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:

March 2, 2018

We sang a variety of songs using musical instruments or using our hands to clap.  Throughout the week, we read a variety of books.  Our reading sessions are during circle time, snack and lunch time, and free play.  We enjoy accommodating children when they want a specific book for the teacher to read.  Pete the Cat, I love My White Shoes, Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes, Hooray for Hats and Mother Goose Rhymes are among of their favorites.  

 

 

Sensory Exploration:

Oobleck incorporates both science and sensory exploration; is a substance that's somewhere between a liquid and a solid.   It pours like a liquid but acts like a solid when you squeeze it.  The children explored with their hands and smalls cups were available for them to extend their exploration.   The children are always mesmerized when they see the mixture, Oobleck!  They look curious and explore the properties slowly by dropping their hands into the oobleck, feeling and squeezing its texture.   They touched, tapped and pressed the oobleck using their hands.  We added liquid watercolor (red), and as the teacher mixed all the ingredients, some of the children couldn't wait to delve into the activity.  Not all children participated in this activity; some decided to observe and explore with their eyes until they are ready to explore.  They smiled and appeared intrigued as they touched the oobleck.  The children used descriptive words to describe the composition: “Soft, cold, hard, water”    These different elements the children used to interpret their impression of the oobleck, encouraged them to continue exploring.    The stimulus prompted a calm and soothing disposition.   The activity promotes fine motor, language, sensory, and cognitive skills. 

Highlights of the week:

Circle Time:

Art:

Manipulative Toys:

February 23, 2018

During the week we sang a variety of songs and read many of their favorites books.  For example, Pete the Cat, I love My White Shoes, Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons, and Mother Goose Book.  Mother Goose Book has many short stories and songs that the children enjoy listening to!

Among those songs we sang are:

  • ABC
  • There are 7 days in the week
  • What the weather?
  • Mr, Sun
  • Five Little Speckled Frog
  • Five Little Monkey's Jumping on the Bed
  • Old Mc Donald Had a Farm
  • Popcorn song-
  • Where is Thumbkin?
  • Watermelon
  • Two Little Black Birds
  • Blue Bird
  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Where is Blue? and many more....

 

Manipulative toys:

Highlights of the week:

February 16, 2018

As we learn different songs and sing them in repetition, children are learning words, rhythm and the beat of each song.   The first response to music is through the movement of the body.  It helps them express their feelings of excitement.  In addition, music involves many different parts of the brain, so singing which includes music and language helps develop these areas.   We are learning a popcorn song and jump in the middle song.  It will take practice before we know the words well.  Practice and opportunities are the two keys that are important in the classroom.   I want the children to learn in fun and interactive way. 

Our guiding study of the year, The Identity of a Child, focused on the importance to embrace their individuality.  We extended our study to Family.  In this section, we discussed the different types of families and how each family celebrates together.  We are entering the third facet of our project, Buckle My Shoe Community (Peers and School).  Our first step to learning and understanding our peers and school, we visited classroom 3b.   The teachers are, Ms. Ada and Mr. Adam and the children are 3.5 - 4 years-old.  

We were curious and wanted to meet their pet rabbit, Pinky, and learn a few things about him. We all sat with them during circle time, sang a song with them, which involved some dancing, and some of the children from classroom 3b articulated what pinky likes to eat, his coat color, what he likes and doesn't like.  Pinky did not reveal himself; it seemed he was hiding in the kitchen area.   Our children were able to catch a glimpse of Pinky, under the stove! 

Our class seemed comfortable and ready to explore the environment. Observing and interacting with different hands-on activities, allowed the children to engage with a variety of materials.  The children had a fun, educational and interactive day in classroom 3b.

We went on a neighborhood walk and saw cars, trucks, and sang some songs!

Highlights of the week:

February 9, 2018

The transition from home to school is always a difficult journey for young toddlers.  It is a gradual process as they adjust to the routines and schedules of the classroom.  As they interact and engage with their peers, teachers, activities, and projects, they will feel at ease and comfortable in their new environment.  We need to follow children's pace as they adjust. 

We are re-visiting sensory bottles. Sensory bottles are great for teaching color, for calming, and for helping young toddlers relax.  The purpose is for children to use their senses to explore the bottles.   I used a variety of materials to create each sensory  bottle.   Some of the items are too small for them to handle, but are just perfect for safely exploring through the clear window of a bottle.   Sensory bottles are great for helping toddlers eyes to focus on near objects.   They shake, roll, and observe how items in the bottles move around. They will enjoy the movement as the glitter swirls around the bottles, looking at the different colors, and looking and listening to the movement of the water. 

