3/19/18 - 3/23/18

Literacy Week

A little bit of snow didn’t stop us from having a wonderful literacy week at BMS! Thank you to everyone who was able to stop by to read us stories. We decided to extend literacy week to next week. 

Additionally, our book drive will also be extended. Bring in any used children’s books for the Book Fairies charity. 

Lastly, thank you for all of the amazing books we received for our school library. We are beyond excited to read them all!!

Our theme for the week was all things Dr. Seuss. We focused on a few of his books, such as One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham, and Horton Hears a Hoo. Our activities and provocations were based on these stories. We've decided to extend literacy week next week for more fun! Let us know if you would like to stop by and read the class a story!


Making truffula trees with tissue paper and paper plates based on The Lorax


Going fishing with water beads and water toys based on One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish


Making Cat in the Hat slime with water beads 


Cooking (and eating) Green Eggs and Ham 

Movement/ Creativity

Scavenger hunt in search for “planets” for the Hoos and musical/movement celebration based on Horton Hears a Hoo

Special Guest Readers!

Library Trip!

We went to Jefferson Market Library to pick up more Dr. Seuss books.

We love BMS!

Happy Birthday to Avery and Lennox! 

3/12/18 - 3/16/18

We had such a fun week filled with new art and sensory activities that everyone absolutely loved. The big hit of the week was the shaving cream and paint table. The friends each had a big bowl filled with shaving cream, tempera paint, and wooden spoons. They were surprised to find water beads we had grown the previous week at the bottom of each bowl! The shaving cream bowls were not only visually and and tactile- stimulating, they offered fantastic opportunities for creativity and social communication. The friends pretended to make pancakes, cupcakes, pasta and meatballs, and more! Another big hit was an alternative to painting on top of the table. We turned two tables upside down with the legs facing up, and wrapped clear wrap around the legs. This created a sort of see-through easel! The friends sat on the floor around the tables and used gentle strokes with their paint brushes. So much fun! 

Jack’s dad, Jared, from the 2’s class, who is also a chef, brought us fresh pizza dough. He brought the school several batches so that we could use some for sensory play and some to make pizza. We made pizza bites two days in a row, as everyone requested more and more! The children helped knead the dough, flatten it with rolling pins, and add tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. When the pizza bites were ready to eat, we enjoyed them with our lunch. Yum! 

We ended the week by learning a little bit about St. Patrick’s Day (tomorrow). Alana demonstrated Irish River Dance to the children. First, she showed off some very impressive dance moves, then she taught them a few dance moves of their own while listening to traditional Irish music. Lastly, they watched a short video of River dance. 

2/29/18 - 3/9/18

Say Cheese!

We celebrated Kyan's birthday (2's class) with a picture party, since Kyan loves taking pictures of his friends. It was also a nice way to prepare the children for Picture Day on Thursday.

A week of building

We were busy building this week with wooden unit blocks, plastic connecting toys, and a variety of recycled materials collected by you!

Picture Day fun!

An obstacle course with tape!

The friends used craft tape and washi tape to create their very own obstacle course in the classroom! This was extra fun because we did not move the furniture back to its original place after picture day. We had so much space to extend the tape across the entire room. Check our Instagram account for videos!

Have a wonderful weekend!


2/26/18 - 3/1/18

2/26/18 - 3/1/18

Hi families,

My apologies for this late post. Here are last week's highlights:

Our robot and social-emotional curriculum expanding week after week. In addition to collecting recycled materials for robot parts, the children have started making robot heads in small groups with Alana using the paper mache method (not pictured). This will be a project that will take some time and collaboration from all. The children are quickly learning the words to our robot song introduced by Noelle. They very much enjoy singing the song with instruments, and most of all getting a turn playing the xylophone. On Thursday, they started the beginning stages of a book to go along with the robot song. They worked on illustrations to narrate the first few lines of the song. Expect an audio clip of the song coming soon! Please continue to send in recyyled matrials to be re-used for robot body parts next week!

