January Newsletter

Out of This World

Theme of the Month: Out of This World (Earth and Space Sciences)

This week in preschool we discovered the wonders of the galaxy. Through various activities we explored the ins and outs of Earth and Space science. We learned everything from earthquakes to planets, unveiling their exciting secrets along the way. This unit allowed us to discuss many new topics with the preschoolers such as erosion, outer space, weather patterns, and the water cycle!


Activities

This month we had various activities available to students in the classroom. At our art station we had play-doh where we encouraged students to build things with the play-doh. In our sensory table we had sand and sea shells where students were often building sand castles and digging. In our block station we had students building towers on our car rug and then shaking the car rug to simulate an earthquake! We also had our water in the bag experiment where students could observe the water cycle in a bag! Students also painted their own galaxy and rocket ship. Students got to explore google earth and visit places on the map.

Taking Earth and Space Science Home

Telescope

Supplies: you could get everything from the dollar store!

  • 2 paper towel tubes

  • Scissors

  • Masking tape

  • Paint (any color you like)

  • Paintbrushes

  • 2 convex lenses (you can get these from a pair of magnifying glasses or by ordering lenses online,)


Steps:

- Paint your paper towel tubes and let them dry.


- Create the inner tube of the telescope. Using scissors, cut one tube lengthwise only on one side. Curl one side of the cut edge slightly over the other. Then tape the cut edge down.



- Insert your inner tube into the second paper towel tube. It should fit snugly into the second tube but still be able to slide in and out. If not, adjust the size of the inner tube.



-Tape one convex lens to the outer end of each tube, only around the rim, so you don't cover too much of the lens.



- Hold your telescope with the inner tube facing your eye. Aim it at an object in the night sky. (Never use your telescope to look at the sun!) You can focus by sliding the inner tube in and out


https://www.nymetroparents.com/article/diy-telescope-from-national-geographic-kids-get-outside-guide

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Volcano

Supplies

  • 100 ml of warm water

  • 10 ml of dish soap

  • 400 ml of white vinegar

  • Empty 2-litre soda bottle

  • 2 drops of red food coloring

  • Baking soda slurry ( ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup water)


Steps:

  • Step 1: Mix the dish soap, water, white vinegar, and food coloring and pour it into the empty soda bottle.

  • Step 2: Make a baking soda slurry with ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup water. Mix it thoroughly with a spoon, until it’s completely dissolved.

  • Step 3: Now, it’s eruption time! Quickly but carefully pour this slurry into the bottle and step back. Now, watch the volcano erupt and spill out red lava!

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Snow Days

Last year we had virtual days instead of snow days. This year we are grateful to have them back but our littles make great use of them! Here are some pictures!

Birthdays

Brodee - January 1st

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Snack

Grapes, carrots, and peppers.

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Selfies

What happens when you put a bunch of high schoolers and preschoolers together with an iPad? Well you get a lot of selfies.