Songs we sang:

  • ABC
  • Mr. Sun
  • There are 7 days in a week....
  • What's the weather, what's the weather, what's weather out today, ............
  • The Muffin Man
  • Old Macdonald (finger puppets)
  • Five Little Speckled Frogs (finger puppets)
  • Five Little Monkeys (finger puppets)
  • Five Little Ducks 
  • My Little Tea Pot
  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Where is Blue.....
  • Where is Thumbkin
  • Johnny Works With One Hammer
  • Popcorn Song....   and many more.....

Books:

  • Pete the Cat- I Love My White Shoes (We must include this book as one of the children's favorite book)
  • Hooray for Hats (Favorite)
  • Pete the Cat- Missing Cupcakes
  • Mother Goose Rhymes.... and many more.

Art:

  • We recently started using small easels for art.  We noticed how the children enjoy  to paint and explore on these easels.  Dipping the paintbrush in and out of the small paint cups requires a steady hand.  As they dip and paint they are working two areas simultaneously (eye-hand coordination). Holding the paintbrush and whooshing it across the paper in the direction they choose, is difficult when you're a toddler.  As they explore and discover techniques to control the paintbrush, they create fantastic lines and circles.  Pre-writing skills are promoted as they hold the brush and dipping into the cups, hones the small motor control muscles.  The children are also expressing creativity and using their imagination as they paint. Rheya said, "Look alligator!" She drew an alligator at the center of her paper
  • The children also painted pictures frames for a special project
  • They painted Valentine Wreaths- They used paper plates, red tempera paint with glue, pink tissue paper, and glitter.

Gym:

 

Edith observed as I demonstrated to Harlow and Madeline to crumple tissue paper for our morning project.   Madeline focused on my hands as she slowly uses her fingertips to crumple the piece of paper.   She tossed it into the container and selected another piece of square paper.   Madeline appeared eager and excited as she manages to do several pieces.  It is essential to have children help in activities because it builds confidence and self-esteem.

Water Play:

Manipulative:

  • Mario's grandmother, dropped him off today and engaged with him at the Manipulative Center, before departing.  They both interacted with the puzzle boards.  Mario appeared excited as he was able to find the right fit on the fish puzzle board.  He used an oval and three triangle shapes to complete the puzzle.    
  • Today we decided to try the peg mats on the easel.  It gives a new and different perspective to play.  The children seemed interested in exploring and manipulating the pegs in a different way.  Madeline displayed interests as she plays for a length of time.  As Remy inserted the pegs in the holes, she yells, "Birthday cake!".
  • Today we began working with rhythm and kinesthetically explored sets of 4 with our bodies
  • Explored sound dynamics with the parachute
  • We were introduced to the violin

Highlights of the week:

Clay: Clay is a wonderful sensory material for children to investigate.   Most children, when given a piece of clay, are instinctively motivated to explore its inviting sensory qualities.  They poke it, squeeze it, hit it, pick it up, and pound it down.  The children worked for long and short periods, and others observed. Harry, Mario, and Edie have a unique way of exploring and manipulating the clay.  They maintain focus as they shape it using their fingers and hands differently.  Each child that interacted with the material, examined and manipulated the clay differetly. 

Art:

  • The children painted with fingerpaint.  Fingerpaint is different from tempera or activity paint.  Its texture is thick and pudding-like.
  • Some of the children painted their picture frames (Project).
  • Painting at the easel is always an interest the children have as they study and discover ways to move their hands, body, and fingers when holding a paintbrush.   The children explored different easels and each promoted different experiences. 
  • As Ellie painted on the easel, she connected three lines.  The teacher asked, "Ellie what are you painting?"  Ellie responded, "A triangle!" She appears to be very proud of her triangle.  As she interacts with materials in the classroom, she learns to understand the environment.

Manipulatives:

Has children learn to interact with the material, and maneuver them to make them fit.  Edith and Rheya were engaging in the Block Center.  They took some train tracks from the basket and began to build and connect them.  They each took turns and played cooperatively.  Edith displayed excitement as she noticed they had connected several, and Rheya was starting a new set of tracks. 