Making lemon-scented play dough was another highlight of the week. I prepared a play dough recipe, showing instructions using words, pictures, numerals and measurements. The friends were able to clearly follow the recipe and add ingredients accordingly. After our class finished making their perfect batch of super soft and delicious-scented play dough, I sat with the 2's class so they could also make a batch. During this time, most of the 3's friends requested to bring their play dough to another table to continue playing. They stayed there for so long! An excellent opportunity for social skill development!


We also went for a walk around the neighborhood and to the playground this week. It's so nice to get some fresh air. We will be going out much more often!


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:


Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! See you Monday.


2/21/18 - 2/23/18

Park Day!

After a five day weekend, we were ecstatic to have such warm weather on Wednesday. It was the very perfect day to go to Horatio Park with friends!  


We worked on self-portraits for the month of February. Make sure to see your child's progression and attention to detail in drawing themselves u on our portrait wall!

Spanish and Yoga

Unfortunately, Michelle could not make it this week so she sent another teacher, Ernestina for a Spanish class on Thursday. We sang songs about the weather, our body parts, and foods that we like and dislike. Look for a 'Spanish Review' in this week's weekly reminders email. For yoga, Lakshmi brought in a model of a frog whose anatomical

Can you hear the beat? Robots have hearts, too.

We started singing a new robot song this week led by Ms. Noelle. The song incorporates our themes of kindness and robots, of course! 

Happy Birthday, Ms. Carla!

We celebrated my birthday at the end of the day with a dance party, cupcake treat, and lots of hugs and kisses! I felt so special-- thank you friends! 

Remember to check out our google drive account for more pictures!


2/12/18 - 2/15/18

Valentine's Day Celebration!  

We played games, danced, and enjoyed a delicious shared snack and dessert with friends. The best part was getting all of the Valentine's Day cards out from Mr. Robot and distributing them to the friends!

Happy New Year!

We learned about Lunar New Year this week through books songs. On Thursday, we took instruments and our school's dragon head the friends worked on last year to the park. Horatio park was so much fun! We had our leftover snacks from our Valentine's Day party on the picnic tables, then went on a parade around the park! Ms. Noelle played dragon and  the friends tried catching and scaring her! Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy New Year!

2/5/18 - 2/9/18

In the Spirit of Valentine's Day...

We are so excited for Valentine's Day and our party next week, from beading bracelets and making cards for friends, learning about anatomical hearts, and building a robot mailbox! We have also been counting down the days until our party (2/14) during morning meeting. This has really increased interest in learning the functions of a calendar. Every morning we sing the 'Days of the Week' song and a helper writes in the date.   

A month of kindness, one act at a time

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!

1/29/18 - 2/2/18

Robots, robots, robots!

Have you seen our robot curriculum develop on Instagram?! We've continued to incorporate the children's interest in robots into our day's activities last week. From discussing how robots move and focusing on sharp and soft body movements during robot dance parties, to using the 'Chatterpix' application to make our recycled robots talk! We have also been singing robot-related songs and playing robot games. Additionally, the friends have been working on writing letters from a robot alphabet. There has also been some painting with robot parts, like tin foil robot balls and gears. We ended our week by eating pasta and bagels, a favorite food of robots (according to the friends). For our next cooking day, it looks like we will make pancakes- another favorite food of robots!

Rescue Team

Another theme we noticed last week took place in the block area. The friends have been building boats with hollow blocks. Each time, there are passengers and a person steering the boat. However, the plot involves the passengers falling out of the boat and seeking refuge. They call out to the friends left on the boat, "Help me! Help me!" or "Save me, save me!" until they are lifted back onto the boat. On some days the boat "breaks" and the children work together to build a sturdier boat. We wonder how this play will evolve and focus on how the children's gestures and body language communicate their wants and needs. 

1/22/18 - 1/16/18

Robot Curriculum

The 3’s/4’s kids have shown an interest in all things robots. We have noticed this theme in their conversations with one another and in their play. We started working on building our own robot models this week using foam blocks wrapped in aluminum foil, and an assortment of metal and plastic loose parts. I also encouraged the children to look around the classroom for items that inspired them to help bring their robot ideas to fruition. Robot names, functions, personalities, and stories have already begun to develop. More to come next week!

