In January we had lots of fun discussing and exploring the different kinds of weather. We actually had a “WINTER” this year, days that were really cold, days that were rainy, and other days that were sunny. We read books about arctic animals, snow, and rain. The children played with ice and animals that live in the Antarctic. The kids had a great time building snowman with different size boxes and dressing them up with scarves and hats. Using their imaginations, the kids requested additional features to be added to our snow folk such as faces, buttons, and even arms.
During outside play, we had a fantastic time making mud piles as well as using many different types of mold shapes with the wet sand. The outdoor classroom is a wonderful place to have a “messy” experience and we had an awesome one with cornstarch. We discovered textures, cause and effect, and practiced measuring. With all these marvelous experiences the children were exposed to a broad variety socio-emotional, cognitive, math, and language skill development.
Welcome back to a new year filled with love, happiness and many blessings. We hope that you spent the holidays at home or out and about creating beautiful family memories and traditions. On our first day back to school your children shared their holiday adventures; we were excited to hear stories from all the children. Some of their stories were: “I went to church,” “I went on an airplane to the snow,” “The snow was cold,” “I played with Sydney,” “I open my presents,””I have a new jacket,” and the stories went on and on. All the children came back in great spirits and with lots of stories to share, we were amazed by how much their language expanded and how comfortable and open they were with their stories.
Currently, our Bible story is, “The Bright Star and Three Visitors,” Matthew 2:1 – 12. We are talking about the bright star that lead the Wise Men to Jesus, the gifts of gold, the sweet-smelling spices and the King Herod who didn’t like Jesus.
Before the holidays we had fun decorating our Christmas tree with the beautiful ornaments that everyone brought from home. Grandparents Day was a great success! We invited grandparents and special visitors to come see our classrooms and performed our special songs for them. We also enjoyed pajama day with hot cocoa, and a relaxing movie, we had a lot of fun. We are posting some December pictures, we hope you enjoy them.
We want to thank all our parents for being so thoughtful with the cute cards, special dedications, wishes, yummy treats, spa treats and gift cards.
Our bible story during the month of November was Jesus feeds the 5,000 John 6:9. A story of sharing and being thankful. What an amazing God we have. Through the power of prayer, five loaves of bread and two small fish that a little boy shared, Jesus was able to feed a multitude of His followers.
Our pumpkins, leaves, sticks and fall items donated by all of you provided the children with a fun, exciting and learning activity. The children touched, climbed, compared small and large pumpkins we also dissected and explored inside our pumpkins.
Before making Stone Soup, we explored the smells and tastes of different kinds of vegetables. Thank you for bringing and sharing all the vegetables that made the most delicious Stone Soup. A special Thank you to our parent volunteers: Miriam (Aspen’s mom), Rachel (Ava’s mom), Kelli (Camden’s mom), Peifen (Ella’s mom), and Karen (Kaira’s mom).
We made hand prints which were sent home as a “Thanksgiving Momentous.” Preschoolers cannot be expected to create masterpieces, but they can develop symbolic understanding by representing their experiences in paintings, drawings, and collages. Symbolic understanding is key to begin reading, and the discussions a child has about art are a form of practicing communication and expanding their vocabulary.
Oh No!!!! Here comes the celebrations and the holidays. This means that your little ones will be at home extra days or you might take them out of town to see families “Yes,” their routines will be disrupted. It also means that when they come back to school they may or may not go through separation anxiety.
It is hard to believe that it has been 4 weeks since we started school! You probably have noticed less crying, happy faces, and children engaged in play. It has been wonderful to see so much growth in such a short period of time. Warm feelings and smiles can be found everywhere!
physical development is the way your child moves their arms and legs (large motor skills) and their fingers and hands (small motor skills). Social development helps your child get along with others. Emotional development lets your child understand their feelings and the feelings of others. Language and literacy development helps your child understand and communicate through listening, talking, reading, and writing. Thinking, or cognitive skills develop as children learn to think more complexly, make decisions, and solve problems.
Throughout our school year we will be assisting your child to grow physically, socially, emotionally, develop language and literacy, and thinking/cognitive skills. Through play kids find ways to interact with peers, to negotiate, to express self, to share, to be responsible, and be a friend.
We have already done lots of observation and documentation to see what our classroom’s strengths and interests are. These are some of the things we have observed so far.
SHARING COMMON SPACELISTENING , FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS, AND LEARNING LANGUAGE THROUGH COOKING.
So far we have done simple short cooking activities that don’t require a long attention span, this will lead us to little expert “Chefs” later on. 😉
On April 2, we started “indoor planting.” As you know young children lose interest fast, so we thought, “What will grow fast?” Walaaah! “Beans!” We read books about plant life cycle, then planted beans in a zip lock bag and attentively watched for the outcome. The children saw the different stages in a matter of 7 days.
We also planted many other plants; tomatoes, bell peppers, corn, winter squash, cucumbers, carrots, parsley, basil and chives. “Come have a look.” We are hoping for the best garden ever.
We have had such an amazingly fun start to springtime in Room 4! We have discovered everything about rainbows! We made them! We ate them! We even pulled rainbows out of Skittles! Ms. Alex took some gorgeous Easter photos of your little blessings as well as some jolly St. Patty’s Day ones. We also painted some stellar crosses! Last week we had the very special privilege of Avery’s dad dyeing beautiful eggs with us! Look for those delights in your parent mailboxes… here’s some evidence of all the fun we had. Oh, and don’t forget to ask your littles to tell you about Jesus’ death and resurrection. With the help of our Resurrection Eggs, we are able to retell the whole Easter Story!