Recap 2/12-2/16

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Recap 2/12-2/16

We have had such a joyous, eventful week! Monday and Tuesday we were busy setting up for our Valentine's Day party. Monday we had karate, Wednesday we had Spanish, and Thursday we had music. Wednesday was our very exciting party and card exchange. Thursday we had a park day and celebrated Chinese New Year. We hope that you enjoy your very long weekend and look forward to seeing everyone next Wednesday! 

Here are some very cute pictures from our Valentine's Day Party with our Mr. Robot mailbox. Thank you all for your contributions for our party, the snacks and decorations were much appreciated! 

Make sure to check out our Instagram for some great videos from today at the park. We are very much looking forward to more park days as the weather gets warmer. 

See you all Wednesday! 

-Miss Alana

 

 

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2/5-2/9 Recap

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2/5-2/9 Recap

We have been so excited to celebrate Valentine's day next week. The friends have stayed busy making Valentine's to take home, for friends, and for teachers. 

On Monday, we painted with gears and spoke about what the inside of robots look like. We also crushed candy hearts, working on fine motor skills and enjoying watching them turn into powder as they were crushed! 

Tuesday we were excited to continue making Valentines and to build, build, build with blocks. The friends have been pretending to make a ship and explore the ocean! 

Wednesday we had Spanish with Michelle and also started an in-depth conversation and exploration of what an anatomical heart looks like. With all the talk of hearts for Valentine's Day, the children began to make the connection that they also have a heart inside of them. We used droppers to "squeeze" water (symbolizing blood) through a balloon heart! 

Thursday we combined both classes and spent all day together. We made hot chocolate to combat the chilly day and read a new book, How Full is Your Bucket (more on this book at the end of the blog in a special note from Carla). We continued talking about Valentine's Day even more, this time turning our conversation to acts of kindness and love. 

Friday we had yoga and made more Valentines. The twos are very much figuring out empathy and kindness. See below for a note from Carla describing our new school-wide initiative with acts of kindness. 

A note from Carla: 

This week we read the book titled, How Full is Your Bucket, which encourages mindfulness and acts of kindness to all. Inspired by the story, we now have a class bucket, which can be filled with drops of water (marbles) when friends show kindness towards each other and their school. Today, we witnessed so many kind acts, from sharing toys to helping to clean up other's messes. When our bucket is full, we will have a reward for all of the children. 

At the end of today's reading, we had a conversation about kindness and Valentine's Day. We are having a party with games, dancing and more, however there are children who cannot celebrate Valentine's Day the way we will due to illness. This led us to think of ways to make them feel happy, and we thought to make them beautiful cards and paintings for Valentine's Day. We are partnering with Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center to send a group of children Valentines from the friends. The children were so eager to make them cards today!

More info on how this project unfolds coming soon!

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Have a great weekend! 

-Miss Alana

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Recap 1/29-2/2

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Recap 1/29-2/2

Hi families! Apologies for the lateness of this blog. I was ill this weekend and Friday and was unable to finish the blog until today. Hope you all are staying well during this flu/cold season! 

Monday turned into "Mixed Media Monday!" We used paint with brushes, paint with trains, markers, and watercolors. The friends were very creative and enjoyed making different art projects. We also had karate and learned about how robots dance... by doing the Robot! With techno music playing in the background, the children got a chance to dance like robots, using sharp movements. It was a challenge for our twos to slow down and isolate one body part at a time. Their efforts are on Instagram in video form, so be sure to check that out! If you play some techno at home and goof around with your children by doing the robot, you might be amazed by the creativity that they can show with their bodies. 

On Tuesday, we made slime! The friends mixed it together and then explored all the different ways that they could make it move. We also used a black light to look at neon colored paints, exploring how the colors looked different under the light. We repeated our super cool techno robot dancing, then had a chance to get out some wiggles by having a big dance party. 

On Wednesday, we spent quite a bit of time exploring the different ways that clay felt. Some of our clay was very hard, so we put water on it to make it soft. The twos were very good helpers; by the end of the day, all of the clay was soft and is ready for next week! The friends also washed some baby dolls, worked on their robot alphabet, and sang lots of songs together on Wednesday. 

Two things in particular captured everyone's attention on Thursday; music and the sandbox. Even before Evan came, the friends were excited to sing "Old MacDonald" in the magnitile area. They sang and sang to each different plastic animal that they could find. Then Evan came to do music. A favorite during music with Evan is pretending to be asleep then waking up while singing a silly song. After music, everyone was drawn to the sandbox and practiced filling up water bottles with sand. 

