Last Wednesday, we had the opportunity to take the afternoon group to the Public Library! It was a beautiful fall day and we began our adventure with, of course, playing on the play structure. When everyone arrived, we had a quick gathering outside the library and made comparisons between our Preucil classroom and the library. We agreed that books, playing, and teachers were the same. But a difference was you can talk louder at school!:)
Inside, we gathered at a table and met our library tour guide, Angela Pilkington, the Children’s Service Coordinator. She gave us a wonderful tour of all parts of the library. We even got to go behind the scenes (like backstage at the Englert Theater) and see how librarians put together Story Time materials and how books come back into the library and get checked in to return to the shelves.
In the Children’s Section, we learned where things are and how to search for and check out our own books! This came in handy later when we looked up books for our idea project. We also got our own personal story time with librarian Casey Maynard. Our books and song and fun stories all had to do with fall and Halloween. Imagine that!
A special thanks to Clara’s mom, and Thanos’ mom, for being extra hands and teachers at our field trip. We couldn’t have done it without you!
We not only witnessed firsthand the real butterfly process at school in the butterfly cage, we truly explored the steps with Lauren and Catharine in movement class. We started by reading a book on caterpillars and picking our favorite one to pretend to be. We then laid on the ground as a little egg and hatched onto our leaves. We inched around like the caterpillars for a bit then bent in half to become a chrysalis. We slowly emerged when the time was right, spread and dried off our wings, Then flew!!!
Afternoon movement class with Lauren was an adventure with parachute play!
We created an alphabet out of wooden letters. We painted them first. Then we went on a nature walk to discover nature items that we can use to collage. The letters will be displayed under the window in the 5-day classroom all year long. We have been working on our letters as well. Simply noticing how our names are spelled and the letters we see in the classroom.
We have begun our exploration of "self" with some self-portraits. The face backdrop is a log slice, and kids were able to choose from many objects to create facial features. The mirror was close by to closely examine their features...
Afternoons at Preucil provide an extension to the morning. If participating in Afternoons-Only, children have the opportunity to explore all that is Preucil—music, play, art, outdoors, etc. Our afternoons are full of enriching activities and extended learning opportunities. Afternoon-Only children start their afternoons in the music room where they greet their teacher and participate in an opening activity, followed by music with Lauren. They then join the morning children who are staying for afternoons. Classroom play and exploration, open art studio, music creation, mindfulness, and peaceful rest are all possibilities during the afternoons. Children develop their interests and expand their experiences. Children who stay all day extend projects and learning from the morning to go into more depth. Afternoon-only children have some time for group activities with their teacher and each other. We all enjoy stories together and end our day outside for large motor play or quiet reflection in our green space. Friendships are formed, ideas are expressed, and creativity and learning are fostered.