Second Week- September 18-20, Focusing on each Child's Unique and Different Features


We have been reading, Go Away, Big Green Monster with frequency and it has become one of our favorite books.  The book applies to this week's theme about identity.  As the teacher reads and articulates the different features, they learn to identify their ears, eyes, nose, hair, mouth, and teeth.   Each facial feature represents who they are and how different they look.  

They made an imprint of their hand.  Handprints are distinctive, and each hand is different in size, which builds upon identity and differences. It creates one person, "ME."  They each chose the color for their handprint!

The children will continue making their imprint of their hand, next week.


The teacher asked Harlow, Where are your eyes, hair, and mouth? As she listened to the question, she pointed to each feature.   Each feature is part of her identity.  The color and shape of her eyes, and her hair are distinctive features.  They each represent Harlow. 

Second Week- September 18-20

Children are becoming familiar with their environment, routines, schedules, peers, and new adults.  It is not an easy task for young toddlers to adjust and maintain that consistency.   We guide them with patience and understanding each child's temperament, as they embark on this new school year.  

Books Read:

  • Hooray for Hats
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • Go Away Big Green Monster (A Favorite)
  • I'll Hug You More
  • The Pigeon Needs a Bath
  • Baby Baby Bear, What do you see?
  • Pete the Cat- I Love My White Shoes (A Favorite)
  • Shake My Sillies Out
  • My Many Colored Day


  • Good Morning Song
  • ABC Song
  • Mr. Sun
  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • You are My Sunshine
  • Oh McDonald Had a Farm (Finger Puppet- A Favorite)
  • Five Little Speckled Frog (Finger Puppet- A Favorite)
  • Five Little Ducks
  • The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round
  • Itsy-Bitsy Spider


Circle Time

Ellie enjoyed listening to the new book, Hooray for Hats!  A book about friendship!


A special person came to visit our classroom, Arturo, Mario's father.  He read three books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Llama llama Misses Mama, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?   Mario appeared excited that his father came to visit his classroom and engaged with his new friends.   All the children enjoyed the reading session.  Please join us again, Arturo.  Thank you!



Finger Painting (continuation)

Finger painting can provide lots of sensory stimulation.  They see the color and feel the texture as they dip one finger, then use their fingers as the “brush” to spread the paint on the paper.


Painting on Mirror Paper

Some of the children experienced painting on Mirror Paper.  Exploring with their senses provides them with information that benefits their development.  They used their fingers to touch the paint before using their hands to spread the paint.   Children need the time and freedom to explore, be curious and creative.  Children enjoy the warmth the paint produces and the soft silky texture.  Painting on different surfaces, it allows children to explore and discover different sensory stimulation.  Young toddlers learn through practice and providing them opportunities to exercise their fine motor skills. (Will continue this activity next week).

Collaborative Painting- Edith, Ellis, Remy, and Ellie



Manipulative Toys


Mario selected a few feathers and placed them on the contact paper.  As he observed the feathers, he noticed that they moved when he blew on them.  He seemed to notice that he had the ability to control the movement by how fast or slow he blew. 

A special time together before we say goodbye!

 A family wall has different meanings: it represents a comfort to all children as they transition from home to school, are experiencing separation, and is also a representation of our class community.    Ellis appeared interested, as he gradually looked at all the pictures on that day.  A family wall is also about recognizing and getting to know our peers and their family. 

First Week- September 11-15

Back to school is the most important time of the entire school year.  Having a smooth transition from summer vacation to entering a classroom environment, can be difficult for some children.  Children will gradually get used to their classroom environment, as they interact and engage in classroom routines and activities.

During the week the children interacted in:

Manipulative Toys

Blowing Bubbles

Water Exploration 


Finger Painting on Canvas


Five Little Monkeys

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Llama Llama Misses Mama

Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes

Go Away Big Green Monster

My Little Teapot


Sing Songs: (sometimes the teachers use musical instruments or hand movements during singing)

Five Little Speckled Frogs (with finger puppets)

Old McDonald Had a Farm (with finger puppets)

Mr. Sun

Hello how are you- (Good Morning Song- articulating each child's name)

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Itsy Bitsy Spider

ABC Song

Five Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed

If you’re Happy and You Know It (Clap your Hands)

Where is Thumbkin?

The teacher made some sensory bags using paint.  We used one primary color, red and added some white to create a secondary color, pink.  The children appeared amazed as they observed the teacher squirt some paint and see the transformation of colors occur in a Ziploc bag.  Edith and Harlow immediately wanted to help.



Thursday, September 14, 2017, First Week

School is always full of excitement and explorations.  The children are learning to adjust to their new classroom, centers, routines, schedules, teachers, and peers.  As they interact in different activities, they engage with peers and learn to share, and collaborate with their new friends.  They each demonstrate a different temperament.  They express his/her ideas, and thoughts differently.  

We are going to be focused on each child's identity.  This will comprise on their curiosity, likes, and dislikes, similarities, and differences, and personalities are some of the attributes we are going to be observing.

Painting at the easel gives children the freedom to move their arms and body simultaneously.   It helps them to aim and stretch their arms to the focal point they want to stop.   Maneuvering the paintbrush helps them improve eye-hand coordination and helps them to develop to use a pincer grasp to hold the paintbrush.  The activity encourages the fine motor skill development by improving the muscles in the fingers and hands, strengthening hand grip, and developing wrist movement.  Painting with a paintbrush also increases the child’s visual and tapping his/her imagination.  They each projected their unique brushstrokes!!



Happy Child Orientation Day!

Orientation Day was full of exploration, excitement and discoveries.  Children learn through sensory exploration. A sense of curiosity stimulates young children to engage with materials.  Hands-on interaction is the basic element to investigating and discovering how the world works.  Welcome, and the teachers from 1B are looking forward to an exciting year.