January Explorations!

“It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey!”

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 to enhance our curriculum. 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.

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We were back on the map immediately after winter break as we engaged in map activities of global proportions! It was so fun to try our hand at mark making, letter searching, and shape molding all the while soaking in so much content. We couldn’t carry out our map unit without an obligatory treasure hunt! We trekked through our room in search of this mystery “X marks the spot”. We now know treasure comes in many forms!

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As we deepened our understanding of where these places lie on the map, we also 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, movement, 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! 

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Once we saw some unforgettable sights, we needed to get our modes 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!

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We paused our vehicles to spend time learning about the inspirational message and humanitarian that was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We didn’t think one day was enough time to truly commemorate his teachings, so we spent the week singing, creating, and displaying acts of kindness in true preschool form. The introduction of this hero left a real impact on our school!

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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!

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We concluded the month with a meaningful souvenir show and tell where we took the stage to present about past trips with close family and breathtaking sights. The journey doesn’t end here. See you in February!

Bon Voyage,

Erica