We have had a wonderful month getting to know your children. The warm temperatures have allowed us to spend considerable time outside.
Land Based Learning: We have been observing the circular cycle of seasonal change by visiting our special preschool tree at the front of the school. The students are learning about slowing down, looking closely and using their senses to talk about what they can see, hear, and touch. Ms. Harmony taught us that Mother Earth (Na’a) is very important and everything we need comes from the land. We read the book “Everybody Needs a Rock” and each found a special rock. We will use the land as our teacher throughout the year and give thanks to Na’a as part of our daily rhythm when we smudge using Sage.
Out Of Doors Time: Children need the time, space and freedom to explore. In preschool we have also been experimenting and learning through play, using sensory materials (sand, water, lentils, play dough, popcorn kernels, bubbles, spay bottles), artistic mediums (chalk, paint, pastels, and crayons) and moving our bodies (dance music, plasma cars, trikes, balls and obstacle course).
Playing is Learning! The foundation of Early Learning is play.
1. Play builds imagination and creativity.
2. Play fosters cognitive growth
3. Play supports the ability of students to self-regulate
4. Play improves literacy.
5. Play encourages independence.
6. Play promotes physical wellness
This month our Dramatic Play center has been turned into a Dr. Office, a Pizzeria, and a Baby Care Center. Part of learning in preschool is setting up “invitations to play” using a variety of mediums and open-ended materials (loose parts, blocks, lego, books, puzzles, magnets, play dough, transportation, art, and dollhouse).
Project Work: We have also been learning about colour. Students are learning how to sort by colour, and have really enjoyed being scientists mixing colours, reading books about colour, and looking at how colours mix on our light table.
Early Literacy Focus: Rhyming
Along with oral language, rhyming is also an important foundation of Early Literacy. We are listening to books (Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?) that have rhythm and beat, singing rhyming songs, and learning nursery rhymes (The Itsy Bitsy Spider) to support students ability to create and detect rhyming words. Throughout the year we will continue to use books, nursery rhymes and songs with rhyming words to support this important foundational skill.