We did a lot of building with hollow blocks today- and even made structures that we could get on! Joseph and Ava seemed to be boarding a train as they connected more and more pieces. Zara was interested in adding Lego people that would get on the train and then slide off on the ramps. 

It's been really lovely to observe that when someone is interested in an activity, almost everyone else comes over and starts to work there as well. Whenever you peek into the classroom, all the kids are basically in the same area! They really enjoy each other's company and have been building off of each other's ideas. We hope to keep this sense of closeness in tact as we move forward with fun projects this year. 

Next week we are going to really start focusing on music. Each child is going to have his or her own book and we are going to make drawings to different pieces of classical music. As teachers we will be observing their motions, asking if they recognize instruments, and starting to use big words like "Tempo," "Beat," "Crescendo," and use the word "Forte" for loud and "Piano" for soft/quiet. 

Books & Songs

  • We read: It Looked Like Spilt Milk, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, Pete the Cat: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star & more!
  • We sang: Days of the week, Jump in the water, Good morning, Wheels on the bus, A song where we use shakers to go up high, down low, fast, and slow, Shaker freeze game, Five Little Pumpkins, Hurry Hurry Drive the Firetruck & more
  • As always, we practiced our yoga book (I'm ordering a new one so we'll do some more fun poses soon- and if you have a great kids yoga book, please share)

Art & Sensory

  • Gluing buttons, gems and wooden squares into long rectangle boxes 
  • Water table- we made the water purple today!
  • Drawing with oil pastels on black paper. There were many helicopters being drawn again today, inspired by Hamish. Tomorrow morning the table is going to be covered with images of helicopters. I wonder what they'll talk about!

Math & Manipulatives

  • Building with hollow blocks- Making trains, climbing aboard, and also using ramps as slides
  • There's also been a big interest in hiding objects, so we're playing around with that and will set up some fun activities to keep this interest alive and see why it's so fascinating. 
  • Using 3-D translucent shapes on the light table
  • Legos
  • Bristle blocks