• Cristi Wuenschel

How We Celebrate Holidays with Experience Preschool

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.

We wrapped up our Island theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) last week and instead of moving on to next month's theme, which is Bubbles, Boats & Floats, we decided to take a week and learn about Independence Day.

On Monday, we talked about measuring while we made popcorn together and watched a video about how fireworks work.

Learning about fireworks prompted a great discussion about chemical reactions, which turned into making our own fireworks with paint, cardboard tubes and paper.

I loved how much thought they each put into creating their fireworks painting!

Tuesday's highlights included reading a fun patriotic book, talking about holiday safety and everyone's favorite activity was of course the red, white and blue finger painting.

Because let's face it, we all know how much preschoolers love getting messy and making stuff.

Wednesday was our Independence Day picnic and it was a gorgeous summer day! We read about the fourth of July, had a cookout, played in the sprinkler, and ate lunch outside on the picnic tables.

And last but not least today included all sorts of fun sensory experiences.

I made a patriotic sensory bin with water beads and the other teacher made the preschoolers red, white and blue puffy paint. Obviously they loved both! I'm sure that's no surprise, though.

We made island-themed counting cards for the math center and a really cute how to build a sandcastle sequencing activity and the children had a wonderful time with those materials as well.

A lot of the inspiration for this week's activities came from other things that we've done with Experience Early Learning throughout the year.

It truly is amazing how versatile this curriculum is. That's just one of the many benefits these materials offer.

Not only can we quickly and easily adapt activities to fit the developmental needs of our mixed-age classroom (we have kiddos from three years old to school age this summer), we can also put a holiday spin on the ideas in each week's Teacher Guide just like we did this week.

If you did the island theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time), I'm sure you remember the Beach Bottles activity. That activity inspired our red, white and blue puffy paint.

A while back, we also did a Scoop Estimation activity, which was where the idea for our patriotic sensory bin came from.

We definitely love having this wonderful preschool curriculum at our fingertips. After all there are so many great ways to use the materials and ideas that we receive each and every month. Even the teachers are excited to get in on the fun!

Don't forget to check back next week because we'll be getting started with Bubbles, Boats & Floats. It's going to be a blast!

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