Hello Families,

This is comparatively a shorter week and we go on a mini vacation from tomorrow. Just to make sure- We are off from Friday the 16th until Feb 20th in observance of Lunar New Year and Presidents day. 

The Valentine's gift that we prepared for the 2A classroom, involved shaving cream, paint and glitter. We let our friends explore the shaving cream with paint and once they were done with it, we put a paper in it for the print. That is how we created the beautiful card. 

How we made the heart? We cut out hearts and stuck them on the light table with red finger paint on it and stuck it with clip wrap. All of them explored the cling wrap which helped spread the color on the heart and that is how our heart was painted. 

How did we prepare gifts for you'll? Simply took their hand and footprints and wrote a cute message. We tried taking the handprints in a way that created or rather looked like a heart.

Our friends were so cooperative during the whole process. It took almost two weeks to get everything together and work with our friends. 

Once we were done with that, we thought of exploring salt as that is a similar texture like sand. So we explored salt with watercolor on water paper and for most parts, they all seemed to have liked the feel of salt. Antoine, Una, and Cleo were tempted to taste it too. It was nice to see how Cleo decided to explore the salt with her feet. She first tried it with her hands but did not feel comfortable so tried it with her feet. She seemed to have done better with her feet. We are glad that she did not give up and still tried even after not being fully comfortable and confident. Annabelle and Teagan had a very good time exploring it. Both of them were on their tummy while exploring it.

On Tuesday, we had the 2A friends come in to exchange all the gifts. At first, we were a little nervous as we were not sure how our friends would react looking at such a big crowd. But guess what? They loved it. All of them felt so comfortable and were so happy to have them over. Cleo, Antoine, and Una were even cooperating and interacting with their older friends. Teagan was really happy to see her mommy come and spend time with her. For Teagan, it was an expected visit. :) Books and Mirrors are a growing interest in our room. Every time Cleo is upset, if she goes to the mirror and looks at herself, she gets distracted and starts playing. She loves the mirror. Books are a tool in our room. It works as a calming/soothing tool. Every time our friends are upset and we start reading, they all become quite and start listening to what is read. All of them have good listening ears. 

On Wednesday- It was wonderful to have all of you come in for our Valentine's Day breakfast. We had a good time and so did our friends to see their family at school. We really hope you'll like the gift your children made. 

Thursday- We explored sensory bags and different type of sensory material on the light table. They all seem to have enjoyed it. Cleo and Una surely did. We also explored foam hearts on the light table as it was Valentine's day.

Looking forward, as we are coming back after a long weekend, it is going to be an emotional week. So we are planning to do family picture painting. This has been really helpful in the past and our friends really enjoy this activity. So we are going to try it with this group to see how they react to see their family pictures on the light table. 

Coming up- We are closed on March 2nd for Staff Development, Picture Day on March 6th and Parent-Teacher conferences on March 15th. The sign-up sheet for the conferences will be out soon. 

Have a wonderful weekend and see you all next Wednesday :)