The children did a lot of exploring and discovering during the week as they all engaged in hands-on activities. I have included the highlights for this week in which the children all acquired their technique to manipulate the materials.
We also enjoyed our first neighborhood walk; we walked to Washington Market Park. The children saw and heard cars and trucks. Traffic lights, trees, people, and dogs are some examples of what they saw. Toddlers learn from watching the world, especially if we talk with them about it, "You saw the red fire truck?" Also, the infant A class joined us!
We are making bookmarks as our fundraiser to support those affected by the storms. We will be selling them for $2.00! This project will continue next week!
Books we read during the week:
- Is your Mama a Llama?
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Giraffes Can't Dance
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
- Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?
- Go Away Big Green Monster(favorite)
- I'll Always Love you
- Goodnight, Dragons
- Good Morning Song
- You are my Sunshine
- Baa Baa Black Sheep
- Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
- Old McDonald had a Farm
- Five Little Speckled Frogs
- Mr. Sun
- If You're Happy and You Know it, Clap Your Hands..........
- Two Little Black Birds
- Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes...
- Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
- The Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round....
- Sensory bags for young toddlers to explore promote fine motor skills, as they use their hands and fingers to poke, pat, and spread the material that's in the bag. They also learn about color and texture. Two different bags were explored: tempera paint mixed with shaving cream and hair gel with acrylic letters.
- Sensory Bottles- Making sensory bottles (also can be called discovery bottles) provide an opportunity for the children to use many of their senses to explore and learn. Adding glitter and sequins provide a visual experience while adding beads provide a visual and auditory experience. I made only a visual experience, filled with various materials as a way to elicit interests. The children enjoy the color, slow movement, and how it looks when they shake it. Sensory bottles can be used as a tool to calm their body if he/she feels overwhelmed, overstimulated, or upset.
- Model Magic
- "Clean Paint"- Placed the cardstock on the table, added droplets of different color paints and covered it with plastic.
The children looked curious as they felt the plastic and didn't see paint on their hands. They continued touching, patting, squeezing the plastic, spreading the paint with their fingers and hand, creating a colorful work of art.
- Painting bookmarks, using watercolor mixed with glue (will continue all next week).