We’ve been incredibly busy this spring at St. Mark’s Preschool! We completed a Caterpillar to Butterfly theme. We made pom pom caterpillar magnets and toilet paper roll butterflies and played with butterfly wings and nets. We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and the kids even had their own caterpillar made out of a Pringles can they could “feed.” The kids loved how their caterpillars came out of a paper bag “cocoon” as butterflies on the last day! We also spent a week learning about Easter. We learned the Easter Story, made stained glass crosses and finger paint crosses, made Easter baskets, and had an Easter egg hunt.
After that, we had our Farm theme. We learned about a variety of farm animals, including cows, pigs, horses, chickens, and sheep. The kids got to play with farm toys, and they created their own Veterinarian’s Office in the dramatic play center. The kids’ favorite activity seemed to be the day they learned how cows were milked and got a chance to “milk” a Latex glove filled with cream. They also enjoyed shaking the cream to make it into whipped cream! We also did some art projects, including painting with toy tractors and making Muddy Pigs out of brown fingerpaint mixed with oats. We even took a day to celebrate Earth Day. We made spin-painted Earths (on display on the bulletin board outside the preschool room) and discussed the importance of preserving our planet.
Today, we started our Community Helpers theme. We’ll be learning about some of the people who play important roles in our community, such as doctors, firefighters, police officers, postal workers, and more!