This morning we started to read the story Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel, one at a time with Rachel. After we read the story, which shows children wearing different animal masks and describing why they feel like certain animals with different characteristics, each child said which animal they feel like today, and some of the things that each of those animals does. We are going to turn this into a much larger project to include our work on emotions, our love for animals, storytelling and descriptive language, and also sensory because we will all be creating an animal mask with paper mache to go with our animal of choice.
Zara- I feel like a rabbit. Hop! He eat carrots.
Joseph- Bunny, bunny! Hop hop! Munch. A bunny is loud! (This perfectly described himself today!)
Sanjay- A porcupine. He's dirty!
Juliet- I feel like porcupine. Loud! Sharp!
Samuel- Bunny! Hop. He hop on the ground. See? He gots carrots!
Dylan- A moose. He's quiet. He's so quiet.
-Permission slips went home today for our trip to Eataly on March 6th; please let me know if you have any questions!!-
Books & Songs
- Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, Duck in a Truck, Potty, Owl Babies, Twinkle Twinkle, Wheels on the Bus at the Zoo, Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and many many more.
- We listened to a CD that Charlie brought in with Dutch children's songs- thanks Charlie!
- We have been listening to many Hebrew CDs that Dylan shared with us, too. Thanks Dylan!
- Most of our morning was filled with little songs here and there- we sang the book Subway, we sang If You're Happy and You Know It, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Where oh where is my friend? And other songs.
Art & Sensory
- Painting at the easel with orange, yellow, gold, green and brown- we started off only using paintbrushes and soon switched to using our hands at the easel, which was a first. Charlie, Joseph, Juliet, and Lara spent a good amount of time painting together.
- Clay with little people figures & water
- Drawing with a variety of writing instruments
- Watercolor palettes
- Yesterday was so busy that we didn't get to make our Valentine's cookies. So we were expert decorators and added some beautiful hearts to our cookies. We each got to eat a small cookie after lunch.
Math & Manipulatives
- We've seen a big increase in interest in stacking and trying to get many objects to balance together. Olli was stacking different lids and tops on the table, and then he arranged them beautifully like a mosaic. Lara used the different "ooze tubes" from the light table to stack and observe.
- Dylan has been really fascinated and focused with recycled materials that fit into a little box. He puts different tiles and rubber samples into the box and sees how many he can get to squeeze in there. Then he takes the pieces out and shares them with Rachel (and sometimes friends, too).
- Sanjay was working with the wooden animal puzzle today and noticing the different grooves and textures on the animals. He was really identifying how the different animals fit together- for example the neck of the giraffe has the same pattern as the ridges on the crocodile.
- Juliet found all the little people and animals from our clay play earlier, and started to place them carefully into cars to go for a drive.
- Zara has been making lots of tea parties lately! She finds the teapot, cups, and plates and sets up a little area on the rug for her party.
- Samuel does a lot of cooking in the kitchen. He's always busy washing dishes, putting food in the oven, and finding plates for all of his food. He also likes to bring over the dinosaurs and have them demolish the food!
Movement- Soccer with Coach Carolina
This morning we had an amazing time fine tuning our soccer skills! We had lots of time to kick the ball into the soccer nets and cheer on our friends.