Thursday, April 2, 2020

Hats Off to Our Community Helpers!

What a month March was!! It was sadly cut short by the stay-at-home order to stay safe from the Cornovirus but while we had school, we packed in a lot of FUN!

The theme this month was Community Helpers and we learned about all kinds of people that help us from the community including mail carriers, firefighters, police officers, garbage collectors, doctors, nurses, veterinarians and more!

The kids had a blast playing in the different play areas as well!

In Pretend Play this month, we had community helper dress up including mail carriers, firefighter, UPS and police officer uniforms to try on and a doctor clinic in there as well.

The kids could even choose to be a fire truck headed off to an emergency to help!

They also took great care of the babies and each other as doctors at the clinic!

In sensory table this month was sand and trucks.

They liked making big sand piles and driving the trucks all around!

In Block Area was a tool shop along with community helper trucks and a new mat.

They enjoyed "building things" with all the different tools and driving their cars around the community!

Other fun learning times this month....

The 4 year olds completed a GIANT floor puzzle and did a great job working together!

They also made their very own mailbox and practiced writing their last names on it!

The 3 year olds got to get creative by decorating fire with a q-tip and different colors!

They also got to make different types of hats including a mail carrier's, police officer's and a construction worker's hats!

And the 4 year olds were so delighted one morning when it had snowed the PERFECT snowman snow!!! They did a great job of working together to make their very own Olaf!

Overall, it was a such a fun month learning about Community Helpers. We are off to virtual learning for the month of April! Hopefully, we can get back together in the classroom soon! 

Monday, February 17, 2020

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A.....

February is our Author Study month and this year we are focusing on books by Lucille Colandro, author of the silly books in the "Old Lady Who Swallowed the..." series. We are having so much fun reading her books like The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose (for Valentine's Day) and The Old Lady Who Swallowed the ABC's!

Also this month are new play areas including pretend School & Teacher (and pretending to be an Old lady like in our books) in Pretend Play.

The children are having a blast teaching their friends and being students!

In Block Area, we have doll houses and Tinker Toys.

And in Sensory Table is noodles with matching alphabet hearts and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly re-telling pieces.

We also did lots of fun art projects including some Valentine's Day themed projects!

We had fun decorating our Valentine's Day bags to hold all our cards.

And then we got to have our fun Valentine's Day parties including a Heart Hunt where they had to find hearts of all sizes hidden around the room! We also handed out our Valentine's day cards and had a treat!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Weather Outside is Frightful, but Exploring Winter is so Delightful!

This month is all about Winter and in the first two weeks we learned about winter weather and winter clothing that we wear when it is winter. 

We also have new centers this month including a Frozen search and find themed sensory table! This is one of my favorites and the kids really love it too!

In the Pretend Play area, we have a beauty shop and winter weather wear to dress in.

The kids have had fun putting on their makeup, doing each other's hair and dressing up for winter.

And, of course, they still love playing with the babies and food and serving each other food at the table!

In the Block Area, we have train tracks and waffle blocks. The kids really love creating with the train tracks!

In Art Table, the kids have had fun doing winter themed art projects including pom pom & q-tip  painting snow,

The 3 year olds got their first practice with scissors when they made snowflakes out of coffee filters! They did awesome!

They then got to paint them with droppers!

They continued to work on fine motor skills when they made snowflakes by threading on beads!

During winter weather clothing week, the children worked on counting as they put on different amounts of buttons on a coat.

And the 4 year olds got to design and dress up their very own snowmen! They looks so great!

And we had the chance to try out our new scooter boards inside when the weather dropped below 0 outside!

We're going to finish our month up learning about animals in winter and all about ice!