PreK students have been loving any chance to get up on the Unquowa Stage! We had a wonderful performance last month of a song story, “Down in the Jungle.” The students felt so proud of themselves when they sang for all their teachers, parents, and friends at assembly! When we talked about our performance in class the students were beaming with pride and excitement. The number one question they had was, “when can we perform again?!”
During Unquowa’s Earth Day the PreK and Kindergarten classes made apple boats using decorated leaves for the sail, skewers for the mast, and half an apple for the hull. We tested them out and are pleased to say that all of them are sea worthy!
On Monday, October 8th, our early childhood students and teachers spent the day in the great outdoors, celebrating the earth by creating our own version of Forest Kindergarten. It was a day filled with explorative play, nature-based crafts and activities and community building! Children enjoyed making muddy faces, sun catchers and headbands out of natural materials. Our literacy activity revealed how children felt when in the forest. We came inside only briefly to wash our hands and prepare a delicious make-your-own trail mix! The extended time outside allowed for building intricate block structures. Lunch was also hands on as we cooked our own snodbrod (or Danish hot dogs wrapped in dough) over the fire. The afternoon consisted of making boats out of leaves and apples and testing their buoyancy. We capped off the day with an outdoor obstacle course. Many thanks to all those who made this day possible, a great time was had by all!
Students in PreK love to dance and move! We have been having so much fun in class expressing what we hear the music “saying” with our bodies. The students are also becoming aware of their space and their bodies, learning how to safely move and groove while being aware of themselves and the friends around them.
PreK-3 students loved our first book of the school year: “Froggy Va a la Escuela!” Froggy came to Unquowa and the children knew just how Froggy felt on his very first day of school. We had so much fun learning how to say the word Froggy as well as the colors green and red!
PreK students are SUPER excited for music class!! We had a fantastic first day of class with tons of singing, dancing, and self expression! One of our songs was about recognizing each individual student and at the end of the song they got to jump up and say their name. The class was full of smiles, laughter and music – I loved their wonderful energy!