One subject keeps my preschooler interested right now, and that is princesses. She loves Sofia the First. She loves the other Disney princesses. She loves ponies with long shimmering hair. She loves dressing like a princess and acting like a princess. If I can add princesses into school time, then I’ll get her attention. This week for Princess School, we did a Rapunzel engineering challenge as we built a block tower for Rapunzel to let down her hair from. Of course, then we needed to act out the story with our new scenery.Continue Reading
If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you’ll know I love incorporating learning moments into familiar parts of our lives, especially reading favorite picture books. Here are some of our most favorite preschool picture book lessons. Some of these I’ve blogged about. To see the activities we’ve done, click on the activity description link below. There are many that we have not yet blogged about. Read the preschool picture book lesson activity ideas and let me know if you try them yourself!
To learn about the books, click on the “get book” links. Strawberry (and soon Kitty) and I are working on doing even more activities together. I hope you enjoy the activities too!
Scroll down past the lists for a great giveaway and more ideas.Continue Reading
In our STEM Challenge class a few weeks ago, we had the challenge to make a paper airplane that could fly out of the school room door. We had a lot of fun testing and tweaking our paper airplanes to get them to fly! Learning about paper airplanes has prompted my son to discover the interesting world of flight and research Wilbur and Orville Wright. Here are some airplane books for those who would like to learn more about airplanes, flight, and aerodynamics, from toddler to upper elementary ages!
This week’s STE(A)M project was building a bridge for an elephant (a little toy elephant). The kids had a blast working with cardstock and index cards. They were surprised at what they could do! We also learned some engineering vocabulary to go along with our project.
To go along with our Reading STEM project tree, the kids will get additional “STEM Bucks,” which is the currency of the classroom, when they read and report on a book. After we made our bridges in our STEAM class, I gave the students this list of the best bridges picture books (with building, engineering and architecture).Continue Reading