Learning about a Doctor’s job

It is important for young preschool students to learn about a doctor’s job and what doctors do. There can be some anxiety about visiting the doctor’s office. They all associate getting shots at the doctor’s office. It is important to teach them that doctors are for helping them stay healthy.

The preschool students enjoyed a visit from a real family practice doctor who talked about ways to keep healthy bodies: eating healthy foods, getting proper exercise and adequate sleep, and washing hands often.

They got to touch and experience real tools used by a doctor. They were able to listen to their heartbeats with a stethoscope, put on real  rubber gloves, and pretend to give shots with a syringe (with no needle included, of course).

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Caterpillar-Butterfly update

The preschool students enjoyed caring for and watching real caterpillars grow and form a chrysalis. Read that post by clicking here.

Over the weekend and the early part of this week, they enjoyed seeing the butterflies hatch out of the chrysalis. The students set the butterflies free outside.

This is a fun experiment for young students to watch and experience the full life cycle.

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Outdoor play: riding trikes

We recently created extra riding space for our preschool students. Our playground only has one short sidewalk in which to ride back and forth. Our playground is located across the parking lot from the building. We placed a barricade at the crosswalk so no vehicles can pass through the short alley between the building and our playground.

Now we are able to use that alley for a larger riding area. The students take the big wheels and riding toys out to that alley. The fun part: the alley has a slight incline. They ride to the ‘top’ of the incline on the road/alley and coast or ride faster ‘downhill’ on the sidewalk.

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Raising caterpillars in preschool

One very fun activity for preschool students in the spring is caring for and watching caterpillars grow and form their chrysalis and then morph into butterflies.

Once again we have adopted our very own caterpillars, ordered from The Butterfly-Lady. We ordered our caterpillars to be delivered during a specific week and were getting concerned when they did not arrive when expected, but thankfully they arrived a couple of days after the anticipated date.

These caterpillars have done well and have done everything expected. They arrived in the plastic cup with food on the bottom of the cup. There were detailed instructions for care and proper placement in the classroom. We placed our caterpillar cups on the Science center shelf towards the middle of the room out of direct light.

In a few days the caterpillars grew larger and crawled to the top of the cup. They formed their chrysalis and attached themselves to the white paper underneath the lid.

As soon as all the caterpillars were hanging from the white paper on the lid, we made a butterfly house out of a cardboard box. We are waiting for the butterflies now…IMG_1595IMG_1604

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Making Jungle Juice in preschool

This recipe is easy for preschool students to make jungle juice. A healthy citrus juice. A great ending to a jungle theme week.

Ingredients: 1 bag of oranges, 1 bag of lemons, 1 bag of limes, about 2 cups of sugar to taste, ice and water

Cut each piece of fruit in half. Use a juicer to squeeze each fruit half. Pour the fruit juice through a strainer to drain out the seeds and pulp. As students pour the juice into a big pitcher or container, place the strainer on top of the container to pour. The students will enjoy watching the rain-like feature of the juice going into the container.

After squeezing all the fruit juice into the container, add water and ice to continue filling the container full to the top. Add about 2 cups of sugar to taste. Enjoy.

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Chalkboard placemats review

Young children learn by doing and they love art projects. When given the opportunity to choose interest learning centers in the early childhood classroom, teachers often find that preschool students gravitate toward the art center. They love free art and are very creative when given art materials to construct their own projects.

Here is one item that fits right in with free art projects to appeal to young students. I was sent these chalkboard placemats to use in the preschool classroom for review. The students enjoyed working with these placemats. The kit comes with 4 placemats, a box of colored chalk, and a small sponge. One of the advantages of this item is the free art and drawing capabilities. Students can color on each placemat and pretend to draw their favorite foods. When teaching a unit on healthy nutrition, teachers can ask students to draw a healthy meal that includes all four food groups. With advantages to all projects comes disadvantages. One disadvantage of this item is the chalk dust that comes with the coloring process and the dangers of childhood allergies.

I would recommend these chalk placemats for use in an older preschool pre-k classroom because students of this age group can understand more of how to draw food items on the plate. This item would make a good addition to the art center during the healthy nutrition theme unit for pre-k students. Younger preschool students end up just coloring in the plate and not really drawing the desire nutritional food groups as they do not really understand the concept of the study unit.

Find the chalk placemats by clicking here. Follow this link to the Uncommon Goods Products. 

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