October 23, 2010

Spiders on Saturday

"Spiders" was today's theme at Saturday Preschool and Saturday Kids. Children learned fun facts about spiders, tried to get through a spider web without being caught, and made spider crafts (Saturday Preschool) and spider posters (Saturday Kids).

Don't get caught in the web!

 Spider web craft made by "painting" with yarn dipped in white paint.

The elementary students in Saturday Kids made these dueling posters. Which one is more convincing to you? (Click the posters to see them larger.)

 The Itsy Bitsy Spider      The Very Busy Spider 

October 22, 2010

Insect Art and Z for Zoo

This week's preschool theme was insects. We collected insects, learned about insect body parts and their diets, and discovered how to tell the difference between insects and other creepy-crawlies.

We collected leaves, twigs, acorns, and chestnuts at the park to make insect collages. Can you spot the ants, butterflies, dragonflies, stag beetles, and rhinoceros beetles? (Click on the photo to see it larger.)

Insects have antennae as you can see from the butterfly and the bee pictured here.

Just look at those beautiful butterflies.

The letter of the week in afternoon preschool was Z. The children built a zoo for their animals, being careful to keep predators and pray away from each other.

October 13, 2010

Recent Preschool Highlights

Here are some recent photos just to give you a taste of what we've been doing the past few weeks.

 A preschool mom came and introduced the autoharp and violin for a special music class. She led the students in several songs and played a duet with her daughter. Thank you Mrs. T!

 A recent "letter of the week" was W. The children made Weather Windows.

 We celebrated three birthdays.

These fish were from an art lesson on primary and secondary colors. Children mixed the colors from the big fish to make the colors for the little fish. (adapted for preschool from this lesson plan for second graders)

These photos are from an art lesson on symmetry. (idea credit)