All aboard! We traded in our preschool classroom and spent the month of January flying, driving, directing, and exploring all over the world! Our month was divided into sub-units that brought a new travel themed focus each week. We are now geography experts, adventure seekers, landmark lovers, direction know-it-alls, transportation fanatics, culture masters and travel enthusiasts! Come along for the ride as we reverse back to the beginning.
Each year we come back from our December break with stories of family, holidays, presents, and some form of travel! Whether you took a plane, train, car, or a scooter, it's all about the journey. We familiarized ourselves with maps by practicing mark making and even embarked on our own classroom treasure hunt. This helped us interpret maps and utilize our new friend, the compass! Some other content areas we studied were North, South, East, West, as well as the ever important and slightly challenging left and right.
Once we had our directions down, we decided to study some of the important landmarks the world has to offer. The most exciting part was that many of them were here in our home state of New York! We had a blast recreating some of our favorites through architectural design, negative space, 3-D layering, and STEM based building. It's fair to say the Statue of Liberty and Big Ben served as favorites! The conversations were so meaningful as many friends have seen, studied, or heard about these particular structures before. I even made the meaningful connection by showing the ladybugs pictures of my own personal travels abroad!
Once we saw some unforgettable sights, we needed to get our mode of transportation into gear! Our activities helped categorize different vehicles while also incorporating alphabet recognition, shapes, and other concrete ideas. Our ABC parking lot was a big hit as the ladybugs had to match the car to its corresponding spot. I loved watching the teamwork unfold with this activity! We got crafty with some preschool recreations and were put to work in our bulldozer themed sensory bin! We really dug this hands on station!
All this movement inspired a science experiment we fittingly named "what do you think, will it float or sink?" to go along with our boat study. The wheeled vehicle exploration had our gears turning in a similar direction with a roll / slide experiment. It's so interesting to get different perspectives on what the outcome will be!
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Ladybug Airlines! That's right, the preschool-run airline made a comeback this year with a new set of staff and frequent flyers! The dialogue, role playing, and acting is priceless as the children re-enact everything they've seen or heard about airports. The children prepared for the big trip by creating passports, packing up their suitcases, and seeking destinations through collage based art. This dramatic play center was definitely a highlight!
We were up, up, and away as we said goodbye to January. I had an amazing trip with everyone. Luckily the journey doesn't end here! See you next month in February!