated in the Valentine’s Day Parties AND to all the parents who cheered on our dancing children! We appreciate your strong support, your encouragement, and for your understanding during times when things don’t always go as planned! As we all know, life in preschool is ALWAYS an adventure! 🙂

WINTER FUN In Room#4

In January we had lots of fun discussing and exploring the different kinds of weather. We actually had a “WINTER” this year, days that were really cold, days that were rainy, and other days that were sunny. We read books about arctic animals, snow, and rain. The children played with ice and animals that live in the Antarctic. The kids had a great time building snowman with different size boxes and dressing them up with scarves and hats. Using their imaginations, the kids requested additional features to be added to our snow folk such as faces, buttons, and even arms.

During outside play, we had a fantastic time making mud piles as well as using many different types of mold shapes with the wet sand. The outdoor classroom is a wonderful place to have a “messy” experience and we had an awesome one with cornstarch. We discovered textures, cause and effect, and practiced measuring. With all these marvelous experiences the children were exposed to a broad variety socio-emotional, cognitive, math, and language skill development.