The afternoon group has also been working on building one larger robot with cardboard boxes and Styrofoam. This has all ignited further interest in robots for both the 3’s/4’s class and our 2’s friends. Together, they have been adding details to the larger robot, from CD's for eyes, to a cardboard ring for a crown, and even felt squares for underpants. We have also started using this robot to discuss feelings. Additionally, the 2's class has started robot portraits. We are eager to see what the children come up with next! Michelle, our Spanish teacher, also incorporated a robot song and interactive story to this week's class!


Robot Collaborative Story 

(a collaborative ongoing story, written by the friends)

"There were six little robots that lived together in a house. They were all friends. They played games. The game that was their favorite game was hide and seek. The robots hide in the trees in the backyard. They be so quiet. Three robots worked together and found the other robots. The robots also went to a school called, Robot School. The robots has robot toys there. There was paints there and they even go to the beach and they bring the beach ball! The robots decided to have a robot party at the beach. They walked so slow to the beach and then they walked so fast to the beach. More robots met them there. It was a dress-up beach party and all of the robots dressed up as different robots. They danced and played with the beach ball."


Remember to continue checking our Instagram (Bucklemyshoe13) page for daily play and learning, via posts and stories. For all photos, check out our google drive photo sharing page.



Happy Friday! -Carla

1/16/18 - 1/19/18

1/16/18 - 1/19/18

Self-portraits and Family Portraits

We worked on self-portraits for the month of January and started created portraits of the members in our family. 

Additions to our circle time

I added two things this week to our circle time/ meeting time routine: a picture schedule and attendance chart. The picture schedule is changed every morning before circle time by me, and illustrates the events and special activities for the day. We had a 'schedule workshop' early in the week where we learned how to read the schedule (from left to right). Each card in the schedule has either a photograph or clip-art illustration, and the printed description (center time, snack time, Yoga, etc.). All of the children have shown an interest in print lately. The schedule not only gives them a sense of responsibility and helps them with expectations for the day, but also gives them additional exposure to print in a meaningful context. Each day, different friend will be in charge of going over the day's schedule and taking attendance using picture cards with each child's face. See our Instagram for more photos/videos!


Alphabet Scavenger Hunt

Meal time is always a great time for conversation, socializing, and even playing games.  This week we have been discussing letters and letter sounds. During snack time, we played a game focusing on specific letters drawn on rocks, and brainstormed what words started with letters. The friends took turns looking for objects in the classroom that matched the letters. We came up with the following: T for tissue box and telephone, B for book, M for marker, S for straw, and R for ring. Later, I hid the objects around the room; each friend picked out a rock without looking, and searched for the item that started with the letter they picked. We were so excited!


Second Curriculum Morning

We ended the week with the second curriculum morning of the school year. We are so excited to hang up the family portraits and put together the quilt squares to make one beautiful BMS family quilt! If you weren't able to attend this morning, no worries-- we will send materials home on Monday. 


Happy Birthday, Alana!

Dance party, birthday flowers and hugs for Ms. Alana!


Specialists: Spanish and Yoga


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Have a lovely weekend!


1/8/18 - 1/12/18

Hello parents! 

I returned to work this Tuesday after two days off following a bad fall. Thankfully, I am quickly recovering and so happy to be back at work. Thank you for your well wishes! Here's a rundown of our week. Remember, to look at our google drive account for all photos taken this week. 



Visit from the dentist

Dental hygiene is so important. Two dental hygienists from Chelsea Dental Associates stopped by this week and taught us the ins and outs of teeth care, from brushing teeth to flossing. Yay for gift bags and Sugar Bugs, a book donated to our school. The children have requested to read it several times this week!


Music, Karate, Movement, and Yoga!