What do robots eat? Apparently, they eat PASTA! We made pasta sauce and pasta on Friday, then ate family style all together. Before we ate, we worked up a big appetite during yoga. We did Acroyoga this week and the friends had fun exploring what it felt like to be up in the air (with the help of Lakshmi, our yoga teacher of course). 

Hope that you all had a great weekend! 

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Recap 1/22-1/26

Recap 1/22-1/26

Hello everyone! We had a productive and fun week at BMS. The twos have developed an interest in robots this week. 

Monday we had karate, took very good care of Carrot, our classroom bunny, played so hard in the sandbox, and explored the sensory aspects of water beads. During snack time and lunch time, the children wanted book after book. They are developing literacy skills daily and have become much more invested in storytelling and imagination. 

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Welcome Luca! We were so excited to have Luca start at 13th St. He has been at Tribeca for the beginning of the year, but now that he is two he is joining our little 13th St. family. Be sure to say hi to him and his dads, Victorio and Philip. 

Obstacle course Tuesday! The children were able to follow step by step directions to complete an obstacle course. We worked on gross motor skills, focus, and sequencing. The children had to throw two balls through a hoop, take the hoop to hop on several different mats across the room, then put the hula hoop around the stuffed giraffe's neck. Last but not least was giving a teacher a high five! To celebrate everyone completing the course, we had a dance party to "Let's Dance," by David Bowie. Here is a four minute video of the children being their very best creative selves. It's long, but worth a watch, especially with your child! 

In Spanish, we talked about robots and emotions. We also started learning the names for the colors in Spanish, by picking the corresponding robot to each color. After Spanish, we made a fort and played with water beads in the sensory table. During Spanish, the children started assigning emotions to each of the robots. This integration of two preferred topics sparked conversations about further curriculm planning and we are going to incorporate multiple different domains of learning within those two interests of the children.

On Thursday we had music with Evan. We had such a great time moving all around that we decided to keep moving and dancing in the middle room. We built another fort with the fabrics, but this time we danced underneath of it and pretended it was an umbrella. Henry was worried that his head would get wet! Nora said that she liked getting rained on and she didn't want to go under the umbrella. We liked how the friends made choices about what they wanted to do and how they wanted to move their bodies while pretending. Meanwhile, the children went to the back room in small groups to read some books about robots with a teacher. A favorite book is the "Robot ABCs." It introduces sounds that begin with each letter of the alphabet. For example, the "P" robot says, "puff, puff, puff." The twos loved it and are intreged by both the alphabet and robots. 

Friday we had yoga, worked on our ABCs (singing the song very loudly!), pretended to write different letters on whiteboards, and got more in touch with our emotions with a new robot feelings chart. The robot interest is now in full swing. We talked about how we felt today, then decided that our class robot the children made felt happy! After yoga, we worked in small groups to create robot faces out of different materials. They are up on the wall of the back room, come check them out sometime next week! Here are some comments the children made while constructing them: 

George- "My robot has a trumpet." 

Eliot- "Only one ear."

 

 

Recap 1/16-1/19

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Recap 1/16-1/19

Hi! We hope that you enjoyed your long weekend. 

On Tuesday, we had a new student start. George M. will be here on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we can't wait to get to know him! On his first day, he played in the sandbox, made art with his mom, and made a self-portrait. He came into school very excited and showed his mom different things around the school. We made playdough, explored different centers, and read books together. During lunch, we listened to calm music and practiced taking deep breaths, giving the 2s some excellent techniques for self-regulation. 

In addition to Spanish on Wednesday, we started to talk about the weather and what we wore outside to keep warm. Each child got a turn to choose which item of clothing that they wore that day. Giving each child choice and a chance to share something with the class allows our 2s to gain leadership skills and self-confidence in their choices. 

Nora- "It's cold outside! I wore my pants and coat and hat."

Henry- "Miss Alana I wore my hat and my coat and my sweater and, and, my hat!"

Aidan- "I have boots"

During yoga on Thursday, Lakshmi got out "snowballs" and led the children through a movement exploration. The 2s were able to put the snowballs on different body parts. Then, each child got a turn with all of the snowball in a big black blanket. Teachers picked up the blanket to make a swing! The 2s loved swinging back and forth, pretending to play with the snowballs. 

