Summer is winding down and the new school year is about to start. My classroom runs year round for children ages 2½ to 5. VPK students have already said their goodbyes and are busy getting ready for Kindergarten. That leaves a short time in August to tackle the final theme… The Final Frontier… Space! Each year I add to and subtract from this theme. There are many ways to approach Space. Planets, star gazing, astronauts, constellations, and rockets are a few of the subjects that seem to be of great interest to preschoolers.
The light table in my room has been transformed into a Planetarium. I covered a piece of tissue paper with contact paper (best done alone in a very quiet space). This made the tissue paper durable, but still translucent. It was well worth the struggle. After punching a few holes in the paper, I added some window clings that are space themed (planets, stars and rockets). The students arrange the objects on the table. This is a good activity for dictation. Interview the child working at the light table and ask why the pieces are arranged the way they are.