Happy Birthday Arya and Marco

We celebrated Arya's third birthday and Marco's second birthday (from the 2's class). It's so wonderful celebrating birthdays together at school. Since we are such a small community, the children have all gotten to know each other really well. We were so excited to celebrate Arya and Marco with dance parties, their favorite activities and birthday treats with family!


Instant Snow & Milkshakes

The snow is almost all melted outdoors, but we are all still excited about snow INDOORS! We made 'Instant Snow' (synthetic polymer with super, water-absorbing properties). It erupts/ expands when water is added, and feels and looks just like real snow! We also went to the market and picked up ingredients for strawberry and banana milkshakes. The friends added the ingredients (frozen strawberries, bananas, milk, andsugar) into the blender. Most of the kids has several servings!

Have a great weekend! Remember to follow us on Instagram (Bucklemyshoe13)!

See you Tuesday!





Snowy, Wintery New Year's Week


Snowy, Wintery New Year's Week

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 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 work 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.


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


Karate and Thomas' farewell

Karate and Thomas' farewell

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 2's class!

Karate Class!

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. 

Park Day!

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. 

Farewell, Thomas!

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! 

Happy holidays and Happy new year!


Menorahs and gingerbread boys!

Menorahs and gingerbread boys!

Continuing our Hanukkah celebration

We made a menorah with clay and LED lights. The children counted eight candles on our menorah and one 'helper candle' called shamash. After talking about the Hanukkah in conversation and stories, the children were really excited to paint the menorah once the clay was dry and display it on the entrance of our school.

Gingerbread friends

We've been enjoying reading the book, The Gingerbread Boy as a group and also individually. The children continue to ask the teachers to read the book and even completing parts of the story, as they have it memorized. Today, we made 'gingerbread friends' with gingerbread dough. The children helped to kneed and roll the doll before using cookie cutters to cut the dough in shape of little gingerbread boys and girls. We enjoyed the treat after lunch time!

Let it snow! And more festive traditions

For a science experiment, we created snow storms in glass jars by adding white paint, water, baby oil, blue/silver glitter and the key ingredient ALKA SELTZER TABLETS. We discussed what the tablets are used for (when mommies, daddies, and other grown-ups feel sick). The tablets were the last step in making a snow storm. When popped into the mixture, it appeared to be snowing in the jars as the ingredients fizzled and moved up and down. 

We also decorated popsicle stick Christmas trees and included mathematics in another activity. The children practiced counting, one to one correspondence, adding and subtracting with wood chips and construction paper Christmas trees with numbers printed on them. 


Yoga with Lakshmi

Lakshmi explained that Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, is coming up in six days. To experience Winter Solstice with our senses and bodies, Lakshmi turned off most of the lights in the classroom and shined a lamp in one side of an extended white sheet. The friends took turns dancing and then doing puppet shows on one side of the sheet, while the rest of the friends played the audience and waited for their turn.  

Have a happy and snowy weekend!


Polar Express and Santa visit!

Polar Express and Santa visit!

What an amazing start to our week at Buckle My Shoe! On Monday, we had Pajama Day/ Polar Express Day. Everyone dressed in their coziest pajamas, including teachers! After morning play time, the 3's class helped set up the classroom to resemble the inside of the 'polar express steam train.' We moved some shelves in the block area and gathered enough chairs for all of the 2's and 3's. The children helped line up the chairs in two rows facing the computer screen on the wall. When it was time, they each collected a golden train ticket and found a seat on the train. All aboard! I alternated from reading a few pages of the Polar Express book to three clips from the Polar Express animated movie. We passed out hot chocolate and mini marshmallows during the scene when the children drank hot chocolate on the train. At the end of the story, the main character receives the first gift of Christmas. We were excited to open our first gifts as well! In small groups, the children helped unwrap the many gifts that were kindly donated to our school from BMS families--thank you so very much for your generosity!!!!!! The kids were filled with joy and ready to use the new gifts! For the rest of the day, we read some new books and played with some new toys and materials. 


