We made it...I mean, we did it..I mean, happy vacation everyone! It was a pretty high energy week in the 4-Day class this week and we had a lot of laughs mixed in with a lot of learning moments! Thats what its all about at HCNS, making the most of our joys and the most of our mistakes and moments of questioning. We work through problems together and recognize in ourselves those moments when we could have acted more kindly or thoughtfully. I am excited to announce that we have completed our travels around the world and your children sure did learn a lot. I hope you can take the time to debrief with them over the break.
We began the week on Monday by learning a bit about the Chinese Zodiac calendar and each child started working on their Chinese drum which depicts their animal sign in both picture and symbol format. The drums involved a lot of steps and children really did an amazing job following directions and seeing these projects through to completion. We also explored some more with the panda bears, rice and black beans in the water table and some children found my weekend creation of rocks, sand and letter cards intriguing. We also had another very fun music session with Miss Katie on Monday.
On Tuesday we finished up our Chinese drums and children began to make Valentines Day cards for friends and family. We had a nice discussion at rug time about why we celebrate Valentines day and who to celebrate with. I also told the children the story of how Valentines Day came to be a holiday and about Saint Valentine the Roman bishop who married couples in secret because the evil king had banned marriage. They all seemed pretty fascinated by this story and wondered why anyone would ever tell people that they couldn't get married. You can find a full version of this tale on-line if you are interested in checking to out. The highlight of the day on Tuesday was the slime. Thats right...we played with slim for a good part of the week this week. There was cutting, stretching, twisting, adding sand, giggling, being stuck and being grossed out. It was a blast.
Wednesday brought the height off our energy for the week as I'm sure you can imagine. We began the day by putting Valentine's cards into envelopes (I hope you all received them) and continued making gifts such as bracelets, necklaces and cards for loved ones. We tried to get outside nice and early for sledding but the morning seemed to pass us by very quickly. When we did finally make it out it was far too icy to use our sleds so the 4-Day class used their great problem solving skill and slid on their bellies, bottoms, and knees down the hill. Hopefully we get some more good sledding snow this year.
Today we celebrated Chinese New Year (which actually begins tomorrow) by watching a short video about the holiday and it's history (link below), and by playing our drums that we made earlier in the week. Miss Meg also wrote each of the children's names in Korean and some children made mandalas out of colored pasta. We also had a special snack of noodles, tofu, mandarin oranges, and Moon Cake provided by Brigette and Susie! It was delicious.
Books From the Week:
The Great Race:The story of the Chinese Zodiac by:Dawn Casey
Tikki-Tikki Tembo Retold by: Arlene Mosel
Fortune Tales | The Story of Chinese New Year - YouTube