We continued to read the story "Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox" and talked about how we all feel different during various parts of the day. And we also spoke about how our friends can make us feel, and how we can change how our friends feel, too! Emotions are such an important line of discussion. If we can start to learn how to manage emotions and use our skills to help others while we're little, we'll become well balanced children, teens, and grown ups.
I have also been SO impressed the past couple of days because everyone has really started to use their words to tell friends when they need space, need a toy back, or don't like something. This is a very big shift! Well done, 2A! I've even created a new area in the room where we are celebrating the brand new developing friendships in the classroom. We have so many images of friends starting to play with one another rather than next to each other.
Books & Songs
- Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Wheels on the Bus at the Zoo, Five Green and Speckled Frogs, Dragons Love Tacos
- We sang: If you're happy and you know it, Twinkle twinkle, Where oh where is my friend . . .
Art & Sensory
- We painted with shades of brown this morning. It's fascinating how many different techniques are employed. Olli and Dylan like to splat the brush up and down and leave little splatters of paint trailing across their papers. Samuel is the only one that makes sure his entire paper, corner to corner, is covered with paint. Lara and Joseph often forgo the brush and work with their hands. Juju and Zara immediately tell me who they are making their artwork for (Dada and Kenya, respectively).
- Gluing with buttons, rocks, and easter grass
- Drawing with tempera sticks (We even did a bit of drawing with them on the light table, which looked really fun with the light poking through).
- Playdough with orange peel
Math & Manipulatives
- Sanjay worked with Rachel to put all of the hedgehog puzzle pieces in correctly from 1-10. He was very focused on making sure the numbers were in the right places.
- Zara made a structure with the hollow blocks and everyone came over to start driving cars on top! Kedar enjoyed putting the cars down the ramp and watching them zoom quickly across the carpet.
- Loose parts & tinkering- Olli filled up boxes and bins with assorted items. He kept dumping them out in different parts of the room and then refilling his box. When kids engage in this type of play, they are learning about volume, about how shapes fill up in other shapes, weight, sound as objects clink and move together, gravity as you drop something into a larger vessel . . .
- Thank you to Samuel for our shared snack today- we had apple slices and cheddar cheese! We also ate a bunch of watermelon and berries left over from our party earlier this week.
- Swinging, building "houses," and giving lots of hugs in the gym. We had 40 minutes in the gym today! I think everyone will be very tired this afternoon!
Music with Evan
Today Evan shared two different instruments with us- first a big seed pod shaker with a painting on the front of it. Then he shared a frog instrument that you tap with a mallet. He also sang with us and gave us plenty of opportunity to dance!