This was a great 1st week at Pebble Pond Preschool. We had some chilly weather and the children learned quickly about what proper shoes to wear, as on the first day their tennis shoes and socks were soaked from the morning dew. On the following days they made sure to wear their rain boots and warm jackets as it was a little colder. After they were properly dressed, no matter how cold or windy it was, they had a lot of fun playing in the outdoor classroom in the dirt and leaves and did not want to go back in.
At Pebble Pond Preschool, we use a play and nature-based emergent curriculum. Because the children spend a lot of their day out in nature there is more spontaneity and unexpected finds in their day. This week the girls had lots of fun taking advantage of the falling leaves from the trees in the yard. We were able to incorporate math, art, science and develop our gross motor skills using the leaves. Not pictured here is a tree that they drew on the back of an up-cycled cereal box and we glued leaves they cut from paper.
We had a lot of great meals this week too!! Soup, smoothie, breakfast burrito, fruit, and sandwiches! If there were any food scraps from preparation, we saved it for the compost bin. Below is a picture of them dumping the scraps in the bin.
This week we took opportunities to create the letter "L". We wrote with marker, chalk, and used glass beads to place over lines. For our sensory activity this week, we dipped cotton balls in essential oils and the girls used chopsticks to pick them up, smell them, and ID the smell. This was a great task that worked on some of fine motor skills in their fingers. They had plenty of opportunities to work on gross motor skills as they did plenty of running, jumping from log to log, balancing on logs and tires, raking, filling planters up and planting greens. This week we also learned about lettuce and how to say it in Spanish. We made sure to have it in our meals this week on our sandwiches so the students had a chance to taste it. We also went to the garden and touched and smelled it and talked about its color and feel.
As you can see in the pictures, the first week was full of learning, fun, and discovery. We were able to do art, pre-literacy, math, science, sensory play, and block play in our outdoor classroom. The students learned about the letter "L", leaves, lettuce and had some Spanish words and songs introduced. As the students did not know Spanish when they arrived, we are slowly incorporating words and phrases every day.