 

Music:

Circle, Transition, and Reading Time:

Circle time is a great way for preschoolers to get a sense of community with other children their age and enhance their social skills and improve their attention span.When something becomes routine or familiar to a young toddler, they respond to it better. By starting every day with circle time, the children know what to expect every morning, improving their skills a little bit more each time.

Our circle consists of different things.  Each day varies in what we do; nevertheless, we sing our good morning song, 3 or 4 songs, we are also incorporating the weather and days of the week song.  We can do a counting or color activity.  This week we counted how many blue feathers were in the box.  

Before the children transition to washing hands to eat lunch, we usually have a brief circle time.  With an erasable board, the first letter of their names will be written.  The teacher or the child will articulate the letter.   The child will erase their letter then wash hands and eat lunch. 

Spanish:

Our new students, Edie and Grayson, are experiencing their first Spanish session.  As they sat together with their peers, they observe the Spanish Specialist hand movements as she sings different songs.  They are both carefully observing and listening. Edie participated in some hand movements.  It always takes time for children to get adjusted to a new environment, including routines and schedules of the classroom. Soon we will see them repeating the words and dancing to the songs they hear in Spanish.  Welcome, Edie and Grayson! 

February 2, 2018

Songs:

  • Old Mc Donald
  • Five Little Speckled Frogs
  • Mr. Sun
  • Where is Thumbkin?
  • Where is Blue?
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
  • A Rum Sum Sum
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • The Wheels on the Bus go Around, Around
  • ABC
  • Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • There are seven days in a week...
  • What the weather.....  and many more..

Books:

  • Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
  • Horray for Hats
  • Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoe
  • Mother Goose Book- various short stories were read from the book..... and many more books were read.

Let's welcome our new student Madeline and her mom, Colleen to classroom 1B:

We celebrated Ellie's birthday, with her mom and dad.  Happy Birthday Ellie!!

Ellie seems to enjoy giving her friends each a special birthday bag with goodies inside.  

Gym:

During circle time we sing songs, do activities, read books and discuss how to take care of the materials in the classroom.  As  opened the book, and the children immediately said, "It's ripped!"  I expressed how we must take care of the books and hugged them because they are important to our classroom. Also, we enjoy looking, listening, and sharing books with our friends. 

Before lunch, we have a brief circle time.  We sing one or two songs and then write the first letter of their names on an erasable board.  They will gradually recognize and identify the letter.  After articulating their letters, they will erase the letter and wash their hands to have lunch. 

Science Experiment:

We did the Lava Lamp experiment again. We used a 2-liter plastic bottle, water, oil, watercolor, and alka-seltzer.  These were the ingredients we used the first time.  The measurements of water and oil are the differences in today's experiment.   All the children had a turn in pouring the water and watercolor.  The teacher added oil and the alka-seltzer.  It is important for the children to take turns in all activities and share the space. Even though,  not sharing is a typical behaviour of a toddler, it is essential to implement the concept of sharing as they mature.  They know what things belong to them; however, they can not quite grasp that some things don't.

As your child matures, we continue to demonstrate turn-taking by providing language and examples, such as,"When friends play together, it's nice to take turns. " During turn-taking in pouring the liquids, Remy, turned to give Edith the cup as she finished pouring. Teacher: "Thank you, Remy, for passing the cup to Edith."  Learning to share, take turns, and cooperate doesn't always happen by chance.   We implement and remind our children.   It's a social skill that needs practice and helping them understand as they work together.  

Art:

As the children painted on both easels, they explored and experienced maneuvering their hand and arm differently.  They projected unique techniques as they move their paintbrushes up, down, side to side, or circular motion.  Their authentic art piece demonstrates their creativity and imagination.  Their fine motor skills and cognitive development are integrated as they create.  

Manipulatives:

 

 

Highlights of the week:

We Celebrated Mario's Birthday together with his family.

Reading Session and Circle time:

Ellie's mom was our special reader of the week!

The children are gradually learning to articulate, recognize and identify colors.  There are many fun colors in the world around him/her.  By incorporating learning into fun activities and then reinforcing our lessons in an everyday situation, we can teach our toddlers the colors with relative ease.  We sing a song about colors, use different color dancing scarves (sensory) and bean bags (sensory).  These different approaches allow them to absorb information in different ways.   Today the children were wearing the color purple, another way we are learning about colors. I have noticed that on each approach, the children listen attentively as the colors are expressed, in English and now in Spanish.  