We had a fantastic curriculum morning and want to the parents for showing up!  We will get started sewing together the quilt squares after they dry and are delighted to display it in our school. The watercolor family portraits are also drying and are looking great. There are many more pictures on the google drive, so remember to check that out! 

Friday was also my birthday! We celebrated with cupcakes and a dance party. Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes! I had a great day. 

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Additionally, I wanted to personally invite all of you to a free demo class of Music Together that I am teaching at the Tribeca location. 

We will be offering a free demo class for Music Together, the internationally known early childhood music and movement program now being offered at BMS on Wednesdays at 4:15. 

The free demo class will be at 3:00 on next Wednesday, 1/24. 

Children from birth-5 years are welcome to attend with a caregiver. There are a few more slots in the 4:15 class, but they are filling quickly! The demo class will be a perfect opportunity to learn about the program and to reserve your spot for the ongoing classes.

For enrollment information and other questions see the website at www.musictogethernyc.com

We hope to see you there to make music and movement together! 

Have a great weekend!

-Miss Alana

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Recap 1/8-1/12

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Recap 1/8-1/12

 Hi Families! We have had a fun week. 

Please follow our Instagram if you aren't already! We post on there several times a day and upload all of our photos to google drive. Please head on over to those two places to see all of the pictures from the week! 

Monday, the dentist came to tell the children all about brushing their teeth and the "sugar bugs" that will visit when children do not brush their teeth! It was a great visit and we hope that you are enjoying the goodies from the dentist office. We also had martial arts and used our whole bodies to hit the mat with both hands. 

 

Tuesday we did music with myself. We worked on basic rhythm competency and used drumsticks to stick to a beat. Each child had a chance to lead the group, gaining some leadership skills through music. 

 

Wednesday we had Spanish and made instant snow. When we added water to the special solution, cold, fluffy snow was made! We also talked about what winter clothes we wear! Each child said what clothes they wore to stay warm. It was Arya's (from the 3/4s class) birthday. We all celebrated by dancing together then having a yummy treat. 

 

Thursday was Marco's birthday celebration! He turned 2 and we are so excited for him. Because Marco loves to build things and use the play tools, we set up some centers with building and tools materials. His family came to celebrate at snack time. We loved hearing some of his favorite stories and eating a treat! We had music with Evan afterwards, which was fun as always. 

 

Friday we had yoga with Lakshmi. After yoga, the 3/4's class went to the store across the street to pick up some fruit while the 2's class build some structures in the block area. When the other class got back with our ingredients, we made smoothies with strawberries and bananas. What a treat! The blender was loud, it was exciting, and the smoothies were cold and delicious. 

 

Have a fantastic long weekend, everyone! See you all on Tuesday. 

-Miss Alana

 

 

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Recap 1/2-1/5

Recap 1/2-1/5

Happy New Year! This week we launched our instagram with daily posts. We have transitioned to posting a few times each day on instagram with a detailed blog post on Fridays. Follow us! We are @bucklemyshoe13. To protect the children’s privacy, if your name isn’t clearly visible on your Instagram, we ask that you shoot us an email letting us know who you are along with your follow request.

Because of low attendance this week due to travel plans and the cold, we combined ages often and are updating both the 2s and 3/4s blogs with the same post. Enjoy!

The children were excited to be back at school on Tuesday and were full of chatter about their holiday experiences. We worked on building elaborate structures with blocks and manipulatives. 
We also explored a sand and oatmeal filled sensory bin. To celebrate the new year, we got together to watch a clip of the ball drop over Times Square. We worked on counting both forwards and backwards, all while cheering and getting excited for 2018.

Wednesday we had Spanish and did a fun science experiment. The children loved guessing if different objects would sink or float. Learning about gravity and water properties was so much fun. Continuing to work on numbers and to recognize the new year, we counted down while watching a clip of the ball drop again.

It was also Lennox’s first day at BMS. Welcome Lennox!! We are so excited to get to know her. Be sure to say hi on Monday, Wednesday, Fridays.

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Thursday was a SNOW DAY! We hope that you all enjoyed the extra time off from school and kept warm.

