Friday, May 28, 2021

Birthday Party!

 This week, the Sea Otter children turned the dramatic play area into a birthday party! The children have been talking about birthday parties and what a birthday is. We asked the children some questions about birthdays to see what they already knew. We also encouraged them to create their own decorations to hang in the dramatic play area. This supports their language skills, visual art skills and fine motor skills. 

Friday, May 14, 2021

Ahoy! It's Pirate Day, Mateys

Both classrooms have shown a sudden interest in pirates! We dedicated a whole day during Spirit Week to these roudy beings. The children wore their best pirate outfits, practiced their accents, and sailed on imaginary pirate ships with their crew! 

Friday, May 7, 2021

Daily Affirmations

 Everyday during group time, we have been using these awesome daily affirmation cards and empowerment cards that Teacher Linette got for the sea otter classroom. They are positive statements and phrases for the children to say as well as different body movements. This helps build their self esteem and confidence, while supporting their language development. These are some of the cards we have done this week! The children truly enjoy doing these everyday! 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

All About Mom

The children have been working on their Mother's Day gifts and talking about all the wonderful things they love about their mom, what makes mom happy, what she's good at & what they see or do with them everyday. 
It's such a joy to see the children’s excitement when they share stories about their mom and recognize the important role you play in their lives. 

Monday, April 19, 2021

Airports, Airplanes, and Places - OH MY!

The children in the Sea Turtle Classroom have been learning about all things that FLY! This week, we have turned our attention towards airplanes, airports, and places. Teacher Andrea brought in a special guest expert, KJ, who is a flight attendant and currently studying to be a pilot! KJ so kindly showed us videos and photos of the airplane she works on, and answered all of the children's curious questions.  Thank you so much KJ for Zoom-calling our classroom today. 

Questions for KJ:

- Does the plane have an engine? (Hudson)

- How many passengers fit on the plane? (Hudson)

- What kind of doors does the airplane have? Not like house doors. (Jelani)

- Do the pilots take turns flying the plane? Can they sleep there? (Hudson)

- What if both the pilots need a break? (Kaidha)

- Where do you fly? Do you just go to the airport? (Jelani)

- Can you eat on the plane? What do the pilots eat? (Elias)

- Do you fly to Disneyland? (Liana)

- Do you hang out with passengers? (Hudson)

- Do you fly to San Francisco? Where do you sleep if you're in a new city? (Andrea) 

Friday, April 16, 2021

Collaboration Art

 The Children of the Sea Otter class have been working together to create a collaborative piece of art. The children used recycle materials, paint, pom poms and feathers to create their art. Teacher Linette’s group worked together to build “Disneyland” while Teacher Cassie’s group created a little tree house. By encouraging the children to work together, they learn to listen to each others’ ideas and build off one another. The children took this idea outside as well when they decorated the play house with streamers. They said it was a “spooky, haunted house!” 

Tree house 


“Ta-da” haunted house is ready! 


Creating the haunted house 

Tree house 

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Clay Sculpture Gallery

We have been working with clay for the past month! The children are learning to manipulate the clay using hands and fingers, which helps strengthen their fine motor development. Clay also allows them to work on a particular idea for many days at a time starting with touching, sculpting, letting it dry, then painting and naming their final piece! 

Enjoy some of the children's finished Clay Creations!

"O Cereal" By Liana

"Rainbow" By Kaidha

"Big Rock and Smoosh Rock" by Elias

"Snowman Happy Face Pancake Train" By Hudson

"Bowser's Head. He takes off his head and throws it!" By Jelani

Friday, March 26, 2021

Let’s Tell A Story

This week we read “Another” by Christian Robinson. This is a wordless picture book about a little girl who enters another world and finds that, in this world the children all have someone that looks just like them. Since there are no words, we had the children take turns narrating each page. We wrote down everything they said and then read it back to them. This activity supports an interest in literacy and story telling. 

Friday, March 5, 2021

Little Artists

 This week the children have been very interested in creating art, especially with different types of paint. Some children have been experimenting with oil crayons and watercolor. Other children have been painting rainbows with glitter paint. During outside time, the children tried out chalk paint and loved watching it drip down the wall! This supports their visual art development and their fine motor skills. We love seeing all their creativity being expressed through their artwork! 

Friday, February 26, 2021

Baby Nursery

The Sea Otter class have really enjoyed turning the Dramatic Play area into a Nursery. The children have drawn pictures of their babies & talked about what kinds of food they like to eat. Isa said, "Moana likes apples and bananas." They have also taken the responsibility of giving their babies a bath. 
Dramatic play encourages the children  to role play everyday life situations & provides opportunities to practice overall good care  & hygiene of our bodies.
Aside from all the caring, and role playing fun, baby baths are a really fun sensory activity & the children love it!