Sunshine Studio Prep:
Preschool Alternative & Prep (Online)
SPRING SESSION BEGINS ON MARCH 2nd!
Tuesdays 11:10 - 12:00.
Running March 2nd - April 27th.
Note: No Class Date on March 30th.
Session is Eight Weeks.
Easy make-up with Art or Music if you miss.
Register with the REGISTER HERE button.
Space is limited.
Register and make payment for Spring Session here. It is recommended you enroll early. Space is limited.
THIS WEEK'S PREP & THEMES:
T is for TIME!
For February 23rd, Winter Week EIGHT!
Parent Reminder: This is the last week of Winter Session. SPRING session begins next week!
If you miss during Spring you can do a make up in Friday Art or Thursday Music & Sign.
Treasure Hunt: This week bring a clock or watch to class.
Our COLOR is BLUE! So find or wear something BLUE to bring to class.
Our NUMBER is 12!
FOR CLOCK ART:
You will need:
Paper Plate, or make a Cardboard Circle from recycling.
Pipe Cleaners are best for clock hands - if you do not have these you can use paper strips and a paper fastener to make the hands. One long andone short.
Before class: Punch a hole in the center of the plate. Thread the end of the pipe cleaner in for the two hands. Or fasten the paper strips with the fastener.
Before class: Print the clock face to glue on your plate or just use a Sharpie to write the clock's numbers 1-12.
In Class: Decorate our clocks!
Bring paint, markers, stickers and other art materials to decorate your clock!
CLOCKS ARE TIME!
Analog clocks are a great for showing children how time, hours and minutes, is measured. Do not expect your preschoolers to be able to tell the time soon. Just start to introduce the idea of time measurements as you talk about times of day, hours, days of the week, months. To reinforce the idea of time, try setting the paper clock's hands to a routine time, such as lunchtime or bath-time. Show your child how the hands work. and repeat "It's 12:00, that's lunch time."
CLOCKS ARE MATH!
Have fun counting the numbers, count the hours, count the minutes. Consider investing in an inexpensive analog clock, and letting your child change the hands and explore time with you.
As children get older, telling time with analog clocks also provides experiences with addition, subtractions and eventually division. For now, just explore the clock and how time works with your child. Simple math concepts will be happening and are embedded in the play.
S is for SEED!
For February 16th, Winter Week Seven!
Let's celebrate things from the EARTH as we look ahead to Spring!
Parent Reminder: Our new SPRING session begins very soon! Please Sign Up beforehand to ensure a space.
Treasure Hunt: This week find EIGHT sticks, pencils or markers, or even crayons for class.
Draw or print the OCTAGON shape before class. It is helpful and fun to print or draw the octagon, to show and explain the EIGHT lines to your child before your search. Help your child count to find EIGHT items.
Our COLOR is GREEN! So find or wear something GREEN, to bring something GREEN to class.
FOR ART BRING:
White Paper Plate, or make a Cardboard Circle from recycling.
Uncooked grain, either rice or lentils. Or both. A handful in a cup.
Paints and Brushes
BRING EITHER BEAN SEEDS OR AN AVOCADO PIT:
Or maybe bring both - how fun!
A. SPROUT SEEDS:
Seeds (Pea and bean seeds grow quickly)
Jar with a lid or a Large Plastic Zip Bag.
I f you can't get to a store for seeds or here.
Any seeds are fine, but beans are fast to sprout.
B. AVOCADO PITS:
Another rooting project is with an Avocado pit.
Water in a short glass.
Use toothpicks to prop the avocado pit so about 1/2 of it is in the water.
FYI it takes longer than bean seeds to sprout, so there is less instant gratification for kids.
Time lapse video of a bean seed growing into a plant.
R is for RED!
For February 9th, Week Six.
Treasure Hunt: This week bring something to class again that is a RECTANGLE! But this week find different rectangular object to bring to class.
Our COLOR is RED! So find or wear something RED, to bring something RED to class.
BRING: Tape and draw out a big RECTANGLE to trace. This repetition with a shape is important and a good thing to do. Plus, R is for rectangle!
BRING: Your child's favorite stuffie, teddy bear, a baby doll or lovey toy to cuddle.
SPECIAL VALENTINE ART PREP:
This week we are making Valentines to give to people we love!
Cut out some paper heart shapes. Print the Valentine Template here, use it to cut out some paper hearts for your child decorate. Or make some paper heart shapes free-hand if that is easier for you.
Paint: Red, White & Pink. (For traditional colors.)
Or any paint colors you want to make valentines with is also good.
2-3 Kitchen sponges cut in half
Paper plates or plates to separate your paint colors
White wrapping tissue, or use toilet paper squares - cut them up into small squares
EXTRA: For fine motor work, have some paper for your child to tear up themselves for collaging with. Let's repeat this tearing activity from last week to reinforce the skill.
P is for PIG!
For January 26th, Week Four.
Treasure Hunt: This week bring something to class that is a SQUARE!
