Friday 2/2/18

This week the children worked on many sensory activities. The activity that really stood out this week that the children truly loved was adding shaving cream to our red bin and mixing it with red paint.  

In the classroom we have a child who is learning how to potty train. This has taken the class by storm! Sometimes a child will sit next to the potty-trainer and watch how it is done. Other times children will sit on the potty with toys or a doll (no worries, the potty is always fully sanitized after use). Because of the children's curiosity, we are naturally letting the children use it even if it's to sit on for a couple of minutes without any intent. It's a great pathway to becoming comfortable with the idea of using the potty once they show they're ready to use it. 

Peek-a-boo is still a huge interest in our classroom. This week we used our colorful tunnel in the gym to hide each other.

Here are extra peekaboo's!

 

 

Friday 1/26/18

This week the children have been showing one another affection and love. Some come in with open arms ready to hug their friend(s), or they wave really fast and yell out loud "HELLO!!!" with pure excitement! 

We also worked on a variety of sensory activities to help children with their hand-to-eye coordination. 

Next week we will try our hand on baking something we can actually eat! Stay tuned!

Friday 1/19/18

I would like to thank you all for coming to our curriculum event! The children really loved spending time with their special people, creating a meaningful project that really resonated with them, their identity, and where they belong. Laura and I especially loved seeing how you all connected with one another and had wonderful conversations. :)

Here are some highlights of the week:

This week Evan our music teacher showed us 3 different flutes. A short-sized flute, a medium-sized flute, and a long-sized bald eagle flute. 

While we were in class on Wednesday, we noticed there was light snow falling down. We took the children two at a time to watch it come down.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Don't forget to go on google drive for all the pictures.

Friday 1/12/18

This week the children were interested in finding different ways to hide themselves or the objects that they were holding. Their favorite activity is to hide under blankets and scarves.

Henry thought it would be great to hide behind a cd. Can you see him?

Sienna used her legs to hide a wooden rectangle!

They hid inside our colorful windows in the little gym too!

The children also took an interest in speaking into long tubes. The vibration from their voices felt really good. Also, listening to someone say "hello" or making funny sounds on the other end had them giggling with delight.

Friday 1/5/18

Welcome back to the first week of January! 

We could tell the children were ready to get back to being with their teachers and friends. On Tuesday we let the children have a true open play day. They were so happy to have all their toys and books back that we just let them explore the room and have them choose what they wanted to play with. We also had Spanish. It was Sienna's first time attending Spanish class and she really loved it. The Spanish instructor even stated "I think she's ready to take my job!"

We also had the pleasure this week of meeting two new students to our classroom. Nico and Grey! Nico loved our yellow school bus while Grey loved listening to music and shaking along.

Today we played with snow inside the classroom. We placed it on a tray, provided a few tools for those that did not want to touch it, and observed how they carefully placed it on their fingers and swirled it around.

Friday 12/15/17

I want to say thank you for coming to our holiday pot-luck and meeting our lovely dear Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus! The children truly enjoyed themselves and this is what it's all truly about, bringing pure joy and beautiful smiles from their faces. 

Today we finished up most of the gifts the children will be giving you next week. Yay! They all worked really hard on them and did such a wonderful job. I know you will love it. Can't wait until you see it!

Thursday 12/14/17

This week we have been so busy! We have been working on family portraits, a special family gift, and making beautiful ornaments. These will hopefully be ready to go home next week. The children have truly enjoyed covering themselves with paint and glitter. 

This week we have also noticed the children have had a lot of extra energy. We have been using our gym time to help get that energy out (especially since it has been a cold week). Each day we have changed the mats in different ways that will help with their gross motor and keep them motivated to move around. Today we decided to move a couple of the gym mats into our classroom as well since extra movement was needed. We really enjoyed it and will try to add it to our routine when needed. 

Tonight we meet Santa!!! I hope the children enjoy it and we have a wonderful potluck!

 

 

Thursday 12/7/17

This week on our family unit, we have continued to listen to international/traditional music in our classroom. We were able to listen to Dutch, Polish and Spanish nursery songs. We had quite a few dancers, and although they did not understand the language, they knew it was music they could dance to. We'd like to give credit and say thank you to Soeske (Eloise mom) for giving us the name of the nursery song from the Netherlands. It was great to see Eloise and Isabelle's reactions!

We also worked on family portraits. We took a photo from our family wall, showed it to each child one by one, and had them "draw" members of their family on a cardboard. Although we saw squiggly lines, circled shapes, and many dots, we could see there was intent in their drawing. This will be an ongoing project that will approximately continue until next week.

Because the children were interested in painting, we let them use the table and their bare hands. No paper! (No shirts or pants either) We added shaving cream on top to give it a softer squishier feel and let them have at it. They truly enjoyed getting messy.

We also took out air dry clay and used the pine branches to create different shapes with. The children were really engaged, with the activity lasting 20 minutes. Some were poking holes on their clay and others were lining up their little pine leaves one by one next to each other.

Friday 12/1/17

Today we had so much fun! We were playing hide and seek, exploring our pine tree in our sensory table, and since it was a sunny day we even had time to go outside for a walk.

In the morning, Silas mom Daniela came over and helped make a hand print that was needed for the classroom. Silas eyes were wide and filled with excitement. He couldn't believe mom had paint on her hands. In his classroom! It was such a beautiful moment.

On our walk today we had a buggy with four seats, however we had 5 children. What to do? We had Scarlett walk a little bit since she showed interest in doing so. She had such a huge smile. Once she got tired, we switched Scarlett for Silas. He was also excited about it. They did such a great job holding hands and walking really nicely with the teacher.

 

 

Thursday 11/30/17

We are back in action after the Thanksgiving break! This week we went to the park, and since the weather has been beautiful, we ventured out of our buggy rides and roamed a little bit by the grassy area. On our way back to school, something wonderful happened when we decided to stop by the Christmas tree post. As we were looking at the trees and touching them, the vendor said we could take the branches of the pine trees for FREE!!! So exciting! We got to use some of the branches today to paint with. 

This week we have also been listening to different kinds of music. On Monday we listened to Bollywood from India. Laura listens to it when celebrating a wedding, or at different family functions. We saw a couple of kids swaying back and forth to the music. We were all surprised when Isabelle got really into it. She would shake her hips, move her shoulders, and clap her hands. Today we listened to music from Israel. We captured Barak and he was turning around and holding the radio, with a huge smile on his face. Such beautiful moments! Here are the pictures of today.