The Preschool Blue Room Virtual BFS Day 1:
Blue Room students received the message below from their teachers:
Thursday Blue Room Greeting Message
Dear Blue Room Families,
Linda, Jazz and I have been busy thinking about fun ways we can bring the classroom home to all of our students! We miss being together and going over our schedule for the day, with the fun adventures that take place on a daily basis! Together we have curated some activities for the Blue Room Crew to maintain our connection while everyone is at home! Welcome to the Blue Room’s Virtual Classroom!
These recommended activities revolve around the Blue Room schedule of the day. Here is a list of fun escapades that you are invited to engage in:
Singing the Buenos Dias Song (after breakfast)
Buenos dias, buenos dias como estan? Muy bien
Buenos dias, buenos dias como estan? Muy bien
Seremos todos amigos buenos dias, buenos dias como estan, muy bien!
(Audio) Buenos Dias/ Good Morning Song
Pretend Play Time ( Pizza Party ) Extension- Making Pizzas for lunch (pita bread/pizza dough), cheese, sauce) (favorite toppings)
Stories ( Windblown and Lee Paints A Picture- A Book About Colors). In the classroom, we have read a lot about art as a form of self-expression!
Songs: Movement and Action Songs (Shake My Sillies Out, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
‘Afternoon Song: Buenas tardes, buenas tardes como estan? Muy bien!
Buenas tardes, buenas tardes como estan? Muy bien!
Seremos todos amigos buenas tardes, buenas tardes como estan, muy bien!
(Audio) Buenas Tardes/ Good Afternoon Song
Blue Room Shares At Home- The children can sit with their family members, including caregivers to talk about something special that they like playing with or something they have made. Stuffed Animals and other favorite toys can be active listeners to the presentations!
It is such a joy to share the above activities with you! Please let us know when you try them! Tomorrow we will send another email featuring a few more ventures! Sending virtual hugs to each of our wonderful families!!!!
The Blue Room Crew
The Family Center recently shared this tried and true playdough recipe:
The children make playdough almost every week with their teachers. Besides being a lot of fun to make and play with, there is also learning happening in very age appropriate ways. Playdough is created from a number of ingredients that look alike—flour, salt, cream of tartar—and children will notice that things that look alike may feel and taste different. They can also see what happens when two or three colors are combined and how heat can change ingredients (science). They follow (“read”) a recipe, measure and count (math)…
Of course, the end product is an adventure all of its own. Playdough can be shaped with hands, rolled with a rolling pin, and cut into shapes with safe plastic knives, pizza cutters, or cookie cutters.
Playdough is easy to manipulate and young children enjoy mushing, rolling, poking, squishing and shaping playdough.
RECIPE (Makes a batch large enough for several children. For smaller amounts, simply halve the quantities.)
Measure and put in a saucepan: 4 cups flour 4 cups water 2 cups salt 8 tablespoons oil 8 teaspoons cream of tartar Food coloring
Step One: Go over the recipe with your child, explaining the different steps. This introduces the concept of “reading” a recipe, and following a sequence.
Step Two: Measure and pour into the bowl 4 cups of flour.
Step Three: Measure and add 4 cups of water. Explore what happens as the water pours in. Some questions that can be asked are, “Do the water and flour automatically mix together?” and “Do they look the same in the bowl?”
Step Four: Measure and add 2 cups of salt. The same questions can be asked as with step Three.
Step Five: Measure and add 8 tablespoons of oil.
Step Six: Measure and add 8 teaspoons of cream of tartar. Consider how some of the ingredients may be mixing on their own, and how some haven’t. The question can be asked, “Does it look like playdough yet?”
Step Seven: Add food coloring (one or many colors can be used). Begin mixing the ingredients until consistent texture is achieved. Your child will now see what is changing, and how. Does it change all at once, or gradually? How do the colors mix together to form a different and new color?
Step Eight: Heat on stove at medium flame stirring constantly until it thickens and begins to come together and then falls away from the sides.
Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Be sure to let your child carefully view the mixture as it cooks and becomes “playdough.” Playdough should be stored in an airtight container or a ziplock bag. It can also be left to air dry and harden, but cracking may occur.