Tuesday was our family potluck brunch and visit from Mrs. Clause and Santa Clause. We sang Christmas carols and received gifts from Mrs. Clause and Santa Clause (AKA small goodie bags prepared by the teachers). Each gift included homemade crayons in shape of a Christmas tree, star, heart, and gingerbread boy, a note pad, a box of Christmas stickers, and candy cane. 

Happy Hanukkah! 

Today was the second day of Hanukkah. We have had some Hanukkah books displayed in our book shelf his week and last week, but today we read two books as a class about how Jewish families celebrate the holiday. The children were especially interested in one story where the candles in the menorah actually lit up for each day of Hanukkah. They took turns coming up to the book and counting the lit candle(s). During center time, we painting a menorah on poster board using tempera paint and tape. Later, we painted popsicle sticks and put them together to make stars of David. Tomorrow, we will use clay to make a 3-dimensional menorah light up three real candles to represent the third day of Hanukkah. 

End of our birthday week

End of our birthday week

Happy Birthday,


Wow, we celebrated our fourth birthday this week with Sebastian and his mom and dad, Christina and Felipe. They read two of Sebastian's favorite books during snack time. Then. we sang Happy Birthday to Sebastian and ate delicious cupcakes! During center time, Sebastian enjoyed our winter and Christmas-inspired activities, including decorating our tree (see below). During the rest of the day, all that the friends could talk about was Sebastian's birthday party later today. Thanks for the fun day!

Getting in the spirit of Christmas

We started listening to Christmas songs this week and talked all about next week's festivities. On Monday, we will wear our pajamas and ride the Polar Express train to the North Pole! We read the Polar Express story and even listened to the audio book during lunch time this week. The kids are so excited for Monday and all of the surprises we have in store for them. We continued making ornaments, but this time we used beads and pipe cleaners. Then. we hung them up on our tree that Noah, Gabriel, and Sebastian picked up yesterday afternoon. We also worked on making wrapping paper for the wish list gifts we will open on Monday. Although, we didn't tell the kids what we were going to use the wrapping paper for, it was still super fun. One technique was painting with our feet! The second painting technique was using pine branches as paint brushes.

Yoga & Music

Have a lovely weekend! See you on Monday for Pajama Day!



Happy Birthday x3

Happy Birthday x3

Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday!

Wow, three birthday celebrations in one week! We were so lucky to have celebrated our friends' birthdays at school on Monday and Tuesday. 

Monday, 12/4 Happy Birthday, Kai!

 Kai's mom, Katrina, joined us for morning center time and circle time. Katrina and Kai read Kai's all-time favorite book, Good Day and Good night, Goodnight Little One. At snack time, Kai shared some of his favorite snacks with his friends, graham bunny crackers and later, we had delicious cupcakes. We incorporated some of Kai's 'favorites' into our day's activites and routine. For art, the children decorated star wands with paint and sequins inspired by Kai's favorite song, Twinkle, twinkle little star. They looked just like shooting stars- we decided to keep them at school and hang them in the sensory room's dark room. For sensory play, I made play dough with tiny sequin stars and turquoise rhinstones; we also played with turquoise water at the sensory table (Kai's favorite color). Additionally, bear counters and blocks were set up on the tables for building with Kai's favorite animal-bears!

We wrapped up our day with a music and movement session by dancing to different versions of Twinkle, twinkle, little star and the Happy Birthday song. 

Tuesday, 12/5 Happy Birthday, Noah & Gabriel!

Noah and Gabriel's mom, Saadia, and grandmother stopped by for another celebration. Saadia read a story that Gabriel chose that was new to our book shelf, Clifford's Family. We sang 'Happy Birthday' with two small cakes, a chocolate cake for Noah and vanilla cake with sprinkles for Gabriel. After blowing out their four candles, we each chose which cake we wanted a slice of and shared the rest with the 2's class. We incorporated some of Noah and Gabriel's 'favorite' activities into our day: blue and yellow (favorite colors) model magic with loose parts, superhero and ninja turtle coloring pages with color pencils, crayons and dot-dot markers and a creative movement story.

