Observing the Weather with Preschoolers

I am warning you that the pictures in this post may be extremely boring to most people…however, they are very exciting to my 3 year old!

I have to start by telling you of My Daughter’s intense fear of thunderstorms.  She has always gone crazy when she hears them.  At night, she runs in our room, screams, cries, whatever.  During the day, she hides under blankets and behind couches.  I wondered how we could help her overcome this fear.

We are currently fitting a lot more science-type learning into our daily lives, so I thought that we could try to observe weather.  I was hoping that thinking about the rain and thunder in a scientific way may help calm My Daughter’s fears.  Here is what we did…

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Preschool Author Study: Eric Carle

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I knew that somewhere along with way, I wanted to plant seeds with my preschoolers.  I also knew that I wanted to read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle before we planted.  Since Carle has so many beloved children’s book, I decided to do a Eric Carle author study.  We didn’t get to everything that I had planned, but I guess it is better to have too much, than not enough!  Here is what we did get to….

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Beginning a Science Journal with a Preschooler (Part One, of many)

I want to encourage my kids to question and explore the world around them everyday.  I think that that kind of thinking will help them in so many ways down the road.  So, I want to start a science journal for my 3 year old.  I tend to way over think things and this science journal is turning out to be no exception.  Should I use an actual notebook? What should the format be? What should go into the journal?-ARGH!  I had so many questions that I felt like it was never going to get done, because I didn’t know how to start!

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Preschool Theme: Bugs and Other Creepy Crawlers

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Although there is snow in our forecast, supposedly Spring has started, so this week I went with the theme of bugs and creepy crawlers.  I added some early geometry centers into the mix.  I also had a sensory center and an adorable (if I do say so myself) craft.  However, first we started with our circle time…

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