Emily Oaks Nature Center

On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 we ventured over to Skokie, IL to visit the Emily Oaks Nature Center! We arrived and were greeted by our Park Ranger Elise who guided the children through a one hour “Walking through the Woodlands” tour! The children were introduced to parts of nature they might not have noticed before, and also how we can care and say hello to nature! The children had a wonderful time! If you have never visited Emily Oaks, we highly recommend this fabulous place! They have a beautiful park/playground area to have a picnic lunch, and for the children to play! The park district also offers some wonderful programs for children AND adults! Please click on the link below to watch our Magisto video!

Emily Oaks Video

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The Three Bears Story Bus!

image1 (7)We had a fabulous two weeks reading 10 different versions of “The Three Bears”. We ended our two week study with a visit from the Khols Story Bus of “The Three Bears”. Children were transported into the story book of this beloved fairy tale where they were greeted by a story teller! Check out our video below of our visit! It was “beary-fun”!

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Our Visit to Lakeshore Dental Studio in Andersonville!

At a wrap up to our 9 week study on community helpers, we had the opportunity to visit the dental staff at Lakeshore Dental Studio!

Dr. Kapil and his staff created three stations for the children to visit! There was a story time station where they learned about Ray-Ray the Cat and how he got “sugar bugs” off his teeth! Next was a station all about the tools dentists use to do their job! The children even got to put fluoride on two dental hygienists! Last station was visiting Dr. Kapil and learning how he helps to get rid of cavities in peoples teeth, and what he does to fix them! There was lots of fun “dental science” going on!

If you are looking for a new family dentist, Lakeshore Dental Studio is amazing! Their facility is clean with the latest technology in the dental industry, and the staff is professional, caring, and gentle!

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Chicago Children’s Museum

On Tuesday, February 12th, our preschool visited the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier! This was part of our unit of inquiry into community helpers! Within the museum, students had real life-experiences and opportunities to role play many different types of jobs throughout our community! Click on the link below to check out our field trip video!

Chicago Children’s Museum Video

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African American Heritage Showcase

This year the preschoolers have been learning and talking about the topic “voting”, and how we all have a voice. We have explored the history of voting, and how there used to be a time when African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Women were not a lot of vote! We looked at pictures and read books around this topic, and developed a universal understanding that everyone deserves to vote! Our voice is important, and counts! It makes a difference! Below is our video we created for the showcase at school for Wednesday, February 13th!

Having A Voice: Vote

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Terrific Trees with The Chicago Botanic Gardens

On Wednesday, January 23rd, we had the honor of hosting The Chicago Botanic Garden staff in room 121! They came to teach the children about “terrific trees”, and all of the benefits that trees bring to the Earth! This was a wonderful learning hour for the preschoolers, and part of our winter edition of our year long tree study! After their visit, students went into their science journals and drew about their experience, and what they learned!

Each student was able to plant “Wild Bergamot” seeds into tiny containers with soil. These plants are excellent to plant around Oak Trees. Over the next several months, we will help these seeds grow in our classroom. We will give them sunlight, water, and warm air. In May, we will plant them around the school or at home (if the children decide to go that route).

Enjoy our picture slideshow of our time learning and celebrating “Terrific Trees”!

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An Inquiry into Colors

Our preschoolers at the beginning of the year began to learn about shapes and colors! The first shape they learned about was a circle. In working with our amazing art teacher Mrs. Zapata, the children learned all about circles, sizes, and began to explore colors! After reading the stories, “The Dot” and “Press Here” by Peter H. Reynolds, the children were exploring and finding circles and color combinations everywhere we turned! This led us into a color study! We began with the story, “Little Blue, Little Yellow” by Leo Lionni! When the two colors “hugged”, they became a new color! Take a look at our video to see what the children came up with next…check out the link below!

https://www.magisto.com/video/IE0RNF4ZGGwrBA1pYw?l=vsm&o=w&c=c

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