Category Archives: Preschool

Snow!

Snow!

During circle Wednesday, we read the book, “The Snowy Day”.  It is about a little boy who wakes up to snow and goes outside and explores his neighborhood.  He plays in the snow, makes footprints and shakes a snow covered branch.  He also tries to join older children in a snowball fight but finds he is too young.  At the end, he makes a snowball and puts it in his pocket for later and heads inside.  In the morning he checks his pocket and his snowball is gone…

This sparked a conversation about his snowball, where it went and inspired a science experiment.

We filled three bowls with snow and decided we would keep one on the counter, one in the fridge and one in the freezer.  The children predicted as to what would happen to the snow in each bowl.  All agreed that the snow on the counter would melt, some children guessed that the snow in the fridge would melt and some that it would remain snow.  Again all the children agreed that the snow in the freezer would remain as snow.

Thursday we looked at all three bowls…the snow on the counter and in the fridge melted and the snow in the freezer remained snow.

The children said it was because the freezer was cold like outside!

Rainbow Blizzard

Rainbow Blizzard

This week we have been adding some fun and colour to our very cold winter days!  We used droppers with paint and a salad spinner to paint “snowflakes”.  The droppers provided great fine motor strengthening to their fingers and hands as well as great hand-eye coordination to strategically place the coloured drops on to the paper.   Once the children were satisfied with the amount of drops, they placed the lid on the spinner and spun away.  The excitement and sequels once opening the lid to see their creation was priceless!

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

Tip of the month for January – Reading!  Tips can also be heard on either SunFM – 98.5 and MooseFM -100.1 daily.  To download and print, click 5 Early Learning Tip Jan Reading copy or click on the image below to enlarge:

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

Tip of the month for December – Tummy Time!  Tips can also be heard on either SunFM – 98.5 and MooseFM -100.1 daily.  To download and print, click 4 Early Learning Tip Dec Tummy Time copy or click on the image below to enlarge:

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

Tip of the month for November – Words!  Tips can also be heard on either SunFM – 98.5 and MooseFM -100.1 daily.  To download and print, click 3 Early Learning Tip Nov Words copy or click on the image below to enlarge:

Fort St. John Loves Families Week … October 6 – 13, 2018!

Fort St. John Loves Families Week … October 6 – 13, 2018!

Take advantage of Fort St. John Loves Families Week where families can participate in free or low cost activities for the whole family!  Check out the booklet below to plan the events your family will participate in or download the pamphlet  … family week_fsj-booklet-2018-web

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

Tip of the month for October – Singing!  Tips can also be heard on either SunFM – 98.5 and MooseFM -100.1 daily.  To download and print, click 2 Early Learning Tip Oct Singing or click on the image below to enlarge:

Benefits of StrongStart/Preschool Centres

Benefits of StrongStart/Preschool Centres

So very excited for Monday and a brand new school year!  I came across this list of “benefits while playing”…  I hope you enjoy it!

When I am playing with PAINTS I am:

BEING CREATIVE

USING MY IMAGINATION

EXPERIMENTING WITH COLOURS

EXPRESSING MY FEELINGS & MOODS

DEVELOPING EYE & HAND COORDINATION

When I am playing in ART/WRITING centre I am:

STRENGTHENING & DEVELOPING MY SMALL MUSCLES

USING A VARIETY OF MATERIALS TO COMMUNICATE MY THOUGHTS

When I am playing with SAND or WATER I am:

LEARNING ABOUT POURING, MEASURING & COMPARING

DISCOVERING THE PROPERTIES OF SAND & WATER

TALKING WITH MY FRIENDS & LEARNING ABOUT THEM

FEEL RELAXED, COMFORTABLE & SAFE

When I am playing with MANIPULATIVES I am:

STRENGTHENING & DEVELOPING MY SMALL MUSCLES

DEVELOPING EYE & HAND COORDINATION

MAKING DISCOVERIES

When I am playing in the BOOK CORNER I am:

FOLLOWING & UNDERSTANDING NARRATIVE FORM

LEARNING THAT PRINTED WORDS HAVE MEANING

ENJOYING OTHER WORLDS THROUGH BOOKS

MAKING FRIENDS WITH BOOKS

USING MY EYES & EARS

When I am playing with PLAYDOUGH I am:

STRENGTHENING & DEVELOPING MY SMALL MUSCLES

PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SENSORY AWARENESS

EXPERIMENTING WITH FORM

USING MY IMAGINATION

BEING CREATIVE

When I am involved in LARGE MUSCLE ACTIVITIES I am:

HELPING TO STRENGTHEN & DEVELOP MY LARGE MUSCLES

HELPING ME TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT WHAT MY BODY CAN DO

EXPERIENCING HOW MY BODY WORKS TOGETHER

INCREASING MY COORDINATION

AND LET’S NOT FORGET ABOUT FUN!!!

(Itasca SD #9)

 

Here’s to a great 2018-19 year at StrongStart and Preschool

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

SD60 wants you to know … you are your child’s first and best teacher

Tip of the month for September– Talking & Listening.  Tips can also be heard on either SunFM – 98.5 and MooseFM -100.1 daily.  To download and print, click 1 Early Learning Tip Sept Talking & Listening or click on the image below to enlarge: