June 8, 2018

We are reaching the end of the year, and many of our children are moving to the next level.  They will not be in the 18-24 months classroom anymore. They are growing and developing, and as they enter their next level, they will continue to develop physically, emotionally, and mentally. 

Today, the children, teachers, parents, relatives, and friends had a wonderful time on "Field Day!"

June 1, 208

We sang and read a variety of books. The children have been enjoying listening to The Napping House, George, Barks and Pete the Cat the Wheels on the Bus.

May 25, 2018

Songs we sang and children's requests:

  • ABC
  • Mr. Sun
  • The are 7 days in a Week.....
  • What's the Weather...

  • 5 Little Ducks
  • 5 Little Speckled Frogs
  • Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • 5 Little Monkeys Swinging on a Tree
  • Mr. Muffin
  • Jump in the Water and more....

Books we Read:

  • Bark George
  • Pete the Cat (The Wheels on the Bus)
  • You are My Sunshine (Book)
  • Pete the Cat (I Love My White Shoes)
  • Pete the Cat ( My Four Groovy Buttons) and many more.......

Highlights of the Week:

We had a special reader this week, Arturo, Mario's father:

 

Art:

Manipulative:

Sensory:

Revisiting the color changing milk experiment!   The children that have not experience observing the experiment had the opportunity to watch, explore and discover the science of milk and dishwashing detergent.  

 

 

 

May 18, 2018

We sang a variety of songs and one of their favorite books for the week was, Pete the Cat, The Wheels on the Bus.  They have been painting different art pieces for the art show and the classroom.  They have been having a lot of fun exploring and discovering new things with paint, texture, designs, and patterns. 

Highlights of the week!

Art:

Sensory:

Manipulative Toys:

Blocks:

"Butterflies"

May 11, 2018

Today we celebrated our last and third Curriculum Day (Peers and School).  As a community, we build relationships with teachers, students and expand our social skills.  Each child in the classroom brings with them divergent, interests, abilities, cultures, and families. The classroom experience enriches our program for our children’s growth and development. Our goal is to celebrate individuals while creating a sense of community. Each corridor at Buckle My Shoe projects security, nurturing and a supportive environment.

As a community, we share the importance of social interaction, communication, and collaboration, as children expand their understanding of the relationship between self and other.  Our first stop to learning, and embracing our peers and community, we visited classroom 3B.  They are 3.5- 4 years old and Ada and Adam are the two teachers in the classroom.  They have a small tank with fishes and a rabbit name, Pinky. The teachers created and established a nurturing environment; they had different activities displayed on the tables, and cloud dough in the sensory table (a favorite sensory exploration activity our children enjoy). It was engaging and enriching, as all the children interacted with the materials or with one another.

As part of a community we collaborate and share our interests and goals. Classroom 2A used to have a fish and we have two. 1B thought it would be a good idea to give one of the fish a good home and new friends. As a school community, it’s always nice to share.  We voted as a class that the blue fish, Tata, would stay in 1B.  We all walked to classroom 2A to take the Red Fish. As the teacher placed the bowl on the table, the children looked curious and puzzled to see a fish swimming inside.  They all smiled and remained observing their fish.

Part of our curriculum is to provide music.  The words and instruments are the special elements that make the music come alive.  Children smile, jump, clap, and sway to the music they hear. These experiences promote the development of listening and language skills, motor skills, and creativity. 

We visit the "Music Wall" and the children explored and manipulated different instruments in the basket and the guitars displaying on the wall.  As they played an instrument they sang ABC, Mr. Sun, and Twinkle Little Star to name a few.  Music and movement contribute to children’s overall development.  Listening to and making music helps children's developing brain.   As children learn words to songs, it makes them feel proud and able to participate in singing. 

Buckle My Shoe is the core of our community, and the classrooms are the branches.  We want children to experience a fun, hands-on, interactive, and educational learning experience.  I want to express thank you to all parents for their contribution throughout the year and welcoming us as your child's teacher. 

 

We also celebrated, Happy Parent's Day!  I have always believed that parents day is every day; however, on this particular day, we celebrate each parent for their fantastic job, as they guide and nurture their children.  

Highlits of the week:

May 4, 2018

We are soon coming to the end of the year. It has been a pleasant, rewarding, and educational experience working with the 18-24 months.  Our children are growing, developing, and shaping their personality.  I have seen them grow and develop both physically and mentally.   I am proud to have been part of that growth.  Each day we learn how essential it is to have children engage in activities, group time, circle time, and projects.  Nevertheless, it is as important to follow their pace.  Building confidence and self-esteem are fundamental for them to feel secure in the environment in which they interact and engage with peers and different adults.

