Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Space Week!

Space is an amazing place. The sheer vastness of it, along with the trillions upon trillions of objects in the many billion galaxies of the universe is almost incomprehensible to the human brain. Our PreK students are having loads of fun learning all about space this week!

Here are some fun facts they've learned so far: 

1) One million Earths could fit inside the sun – and the sun is considered an average-size star.
2) For years it was believed that Earth was the only planet in our solar system with liquid water. More recently, NASA revealed its strongest evidence yet that there is intermittent running water on Mars, too!
3) Comets are leftovers from the creation of our solar system about 4.5 billion years ago – they consist of sand, ice and carbon dioxide.
4) You wouldn’t be able to walk on Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus or Neptune because they have no solid surface!
5) If you could fly a plane to Pluto, the trip would take more than 800 years!

Silly faces while making a space ring!

Making her very own space ring!

Cutting out the planets for his space ring!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Gross Motor Time!

Working on gross motor skills helps a child gain strength and confidence in his/her body. It also helps them get exercise and physical activity, which is important for a healthy lifestyle. Developing these skills helps a child's ability to do more complex skills in future activities. These toddlers really know how to keep things moving as they take turns hopping & sliding down our indoor climber!

Sensory Play

Research shows that sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain's pathways, which lead to the child's ability to complete more complex learning tasks. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction. Even though this just looks like splashing around in a bucket, so much more is happening!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Science Behind BUBBLES!

Bubbles provide the opportunity to study science concepts such as elasticity, surface tension, chemistry, light, and even geometry. A bubble is just air wrapped in soap film. Soap film is made from soap and water. The outside and inside surfaces of a bubble consist of soap molecules. A thin layer of water lies between the two layers of soap molecules, sort of like a water sandwich with soap molecules for bread. They work together to hold air inside. Bubbles can stretch and become all kinds of crazy looking shapes. 

Our Pre K friends had a blast discovering, making, and blowing their very own bubbles! 

Blowing bubble snakes



Thursday, May 14, 2020

Blue Angels Watch Party!

It was amazing to see the Blue Angels pass by today! All of our kids were so excited. Take a look at these happy faces that had a very memorable day!

Frog Street Smarts

We love our Frog Street curriculum! It provides great tools for learning shapes which help with sorting & memorization skills. Ms. Hollie helped her class identify the color red, the shape of a circle & then the class found circles on school buses. Learning with hands-on material makes all the difference!

Blue Angels Babies

It was a whole Academy affair waiting for the Blue Angels to come by today. Our baby's faces lit up when they blazed by. Such a memorable experience for us to see their reactions!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Sunshine & Smiles

Aside from the storms on Sunday & Monday evening, we have had exceptionally beautiful weather! It's been great to see everyone so active outside enjoying every minute. Hoping for many more spring weather days ahead!