I work at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and at a Preschool, and I have determined that I will just continue to do what I would be normally doing on these days- crafting, making, singing "This is the Way We Wash Our Hands", going outside to explore, and teaching generally about the world from an early education standpoint.
For those of you who are ineterested in how I plan and organize for a preschool morning, just 9AM to 12PM, here is this past Monday's St. Patrick's themed curriculum. Brought to you by the letters C and V, the number 19, the color green, and the shape of a heart!
Monday, March 16th 2020
9:15AM Welcome Circle - Talk about St. Patrick's Day!
9:35AM Center Exploration
Sensory Table: things that are green and flowers
Art Center: green play dough with leaves for stamping
STEM Center (Science): Biology of Clovers - Looking Closely at a real plant
STEM Center (Math): Clovers and Shamrocks - Counting to 3 or 4
10:00AM Gross Motor
Outdoor - Go for a nature walk!
This might be a good time to treat yourself with some Green Scout cookies. I recommend the Trefoil cookies as they are shaped like shamrocks, and the ThinMint for its green colored box. Okay you could also eat some green grapes to be healthy!
11:11AM Art - *Shamrock Printmaking
Use this time to listen to what the kids have to say.
12:00AM Lunchtime bye!
Read More for details, tips, and pointers for today's lesson.
*for large class— recipe multiplied by 4
4 cups flour
4 cups water
2 cups salt
2 TBSP + 2 tsp cream of tartar
4 TBSP vegetable oil
In large cooking pot, combine all ingredients. Heat, stirring until a ball forms. Remove from heat and cool until it’s cool enough to handle. Then knead the dough until it is smooth and stretchy. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag.
**Original Recipe Amount**
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 TBSP vegetable oil
Word of the Day:
- a herbaceous plant of the pea family that has dense, globular flower heads, and leaves that are typically three-lobed. It is an important and widely grown fodder and rotational crop.
Look Closely at blades of grass. Do they have veins like clovers? Are the veins on plants the same as on people?
Looking Closely means to learn a little deeper. Ask questions like, "What did you notice?", "What are the parts?", "What does the whole thing do?" and you will get better observational results from the person who is learning.
More of Krispitz's plant printmaking: Click Here!
*You can use any type of leaf available! This activity is fun year-round.