 

Dramatic Play:

Symbolic or pretend play, are other names for dramatic play, is one of the ways that young children come to understand the world around them.  As they interact with different people in their lives, they build the understanding that they will need to engage in pretend play.   They use symbols and recount events or actions they have observed and experienced.  Using symbols involves the ability to use one thing to represent or stand for something else.   For example, children represent an object (a person or living being when they pretend to be a dog or a mother) or an event (when they crawl in a cardboard box and pretend to be driving a car).  They always put a hat scarf and take a bag.  As they say goodbye, the teachers asked, where are you going? 

Remy and Edith: "Going to take the A train."      Ellis: "Going to the subway."   

Art:

  • As Rheya mixes the colors red, white and green, she notices and yelled, "Purple!"  Exploring different colors, whether they are primary or secondary colors, children are always curious and fascinated to feel, spread, mix, and squeeze the paint.  Harry paint his hand and said, "My handprint!"
  • Two-step project: The teacher used popsicles sticks to create snowflakes.  The children seemed to enjoy painting and covering them using white tempera paint.  Next week, they will use glue and white shredded paper, representing very own snowflake. 
  • Filter paper and watercolor paint activity:  As the children gently painted the coffee filters with a thin brush, they noticed how the paint spread.  They added two more colors, exploring and observing how the paint quickly moved and covered the paper.   Some of the children looked amazed as the colors changed when they were combined.  Two different methods were used to explore painting on coffee filter paper.  I provided those choices to the children. Some preferred the paper opened on the tray and others folded in a cup.  Then, they added the colors of their choice.

Manipulatives:

I welcome Grayson and his parents, Erin and John to classroom 1B.  Grayson entered the classroom and observed the different centers, and explored the areas of his interests, puzzles!   Soon, he will engage and participate in various activities.

Music:

Music allows children to express themselves in different ways.  They might dance alone or with a peer, and sing along as they listen to the music, tap their feet or clap their hands to the rhythm.   Music contributes to a rich sensory environment.   Exposing children to a wide variety of sounds can benefit their learning process as they develop. Sharing songs that go along with simple hand motions, words, or dance moves, like the “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” The Wheels on the Bus “or” Two Little Blackbirds benefit children's development.  As the children were listening to music, Rheya, Edith, and Olivia spontaneously held hands and began to dance.

Spanish:

Gym:

Sensory:

Exploring the color purple, the children wore purple Wednesday and Thursday; this is a way for them to learn and identify colors.

January 26, 2018

   

As they grow, they are developing, physically, cognitively, social/emotional, and language.  It's such a fantastic time not only for parents but teachers too.   As a teacher, I enjoy watching them focus, concentrate on an activity, or listen carefully as the teachers are speaking.  

Songs that were sung:

  • Where is thumbkin
  • Ring-Around -The-Rosy
  • If You're Happy and You Know It, Clap your Hands......
  • The Wheels On the Bus
  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm (finger puppet)
  • Monkeys on the Bed
  • Where is Blue (color song using a glove)
  • I'm a Little Tea Pot
  • Mr. Sun
  • ABC
  • There are 7 days in the Week
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Johnny is working with one hammer
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider

These are some of the songs that we sang.   We also read several different books.  Next week we are going to read some  some of the children's family books during circle time.

Art:

  • The children painted on mirrors.  They each chose the color and used different strokes as they painted
  • "Pressed Paint" This is an art form in which different drops of paint was placed on cardstock and covered with plastic.  As the children tapped, pressed, rubbed or lightly touched the plastic with their hands, they spread the color into different directions, creating a unique art piece.  They observed and focused on the movement of the paint.  Their puzzlement allowed them to continue exploring.   They appeared intrigued in how they were able to point to each color with their hands without getting some paint on their hands.  This type of sensory play promotes color recognition, imagination, fine motor skills, and is also calming for children.  

Movements:

The children enjoyed passing the ball and taking turns as they pass the ball to the teacher.  Physical development is tightly interwoven with the development of perception, cognition, motivation, and communication.  Talking to toddlers and interacting with them on simple learning tasks improves understand and language development. 

We sang songs using musical instruments.  As they listened to the songs, they shook their instrument simultaneously.  We also did colors using colorful scarfs.   We enunciated them in English then in Spanish.

Manipulative:

Using a strainer and pipe cleaners, is excellent for the fine motor skills, concentration and focus. 

Science:

Lava Lamp Experiment: