Exploring our identity and what we like through different types of clothes. When Dylan noticed that Nina was wearing a beautiful blue skirt this morning, he just had to try on a matching pink one. He kept the skirt on the entire morning!
Making new connections and friendships. Katerina showing her new friend Levi how to use the gym's rocking cow. It has been really special to watch the 2A students take on a nurturing role in inviting Levi into their classroom community.
Today, we asked Jackson if he wanted to put an ornament on 2A's holiday tree - he promptly replied yes and placed the ornament in a box full of fir branches (this was his connection to a Christmas tree). We explained to Jackson that this was actually a box of branches and guided him to the actual tree in which he exclaimed: "Jingle Bells! This tree needs a star!" (Unfortunately, we did not capture this moment on camera as he quickly moved onto his next activity, but we wanted to share the moment!)
Making ornaments for our holiday tree and working on our fine motor skills and spatial reasoning.
We've noticed as of late the 2A students have really been into playing peek-a-boo. As children progress throughout their development, you may noticed them seeking out quiet and private corners - this is usually a space where they can let their creativity take flight and often begin engaging in cooperative play behaviors with their friends
Making connections and fostering friendships at the light table. Engaging in emerging cooperative play skills yet again, bravo Max and Nina!
Charlotte playing Peek-a-boo with her teacher
Making sugar cookies, thanks to Parker's Mom Tara! We explored our senses through smell, touch, taste, and listening for directions. We also worked on counting through one to one correspondence. Such a fun activity!
Supporting one another in potty adventures
As a means to encourage our students in shifting from parallel play to cooperative play we have been encouraging them to swap toys with one another (sharing), verbalize their feelings and thoughts, and we strive to create opportunities that will give them a chance to work cooperatively together.
Our students have been fascinated with transportation, which led to the question - how do you get to school? Many children replied that they get to school in a stroller. So, we brought a stroller into the classroom! The children did a wonderful job of sharing and working cooperatively to use the stroller together - thus, demonstrating their use of cooperative play skills!
Katerina using socks as "mittens" - imagining objects as something else is a key toddler play skill