Recap 4/16-4/20

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Recap 4/16-4/20

This week was Week of the Young Child. Each day had a theme that we enjoyed following.

On Monday, we celebrated Music Monday. The morning was filled with all sorts of musical experiences, from singing along to favorite songs, to being as loud as we could be on the drum, to listening to some new music. The friends listened to two very different classical pieces, The Flight of the Bumblebee and Brahm’s Lullaby. We talked about what made the two songs different, then danced to both of them. On Monday, we also had karate and enjoyed having George’s grandpa come in to read to the class.



On Tuesday, we had Tasty (Taco) Tuesday. We read the book “Dragons Love Tacos” then made some delicious tacos. The friends love eating them! We also had an early birthday celebration for Luke. His family came in and we enjoyed some cupcakes and silly hats.



Wednesday was Work Together Wednesday. We made paintings together by using paintbrushes that were tied together. As usual, we had Spanish. The friends are really starting to learn the Spanish words! We also explored clay and had a special visitor, Alana’s Mom, Mary Alice. She read some books and enjoyed her visit from Canada!



Thursday was Artsy Thursday. We worked on decorating our flower pots and started a big canvas painting as a group art piece. We got messy painting with fly swatters. Good thing we had some old T-shirt’s to wear while we painted! We also had music with Evan. Alana was out, so Bridget from downtown came in. 



Friday was Special Persons Day. It was a very special day indeed. Every child in our school had an adult with them and we were delighted to see all of the adults that are so special to the children. We planted flowers in our painted flower pots and enjoyed eating a snack together.



I hope that you all have a great weekend! Try to remember to water your new flowers.

-Miss Alana

 

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Recap 4/9-4/13

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Recap 4/9-4/13

Welcome back from Spring Break!

On Monday, we loved hearing about where all of the friends went on vacation, or about the exciting things they got up to on their staycation. We had karate, painted on easels, explored sand, and had many conversations about the break.

On Tuesday, Luke's grandma came in to make beautiful flowers on sea shells with us. Our school is starting to look like springtime is coming! We enjoy it so much when adults who are special to the children come in to do projects or read stories. Thank you! 

We love Luis, our Spanish teacher! He is so silly. The friends really enjoy his goofy energy. We worked on the days of the week and listened to the familiar story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar in Spanish. The friends were able to make connections from the English version, showing great pre-literacy skills! 

Thursday was a fantastic Park Day! We ate snack quickly, then spent all morning at the park. The friends loved the gorgeous weather and were full of chatter about spring time. The 2's class is looking forward to the changing seasons and more days to explore outside!

On Friday, we were so happy to go back to the park!! The friends were very excited the whole walk there, but then the park was closed. It was a disappointment to the friends, but a good lesson in flexibility. We walked around the corner and sure enough, the basketball courts were open. We enjoyed being in the open space and making our own games! There are a lot of pictures from both Thursday and Friday on instagram, so be sure to check those out if you haven't already. 

We are so excited for Springtime to finally emerge!

-Miss Alana

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Recap 3/19-3/23

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Recap 3/19-3/23

Happy literacy week, everyone! The friends have loved learning more about Dr. Seuss during our author study.  

Due to the snow day, we have decided to extend literacy week into next week. If you didn't get a chance to come in to read to the children, we would love to have you any day next week! Come in at 9:30 or 11:30 and read a story. Send me an email if you are interested. Thank you SO much to all of the parents who came in to read to the 2s class. It was fantastic! We are also extending our book drive, so keep those donations coming. 

Monday we explored water beads with red fish and blue fish. We read the classic "Red Fish, Blue Fish" as we explored. We had karate like usual on Monday and also had some exciting parent visits from Cara, Jack's Mom, and Kate, George S.'s mom! Thank you! The children listened to part of the story "Horton Hears a Who," then watched and listened to a clip from the musical Seussical.

Tuesday we explored all things Cat in the Hat. We did puzzles with Dr. Seuss themed pieces, listened to more music from Seussical, and made Cat in the Hat inspired slime. The friends enjoyed exploring the different sensory and color aspects of the slime. It started out as red and white stripes, just like the Cat in the Hat's hat. After while, it turned to pink as it was mushed together. A big thank you to Dy, Yvie's mom for coming in to read to us! 

Wednesday was an unexpected spring snow day. The teachers enjoyed a day off and the children returned to school on Thursday full of stories of snowballs and crunching in the snow.

Thursday we explored "Horton Hears a Who" even more by pretending that pom poms were the tiny planet of Whoville. We searched for and saved the whos! We placed them down (with glue) safely on a very soft clover (paper mache balloon). Search and rescue is a familiar theme in play- every child enjoys being the hero sometimes! After we "saved" all the "whos," we watched a clip from the movie where the littlest one of all saves the day. Marco's mom, Shana, came and read to us at snack time, and his dad, Eric, came to read to us at lunch time. Thank you! Even though it's literacy week, the friends are still interested in robots and our robot song. During music with Evan, they had the treat of being able to sing along to the Robot Song while Evan played his guitar. 

George's last day before he moves back to California was on Thursday as well. We celebrated by reading a new social story for him and having a dance party. We will miss George! 

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Friday was focused on "Green Eggs and Ham!" We read the book as a large group and then took turns cooking the classic. The children thought it was very funny that the eggs turned green as food coloring was added! We listened to the song "Green Eggs and Ham" from the musical Seussical and danced while we were waiting for the food to cook. We also had yoga with Lakshmi and did a lot of deep breathing while we counted to different numbers. Nora's dad, Nate, came in to read during circle time and Aidan's mom, Delphine, came in to read during lunch time. Thank you both so much!

We hope that everyone has a fantastic weekend filled with wonder to rival that of a Dr. Seuss book. See you on Monday! 

-Miss Alana

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Recap 3/12-3/16

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Recap 3/12-3/16

On Monday, we were so excited that Jack's dad, Jared, came in to help us learn all about how pizza is made! He brought dough, flour, and rolling pins. The children were able to explore the different sensory aspects of the pizza dough as well as begin to understand that it would turn into delicious pizza with just a little work and an oven. It was a messy but very fun day! 

On Tuesday, we used some (clean!) dough gifted to us by Jack's dad to make mini pizzas. The children had a lot of fun spreading sauce and sprinkling cheese. At lunch time, we got to sample the pizza! The friends thought it was delicious. The children love it so much when their parents come to school and do activities with us. The impact lasts all week! The friends talked about Jack's dad and made sure to fill in their friends who weren't there on Monday. 

The twos are loving Spanish more and more each week. They sing the songs throughout the week and have started to request certain Spanish vocabulary words or to count in Spanish! We have been talking about the weather and the days of the week. With the changing seasons up ahead, the children have been interested in how the weather and seasons work. We also used up the last of the pizza dough to make more pizzas. The friends were excited about having pizza two days in a row!

No school for the children on Thursday, but we enjoyed seeing so many parents! Thank you so much for the wonderful Parent Teacher Conferences. It truly is best for the children when we can work together to help them grow and learn. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day! We celebrated in school on Friday with many green things and talking a bit to the children about Ireland. I have some Irish heritage and my cousin is a professional Irish dancer! I showed the children a few steps that I knew while we listened to Irish dance music. We also watched a short clip of a performance- one that showed a stage, the audience, and the performers. This was a nice segue way into talking to them about our upcoming performance featuring our Robot Song! The friends also tried out Irish dancing for themselves and loved going around the room hopping on their tiptoes. 

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone! 

-Miss Alana

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Recap 3/5-3/9

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Recap 3/5-3/9

We had a new friend join us this week at BMS! Welcome Noam and family. They just moved here from Israel and are joining the 2s class. We are so excited to get to know you!

Welcome Noam!

Monday we had an amazing day celebrating Kyan's 3rd Birthday party. We decorated a photo frame, dressed up, and had so much fun taking instant pictures with a special camera. Happy Birthday, Kyan! 

In addition to Kyan's birthday, we also had karate. 

