A Day in the Life of a Preschooler

February 2016

Miss Linda & Miss Jess

Pre-School: 4 Years Old


During Dinosaur Month at the Katz JCC Early Childhood Education Center, children in the four-year-old, pre-school classroom are exploring dinosaurs through various experiments and art projects and uncovering facts in age-appropriate literature.

Activity 1: Creating Fossils<

Students use clay and stamps to create their own fossils, imitating what these ancient creatures left behind for scientists to discover.


Activity 2: Volcanoes and Extinction

After listening to a chapter from Usborne Discovery: Dinosaurs by Jonathan Shiekh-Miller, teacher Miss Linda leads the class in creating their own volcanoes out of cardboard followed by a science experiment using baking soda and vinegar to demonstrate an eruption.

Activity 3: Becoming an Archeologist

Children uncover toy dinosaurs that are frozen in ice using droppers and saltwater.

December 2015

Miss Lisa & Miss Wendy

Toddler Class: 18 to 24 months

Book: Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows

Children explore the winter trees in the story Hibernation Station. Encouraged by teachers to think about how they look and how they may feel, focusing on colors and new words that generate their imagination.

Activity: Hibernating Trees

Children are given paint and cars and encouraged to run the wheels of the cars through the paint to create their own hibernating branches. Through this activity, children are gaining language and fine motor skills, and exploring creative, imaginative and emotional development.