LOTS OF OCTOBER FUN!
What a wonderful week of pumpkins! We finished our pumpkins to hang on our bulletin board and did our own take of the nursery rhyme Peter, Peter pumpkin eater. On Wednesday we learned all about how pumpkins grow and what they can be used for. I brought in a carving pumpkin and each child helped me scoop out the pulp. Some needed gloves, but they all dug in. We studied the pumpkin seeds and then tried them (a different batch that was already baked), we followed this by asking if they liked pumpkin seeds. Most of them really liked them, but all of them tried the seeds. We then carved our pumpkin to make a "real-live" Jack O' Lantern, you can see our masterpiece smiling at you as it sits in front of the school. On Friday we read the book "The Legend of Spookley the Square pumpkin". It is a great book that teaches each child that being different is what makes us awesome as Spookley saves the day with his odd shape. We then made a Spookley snack where each child spread orange icing onto a graham cracker, added eyes and a mouth and then gobbled him up. This was a very delicious hit! I took a picture of each child with their completed spookley and will add it to the photo album. The photo album is a small album that each child has. They color the front cover the first day of school and color the back cover on the last day. This is interesting to see to see how far they have come in their artistic abilities. Throughout the year I take pictures of the children, playing, trying new things, and activities they do, this way they will always have memories of their year in school, and also so you the parents can see your children in action. We ended the week with our "D"inosaur craft and also had powdered "D"onuts for snack!
Upper Dublin Christian Nursery School year 2018/2019 has begun!
This Pre- K door
shows how you can use a simple item like an every day paper plate, to create a fun themed adventure.
Our students are exploring the alphabet through stories, music and art.
The classrooms are filled with laughter and learning.
Our chapel lessons revolve around creation. The kids are sharing all the things God has made and being thankful for all of God's creations.
Science, Safari, Art, Engineering, Locomotion and Theatre all captured in a six week fun filled camp!
Our Little engineers built their own boats using every day items. The Kids blew on the boats to watch them sail!
Our busy builders had fun using play-doh, straws and colored pasta noodles to make fun objects. Their imagination went wild!
Giant tinker toys were the rage! The kids had a blast using these over-sized tinker toys to make buildings, bridges and more. All week long the kids used objects big and small, to create roads, ramps, buildings to learn what engineers do.
Wind and batteries are some ways to move objects. The kids had fun making their own wind!
The kids placed the windmills in front of the fan first and then used their own air to see the difference!
Who Knew there was a jungle out there?
The were driving their jeeps through the jungle looking for animals with their binoculars!
The kids were ready to go on Safari! They had their coffee filter hats and own hand made binoculars! Lions and Tigers and Bears oh my!
Mixing in some water play! The kids love the pirate ship!
School is out, summer is here and camp is on!!! We are offering 6 great weeks of camp this year at UDCNS that are quickly filling up!!! Each week has a different theme (Science, Safari, Locomotion, Art, Engineering & Theater).
The kiddos had a BLAST during their 1st week of camp. It's a bit more relaxed than normal school days, but there is the same amount of fun, just as much learning, and maybe a touch more time in the sun!!! During this week, Mrs. Atherholt put together a dynamic curriculum based upon Science exploration, learning and experimenting!!!
There is more and more emphasis being placed upon STEM learning in the classroom at the youngest of ages. -And we love to pull science into our fun playing as much as we can. We took a whole week of camp to weave as much science wonder and fun into their playing and learning and it was amazing (and a little bit explosive)!!
Learning about Malleable Matter: This week the kiddos learned all about Malleable Matter Science. They learned how matter is malleable, and once it undergoes a change, it can not be changed back (ie. think boiling an egg, rusted metal, spoiled food). While the kiddos had a great time learning all about this scientific process and how they see it in their everyday lives, they had an even better time when the hands on learning by doing Experiments came into play!
Oobleck Experiment: Oobleck is a substance that's somewhere between a liquid and a solid. It's name comes from the Dr. Seuss book 'Bartholomew and the Oobleck', where a gooey, green substance falls from the sky. Oh, what we can not learn from Dr. Seuss?
Oobleck is fun to say, and just as much fun to create and play with! It pours like a liquid, but acts like a solid when you squeeze it. Can you imagine how much laughter, squeals and excitement we had while out kiddos created their own batch of Oobleck to learn and explore with?
Our Summer Camp Kiddos having a blasting creating and playing with their Oobleck...
....In addition to our Oobleck Experiment, Mrs. Atherholt also planned a little Baking Soda, Vinegar & Color Experiment. When Baking Soda is mixed with vinegar, there is a reaction. -And that reaction creates a whole, lot of bubbling fun!!! While the kiddos learned about the 2 chemicals coming together in an unstable reaction, they were able to see the bubbles rapidly surfacing to the top (carbon dioxide escaping). You can just see the fun and how excited they were to get their hands in there!
Our last fun experiment for the day was the Mentos and Diet Coke Experiment!!! You can see the kiddos captivated as Mrs. Devlin is about to show them the malleable matter, explosive fun of mixing these 2 everyday items together!!! It was explosive for sure!!!
In between our science fun, we had lots of fun in the sun, water play in our HUGE Pirate Ship Bouncie Water Slide, storytelling, snack time, crafts and more! Most of all, the halls and backyard of our church were filled with love, laughter and tons of God's Love.
Looking forward to Camp Week 2: Safari. There are lots of surprises planned...