• Balls Study

    Week of May 26 - May 29, 2020

    Click Here for a letter to famillies from Teaching Strategies: The Creative Curriculum featuring the Balls Study.

    Focus Question: What are balls made of?

    Question of the Day:  Tuesday: Can you make a ball?

    Wednesday: What do you think is inside a ball?

    Thursday: Do you think a bubble is a ball?

    Friday: What ball-shaped foods do you lilke best?

  • Read-Alouds

    Starting on Tuesday, watch and read along with one title each day.

    Tuesday: The Doorbell Rang - Click the title to listen to and watch a read aloud of The Doorbell Rang.

    Wednesday: A Birthday Basket for Tia - Click the title to listen to and watch a read aloud of A Birthday Basket for Tia.

    Thursday: The Doorbell Rang  - Click the title to listen to and watch a second read aloud of The Doorbell Rang.

    Friday: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - Click the title to listen to and watch a read aloud of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

  • Make Time for...

    Outdoor Experiences

    Exploring Bubbles 

    • Bring some bubble solution and wands outside for your children to explore.
    • Ask them, "Is a bubble a ball?".
    • Ask them, "Why is a bubble always round, even if we use a square wand?".
    • Ask them, "How are bubbles the same as or different from other types of balls?".
    • Record children's ideas and take pictures of their investigations.


    Family Partnerships 

    • Together at home, celebrate our end-of-study with a celebration.



    *cited from Teaching Strategies: The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, featuring the Balls Study.

  • Interest Area Activities

    This is where you can find some fun activities to do with your child.  These activities can be done with materials you already have at home, or items similar to what you have at home.  Choose one activity each day starting Tuesday.

    1.   Paper mache creative arts is a fun way to use balloons, which are a fun ball shaped item!  Click here for a link to directions on how to make paper mache - it's easy if you have a few simple household items like newspaper or colored paper and white glue.  I am also including the traditional way of making paper mache here, which uses a mixture of flour and water.  For an extra fun challenge, try both types and see which method your child prefers to use.  Send pictures to our ClassDojo page when you're done!

    2.   Click here for a short little poem about bouncing balls to read together with your children.  Can you think up some other rhyming words that have to do with balls or bouncing?  How about words that aren't about balls?  How many rhyming words can you think up?

    3 Maybe during all of our activities about balls, you've wondered what is inside a ball.  In this activity, I invite you to watch some of the videos I've linked here to find out what is inside some different types of balls.  The YouTube Channel is called What's Inside?, and it is a fun family channel if you want to explore more.  What other kinds of balls would you like to see the inside of?  If you're adventurous, take a video of you and your child finding out what's inside of a ball you have at home!

    What's inside a baseball?

    What's inside a golf ball?

    What's inside a tennis ball?

    What's inside a soccer ball?

    What's inside a basketball?

    What's inside a football?

    4.   Friday's Question of the Day asks about what ball-shaped food you like best.  Last week we saw some fun cooking activities that turned into yummy ball-shaped food.  Below is a list of some ball-shaped foods you might already have at home that need no baking or cooking.  Can you look inside your fridge or freezer and pantry, and find any of these items?  Make a tally chart and count how many you can find! Can you think of anything else to add to the list?  Click here for our list of Ball Shaped foods