Despite the bitter cold on Friday, we were up and running in our cozy school. The children kept busy all morning playing with the different things we had set out. The magnatiles were a hit, as always. We had yoga with Lakshmi and split up into mixed age groups. During yoga, we pretended that colorful scarves were snow flurries and also counted down again for the new year! After yoga, we brought some clean snow inside and explored the snow with all our senses. It was so cold. Throughout the day, we probably read almost 15 books! The children soaked up every literacy experience they got and kept requesting new books.

On Friday, we also celebrated a very important person’s birthday- Grandpa Barys! He brought cupcakes and we had a great time eating them after lunch.



We hope you all stay warm this weekend and look forward to seeing you on Monday!

-Miss Alana


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Recap 12/18-12/20

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Recap 12/18-12/20

Happy Holidays! We hope that you are enjoying the winter holidays and are spending time with family and loved ones. The last few days have been filled with love celebrating our BMS family. Since we were a smaller group, we did most things mixed age this week. It has been so nice spending time with the 3s and learning from them! 

On Monday we had our first karate class! The instructor, Gloria, is going to be coming on Mondays. We are excited to be learning a new thing together. We also continued working on our self-portraits and made presents for you all with the children! 

 

Tuesday we took advantage of the nice weather and went outside to play at the park. The children were so active! They ran, jumped, and rolled around. We had a lot of fun at the park and are hoping for more nice weather days in January. 

Today was the last day of school before the break, and the last day for Thomas before he moves back to St. John. We will miss Thomas and his family so much! We had a special themed beach day to celebrate Thomas. We used my Happy Lamp, a lamp that mimics the sun by sending out UV Rays, and had a big dance party. The children were very imaginative and pretended to go swimming, to lay out in the sun, and most importantly, to put on sunscreen. We had a fantastic send-off for Thomas! 

Have a fantastic break, everyone! We will miss you. 

-Miss Alana

 

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Recap 12/14-12/15

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Recap 12/14-12/15

Hi! We have had a gingerbread filled last two days. 

On Thursday, we made a Menorah out of clay and read books about Hanukkah. We also did a science experiment, making a snowy day in a jar and spoke about the weather outside. It's been so cold and snowy! We broke out some gingerbread cookie cutters and made gingerbread people. Yvie "read" us the story of the Gingerbread Boy. Nora decided that the gingerbread people needed a house and made an elaborate house out of clay for them! 

Friday was a Gingerbread day. The children had a blast sprinkling flour on the table, squishing the dough, rolling the dough, then choosing which size cookie cutter to use. The whole school smelled good while they were cooking, then we ate them after lunch. Nora was quick to let us know that she ate the head first, and Jack danced around in his chair while eating the cookie, letting us know he liked it a lot. We also painted our clay menorah and lit another "candle." 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

-Miss Alana

 

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Recap 12/11-12/13

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Recap 12/11-12/13

My oh my it's been a busy week!! Everyone was dressed up for Pajama Day and we enjoyed reading and watching part of Polar Express on Monday. We drank hot chocolate and opened up presents for the school. Thank you all so much for contributing to our Amazon wish list! The kids have been loving playing with all the new toys and reading new books. 

Tuesday was another amazing day with our Santa visit. We sang Christmas carols, had candy canes, and enjoyed food and the company of all of the caregivers and parents that came to visit. 

Happy Hanukkah! We started to decorate a big Menorah and painted stars of David. We had Spanish, did movement with a giant silk scarf that turned into a kite and a rainbow, thanks to the wonderful imaginations of our children. 

See you all tomorrow! 

-Miss Alana

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Recap 12/7-12/8

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Recap 12/7-12/8

The energy in the air has been enthusiastic here at school the last few days! The children are really getting ready to celebrate the winter holidays. Reminder- Monday is Pajama Day/Polar Express Day! Before nap time, we have been listening to the story of the Polar Express. It has completely captivated the children's imaginations! 

Thursday we had music with Evan. The 2s especially loved dancing to Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. They also loved strumming Evan's guitar at the end of music time! We made Christmas ornaments to decorate the tree that the full day kids picked out in the afternoon. Everyone was excited about decorating the tree the next day. 

On Friday, we decorated our new Christmas tree. It was so much fun picking out where the ornaments went. We also had yoga, played with flour and trees to create a snowy winter scene, and read our new favorite, The Gingerbread Boy. Today was Sebastian's birthday (from the 3s class), so we also ate cupcakes! 

We can't wait to see all of you in pajamas on Monday! Have a wonderful weekend!

