Friday, May 12, 2017

We started a new unit, on Things that Grow. We made lists of things that grow. The children thought of lots of plants and animals, including roses, dandelions, shrubs, peanuts, whales, owls, sharks, turtles and spiders. They had a trickier time remembering that they grow too!  In our small groups, we sequenced the life cycle of a butterfly, practiced unit vocabulary words by playing a memory game with them, and made patterns using different types of seeds. We also spent some time making a special project for this weekend!

Books we read:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin
Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole

Centers this week:

Dramatic Play: Barbecue set
Sensory:  Seeds and beans
Art: Special project
Blocks: Duplos
Writing: Playdough
Manipulatives:  Star links

Save the date: Our end-of-the year party is Thursday, June 8th. The AM party is at 10:45 and the PM party is at 1:45. We hope to see you then!

The last day of school is Wednesday, June 21st. Have a good weekend!

Friday, April 28, 2017

I hope everyone had a great vacation! The children were happy to be back in school and see their friends. We got to go to the playground every day this week! We continued our unit on shadows and reflections. We learned the words transparent (you can see through it), translucent (it lets light through, so you can see somewhat) and opaque (it doesn’t let light through - you cannot see through things that are opaque). We made butterflies using tissue paper and talked about how the butterflies will be translucent. In our small groups, we made shadow puppets and experimented with making the shadows bigger (closer to the light) and smaller (farther away from the light). We also matched animals to their shadows.

Centers this week:
Dramatic Play: Dress up
Sensory: Water
Art: Pond mural
Blocks: Train set
Manipulatives: Potato heads and gears

Book we read:
It looked like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw
Night Shift Daddy by Eileen Spinelli
Body in the Group (Social Thinking)

Save the date: Our end-of-the-year celebration will take place on Thursday, June 8th! The morning party is at 10:45AM and the afternoon party is at 1:45PM. We hope to see you then!

The last day of school for children is Wednesday, June 21st.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 31, 2017

We started a new unit, on Shadows and Reflections. We learned that shadows are made when an object blocks light. We talked about how there are fewer shadows at night because moonlight is not as bright as sunlight, and also how shadows get bigger or smaller depending on how far away they are from light. We also looked for shadows on the playground. This was tough because there was only one sunny day this week! In our small groups, we made a pattern based on characters from one of our unit books, practiced counting and producing groups of up to 10, and matched objects to their shadows.

Centers this week:
Dramatic Play: Fishing boat
Sensory: Finding treasures in sand
Art: Turtles
Writing: Whiteboards
Blocks: Legos
Manipulatives: Straws and stars

Books we read:
Raccoon on His Own by Jim Arnosky
Play with Me by Marie Hall Ets

Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 17, 2017

March 6th - 17th, 2017

We’ve had a busy and fun two weeks! We learned about chameleons, lizards that change color according to their environment. We read A Color of His Own, about a chameleon that wants a “forever” color. He comes up with an idea about how he can be the same color all the time, but it doesn’t quite work out the way he planned. He’s sad until he meets another chameleon, who suggests they stay together. This way, even though they won’t always be the same color, they will always be the same color as each other. The kids enjoyed watching the chameleon change colors. They also made chameleons at the art table.

In our small groups, we made rainbows out of tissue paper. This took a lot of time because the kids had to scrunch up six colors of tissue paper into very small pieces! They did a great job! We also sequenced a unit book, Dog’s Colorful Day, and matched words that rhyme with color names (red to bed, brown to crown, etc).

Centers this week:
Dramatic Play: Babies
Sensory: Moon sand
Art: Making a chameleon
Writing: iPads
Blocks:  Road tracks and cars
Manipulatives: Magnetic shapes

Books we read:
Elmer in the Snow by David McKee
dear juno by Soyung Pak
Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Friday, March 3, 2017

February 27th - March 3rd, 2017

Everyone was happy to see their friends after the vacation week! We continued learning about color. We read Dog’s Colorful Day, about a dog who goes on an adventure in his neighborhood. While out, he bumps into a various items that put dots of color all over him. At the end of the day, he has ten spots on his white fur and has to take a bath. The kids enjoyed hearing about his adventures and also trying to remember where each splash of color came from! In our small groups, we cut out pictures and sorted them by color; played color and shape bingo; and practiced counting out a certain number of objects.

Centers this week:
Dramatic Play: Laundry
Sensory: Fish
Art: Construction paper collages
Blocks: Cars and blocks
Manipulatives:  Puzzles

Books we read:
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Cat’s Colors by Jane Cabrera

Have a great weekend!