Friday, December 1, 2017

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! We continued learning about colors. 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, and were happy that he had found a friend!

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! We taught them if their hands got tired during their work, or anytime while writing, they can “shake, shake, shake, take a break” and shake their hands out. This gives their hands a rest and helps them regain energy. They enjoyed practicing this and also did a great job on their rainbows!

Books we read:
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Max’s Dragon Shirt by Rosemary Wells
A Color of his Own by Leo Lionni

Centers this week:
Dramatic play: Kitchen
Blocks: Dollhouses
Sensory: Moon sand
Art: Dragon Shirt
Manipulatives: Gears and magnetic shapes

A reminder that our winter celebration is going to be on Tuesday, December 12th. It will be at 10:45AM for the morning class and 1:45PM for the afternoon class. Grandparents and younger siblings are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Friday, November 17, 2017

We started a new unit, on The World of Color. We learned that you can mix colors to make new colors, and that sometimes animals use color to blend in to their surroundings, or camouflage themselves. We read Mouse Paint, which is about three mice that find jars of paint. They have fun painting themselves and then creating new colors with the paint. After they’re done, the paint is sticky on their fur so they decide to take a bath in a cat’s water bowl to get clean. The children thought this was very funny!

In our small groups, we mixed primary colors to make secondary colors. We also drew a picture and made a colorful pattern around the border of the picture. Some of the children created very complicated patterns! They were also careful to use just the right amount of pressure on the dot marker to make a dot of ink instead of a puddle!

Centers this week:
Dramatic Play: Airport
Sensory: Sand
Art: Painting
Writing: Pattern blocks & letter cards
Blocks: Trains
Manipulatives:  Potato heads

Books we read:
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown
Size of the Problem (Social Thinking)

Next week we will continue learning about color. We also have a shortened schedule next week:
Wednesday, November 22nd is a half day. There will be no afternoon program.
School will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23rd and 24th.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Burlington Public Schools
Below please find a few guidelines for you to follow when your child becomes sick.  These guidelines can be helpful when deciding whether or not to keep your child home from school.  They have been put in place to ensure the health and well being of all Burlington students and staff.

☹ Red Light Symptoms: Children don’t attend school!  Fever (100.0 or higher), diarrhea, vomiting,  or sore throat (sore throats could be strep, which is highly contagious).  Children need to be free from these symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school.  If a child is taking an antibiotic they need to be on it for a full 24 hours before returning to school.  Also, red or pink itchy eyes with crusty and/or green/yellow drainage should be evaluated by a physician -- child may return to school the day after he/she is examined by a physician and treatment has begun.  If your child has any type of flu symptoms (fever, chills, body aches, low energy) please keep them home from school.  The nurse also has the discretion to send a student home with a rash of unknown cause that needs physician evaluation and clearance to return to school.

• Yellow Light Symptoms: Children could or could not attend school; you need to use your best judgment.  If your child has cold symptoms and you feel they should go to the doctor, please keep them home from school. If your child has a runny nose that is green and thick or a severe/hacking cough, they should stay home.  If your child has a bad cold, has no energy or requires any type of medicine to get through the day, they should probably stay home.  Remember, children are not available to learn if they aren’t feeling well.

☺ Green Light Symptoms: Children can attend school. Your child has allergies and has a clear runny nose or mild cough. Your child has been sick but is feeling better and has been fever-free for 24 hours (not taking fever-reducing medication).  If your child has been sick and has been put on an antibiotic, they must be on the antibiotic for a full 24 hours plus fever-free for 24 hours (not taking fever-reducing medication).

We request that you call your child in sick if they are going to miss school.  Please include in your message what is wrong with your child.  This is helpful for us to track different types of colds, viruses and infections going around.  If your child has had a fever or is contagious, i.e. strep, please call your Nurse’s office.

Burlington Early Childhood Center
Jessica Gearin, MEd., BSN, RN 781-273-7622
Absentee Line 781-270-1808

Friday, October 27, 2017

We have had a busy week learning about the farm! We learned about the life cycle of plants and practiced sequencing the life cycle of a pumpkin in our small groups.. It was interesting to hear them think aloud as they moved the cards into sequence (“This one is a seed . . this one is small . . . this is a big plant.”) There was a lot of great thinking going on!

We worked on strengthening our fine motor skills by making a “sensory salad” consisting of straws, construction and tissue paper, and pompoms. The children used scissors to snip orange straws into small pieces (the carrots), then added lettuce by ripping green construction paper into strips. We added cheese by crumpling yellow tissue paper, and topped off our salad with tomatoes (red pompoms). They then took turns using a tongs to toss the salad. Everyone loved this activity and found it especially funny when the “carrots” flew out of the bowl and onto the floor (they were very good at picking up the pieces!).

In the dramatic play area, the children pretended they were collecting eggs from a chicken coop. They then put their eggs in an egg carton, and counted the total number of eggs they had found. They liked comparing the amount of eggs in their egg cartons. They also discovered it was extremely fun (and tricky!) to balance an egg on a wooden spoon!

Books we read:

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman

The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

Possum’s Harvest Moon by Anne Hunter


Centers this week: 

Dramatic Play: Egg collecting
Sensory: Rice & spiders
Art: Painting pumpkins
Writing: Letter Stamps
Blocks: Wooden blocks
Manipulatives: Gears


Next week we will end our Farm / Harvest unit, and celebrate with a Harvest Soiree! The children are invited to dress-up in any fashion they would like to celebrate the end of the unit (a special shirt, a sparkly tutu, a costume, a wig, a hat, etc). Our classrooms will be participating in a parade to the administrative offices within the high school. If you child does not wish to dress-up it is not required. We will begin our next unit, The World of Color, the following week. Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 13, 2017

October 10th - 13th, 2017

This week, we continued learning about the farm. We talked about different chores on the farm and the steps for planting. We learned that you need five things to make a plant grow; a seed, sun, soil, air, and water. In our small groups, we sorted leaves by small, medium, and large. The children also cut out pictures of farmers and ducks, and made AB patterns on sentence strips. We also worked on a multi-media farm mural, using different textures such as cotton balls, tissue paper and yarn to make farm animals. Next week we will make the grass, pond, and sun, and put our mural together.

The kids have been very interested in the acorns and leaves that are falling on the playground! They have been collecting them and we have talked about how they compare to each other (which ones are large, which are tiny, which ones have caps, the colors of the leaves, etc). In our dramatic play area, we re-created scenes from our unit book, Farmer Duck. The children pretended to be doing the chores the duck had to do around the farm. They loved pretending to be the duck and yelling out “Quack” whenever we asked them how the work was going, just like in the book!

Centers this week:
Sensory: Beans and tweezers for sorting
Art: Farm animals
Blocks: Cars
Writing: Magnet boards
Dramatic play: Farmer Duck
Manipulatives: Magna tiles

Books we read:
I’m a Seed by Jean Marzollo
Eddie’s Garden and How to Make Things Grow by Sarah Garland
Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend Back to School Night! Have a great weekend!