Monday, March 9, 2020

Blocks and tape!

This morning the children were busy exploring the use of tape with blocks! Some children made ramps, others created structures with blocks and taped them together. We saved their creations and are looking forward to what creative additions are to come!




Thursday, March 5, 2020

Table Activities

The children were busy building and creating with a variety of materials at the tables. Some built a “habitat” for dinosaurs while others molded play dough, worked with piped cleaners and painted their clay sculptures.



Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Edible Jewelry in the Afternoon

Yesterday afternoon, we made jewelry that we could eat! This fine motor activity strengthens the muscles in the hands as the children carefully bead the cereal onto the string. We also talked about what it means for something to be “edible.” Some things are safe to eat and some are not. Afterwards, the children enjoyed their extra cereal as a snack before they went home.


Monday, March 2, 2020

Pets!

The children have been enjoying sharing pictures of their pets at school! They’ve also been busy at the drawing and painting pictures of them. Here are some pictures of our students in action!



Thursday, February 27, 2020

Small Group Time

During group time Teacher Cassie introduced  a new music and movement song by Greg and Steve helping them warm up their bodies. It was a fun way to work on improving balance and coordination as well as listen to directions. The children had so much fun, they asked to do it twice.



Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Shapes

Foam shape stickers are simple, but so much for for the children. They use their fine motor skills to peel the paper off the sticker. This can be difficult for tiny hands. While adding these stickers to their artwork and paper planes, the children reviewed the names of each shape.




Dot Dot, Not a Lot (Of Glue!)

Yesterday, we brought out the colored blue bottles to trace and draw pictures outside. Our rule with glue is “dot, dot, not a lot!” This helps the children remember to use only what they need when squeezing it onto their paper. Squeezing glue helps refine fine motor skills and strengthens the muscles in the hand. It also encourages attention to detail and focus as they follow the lines they’ve created.






Monday, February 24, 2020

SLUGS!!

The recent appearance of slugs outside have been catching the children's attention! This morning the children watched a slug slowly move on the ground and shared their observations with one another. Here's what they noticed: "He's walking!", "I see his mouth!" and "It has eyes!" It's always an exciting experience when the slugs start to make their way into our playground!




 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Fish Friends

Teacher Stephanie and some children were excited to release our new fish friends into the tank. As each one swam out of the bag, we counted and talked about how different they all looked. The children were so excited they started thinking of names to give them.



Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Sandbox Carwash

In the afternoon, some of the children wanted to create a carwash. We talked about the steps. First step is to dig a deep hole. The children dug all the way to the bottom. Next step is to get water. The children talked about filling their buckets up so it was heavy. Then they poured the water in the hole. They worked together to make sure they poured the water into the hole. Then they added their cars. They described their cars as dirty and sandy before the carwash and clean once it went through the carwash. This activity supports their language skills and helped them learn about cause and effect and  opposites. 






Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Shape Matching at PE

Today Teacher Sharon set up a shape recognition game in our PE class. The children matched different shape cards to their corresponding giant shapes around the gym. This activity supports shape recognition as well awareness of space as they travel around each other safely.




Friday, February 14, 2020

Valentine’s Day Party

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Today the children had so much fun celebrating the holiday with their special guest! Everyone was busy eating delicious food, decorating magnets and beading keychains! Our party was definitely a success!





Thursday, February 13, 2020

Alma Via

We visited grandmas and grandpas of Alma Via, sang Rise and Shine, Skidamarink, Boomdiada and danced to Run Baby Run. After performing for our friends, the children passed out all their Valentine’s Day cards and gifts they’ve been working on this week.




Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Police Visit

This past Monday, Gabe’s dad came to visit our classroom.  Officer Eric talked to the children about two serious topics. He spoke to them about strangers and what children should and shouldn’t do. He also informed the children about what they should do if they find a weapon. Then all the children had the chance to check out his police vehicle! Everyone received some fun goodies in their cubby. Thank you Officer Eric for visiting our school!