As we observe them in play or an activity,  we have noticed how they are listening to each other's words and talk as they play.   Talking and asking questions to them is essential for their language and cognitive development.   They demonstrate their learning as they observe and listen to the people they interact in their different environments (teachers, parents, and other adults).   As teachers, we have encouraged them always to use their words and make independent decisions.   As they think, they are developing and building, thinking and language skills.  

One of our essential approach to learning is singing songs.  The children have observed, learned, listened and memorized many of our daily routine songs.   

Throughout the week we sang: 

  • There are 7 days of the week
  • What's the weather?
  • ABC
  • Popcorn
  • Mr. Sun
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Five Little Ducks
  • Five Little Speckled Frogs
  • Watermelon
  • Where is Thumbkin?
  • Where is Blue?
  • And many more....

A variety of books were read.... 

New Books: Bark George, Pete the Cat, the Wheels on the Bus, For Just One Day,

 

Highlights of the week:

 

 

 

April 27, 2018

We sang and read a variety of books and songs!

Painting, gluing and cutting are part of our sensory exploration that allows children to understand materials and the world around them. All the children are participating and creating different kinds of arts and crafts for our Spring Market Event.  As they engage and interact with the materials they are using their imagination and creativity.

Highlights of the Week:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENSORY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MANIPULATIVE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 20, 2018

                                    "The Week of the Young Child"                                       

The week of the Young Child is celebrating and embracing early learning, young children, teachers, and families. This annual event was created by the NAEYC to celebrate and bring awareness to the importance of early childhood education. Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners.   Throughout the week of the young child, each day we engaged, participated, explored, discovered, and celebrated something different. 

Monday: The children brought in their favorite musical instrument.  They played and shared their instruments with their peers.  We also explored and experimented using recycled materials to make shakers.   As the teacher shook the instrument five times, they shook their musical instrument five times.  Incorporating math and understanding number sense, enable children to learn to count and recognize numbers. 

Tuesday: We made strawberry, blueberry, and banana smoothie.  The children were so excited to have a taste of the delicious smoothie as it mixed in the blender.

Wednesday: Working together Wednesday, the children continue painting their flower pots, and the children are working collaboratively to build a train out of four boxes.  They are painting their first box in red.  As they engage, we celebrate the unique role they each play in creating. 

Thursday:  "Creativity"- Different tools and paints are used in the art to create a fantastic art piece.  We used something completely different that we have not used before, paint inside a balloon and plastic glove.  This entails, filling up a balloon or glove with paint and puncture one or two holes; then the children will squeeze the paint onto the canvas.  The children seemed excited to explore and manipulate the balloon using their hands and fingers.  We will continue exploring and discovering different patterns, as they use this new technique on their paintings. The children used glue, glitter, and sequins on cd's to create suncatchers.  They also explored and manipulated air dry clay by tapping, padding, squeezing, and molding it to a shape.

Friday: "Special Persons Day" The children planted seeds in a flower pot in which they adorned with different color paints.  They also created a work of art on a square tile by using two colors each child selected with their special person.  

The environment was filled with familiar and unfamiliar voices.  We welcome everyone to be part of our classroom community and engage with the children, and teachers.   

The children are working collaboratively to build a train out of four boxes.  They are painting their first box in red.  As they engage, we celebrate the unique role they each play in creating. 

Different tools and paints are used in the art to create a fantastic art piece.  Today we used something completely different that we have not used before, paint inside a balloon and plastic glove.  This entails, filling up a balloon or glove with paint and puncture one or two holes; then the children will squeeze the paint onto the canvas.  The children seemed excited to explore and manipulate the balloon using their hands and fingers.  We will continue exploring and discovering different patterns, as they use this new technique on their paintings.

April 13, 2018

 The children are learning new songs, such as, popcorn, What's the weather, There are seven days in a week and Jump in the Water....?...!  

For example, the song goes "Jump in the Water Edith, Jump in the Water Edith, You're all wet, You're all wet, Shake your  body dry, shake your body dry, you're all dry." 

As they learn new songs or songs that they have sung since the beginning of the year, they learn to articulate the words and follow the pattern, which word comes next.  Songs help their language, cognitive, and physical development.  

Highlights of the week:

 

 

 

 

March 30, 2018

We have finished the second week of Literacy week, and I want to thank all the wonderful readers.   We created a wishlist on books that we wanted for our classroom. Thank you for your contribution! 

Teaching children the importance of books is helping children develop proficient reading skills.  Reading aloud allows children to use their imagination, creativity, extend their vocabulary and use analytical thinking.    Parents and extended family members are always welcome to visit and read to the class.     The children are always eager and excited to have a visitor come and read to them.   Please join our beautiful classroom community and read to us!

