This week, we began measuring ourselves as part of our identity project. It was so much fun to watch the children begin measuring themselves and really take in the way they take up space within the world.
We continued our study of the violin and cello. The children loved learning about this stringed instrument and were able to identify concepts such as high vs. low and loud vs. soft while listening to the music. We continued this study throughout the week, and were delighted to hear the children exclaim “violin” or "cello" upon hearing the instruments!
We held our first fundraiser and sold smoothies to raise money for Texas, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. We raised $220 from our smoothies alone!
We made lava lamps with oil, water, alka-seltzer, and food coloring. Nicholas and Parker kept talking about the bubbles rising all the way to the top!
Making apple turn overs with Diane!
Playing peek a book in the gym!
Playing Ring Around the Rosie in the gym! There's lots of gross motor coordination in this game - to play you've gotta be able to walk sideways in a circle , which may sounds kind of silly, because as adults...we've been able to do this for years. But, for a two year old it's a pretty complicated process that requires lots of patience and concentration!
This week we used our whole bodies and especially feet to explore clay. We did a lot of pounding and pulling because we wanted to lift the clay off the paper. Lots of grunting and effort were involved in the process. We were super proud of our dedicated workers.
For literacy this week we read "Whose Knees Are These?" We started off our activity by singing "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes", discussed all of the things we use our knees for: walking, hopping like a bunny, riding a bike, and dancing! We then did a read aloud of "Whose Knees Are These?" and then put on our "scientist hats" and drew what we thought our knees looked liked. Drawing is a great tool in developing pre-literacy writing skills.