Musical Freeze Shapes

Preschool Activities | July 17, 2020

Stop When I Say Freeze! Draw different shapes/numbers/letters on the sidewalk. Play cheerful music and have your child run, jump, or skip from one drawing to another.  When you stop the music, your child freezes on a drawing and have to identify it before moving on to another one when the music resumes. Age-appropriate Adaptations:… Read More

Watercolor Expressions

Preschool Activities | July 17, 2020

Get Ready to Express Yourself! Have your child draw pictures with special watercolor pencils, then brush clear water over their pictures to create instant blurry watercolor creations! Age-appropriate Adaptations: Two-year-olds—Two’s can color with the watercolor pencils and then paint with water over the top, if desired. Three-year-olds—Three’s can draw whatever they wish with the watercolor… Read More

Fast Fries

Preschool Activities | July 17, 2020

Do You Want Fries With That? Yellow sponges are cut into strips resembling French fries.  Obtain a supply of cardboard fast food fry containers.  The teacher then writes either numbers or simple math problems onto the inside of the French fry containers and the children use tongs (because the fries are hot!) to pick up… Read More

Let’s Do Dominoes

Preschool Activities | July 17, 2020

The Domino Effect Children are encouraged to count and pattern the dominoes using cards to guide them.  They are also encouraged to experiment to see how the falling dominoes affect other dominoes, so this gets into physical science as well.  Fine motor skills also come into play as the children carefully stand the dominoes up. … Read More

Fruit Salad

Preschool Activities | July 17, 2020

Find That Fruit! Children can match the shapes and colors using Velcro to attach them.  Language development should be encouraged by asking the children what shape the piece is, what color it is, what kind of fruit are they matching, etc. Age-appropriate Adaptations: Two-year-olds—Sit one-on-one with your child and promote language development by talking about… Read More

Cultural Understanding

Preschool Activities | July 10, 2020

Ready… Set… Explore! This month we are exploring citizenship in our Cultural Understanding portion of our Ascend curriculum, and are also exploring other countries and cultures. With the previous celebration of Independence Day on July 4th, this is a great time to explore other cultures and how they celebrate their countries of origin. It’s also a great… Read More

Sound It Out

Preschool Activities | July 10, 2020

In literacy this month, we are sounding out letters while utilizing our senses. By using the five senses, children will retain the knowledge of simple phonics and writing skills they’ve learned critical to school age learning, while having fun in the process. Using materials from the Handwriting Without Tears program utilized in our curriculum, the experience of… Read More

Compare Size & Weight

Preschool Activities | July 10, 2020

Compare the relative size and weight of various objects.  In mathematics this month, we are comparing the size and weight of various objects by utilizing the many tools that we have at our disposal in our classrooms. Our teachers rotate their materials frequently, and make sure there are props for all domains of learning in… Read More

Express Yourself!

Preschool Activities | July 10, 2020

Observe Famous Artists and Art Styles! This month we are exploring classical artists and art styles through pictures, books, and fun hands-on activities. We are creating art as a personal response to our feelings conjured by viewing art, and are expressing these feelings through a variety of mediums on the art easel. After exploring the history, process,… Read More

Cooking Experiment

Preschool Activities | July 10, 2020

Conduct Cooking Experiments with Assistance  This month we are exploring the concept of cooking as a science and sensory experiment! By exploring ingredients, the smell and flavors produced when mixing them, as well as molding and kneading components such as dough, we are incorporating rich experiences in science, fine motor skills, and sensory play. Cooking activities also build… Read More

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