How Clouds Make Rain: When water droplets continue to collect in a cloud, they get heavier and heavier. They will eventually become too heavy to float on the air.  Water droplets will fall to the earth as rain.  This experiment shows children how rain falls from the clouds! 

Materials:

  • Jar
  • Water
  • Shaving Cream
  • Droppers
  • Blue Watercolor

The teacher poured a substantial amount of water and shaving cream into the jar.  Each child had a turn dispensing blue watercolor into the white cloud.  The shaving cream represents the clouds and the watercolor, rain. The children observed as the watercolor traveled through the shaving cream. It was interesting to watch the rain cloud start to let go of little blue water droplets!  I think it took a little longer than it supposed to because the teacher dispensed too much shaving cream.  We will try this experiment again when we return from the break!

 

Highlights of the Week:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 23, 2018

We are celebrating Literacy Week, and parents are volunteering to read to the children throughout the week.  Even though we are going to read a variety of books and embrace all authors, we are uniquely celebrating Brian Won, the author, and illustrator of the children’s favorite book, Hooray for Hats.  All the children are going to be wearing and sharing unique hats throughout the week. 

The more young children are read to, the higher their interest in mastering reading.  Reading out loud exposes children to letters, words, proper grammar and phrasing.    It enhances the development of their spoken language and literacy skills.  As they listen they gradually absorb the information they hear.  Their imagination, creativity, and cognitive development are integrated into the learning process.

Allowing children to pick the books they are interested in and turn the pages themselves keeps them active and engage in learning.  Reading out loud also teaches children to listen.   Children develop literacy skills and an awareness of language long before they can read. Language development is fundamental in all aspects of learning.  By reading aloud to young children, we can help them acquire the skills they will need to be ready for school. 

Books that were read:

  • Hooray for Hats
  • Hooray for Books
  • Hooray for Friends
  • Subway
  • Pete's a Pizza
  • From Head to Toe
  • Giraffes Can't Dance
  • I Can Handle It!  (I think it's going to be one of our favorites)
  • Purple Crayon
  • There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed some Books
  • Mi Colores/ My Crayons
  • Where the Wild Things Are and many more...................

 

Songs:

  • Good Morning Song
  • There are Seven Days in a Week
  • What's the Weather
  • Popcorn
  • Watermelon
  • 5 Little Speckled Frogs
  • Mr. Muffin Man
  • 5 Little Ducks Went Out One Day
  • Where is Blue?
  • Where is Thumbkin?
  • Mr. Sun
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and many more.......

The highlights of the Week:

Art: 

  • Painting Wooden Alphabet Letters
  • Mirror Painting
  • Exploring white tempera paint on black paper, and cotton balls (Creating snowballs)
  • Painting on butcher paper
  • Painting on canvas

Sensory:

  • Model Magic

All the children are enjoying the different books that our special readers are reading.  It is always rewarding to have our parents read to the children in their classroom.

March 16, 2018

We are celebrating "Literacy Week" next week.  Literacy week raises awareness about the importance and value of literacy.  Reading books are essential tools that enable children to:

  • help children become familiar with sounds, words, language and the value of books
  • stimulate curiosity, imagination, and help his/her brain development
  • reading can help children understand change and new or frightening events, and also the strong emotions that can go along with them
  • help children develop early literacy skills like the ability to listen to and understand words

                                                                                   Little Blue and Little Yellow

                                                                                                     By

                                                                                               Leo Lionni

                The children listened to a beautiful story about friendship and colors. A story about two friends, little blue and little yellow, and their new color represents a merging of their two individual colors, green.  Little Blue and Little Yellow are friends, but one day they can’t find each other.  When they do, they were so happy to see each other that they hug and hug until they turn green. Although they do not stay green, they were still friends. This unique storybook is useful both as an introduction to color blending and as a story of friendship and acceptance. 

Painting Activity:

  • Using two primary colors, yellow and blue to create a secondary color, green
  • We formed two groups for this activity

First group: We provided one paper plate in which we placed one blob of yellow and blue paint.  The children combined the colors until the new hue turned green. 

Second group: We provided two paper plates, and a drop of yellow and blue paint on each plate. Then the children rubbed the two paper plates together until the green color revealed. 

                                                                                Two different ways to explore paint!

Highlights of the week:

Circle Time:

Art:

March 9, 2018

Songs:

  • Popcorn Song
  • There are seven days in the week
  • What's the Weather out Today?
  • ABC
  • Mr. Sun
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Blue Bird
  • 5 Little Monkeys
  • 5 Litle Ducks
  • Watermelon
  • 5 Little Speckled Frogs
  • Hot Cross Buns
  • Open Shut Them
  • Jump in the Water.............
  • Good Morning Songs (Hello, how are you.....)

 

Read a variety of books!

Diferent activities we did today:

Highlights of the week: