Spring Time - Blossoming Friendships and Literacy Week

This week was special for a few reasons. Despite the snow day, spring is upon us and it is a big milestone for our older two's. In the big picture, we celebrated Literacy Week with story reenactment, learning the difference between stories and poems, engaging in critical thinking and discussion about our favorite books and characters, and a very sophisticated tea party. In the small picture, our friends are continually developing empathy and complexity in their personalities, interpersonal relationships, and preferences. 

A highlight this week was Sloane's interest in helping our new classmate, Manu. She took on the role of caretaker, friend, and teacher - making his transition Into the class so much easier.  


Shamrock Sand Science Project

Today, we did a cool science project with baking soda and green vinegar. We made bubbling sand! We used all of our senses in this project. Our ears to help us listen to directions, our touch to feel the sand, our smell to describe the vinegar, and our eyes to see the bubbles and color changing. Luckily no one tasted the sand, because we talked about how regular sand does not taste good so neither would the green sand. Our friends were so observant today! Here's what some of us had to say:

What does this green stuff smell like?

Jude: "It's liquid"

Lauren: "Smells like ketchup"

What does the sand feel like?

Sloane: "Feels cold."

Thomas: "It's messy."

What does it look like? / What do you see?

Cole: "green"

Romeo: "Look, Hillary, the sand is green now."



Imaginative Play in the Small Gym

In the small gym this week, the friends in 2B have gotten very creative with their imaginations for group play.  Pretending there are sharks in the water they have to hop over or pretending to be frogs, playing superheroes and coming up with their own names, having races, building houses, and creating problems to solve together like obstacle courses or getting "stuck" and needing help have been just some of the creative scenarios we have seen. 

With less toys and space in the small gym, our class works together to create fun and interesting scenarios. 

Here is a link to yesterday's gym play:




A Week of Love and Fun!

This week, Valentine's Day festivities took over the 2B classroom. We had so much finishing preparations, making pudding with Diane, and enjoying new songs in Spanish on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday the real fun came with our big red fire truck, Valentine's Day mail, a brownie and heart hat party, balloons, and rose smelling pink play dough. The pictures and videos on Instagram and Google Drive certainly speak a thousand words about how much fun we've had but here is a recap, too! 

A Week of Preparations and New Things

This week went by so quickly! A new friend joined our class and his name is Rowan. This week, we made new art projects, played with new toys, played new games, and did a new group activity - no wonder why the time passed so fast! 

Multimodal Art:

-Tissue paper and glue on paper - what first was flat and 2 dimensional quickly became creative and 3D by scrunching up the tissue papers. We even layered colors and chose color themes. 

-Making and preparing Valentines - we used foam heart, googly eyes, makers, pipe cleaner arms and legs, and special messages to make very special valentines for friends, family, and even our teachers. We can't wait to show you!

-Using clay and letter stamps we made name plaques helping us learn and spell our names.  

-Painting and preparing our 2B firetruck that we will use for pretend play and our community building curriculum project

New Toys

-We borrowed Pre-K's nail block and hammers to use as a fun and challenging morning activity. It required so much focus! 

-We used foam puzzle pieces to create all kinds of imaginative things during morning activities.

-Friends brought toys from home to play with and share with friends. We practiced communicating, sharing, trading, and saying no in friendly ways.

New Games

- We tried out a new guessing game of hot and cold to discover who's silhouette was who's. Our friends were surprisingly very good at this abstract game so we will play it in the future. 

- We played a following directions dice game that made us do silly and fun things in the group in front of our friends. 

New Group Activity

-We started show and tell! It is helping us so much with public speaking, turn taking, and asking question and providing answers

What a great week!




The 2B class loves playing firefighters. This has been an ongoing theme since the beginning of the school year last semester and has developed over time into more complex play and themes. This week, we cut up old light ropes into individual fire hoses so more friends could join in the fun. Because we only have a couple fire hats, the 2B class has learned and practiced turn taking and trading toys and objects to get what they want. In addition, Jude borrowed a fire fighting book from Pre-K that has a bilingual story in English and Spanish to help us practice and learn more words. The 2B class loves to put out fires with the fire hoses. We usually pretend there is a fire in different areas of the room so everyone can help, and this week, we had a tissue paper fire with a block building to keep the play focused and grounded in one area of the room. For the future and coinciding with our school wide intent and curriculum, we are happy to bring our focus from self and family to community and world. We will continue to incorporate everyone's love of firefighting in the mix with a visit to our neighborhood fire station in March and making a fire engine in the class using big boxes (if you have some, please bring them) and art supplies. We are looking forward to see how these new additions enrich one of our favorite play themes!

"I have a new room! I'm moving!" - Using Play to Help with Transitions

Today, Sloane was really excited to tell us that she’s moving soon. “I have my own room! I will use the same bed. You're not moving! Alfie is moving, too," Sloane said excitedly. We decided to use play to help Sloane describe her thoughts and process her feelings. This has been very common for George and Alisha too, when they choose to play with the babies themselves because they have new siblings who have arrived and who are on the way. Using play for life transitions also helps model behaviors for when the actual event occurs. "Shhhhh! The baby is sleeping, Hillary. You have to be quiet." Alisha likes to say. 


During centers, Debbie helped Sloane design her new room with her bed and her mommy and daddy and friends. Sloane felt very happy to think about how her new room will look. "This is me sleeping and mommy and daddy," she said. "Who are these other people?" asked Debbie. "They are my friends!" exclaimed Sloane. Soon, Grady, Oliver, and Alisha wanted to build and design their own rooms, too. Creative thinking comes easily to the 2B class and they enjoy applying ideas in play to their daily lives just as their daily lives dictate their ideas for play. Amazing!

Our Focus on Family

We had so much fun this short week preparing for our curriculum breakfast featuring video interviews of the 2B class and a game of who's who silhouettes for the parents. We enjoyed pancakes, bagels, hot chocolate, and playing store with our parents too! We have been identifying interests in our friends and ourselves as we continue to cook together, learn Spanish, dance, play soccer and play in the gym, and enjoy meals together. Today, we even learned a new game for foot/eye and gross motor coordination. It seems like our possibilities are endless as we shift into a new curriculum focus about our community and the world around us.  

Fun with Friends and Our Imagination

This week we have seen more imaginative play and artwork. From putting out invisible fires and riding in cars, to covering a boat to keep out water and making snowmen and big bears out of clay - we sure know how to get creative! Today, Romeo made a snow man family with clay while Cole made a big bear (see the pictures below). In gym, friends take turns pretending to be the rainbow ghost - a funny character that 2B has carried over from last semester - while Oliver likes to be a kitty cat and sleep in nice little block houses with his friend Grady, who is never a kitty cat. In the upstairs gym, Lauren covered the boat shaped seesaw with a veil. "What is this for?" Hillary asked her. "No water come in." she replied. Smart! 

As a group this week, we made shaving cream art which was so cool. "It looks like a rainbow!" said Jude and Devin P. said "It smells good can I eat it?" We also painted the box that we use to play store and sometimes use as a cave to sleep in. It is so fun being creative in our art and play, and it's even better to share our imaginative expression with friends. Let's see where it takes us in the future!

Welcome Back!

This week we came back from the holiday break ready to play and learn. Our first day back was a breeze. We loved Spanish class and cooking with Diane. On Wednesday, our new friend Thomas joined the class and we played with moonsand and cut playdough, we created a giant art pizza, and we enjoyed Super Soccer Stars! On Friday, it was nice and quiet we played with our box, we cut our pizza and added pepperonis, and in the gym and enjoyed quiet reading together. It was so nice to get back into the swing of things with our good 2B friends. 

Wednesday, December 20

Monday, December 18

Happy Holidays!

This week was full of holiday preparations and celebrations! We enjoyed talking about Santa Claus and presents, and we began our exploration of family with our ongoing family graph project. We hung ornaments on the Christmas tree, we made a menorah for Hanukkah, and we even got to see Santa and have a dance party with family and friends. Don't forget the delicious food, too! This week really brought the 2B class together. They know about each other and each other's families now more than ever. Today, Sloane told Oliver "I saw your brother, Maxie." Oliver said, "Yeah, he came last night." Friendships and connections are blossoming along with a sense of empathy and a desire to share and play together. Let's see this spirit grow with the coming semester as we continue to learn more about our own and each other's families. 

Wednesday, December 13

Tuesday, December 12

Monday, December 11

Oliver's Here Today

We played together so much today and this week! In playing together, we've been making connections and building empathy, creativity, and communication skills. Remembering to ask before taking, expressing our needs and wants, and sharing imaginative play ideas have been in priority this week. It feels so nice to understand each other and be heard - just take a look at Oliver, then Sloane and Alisha when Devin S. sings who is here today. It's a great sign that they are recreating moments that they find special in school with each other.              

Season's Greetings

In this holiday season at Buckle My Shoe, we are busy making preparations like building a Christmas tree in our room, making ornaments for the shared school tree, and talking about when Santa is coming and what happens at Christmas and during the holidays. This week in 2B. we made pinecones with white glue and glitter, like festive little Christmas trees to match our fantastic colorfully-lit tree on the light table. Cole really loved the "acorns" (glitter pinecones) so much that he wanted to take one home with him.  Lauren has been asking, "It's Christmas? And Santa?" Not yet, almost! Today, we made ornaments for the shared tree, the kids carefully placed one hand in the roll and painted, then added glitter with the other.

In the season, there are other changes in the classroom. Everyone wants to use the potty, friends are beginning to play in groups instead of alone or in dyads, becoming more sociable with each other; and we are beginning to be more comfortable sharing, negotiating turn taking, and showing empathy towards others in the class. Today, classmates stacked their own magnet tile towers, then decided to work together after, building a tower even taller than Jude! Lauren said it was her tower, but she let everyone help her. Devin even handed out tiles to his friends so they could continue building, and when it was time to clean up he and Oliver teamed up to put away legos and tiles together, with one friend holding the basket and the other putting the items inside. It's so nice to grow together as a class, we can't wait to see what happens in January and next semester!   

Wednesday, December 6

Tuesday, December 5