Let the Gourd Times Roll

Our little ones have been having a blast in Younger Pod this fall! Check out some highlights from our enrichment patio and outdoor classroom that will LEAF you smiling!

Enrichment Patio Library

Our friends are learning how to handle books! Turning pages with tiny hands is a major fine motor challenge. Book handling, orientation, turning pages one at a time, pointing to pictures and talking about the illustrations develop important early literacy skills.

Writing Center

Our little ones are so creative and love to color, stamp and sticker. Scribbling is so important to build dexterity and begin to understand that marks and lines can represent shapes, letters, objects, and people! We’ve been working with crayons, colored pencils, oil pastels, and chalk! As the year goes on, we’ll continue to progress using other fun materials.

Art

You’ll commonly see art alternate between table art and easel art on the patio. This intentionally engages a different set of muscles. The easel is a fantastic medium for our little ones! It allows them to take a step back and see their creation from a different perspective or physically lean in to their art.

Science and Sensory

At this age, science is sparking curiosity, exploring textures, colors, cause and effect. We are giving our little ones early exposure to a wide array of tools to manipulate and move objects around–tools like safe scissors, tweezers, scoops and measuring cups.

Dramatic Play

Pretend play expands our imagination, language and social skills! We’ve enjoyed home and kitchen, a pet shop, a farmer’s market, western and are currently enjoying a petting zoo.

Building

When we build we’re making connections, exploring cause and effect (filling and dumping), developing spacial awareness and so much more! We love to build!

Gross Motor

Movement is our favorite thing to do at two! We’re putting our muscles to work, practicing skills, developing eye-hand coordination and having fun while we do it! Our October pumpkin toss was a blast. Currently, our little ones are working on coordinating upper body movements with lower body movement via our yarn ball game. Practicing gross motor movements is so important and enables our little ones to perform everyday functions and self-help skills.

Friendship

Everyday, our little ones are practicing how to show love to each others by sharing, taking turns and of course HUGS! They especially like to help each other with their “jobs” (classroom routine tasks).

A Personal Note

It is such a joy getting to spend time with your little ones in younger pod. Their unique personalities and preferences are expressed everyday in our outdoor classroom and on the younger pod enrichment patio. The time I have with them is so special to me because I get to see their faces light up with intrigue and excitement in response to the carefully planned activities that I set-up for them everyday. I can’t adequately express just how much I value each relationship and bond that I get to build with each child. I pray for your family and your little one often!

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Ms. Kristen

YP Outdoor Specialist

Recycled Art

We had fun creating collages using recycled various plastic pieces. Some were buttons, marker caps, colored rectangular pieces and we even used bottle caps. We talked about what “abstract art”, is and the meaning of the word. I shared with them that it’s all about color, shapes and movements across a surface. I even pointed out what a “loud” piece looks like and what a “quiet” pieces looks like. I hope you find a great place in your home to display their art. 

Mrs. Monica 

A Private Concert for the a Younger Pod!

Today we enjoyed a special up close and personal concert from one of our fabulously involved parents and family friend who happen to be incredibly talented concert musicians!! We had a counting lesson on the strings of the violin and the cello, learned musical vocabulary, and joined together in song as we were serenaded by our special guests! 

The younger pod extends a huge THANK YOU to Elliston’s mommy, Joo, for arranging and providing such a once-in-a-lifetime immersive experience for the budding minds of rooms 4 and 5. Thank you!! 

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Water Color Rain Painting

We have been blessed with so much rain these past few weeks; God has been pouring His love upon us. I believe He has answered all our prayers in regards to the drought. In this project the children used a stick of wax to draw their rain lines, which they couldn’t see, until they were revealed with the water colors of blues and purples. I loved seeing their eyes widen when they revealed the marks. -Mrs. Monica

Cherry Blossom Paintings

The children learned all about the Japanese artist Hiroshi Yoshida. He was a 20th-century Japanese painter and woodblock printmaker. We looked at his works, specifically the piece titled “Avenue of Cherry Trees”. I also shared real life photos of cherry blossom trees in the landscapes of Japan. 

The Huntington Library currently has several cherry blossom trees in full bloom just out front of their Chinese garden. I encourage you to visit them and have your child smell them. This makes for a great family photo, too. 

Here are a few photos of the children painting their very own tree. 

-Mrs. Monica 

Fall Wooden Collage

The older pod rooms 1 and 2 created collages using miscellaneous wooden pieces along with small pine cones. They then painted the artwork with a fall palette and finished it off with a dash of glitter for spark. A resemblance of Rauschenberg’s art style and process. I personally loved each one of the pieces.