-Miss Alana 

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 Recap 12/4-12/6

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Recap 12/4-12/6

Monday was Kai's (from the 3s class) birthday. We had a fun day celebrating with him! We had a big dance party, dancing to different versions of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Kai's favorite song. We kept busy with the water table, counting bears, and painting. 

Tuesday was Noah and Gabriel's (from the 3s class) birthday! We had a special themed dance party, pretending to be turtles- complete with rocking out to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle theme song. We also made winter themed paintings. Using glitter, the children sprinkled on "snow" to their paintings, allowing them to work on creativity and fine motor skills. 

Wednesday we had Spanish and made some Christmas ornaments. We will hang them on our tree (we are getting one soon!) to enjoy them at school. During Spanish, we continued learning about different body parts and enjoyed singing songs together. 

See you tomorrow!

-Miss Alana 

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Recap 11/30-12/1

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Recap 11/30-12/1

Books, books, books galore! Our 2s have been loving every book that we read them and are starting to sit for longer amounts of time during circle time to listen to stories! We encourage them to ask questions, comment, and "read along" with parts that they have memorized. Whenever they engage in listening to a story, they are building valuable pre-literacy skills that someday will help them read! 

On Thursday, we celebrated our love for Pete the Cat and his white shoes. We have been reading Pete the Cat book since the beginning of the year and Pete has emerged as a class favorite. We did an activity that worked on sequencing, predicting what happens next in the story, and color recognition. After the activity, we had a big dance party! 

Friday, we read the story of the Gingerbread Boy again. Over the last week when we have read the story, the children have wondered what gingerbread tasted like. So, during cooking time today, we decorated ginger snap cookies with raisins and frosting to make our very own gingerbread people. The children loved decorating and then eating the cookies. 

Here's some of what they said as they decorated: 

Jack: "Happy"

George: "It's a cookie face"

Eliot: "Truck face"

Kyan: Yum face, yummy face face"

Thomas: "A monster"

Henry: "Happy" 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

-Miss Alana

 

 

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Recap 11/27-11/29

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Recap 11/27-11/29

Hi everyone! 

The Amazon wishlist for the school is up and running! We can't wait to open up presents on Polar Express day while in pajamas. Thank you all!

We continued using the beans in the sensory bin from last week. The 2's loved putting them into different sized containers, screwing on the lids, and then shaking them! We could tell that they the children were proud of themselves when they could maniuplate opening and closing the various jars. We were working on developing fine motor skills and gaining independence come snack and meal time! Monday we were so fortunate to have Evan come to do music. The 2's class loved singing and dancing with Evan and especially liked his guitar.

"He has a guitar! I have a guitar too, at home." -Henry

We took turn banging on different sizes of drums, listening to how they sounded different. 

"That's a big drum!" -Nora

"It's so loud." -George

Tuesday, we explored with clay in a new way- by throwing it on the ground and the walls! When the clay hit the ground, it went, SPLAT! It was a fun and slightly chaotic experience. Children need outlets for their emotions that are productive. By throwing and squishing the clay, issues of both aggression and exuberant excitement were worked on. By combining a movement and sensory experience, children were able to explore clay in a different way than we usually do. This is an activity that we will revisit. 

Today we had a busy morning with Spanish, science experiments, and a group painting project. Starting this morning, we had the whole school work on a group painting project on a poster board with tape patterns. This afternoon, we tore off the tape and will hang up the final product soon! It looks beautiful. In Spanish, we all enjoyed getting a hug- abrazo- from the special puppet our Spanish teacher brought. After science, we enjoyed an art and science project. Using oil and watercolors, we created works of art while learning about how the oil separates from the water, starting to examine some of the properties of liquids. 

Remember, there are many more pictures on the flikr page. Those can be accessed at 

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See you tomorrow!

-Miss Alana

 

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Weekly Recap 11/20-11/24

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Weekly Recap 11/20-11/24

On Monday, we had movement with Miss Alana, did an art project with leaves, explored a giant block of clay, and built some interesting creations with magnitiles. 

During movement, we introduced sticks for the first time! We worked on rhythm, following directions, and the differences between fast and slow. The children are starting to build some essential music skills, like following along with a simple rhythm. 

