Dancing, play dough, and rainfall!

Dancing, play dough, and rainfall!

We welcomed Avery, a new friend to Buckle My Shoe and to the 3' class this week. It has been so nice to see the children embrace Avery as if he has been here since day 1.  We also started to work in small groups this week, including having circle time with the 3's group separate from the 2's class. We've been playing games and singing songs to help us get to know each other as individuals a little better. For example, during circle time one day we rolled the ball to a person in the circle and that person said there name, age, and favorite animal.  

Another game we played was dancing in the middle of the circle. As the year progresses we will expand what we do during these meeting times to include what is going on in our class and school community i.e. events and project work

We also started our theme days this week with Movement class with Alana on Monday, making play dough on Tuesday with Carla and a science experiment with Carla on Wednesday. 

Movement class was all about "getting our sillies out!" The children used different props to move their bodies to the music. It was so nice to see some of the children show off their unique dance moves!

As a group, the children voted on what color to make our play dough. They took turns pouring in the ingredients into a big bowl. When it was time to mix, the friends helped hold the bowl steady as another child stirred. 

For our first science experiment, we made it rain in a plastic pitcher! We used water, shaving cream, and food coloring to give the illusion of rainfall. The children took turns filling empty cups with water from the sink. Next, they poured the water into a pitcher and squeezed shaving cream over the water, which resembled clouds. Then, they each chose what color food coloring they wanted and added it to an additional cup of water. Using droppers, the children then squeezed the color water into the "clouds". Little by little, the colors bled through the shaving cream and made their way through to the water.

Arya: It's raining!

Noah: It's blue rain!

Gabriel: Yea and red and orange

Avery: And thunder, too!

Sebastian: Boom, boom!

As we worked, we talked about our experiences with rain and thunderstorms. It was also a natural transition to talking about hurricanes and our bake sale next week. The children are excited to bring in treats!

Gabriel: I'm gonna bring cookies from my home!


See you Monday!

-Carla :)

New year, new friends!

Hi families! We had a really great end of the week. The children are making new friends and getting used to the changes in the school. For the first few days of school, we have been meeting all together as a group during circle time. We have also spent the majority of the day playing and exploring in all three classrooms. This was such a nice way for the older kids to engage and get to know the younger group of kids. Starting Monday, we will begin a more structured routine, including our theme days. We will start on Monday with Music and Movement led by Ms. Alana! Check out the 3's/4's homepage for our week's schedule.

Have a great weekend! 

First Week of School, Horray!


First Week of School, Horray!

Happy First Week of School!

To those returning to BMS, welcome back! We are thrilled to have new families this year as well as learn alongside our 2's class. We will update the blog every Wednesday and Friday. Either check back to view posts or sign up to have notifications sent right to your email. Feel free to share the blog with family members. A great way to get children to talk more about their day is to look at the blog together. Even looking at pictures of other students may ignite conversation and reflection. 

Our goal as teachers for the first few weeks of school is to build and sustain an environment where our students feel welcomed, safe, and loved. We want your children to be excited about school, be excited to explore and to learn together. Creating joyful learning experiences is something we thrive in accomplishing, from the books we choose to read to the materials we thoughtfully set up every morning.

The beginning of the school year is also about getting to know each other and getting acquainted with the functions of a typical school day and routine. During the next few weeks, we will learn so much from your children (we already have!) that will help us guide our curriculum. This is the time children will gain independence, test limits, problem solve and think critically. They will learn about other cultures and family structures of their peers. They will make connections and learn about differences within their peers, building a sense empathy, kindness, and community.

We are looking forward to a wonderful school year! 

Below are some photos from orientation days and the beginning of the week.