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On Tuesday, we made a marble run with some of the recycled materials that you all have been bringing in. Keep them coming! The friends have been interested in construction and putting things together to make new things. We also had a makeup karate lesson, letting us do martial arts two days in a row. What a treat! 

Wednesday we explored light and building in our block area. We also had Spanish and started to compile recycled materials to accompany our robot heads made out of paper mache. 

With the lights, we pretended to make a cake (clearly, Kyan's birthday was still on everyone's mind!) and sang happy birthday to each friend. 

Thursday was PICTURE DAY! The friends had so much fun and the photographers took some excellent pictures. For a sneak peak of the photos, check out the instagram. We can't wait to see how everyone's picture turns out. 

Friday was our Friday Fun Day! After a great day filled with fun center time and yoga, we transformed the large room into a movement studio to play some games. The friends got out tape and explored building an obstacle course to work on gross motor skills. To clean up, the friends practiced ripping and peeling up the tape working on their fine motor skills. We then got out the large parachute and moved all around! Eventually, the parachute turned into a boat, and all the children rowed the boat right to lunch time.  

Remember to look at the google drive. There are so many more fantastic pictures from every day! Also, stay posted for a newsletter today explaining more of our recent projects. 

Have a great weekend!

-Miss Alana

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Recap 2/26-3/2

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Recap 2/26-3/2

Hi! I hope everyone is staying dry and warm in the storm today. 

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On Monday, we had martial arts and made play dough. Carla wrote out the recipe on the whiteboard so the friends could have a visual aid while they made it! By actively participating in the preparation aspect of one of their favorite activities, the 2's have started to make important scientific discoveries. This time around, they got to squeeze fresh lemon into the recipe. Over zealous (as always!), the 2's decided to squeeze the entire lemon into the dough. They chose to have the play dough be yellow, just like the lemon. Smart!

Tuesday brought time learning a new song with Noelle and walk to smell flowers at the market. We have been working on writing a song about robots together with the children. Expect a recording of the song soon, so you can sing along at home!

On Wednesday, we had Spanish and learned a new song about sharks! Check out the Spanish home review Carla sent out today. You might be surprised how much the 2's are picking up in Spanish! After Spanish, we took a quick trip to the park. 

On Thursday, we had music with Evan. The 2's get so silly during music- check out the video on Instagram! One of the songs we sing every time we have music, is one where the friends have to pretend to be asleep while Evan slowly counts to three. After he gets to three, he plays his guitar loudly and we all sing, "Wake up! Wake up, wake up, wake up!" It's a great way to work on impulse control and patience. It's hard to wait until he gets to three, but the friends can do it! 

Just a reminder to follow us on instagram at Bucklemyshoe13 and to be always checking out the google drive. All of the photos that we take throughout the day are on there. You can get to the google drive by clicking here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1DRmYYUnip2ucyM6NzLodgCZfjaCmggQn

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 

-Miss Alana

 

 

 

 

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Recap 2/19-2/23

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Recap 2/19-2/23

I hope that you all had a fantastic President's Day holiday and spent time enjoying the long weekend. We were so happy to see everyone on Wednesday and to have a blast this very short week! 

Wednesday we took advantage of some unscheduled time, as Spanish got moved to Thursday for just this week. The weather was beautiful, so we went to the park for a long morning. The children moved every inch of their bodies, working on gross motor skills, played some very silly games, working on imagination, and used sidewalk chalk to express the joy they felt, working on their artistic skills! 

Thursday we had the special treat of having Spanish on a different day. That meant that the Tuesday/Thursday children got a chance to have Spanish! They were fascinated. We also did our February self-portraits, working on both artistic skills and fine motor skills. The self-portraits have evolved since the start of the year! They are hanging up on the wall at school. Be sure to check them out! 

Friday we enjoyed yoga with Lakshmi, worked on self-portraits, and continued working on our newest project- a song about robots! The children are working hard to create and learn an original piece of music, all about robots and emotions. 

Finally, Friday was Ms. Carla's birthday!! The friends enjoyed cupcakes and loved celebrating with her. 

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Have a great weekend! 

-Miss Alana

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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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