On Tuesday, we thoroughly explored the different types of beans in the sensory bin. A class favorite were two little containers inside of the beans, complete with lids that they children worked on opening and closing independently. Children took turns filling up the containers with beans then shaking it all around, listening to the sound that the beans made! After a nice morning at school, we all went to the park together. At the park, the children helped collect leaves to be used in an art project. They also climbed, ran, rolled, and jumped, all while exploring the playground equipment. 

On the day before Thanksgiving, we read some Thanksgiving books, baked yummy cornbread, made butter from cream by using a jar and a marble, and had Spanish! It was a busy day and the children are getting very excited for Thanksgiving. 

 

Also, we wanted to give Luke's family a giant thank you for bringing in some wonderful leaves that we are using in art projects. The children painted them this week and now they are the start to our Family Tree. Over the Thanksgiving Break, please be sure to take photos of your family together for use at school! They will be added to our Family Tree and talked about often at school. 

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Have an amazing Thanksgiving! We are thankful for you and thankful that we get to experience learning with your children. 

Best, 

Miss Alana

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Recap 11/13-11/17

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Recap 11/13-11/17

Monday it seemed like everyone was in an artistic mood! We followed the children's lead and encouraged them to paint, draw, then finger paint with shaving cream that they got to squeeze out of a glove. We were sure to ask them about what they were creating. George said, "I'm making a silly man!" On Monday, we also did movement and music with Miss Alana. 

On Tuesday, the 2s did a special activity with Ms. Carla. Here is a bit from her about what they did! 

"We read the story We're Going on a Bear Hunt and did a follow-up literacy-related activity in the sensory room. I re-arranged the sensory room so that most of the furniture was against the walls, giving us a big open space for our activity. In the book, a family goes on an adventure in search for a bear. The book is great for 2's and 3's because the author uses repetitive language as the family goes through obstacles such as through a forest and snowstorm. It also does a good job with exposing the children to directional concepts like over, under and through. Re-telling stories is something we have just starting doing in the 3's class. 

To help develop reading comprehension and sequencing skills, we went on our very own bear hunt! Following the story, I introduced the children to the teddy bear hunt activity, where they went through the different parts of the story as told in the book. The children walked through tall grass, swam through a river, made their way through a forest, and snow storm before they arrived in the cave where the teddy bears were sleeping. I set up the room with materials to represent each of these areas along a path on the ground--fake grass for the grassy area, blue tarp for the river, leaves and sticks on a green rug for the forest, a white poster board with cotton balls for the snowstorm, and the dark cozy corner for the cave. As the children moved through the path in different ways (walking, hopping, crawling, “swimming”), we replicated the sounds that were repeated in the story (e.g. swish, swish), until they found a teddy bear picture in the cave. We will continue to choose stories to re-tell with whole body movements in the weeks to come." - Carla

On Wednesday, the children remembered the Bear Hunt activity and requested that we read the story again during snack time. It was incredible to witness their reading comprehension skills as they answered questions about the book! A few of the bear pictures were left in the "cave," so some friends went to the closet to get them, then put them in different places around the room. We also had Spanish and sang some familiar songs. 

Thursday we had Parent Teacher Conferences. Thank you for coming to the school! Our conferences were very productive and we are so happy everyone made it. 

On Friday we went on a walk around the neighborhood. Our 2's class loved walking around and pointing out all the things that they could see. We are planning many more trips outside! We also had yoga with Lakshmi and had fun with the model skeleton that she brought. We started learning about our bodies and how they move. 

Have a fantastic weekend everyone! 

-Miss Alana

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Weekly Recap 11/6-11/10

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Weekly Recap 11/6-11/10

Hi Everyone! We are so delighted to introduce Marco, who will be with us on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Welcome Marco! Be sure to say hello to him and to his parents, Shana and Eric. 

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On Monday, we played with play dough that smells like cinnamon, had music and movement with Miss Alana, and played and played. 

Tuesday was election day and staff development day. We hope that you enjoyed the rare midweek day off of school! 

Wednesday we had Spanish with Patri and spent quite a bit of time with the sensory bin, which contained a wonderful mixture of flour and baby oil. We got messy, explored, and learned while playing in the flour mixture. 

Thursday we did music and movement with Miss Alana again and spent even more time with the flour mixture. We read several book and focused on literacy during the day. Our twos are loving Pete the Cat. We welcome you to come in and read to our class anytime! 

Have a wonderful three day weekend. We will see you on Monday! 

-Miss Alana 

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Weekly Recap 10/30-11/3

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Weekly Recap 10/30-11/3

Before we jump right into the recap of the week, I would like to take a second to introduce Thomas! He is new to our Buckle My Shoe community, having just moved here from St. John. We were so happy that he could join us for a great first week and can't wait to play with him some more. Be sure to say hello to Thomas and his mom and dad (Jessica and Michael) when you see them. Welcome! 

Monday we had a busy day and the everyone was excited about our Halloween parade the next day. We gutted a big pumpkin, danced around, banged on a drum as loudly as we could, and squeezed balloons filled with different materials. 

Tuesday we had our Halloween Parade! Check out last week's blog post for costume details and pictures. Remember, even more pictures are on the flickr account, so be sure to check there. 

Wednesday we had Spanish with Mimi. Our class loved using the parachute while singing and dancing. We spent a lot of time exploring different centers, with children focused on exploring different elements in the school. Using the water table with submergible lights and the projector, we explored how light can look different when color is added! 

Thursday I was out of town for a conference, but Noelle, Carla, and Deborah had a blast exploring shaving cream and celophane with the 2's. We also got a new book, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, a new favorite book that is helping the children learn how to count. We were so happy that Thomas's mom, Jessica, read the book to us during snack time! 

Friday we had yoga with Lakshmi and also created beautiful mini canvases with paint and a q-tip. They are hanging up on the wall of the sensory room, come check them out! The week ended with everyone playing together happily. 

Enjoy the day off from school tomorrow! See you Wednesday. 

-Miss Alana

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Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween!

We had such a wonderful time with all of you at our Halloween Parade. The twos class had some creative costumes!

Nora was a Ballerina Pig. Eliot was a Blue Dog Conductor. Henry was a Bat Car. Yvie was a Purple Sheep Ballerina. Jack was a Chef Penguin. Kyan was a Mickey Mouse Mouse. Eliza was a Ballerina Bunny. Luke was a Cow. Aidan was a Giraffe Rock Star. Thomas was a Bat. George was a Super Frog. Miss Noelle was a Ballerina Mouse and Miss Alana was a Singer Leopard. 

We loved dressing up in our costumes that we worked hard in at school and you all helped out so much at home. We look forward to many more celebrations over the next few months. 

Here are some pictures from our fantastic parade. Also, be sure to be looking at the flickr account for even more pictures! 

I'll be out tomorrow and Friday at a conference. I look forward to seeing you on Monday! Expect a recap blog of the week on Monday because I will be out of town. 

-Miss Alana 

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Weekly Recap 10/23-10/27

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Weekly Recap 10/23-10/27

This morning was a very successful Curriculum Breakfast. We were so happy to see so many of you. In the coming weeks, we look forward to expanding upon Identity by now focusing on family.

Monday we did music and movement with Miss Alana. This week we joined forces with the 3’s class and had a big party, complete with beanbag games and dancing. The game that we played was a way to work on the children’s impulse control and listening skills, something that we are always working on! We were busy at work on our Halloween costumes, with several more friends finishing the painting aspect of their costumes.

We spent a lot of time on Tuesday making oobleck and pouring it from one container to another. Continuing to work on our Halloween costumes took up a lot of time. Also, we had a dance party to Moana songs, which got everyone up and moving and excited. Lots of smiles all around! The art project that we worked on was letting children draw half of their face with the other half as a printed out picture. The results are hanging up all around the school. 

Wednesday we had Spanish with Mimi again. The children were especially excited about getting stickers after learning to say pumpkin in Spanish. Calavasa! It was a fun session focused on Halloween and feelings, two topics that we are talking about daily.

Thursday we had more music and movement with Miss Alana. This time, it was a giant Halloween themed dance party. We also explored different instruments while dancing around the entire room. Movement and music exploration is just as important for development as the more structured games that we played on Monday. Also, we had a very exciting impromptu visit from some firefighters, who were checking out safety codes across the street with the construction. One of the firefighters came and gave high fives to any friends who wanted them! During the afternoon, we had a playdate with some future potential friends who might go to BMS. It was great to learn and share with new friends.

Friday was our fantastic curriculum breakfast, presentation of the social stories, and art project. The social stories that you helped your children paint are drying at school over the weekend, then they will be safely tucked away into cubbies to be used at school throughout the weeks ahead. Please read them at home too! 

Happy Halloweekend! We can't wait to see you all again for the parade on Tuesday. 

-Miss Alana

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