Summer 2023 at Benjamin Preschool
Benjamin Preschool Senec
Animals in Their Habitats and Animal Spoor Classification
Preschool aged children have an innate fascination with animals. Many children grow up with pets and in most cases they form an inseparable bond with their furry friends. Nurturing a connection can build empathy and respect towards animals and the environment around them from a very young age which are crucial learning experiences for enhancing socio-emotional development.
Both Big and Little Owls learned to distinguish between different types of animals and the habitats they inhabit. Drawing inspiration from the vast meadows and forests of Slovakia the Big Owls recreated a scene of different animals one can expect to find in the beautiful country they call home.
The Little Owls became animal spoor trackers for a day learning to identify and distinguish between different tracks made by animals. Playdough is such a versatile learning tool and this animal track activity gives opportunities to talk about different animals and ignite critical thinking.
Our aim in June was to teach children the importance of animals and to focus on modern, efficient and humane ways to care for and make the best use of the animals who share our lives. I believe we have done so with fun, engaging and empathetic activities.
Disney Magic Class
What Am I?
I provide light but I’m not a candle I’m hot but I’m not a bonfire I have rays but I’m not an aquarium I’m a star but I’m not a celebrity I rise in the morning but I’m not someone getting out of bed
Think Earth is the most important spot in the solar system? Think again. The sun is the real star of the show—literally!
The closest star to Earth, it’s the source of all the heat and light that makes flowers bloom, songbirds croon, and sunbathers swoon. Life wouldn’t exist without it. It's also the center of our solar system and by far its largest object. More than a million Earths would fit inside the sun! We wouldn’t have a solar system without the sun.
How is the best way to introduce our sun to children? Whole week we were traveling with our rocket and our new friends “Pa and Pi” who were introducing to us many interesting facts about Space. Each day they taught us something new. But what our class enjoyed the most from them was a Sun lesson which we got. Through the song “Oh, Mr. Sun '' combined together with a movement - rhythm activity, where children were planets and they were spinning around the sun. We ended the activity with a graphomotor arm training and drew the Sun.
Have a Sunny Summer :) !
Having spent a huge part of our school year exploring and learning about the world around us, this summer we chose to delve deeper into learning about a world beyond our own. We explored everything from planets in the solar system and stars, to the story of the Apollo 11 spaceflight and the first astronauts to land on the moon. We even embarked on a virtual tour of the International Space Station and learned how astronauts there eat, sleep, and work in zero gravity.
A big highlight was our planet themed Show and Tell. Using recycled/recyclable materials, our little artists with the help of their parents created a 3D model of their favourite planet in the solar system. It has been an absolute adventure watching each child’s excitement and enthusiasm as they discover new and interesting facts about Outer Space! Hopefully we’ve planted some seeds of interest for some future astronauts and explorers :)
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Ms. Jojka's Class
In the month of June, we devoted ourselves to the topic of nursery rhymes. This topic helps kids learn many new words in a fun way. Do you know which one was for our class of the most popular..?
It was Hickory Dickory Dock and that was for prepared tools, dramatic play (caught act out the movements of the clock and the mouse), math and art activities.
Ms. Dani's Class
In the last two months we incorporated many summer activities that are both educational but also fun. For instance we learned about the different tastes we have and which our taste buds can feel. During a science experiment we tasted sweet, salty, sour and bitter food and discussed the difference. Then we took it a step forward and baked some delicious cookies and made a lemonade to sell in our little stand under the porch. We learned many valuable skills along the way and the best of all is, that for our goods which we made we could go to buy yummy ice cream! :)
Ms. Suzy's Kindergarten Class
Learning about animals during June and July allowed us to travel far and near. Platypus - beautiful, strange, original and unique animals lives in faraway Australia and we read about it, watched educational video, made an art craft and even a book. There are still special animals to be discovered in our class, let’s finish this animal journey!