BRING Masking Tape and paper to Make SQUARES with.
Our COLOR is PINK!
So find or wear PINK or bring something PINK to class.
ART PREP: P is for PRESS & PEEL PRINTS!
Lots of pieces of construction or white paper.
White paint if you have it, or quickly make white "paint" mixing together white flour + water.
Plus other colors - Yellow, Blue...,
Cutout a few 2" squares from cardboard box or thick paper.
A long piece of string or yarn.
Make Pancakes This Week!
Kids love helping mix the batter.
Q is for QUACK!
For February 2nd, Week Five.
Treasure Hunt: This week bring something to class that is a RECTANGLE
Our COLOR is YELLOW!
So find or wear YELLOW or bring something YELLOW to class.
BRING Playdough and draw out a big RECTANGLE to trace
SPECIAL DUCK ART PREP:
PRINT and use the DUCK Template Shape to prepare for art this week. Cut out a Duck shape - or more - to paint and collage on. Try to use a heavy paper to make your Duck shape. (Grocery bag, construction, butchers is better than copy paper to paint on.)
TEAR UP SOME Magazine Paper to collage with!
HAVE Yellow Paint this week is you have any. Otherwise any colors are ok.
O is for OWL!
For January 19th, Week Three.
Treasure Hunt: This week bring something to class that is a Circle!
Our COLOR is BROWN. So bring something Brown to class.
Special Owl Art Prep:
Print out the Owl Shape Template and use it to cut out the OWL ART parts before class. Ideally make it with a heavier paper, like butchers, or construction paper, grocery bag paper.
Art Supplies For Class:
Paint (blue, red, yellow, we will be mixing BROWN.)
Two kitchen sponges, cut in half (for painting with.)
Brushes and mixing bowl.
Also Bring: Play Dough and a piece of paper with a big O drawn in marker,
Watch a family of barred owls!
For January 12th, Week Two.
Special Art Prep:
Please cook in advance to bring to class: Spaghetti Noodles!
(Make them plain, no sauce, etc, just cooked.)
You will also need liquid food color and plastic zip bags, 1 or 2 paper plates and washable liquid white glue.
N is for NOODLE!
Bring something, an object, that you use to cook with to show at class!
Our Letter is N!
Use your tracing books, or print the tracing page and coloring pages here on this page to practice your N. (See the buttons to print.) Also you can draw a big "N" on some paper with a marker, for tracing with your cooked noodles!
IT'S NOODLE WEEK!
AFTER CLASS DO SOME EASY COOKING WITH KIDS USING COLD NOODLES!
Maybe this week you can make a dish and have your child help you - using some cold noodles, or any cold precooked pasta, It is s a great way for kids to participate in meal preparation. Try making a cold pasta dish with your child. Pre-cook the pasta and prepare any chopped or other ingredients in advance. Then, after you have let the pasta cool, let kids add and mix in ingredients or dressing together before eating.
SOME SIMPLE MIXING INGREDIENTS:
1. Cold Noodles, let kids mix in some Olive Oil and Parmesan Cheese.
2. Cold Noodles, kids can mix and make a simple sauce from Tahini + Soy Sauce.
3. Have kids mix in any other precut veggies they like to eat.
Find class materials here. Tracing books are easier that printing out the letter tracing sheets.
NEW FOR WINTER: If you haven;'t print this and put it at your child's eye level.
M is for MOUSE
JANUARY 5th, WINTER WEEK ONE:
This week we will also be talking about COLOR MIXING!
Inspired by the book "Mouse Paint" by Mary Ellen Stoll Walsh.
1. Our SHAPE is TRIANGLE! And we were off for a week!
So this week bring TWO triangle shaped things to show in class!
2. We are talking about 3 Primary Colors this week!
So find something YELLOW, BLUE and RED to bring to class this week!
Our Letter is M! Use your tracing books, or print the tracing page here to practice your M.
BRING TAPE TO WRITE & DRAW WITH:
Bring masking tape. (Or any colored tape) you have.. If you do not have any masking tape you can also use play-dough, or string instead.)
Learn how we can make Triangles or letter M's from tape! (Our dough).
To Prep: Write a giant M and Triangle with a marker ,or print the them with links here to have during class.
Parent Teaching Tip: Using different materials to "write" letters or draw shapes during the week is a great early literacy activity.
ART & SCIENCE: FIZZYWATER COLOR PAINTING!
We are doing a combo of early chemistry and art today!
You will need:
Box of Baking Soda
Little plastic cups (like yogurt or apple sauce cups) to mix in
Spoons or popsicle sticks to mix
Misc Paint brushes and q tips
Optional: Paint On An M Word
Print out the Mouse three time to paint one each color.
Or print the Mitten to paint on.
Before & After Class:
Draw or print out a Capital M Dot Tracing Shape,
Draw or print out TRIANGLE Shape with a sharpie (permanent marker) on a couple of sheets of paper (before or during class is fine.)