December has just begun and we’re all very busy! The children have completed many activities already and there are so many more to do before Christmas vacation begins.
The winter sensory tub (inspired by Teach Preschool) has been a big hit with all the children. Even the adults can’t keep their hands out of it! A tub was filled with plastic frosty snow. Penguins and an iceberg from a game we have were added to the snow along with clear and blue acrylic ice cubes. Some wood scoops and a couple wire Christmas ornaments were added. The blue confetti snowflakes add some cool color to the tub. We’ve had a couple incidents where the children have thrown the snow up to watch it fall, but who wouldn’t be tempted to do that?
The children continue to learn Chinese with Gao Laoshi and are beginning to learn to count to 20. A couple felt Christmas trees were attached to the wall and velcroed pom poms were set out in a dish. This activity helps children to practice counting as well as learn Chinese color vocabulary.
Gao Laoshi has started introducing some simple Chinese characters to the children. They’re beginning to write numbers.
Christmas shaped erasers have been set out at the math center for children to work on one-to-one correspondence.
Colored craft sticks were also set out at the math table. Velcro dots were attached to the ends on both sides so that the children can build geometric shapes with them.
A basket of clear and different shades of blue stones have been set out at the light table for children to build with.
Finger painting on foil was a new experience for all the kids. They enjoyed seeing the shiny foil through the paint.