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!

💕

Ms. Kristen

YP Outdoor Specialist

Tiny Bodies in Motion

Our tiniest friends took on a big gross motor challenge this past week! This is just one of the many ways we incorporate an array of learning into a single activity. Our little ones are learning to take turns, follow directions, recognize colors, understand positional words, improve coordination, and develop a sense of accomplishment! They might be small but they are capable of BIG things! Check out younger pod’s hoola-hoop hurdle!

 

 

Younger Pod Play

Welcome to a new school year! We are so thankful that GOD has given us the opportunity to serve so many wonderful families this year! Our friends in the younger pod are settling into THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM quite nicely. We are enjoying getting to know your little ones, building relationships with them and facilitating fun activities that cultivate curiosity and propel them into purposeful play. As we explore in the outdoor classroom and the enrichment patio, we focus on developing skills across every domain of learning. Check out some highlights from our first month together!

 

Our Presidents

This past month, we learned about our past presidents, specifically, Washington and Lincoln, through matching games, art and building. Stove pipe hats exhibited chalk art. Photos of Lincoln’s log cabin were available at the Lincoln Log building station to inspire building creativity.  Puzzles of our presidents and matching games helped our students learn a little about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

-Mrs. Gwendolyn, Outdoor Curriculum Coordinator

Our First Month in Room 5!

Wow! Hard to believe we’re already through with our first month of the school year! We’ve been working hard getting to know the routine, the songs, the names of our friends and teachers, and learning all about each other! Back-to-School night was a hit and we’ve already had our first very generous parent donation from our Wishlist! We were given 3 beloved board books (Brown Bear, The Napping House, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom) to replace the very loved and worn copies we had previously. Thank You SO much to the amazing parents who donate to our classrooms to make the environment a little sleeker, a little newer, and a little more plush than it was when they got here. You guys rock!

The students of Room 5 are already forming friendships and learning the lay of the land in their new school. For many, this is the first time they’ve been in a school setting, so we’ve been learning all about how to ask for things with “polite words”, how to scoop and pass snack at the snack table, how to take turns and say “I’m using that” or “It’s my turn” when another friend’s patience has run thin (two-year-olds’ patience runs thin quite often) and how to sit in a group and participate at circle time! We are also learning about common experiences, parts of the body, names of tools, and playing dress-up in our dramatic play Doctor’s Office! This has been a really fun way for the classmates to get to know each other by talking about this common experience we’ve all had, and taking turns operating on various teddy bears and sometimes even on willing human participants! Most any child in Room 5 can show you how to use a stethoscope! We’ve been exploring art and sensory bins through the theme of apples, and have already started enjoying our bi-monthly Younger Pod Music Class with Miss Maggie and Mr. Sam!

Outside the children are loving the “Baby Nursery” dramatic play center. They seem to enjoy comparing how they are different from babies and explaining to their teachers how one should care for a baby. Many of our students have new babies at home and they are quite excited to share about it!

Click on the photo tiles above to view them full size or in a slide show!

It’s been a sweet, snuggly, and sunshine-y month… we can’t wait to update again with more of the fun in Room 5!

 

Session 3 is the Place to Be!

Room 5 has had a blast this month growing together in our VBS summer school “Passport to Learning” program! We have welcomed many new friends to school and are enjoy all the fun water play that summer has to offer!

We enjoyed a unit on France and Mexico, we had a private petting zoo, and our own outdoor fiesta complete with piñata and all! Next week while the preschool explores the culture of Germany, Room 5 will be taking a “layover” in Madagascar!

Here is a quick slideshow of the past two weeks… it’s been fun and fast!


We are forming wonderful loving bonds together in the younger pod as we play and worship together in the Lord’s name. Have a blessed weekend and stay cool everybody!

Switzerland in the Summer!

We’ve had a wonderful week with all our new friends in Room 5! We turned the dramatic play center of our classroom into a Swiss Chalet and Hot Cocoa Lodge to go with our Passport to Learning weekly theme of Switzerland! We extended the experience with a Frozen Hot Cocoa party this morning… it was just the pick-me-up we all needed to get our muscles pumping in the awesome Pump’n Splash playground in the Outdoor Classroom! 




The Frozen Hot Cocoa was kind of a big hit…


The Pump’n Splash playground was a S.T.E.M. learning paradise! Not only did we get awesome gross motor physical exercise, and stay cool in this summer heat- but we learned first hand lessons about weight and mass, suction, balance, force, and conservation! …A pretty fun way to learn about physics in preschool…


Have a safe and blessed Independence Day everybody, God Bless America!