This week we have been celebrating the beloved children’s book author and illustrator Dr. Seuss. This lovely caught moment of our awesome, creative outdoors teacher Ms. Gwendolyn enjoying Room 2’s green eggs and ham. 🙂 don’t we just love our playful teachers at PCS for their spirit of fun and enthusiasm, and you gotta love her mixed match socks as well! -Mrs. Monica
Happy February! Nothing says love like–PIZZA! Younger Pod is enjoying their new dramatic play area, That’s Amore Pizzeria.
Today, we introduced new tree logs into our outdoor patio play! Our younger pod friends felt on top of the world, as they climbed, balanced, stepped and jumped off. Check out our big smiles and our BIG gross motor skills!
Also, are you seeing these social skills?!? We’re taking turns, being patient, sharing space and encouraging each other! Look at us letting our light shine for Jesus!
Please, keep our outdoor classroom in mind if you come across fun natural materials or recyclables. We love to integrate the two–nature and play!
Happy New Year! We’re so happy to be back together in younger pod– exploring our winter themed activities. Check out some fun from our first week back!
For art last week, we painted with shades of blue to create snowman masterpieces!
Our snowflake counting game was a hit!
Check out how we scoop, pour, fill and dump salt at our winter sensory table!
It’s the question everyone is asking, Do you wanna build a snowman? In our dramatic play area, we built snow people! We counted the “snowboxes” and pointed out the different details, shapes and colors used for the parts of the snow people! We had a blast seeing how tall we could build it, and of course, knocking it down!
One of our gross motor activities is a snowman toss! Check out our friends working together to collect all the snowmen (styrofoam balls with snowmen faces) and toss them into the white basket!
Our friends are getting strong spiritually, socially, emotionally, cognitively and PHYSICALLY! On Thursday, our friends worked together to roll, flip, carry and move the BIG tires in our outdoor environment. Check out this teamwork!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
YP Outdoor Specialist
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!
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!
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
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!
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!