The children helped tell a story inspired by one of the birthday boys' favorite toys- ninja turtles! The friends pretended they were turtles and hid inside their shell when they got to one destination and then came out of their shell to dance their way to another area in the room. The story led to the "turtles" going on a treasure hunt in search for a puppy and then other animals. At the end of our story, the birthday boys, Noah and Gabriel requested we listen to the 'ninja turtle song' and then they each emerged from their shells one last time to 'blow out the lights'. We have been using this technique to help calm the children back down after a high-energy activity or movement exercise. A teacher locates herself near a light switch in the room and encourages the children to help blow out the lights; all together they blow out each light until the room is dim and they are ready to quietly transition to lunchtime. 

Spanish with Michelle

We played a dress-up game using a picture of a child and articles of clothing. The children took turns attaching each item onto the child's body using Velcro strips. Michelle taught them the words in Spanish. Later, they played a matching game with the different articles of clothing. 

Christmas Ornaments

We started working on making ornaments using clear plastic ball, glue, glitter and sequins. The children were so impressed by how the ornaments evolved. They were eager to show Grandpa Barys! We plan on getting a pine tree tomorrow and will hang these ornaments on it. 

Next Monday is Sebastian's birthday, however we will celebrate at school this Friday. More birthday fun and surprises coming soon!

For more pictures from this week, hop over to our Flickr picture-sharing account!



I love my white shoes !


I love my white shoes !

Pete the cat has been one of our favorite books to read with the kids. Today while reading I love my white shoes the children all stepped in a color square that they represented to be the pile that Pete stepped in.


As the weather is getting colder the children noticed and we decided to make a painting out of shaving cream, cotton balls and dark colors to be a snowy night.


Friday Recap!

“You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread boy, I am, I am!”


We have been reading the story of the gingerbread boy and our class was curious what gingerbread tasted like. Today during cooking, we decorated ginger snaps to make our very own gingerbread boys! Then we ate them all up, of course.

Avery- Mine a ghost
Gabriel- Mine was a monster
Arya- Happy
Sebastain- its a good face
Noah - raisin face
Kai - Gingerbread !

To end our week we had yoga!


'Splat' goes the clay!

On Monday, Carla and Arya shared photos from Thanksgiving break. If you haven't sent one in yet, please email us a family photo to add to our family tree.

SPLAT, goes the clay!

We experienced clay in a way we haven't experienced before on Tuesday. I invited the children to take pieces of clay from our large clay block and throw them all about! This may seem a little scary to some adults, but it was such an uninhibited experience where the children explored their strengths, the properties of clay, learned about management of their body movements, and cause and effect. It's safe to say that the children (and myself) felt liberated from this experience. Additionally, it was a great way to get some toddler emotions out in a safe and fun way! We learned about that the softer clay pieces made more of a 'splat' sound when they landed on the ground. The softer pieces also stuck to the floor and wall like a suction far more easily than the pieces that were a bit harder. This became a game for the friends. How far can I throw the clay? How fast can I throw the clay? How can I make it stick to the wall? How do I create the 'splat' sound? How does clay feel with my feet and toes?

Beans, beans, everywhere there are beans!

We change the sensory bins often, however we brought the beans from last week back out this week as there was such a targeted interest in the medium. At one point during a busy center time, all of the 3's friends were found completely engaged in the beans table. They took their time filling baking trays, containers and bottles with beans. They ran the palms of their hands and fingers through the sea of beans. They were fascinated by the stream of beans that run through and through. For a while there were no words, only the sound of beans and learning. 

Pine cone collage

The friends squeezed a paint and glue mixture over pine cones that Luke from the 2's class brought in as well as leaves and sticks collected from Noah, Gabriel, and from last week when we went to the park. 

Science Activity: Oil and Water droplet painting

We explored oil and watercolor painting today. 

We learned that:

Oil and water don’t mix because water likes itself more than oil. Oil is non-polar, which means it’s “afraid of water” so it doesn’t like to mix and water molecules are more attracted to other water molecules than oil molecules because they are polar. So, oil only likes non-polar molecules and water only like polar molecules.

