January 2016 in Benjamin Preschools
The month of January in Senec was filled with colors. When we learn about colors, it is always fun, because we can do many experiments and play the role of a scientist. Children love to play and learn in a sensory bin, which we have filled with colorful rice. But where can we buy colorful rice? We simply buy white rice and color it by ourselves. All we needed were bags of rice and five different food colorings. In different boxes we mixed rice with the colors and let it dry. When children play with this rice, they are proud of the job they did. The children have learned about mixing colors, that blue and red make purple or that blue and yellow make green. In this sensory bin we compare amounts in small and bigger containers or we observe gravity power and much more.
Pezinok - Trnavska Preschool
We like our walks. During our walks we observe nature and this time we will tell you something about ducks we saw and read: “Ducks are birds and are commonly known as "waterfowl" because they spend so much time in places with water. They love water! They are found everywhere in the world except Antarctica where it is too cold for them. Ducks have webbed feet that are designed for swimming. Their webbed feet act like paddles and they waddle instead of walk because of their feet. The duck’s feet cannot feel cold even if it swims in icy cold water because their feet have no nerves or blood vessels. The duck has water-proof feathers. A special gland that produces oil is located near the duck’s tail. This oil spreads and covers the outer coat of the duck’s feathers, making it water-proof. Beneath the water-proof feathers are fluffy and soft feathers that keep the duck warm.” These pictures are from the Pezinok town park. We go there and feed the ducks, we go and check how they behave in the winter. Can you imagine that you could swim in that cold water?
Pezinok - Myslenicka Preschool
The preschool class has been busy in January talking about community helpers. We all live in Slovakia and each of our own communities is named differently. It's either Pezinok, Limbach,Bratislava, etc. We wanted to make a map of Slovakia to show the town or city we live in in a bigger size. So we decided to make a 3D map! First we had to draw the map of Slovakia on cardboard. Then we made salt dough and stuck it onto the map. It had to dry and then it was ready for painting! The children painted the borders first and I explained to them that outside of the borders live people of different countries, in different communities and they speak different languages. Afterwards we painted the lowlands, mountains, and rivers and we marked the places where we live. What a fantastic map we made together!
During the month of January we learned about Winter and snow. In the Science lesson, we learned about the structure of snow and we did an experiment. We put snow in three boxes outside and then we waited until the next morning and discovered the differences. The first box was filled with snow and later we added orange food coloring, the second we kept outside with only fresh snow, because of the low temperature, and the third box we put inside the classroom. After that we predicted what would happen to the snow. Will it change or not? We checked the temperature and had a lot of fun watching the changes take place.
The kids in Ms. Zuzka’s group really like Thursdays’ “show and tell.” They like to share something special with their friends. They like to bring their favorite book, a little toy, a workbook from school, or something they created. It is a great opportunity for them to speak in front of a group of friends and to learn about each other.