This week we finished our exploration of Dinosaurs. It is always a fun topic to discuss and see what your children know already and what they want to learn. As part of our studies, we have been putting together large floor puzzles during our rug time activities. At times this has been difficult! We will be continuing this activity as we are working on life skills such as collaboration, turn taking and perseverance.
We had fun learning about and making flying dinosaurs.
We then enjoyed the rest of the morning in the meadow...eating snack, painting, reading and flying our dinosaurs!
It was great to be back in the classroom with your children this week. It was fun to watch numerous friendships blossom, as they reconnected after our vacation week! Much to our surprise...our Mud Table blossomed too!
We finished our studies on Wind and in honor of Earth Day made wind chimes from recycled materials. I will be asking families to bring in recycled materials for the rest of the year in hopes of using all recycled materials until the end of the school year!
Our discussions this week were about wind, mud and earthworms. We had a lot to discuss on Thursday after the wind storm that left a couple of our classmates without power!
we created Wind Paintings!
we began our discussions on earthworms and had fun exploring and measuring them.(these ones we not real). Once we finish constructing our md/soil table, we will be handling live worms!
As the Earth’s energy is bubbling with new life...we will continue our conversations on self care and when your body is telling you to find a quiet restful space. We have turned our loft into just such a place. We are calling it The Book Nook...complete with reading bins. Each bin has a blanket, stuffed animal and book. Your children seem to be enjoying their time spent in our newly created space.
This week we completed our study of the Solar System. Your children were emersed in art, literature, cooking experiences and music. We finished our paper mache Earth by painting on the oceans and filling in the land masses.
We made Moon Cake!
We made nebulous pictures, which are now hung on our bulletin board. Come check them out!
On our final day of space exploration we made space helmets!
Next week our studies turn to wind, mud and earthworms. Please make sure your children have extra clothes as we will get dirty!
This week our curriculum focused on kindness and ways to make yourself and others feel good.
On Monday, we reconnected as a school community and help remind each other about ways to show kindness within our classroom...for example...kind words spoken while getting our own needs met...kind actions with our bodies...entering in to group play and allowing others into your play. I am happy to report that our Kindness Jar is over half way filled already!
On Wednesday, we read a story called The Mitten Tree. This story showed how to be a good community member and fill other’s hearts with love. We also made clay and paper mittens in preparation for creating our own mitten tree.
On Thursday, Phin brought in a book to share called Extra Yarn. Your children seemed to enjoy this story as well and I feel like it is a great read for adults as well. If only adults in today society were like the main character in the book!
It was a week filled with fun and love! Our activities and discussions centered around love and kindness. What does kindness look like? What does love feel like? So much kindness was show but sharing toys, listening to both teachers and peers throughout the morning...we once again filled our Kindness Jar! Wearing pajamas as part of our Valentines Celebration was a big hit and felt cozy to all! I hope everyone enjoys time spent with family and friends next week.
Dear Families,It was great to finally have our whole classroom community at school today! Between sickness and weather it has been difficult for many families.
On Monday, we made penguins out of recycled plastic bottles as we continued our discussions about Antarctica. I am very impressed with all the information your children were able to recall during our rug time discussions on “What We Know About Penguins.” I will have their responses posted for all to see.