To kick off Catholic School's week, we celebrated our 100th day of preschool, and the Chinese New Year! We worked with our preschool buddies in Miss Sarah's classroom to complete different activities to celebrate. We rotated through different centers throughout the morning. One of the centers was making a 100th day of school hat:
Another center was building "100 Cup Structures!" Using 100 cups, these preschoolers worked together to build a structure as tall as they could!
Then, to celebrate the Chinese New Year, we practiced using chopsticks! These preschoolers used their chopsticks to pick up different colored M&M's and sort them by color!
Lastly, we created our very own Chinese Dragon using paper links! Each preschooler helped put the dragon together by adding links to the chain. Then, we paraded around the classroom and school with our Dragon!
Well, the results are in, and our hypothesis was correct! These preschool scientists predicted that when color is added to the water, white carnations would change colors, and they were right! We came into school today and saw that our flowers soaked up the food coloring and turned beautiful, bright colors. We were so excited! Then, the preschool scientists observed the flowers again using their magnifying glasses, and drew a picture of what they saw. Science rules!
Using our classroom light table, we decided to add color tiles on top of the light to observe the way the colors looked. We even added some of the colors on top of each other to see if we could form any new colors! Some of the color combinations we came up with were red+yellow=orange and blue+yellow=green. It was awesome being able to manipulate colors using a hands-on experience.
Continuing our unit on color, we decided to do a color experiment, involving flowers! Using 4 white carnations, we decided to add different color food coloring to the flowers' water. Before experimenting, as preschool scientists, we made a hypothesis on what we though would happen to the flowers. As a class, we decided that we thought the white flowers would change colors! Next, we tested our hypothesis. We added the food coloring to the flowers, and observed the flowers throughout the day with science equipment. So far we haven't seen much change in the flowers, but tune in tomorrow when we check on our flowers again!
Since we have been learning about color mixing, we decided to mix paint colors with shaving cream, and our hands! The preschoolers got their own pile of shaving cream and chose two colors of paint. Then, they went to work and mixed away! The preschoolers got to watch their colors mix together, as well as feel the paint and shaving cream in their hands. The colors turned out beautiful. We then dipped paper into the colored shaving cream, and hung them up in our classroom!
To celebrate Martin Luther King day, we watched some videos about him, as well as made our own "I have a dream" hearts for our bulletin board (come check them out in our hallway!) We also decided to do an EGGsperiment, to further our understanding about Martin Luther King's work. Using a brown egg and a white egg, we discussed how the outside of the eggs were different. We then decided to crack the eggs open, and we discovered that they were the same on the inside! We related this to MLK's work on how our skin colors may be different, but we are all the same on the inside.
This week in Preschool, we have been learning about mixing colors together to create new colors! We have been experimenting by mixing different paint colors together. We found out that when we mix red and yellow paint together, we get orange!
Along with learning about colors, we are also learning about patterns in preschool! This week, the students made their own pattern art using dot stampers. They are hanging in Epiphany's hallway, come check them out!
This month in preschool, we are learning about colors! We have been reading different books about colors and observing the different colors throughout our school. This week, we even went on a "color hunt" in our classroom! The preschoolers were given a color, and then they went and found an object that matched their color. These preschoolers are color rockstars!