The children have learned a tremendous amount while studying balls. A foundation has been laid for measuring and graphing skills which will continue to be used throughout the year as we explore more science topics. In addition to academic skills the kids just had fun. Popping balls on the parachute is always a hit with the kids.
Gross motor skills are developed while playing a variety of ball games.
Making melon balls was a lot of work, but fun.
Little Pandas Preschool
On Tuesday the kids played a life sized version of Candyland! Our gym was made into a giant gameboard with construction paper spaces. Stuffed animals were used for markers. Each space had an animal or color printed on it corresponding to the Chinese vocabulary the children are learning. The children used a huge foam die for moving along the gameboard. After rolling the die and moving the required number of spaces the children were then asked to name the animal or color they had landed on in Chinese. A correct answer was rewarded with a second turn. While the normal sized version of the game is fun, the life sized version has some additional benefits. The children were involved in physical activity and able to move around freely while playing the game. There was also more cooperative work happening. The children liked the huge die and all wanted to help count the dots on it and make sure everyone moved their stuffed animal the correct number of spaces.