Music with Evan & Spanish with Michelle


To see the rest of the pictures taken this week, check out our flickr school account!

"I am thankful for tigers and dolphins"

"I am thankful for tigers and dolphins"

Hello families!

We had a busy start to the week. We read multiple books about Thanksgiving and about different family structures. One book that we have been enjoying is The Family Book, by Todd Parr, which illustrates families of different colors, sizes, abilities, etc. —highly recommended! The friends shared what they are thankful for.

Carla- I am thankful for my cats, Sunny and Jaxi. 

Gabriel- I’m thankful for when I grow big I can cook pasta with my daddy.

Sebastian-  I’m thankful for tigers and dolphins.

Arya-  I’m thankful for my dad and my mommy, too and my doddy. 

Noah- I’m thankful for going to see the penguins at the zoo.

Avery-  I’m thankful for going to my dad's house, playing with my friends, and for the Halloween song. 

Animal Families

(Disclaimer: We had a difficulty with one of the cameras and many of the pictures that I took earlier in the week were not saved-- so sorry!)

For a provocation Monday and Tuesday, I brought all of our miniature animal toys to the tables with small props like feathers, corks, wood chips, rocks, and felt. We have many of the same animal groups of different sizes (bears, penguins, pigs). The children immediately referred to the animal groups as families and either independently or in pairs the children created shelters for their animal families. 

Avery and Gabriel worked on an enclosed bear house using square and rectangle unit blocks.

Gabriel: We’re making a house for the bears. They are hiding inside.

Avery: Me don’t see the bears because they’re hiding. They’re sleeping, you have to be quiet!

Noah was interested in transferring his penguin family from one location to the next. He wrapped the penguins in a square piece of blue felt (like a burrito) and swayed the penguins back and forth above his head.

Noah: This is the only way to bring the penguins home. They need help to fly.

Arya and Sebastian focused on using long unit blocks for a house for the cow family. 

Arya: The house has to be very big because the cows need a very big space. 

Sebastian: Yea, and the cows can play with the mommy cow and the daddy cow. 

Park Day! 

We went to Horatio Park on Tuesday! It was such a beautiful day with mid-50 degree weather, sunshine and good times all around! The friends picked up leaves for a family tree we plan on making after Thanksgiving break.

Spanish and Music class

We had two specialist classes today, first Spanish with Michelle and then Music with Evan. 

Our Spanish teacher was feeling sick today, so Michelle, the principal of Espanate, filled in. Although it was the children's first time meeting Michelle, they responded so well to her instruction. Michelle talked about Thanksgiving traditions, getting together with family, and eating a big dinner (sometimes turkey). We learned a song about a turkey and sang a few other movement songs that we've been hearing in past sessions. We also played the parachute game, one of our favorites!

Thanksgiving: Día de Acción de Gracias

Family: familia

Dinner: cena

Turkey: pavo

We haven't seen Evan in a few weeks, so he dropped in today for a music session before Thanksgiving break. He will return on Monday for another make-up session. Today, we also sang a song about different kinds of food items people typically eat on Thanksgiving. Evan brought his ukulele for the children to take turns with. In pairs, they also played two different kinds of drums that we already have in our school, one long drum with a small head, and one shorter drum with a bigger head. The children compared and contrasted the sounds the drums made as they played. 

In honor of Thanksgiving, we made corn bread muffins and butter together. During lunch time, the 2’s and 3’s class all ate together. The 2's class helped mix ingredients together to make corn muffins and we all worked on making a batch of butter. Butter is super easy to make, all you need is heavy cream. The children poured heavy cream into a jar and dropped in two marbles. We made sure it was closed tightly before shaking the jar up and down and back and forth. 

"This is how we make butter, make butter, make butter. This is how we make butter.. shake, shake, shake."

The children enjoyed their meals and muffins as one big family! We learned the a new poem and recited it two times as we munched and crunched!

We love our bread,

We love our butter.

But most of all,

We love each other.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Remember to send a picture of your family this week!