Friday, August 30, 2019

Picture Day

The children were so patient waiting their turn to smile for the camera. They got their tickets, handed it to the photographer and answered silly questions which helped them capture adorable pictures

of the children.

Dancing in a Line

The children have been practicing lining up during transitions to go outside, inside or to the gym. Standing and walking in a line can be hard, so we try to make it fun and just another activity! Sometimes we march, tiptoe, slide or sing songs. Today we danced! This morning, the children had so much fun showing off their dance moves on their way to the classroom with Teacher Linette!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Mixing Colors

At art table this week, we have been experimenting with mixing two primary colors to make a new color. Today we were using yellow and red. At group time teacher Cassie asked the jellyfish group what color they thought it would be when we mix it together. Some children thought it would turn blue while others said orange. So we tested it out! We learned that red and yellow make orange. This activity supports visual art and cognitive development such as cause and effect.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

PE with Teacher Sharon

Today was our first PE class of the year with Teacher Sharon! She taught us two important words: Boundaries and Safe! Sharon set up the gym with cones, mats, and spots of all different colors. The children ran across the gym to identify the different boundaries of the PE area, all while practicing color and letter recognition. At then of our time, the children stretched their hamstrings and counted to ten. We are excited to have PE every Tuesday!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Kinetic Sand!

Happy Monday! Today we played with kinetic sand. The children molded different shapes with the sand and observed how it felt. When asked, “What is the difference with kinetic sand and regular sand?” the children responded:

Violet: Uh. Like this...*she demonstrates picking up the sand and dropping it slowly*
Theresa: WOW! It moves a lot slower than regular sand when you let it go. What do you think is in kinetic sand?
Kazu: Just sand
Violet: Just sand
Kazu: You can buy this sand at Target. You should have gotten the purple one!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Our New Playhouse!!!

Today the children were so excited to explore our new playhouse outside! They cooked, cleaned, had guests over for dinner and even did some work! It’s safe to say our new house was a big hit!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Explore, Learn and Grow

The children are given opportunities to explore new material, revisit their ideas, experiment with new materials and make new discoveries daily. Outside, the children got to play with a variety of musical instruments and performed

for each other. Inside the classroom, Lars revisited the light table and built a castle adding flashlights to his towers along with Daryn. During our small group, we played hot potato and learned each other’s names.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Exploring Magnets

Today in the science area, Lars used magnetiles to build a “magnetile pirate ship”. While he was building Thomas and Elias came over to observe what he was doing. Lars showed them how the washers stick to the magnetiles because they are magnetic too. Then Lars brought out the measuring tape and said he needed help measuring his pirate ship. The measuring tape introduces the children to numbers and measurement. The children were also learning about cause and effect when the washers stick to the magnetiles.

Snack Time!

We offer healthy options for snack three times a day. The children are able to serve themselves using tongs, spoons, and pouring their own beverages. This encourages independence, while also strengthening fine motor skills as they grasp and hold their own utensils. Snack Time is also a great time to work on self regulation and social interactions with peers. The children are encouraged to take turns and ask their peers to pass the snack or drinks around the table.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Group Time Tools

Happy Monday! Having to sit down for the duration of group time can be really challenging for children. Sometimes children need stimulation to help them relax and focus. In our classroom we offer various tools that the children can use to help them sit through group. We have rubber animals and balls that the children can squeeze and stretch with their hands. We also offer weighted animals such as our lizard “Gerald,” our pig “Piggy,” our dog “Ralph” and different weighted snakes!  The ability to move their fingers or parts of their body during a more “calm” activity can help children stay attentive. Weighted materials also helps stimulate children enough to encourage relaxation. They can even sit on a teacher’s lap!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Creative Minds

The children were very busy in the art areas today! Some children chose to express themselves through paint, whereas others chose to use markers. They also had fun exploring  the other art materials, such as glue, stickers and stamps. It will be exciting to see how their creations develop throughout the school year!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Today the children had no hesitations playing in all the different areas of the classroom. They explored individually and as a group. Our returning students have helped our new students feel comfortable and at home.