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Posted on August 29, 2018 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (50989)

This week, we have been busy revisiting centers throughout our classroom, reviewing our class rules, our playground rules, and many of our routines. 

On Monday, we revisted the Discovery Center, which is Math and Science combined. We discussed what we can play with, who we can pretend to be, and how we can remember where to put things when we are done playing with them. 




Space Station

Posted on March 3, 2018 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (7665)

We have been enjoying our new Space Theme so far this month!























Muffins For Mom

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Easter Celebration 2017

Posted on April 15, 2017 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (12766)

We enjoyed our annual Easter Celebration! 

The children explored the Sorting Eggs Station where they used the clothespins to pick up sort the colored pom poms. 

The children made Egg Shakers and we took Easter Photo Prop Pictures:)

The Easter Bunny even stopped by!

 

 

 

 

 




The Science Lab: States of Matter

Posted on August 2, 2016 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (11899)

During the month of August, the children and I are very busy experimenting in the Science Lab! Today we have been learning about states of matter- solids and liquids. 

The children were given jars of heavy cream and we discussed how it was a liquid. We took turns shaking the jar while listening to music and was amazed that after a few minutes, it had turned into WHIPPED CREAM! We enjoyed using our sense of taste to taste the whipped cream and enjoy it with pieces of fruit!

For our fine motor skills, the children enjoyed our Squirting Ice Toddler Tray Play! The children were given their trays that contained water, a bowl of crushed ice and a squirter. They sucked up the water and squirted their ice. They were amazed to see the ice melting!


We were introduced this morning to the number 2. We explored our sensory number two card, making a number two with playdough on our playdough mats and counting out two fish with our counting fish cards. We also used gator grabbers to pick up two molecules(cheerios) and place them into a bowl! We discussed how some "molecules" were close together and some were far apart.





Ice Cream Celebration

Posted on August 2, 2016 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (9476)

The month of July was National Ice Cream Month! We enjoyed celebrating with our own Ice Cream Celebration Day! Here's a few activities we enjoyed from the day:


We made our own Ice Cream Sundaes in waffle bowls!




Ice Cream Shoppe Sensory: With our order sheet, we took turns scooping ice cream(cotton balls) for each other, topping them with cherries(red pom poms) and sprinkles(confetti).


We built our Ice cream name but cutting out the scoops of ice cream and putting them in order to spell our names!

Bees and Butterflies: Home

Posted on April 2, 2016 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (2030)

Today we kicked off our Bees and Butterflies theme by learning about a bee's home! 

During Opening Circle, we were introduced to the shape of a hexagon. The children traced a hexagon in the air with their finger as we counted the sides together, "Buzz 1...Buzz 2....Buzz 3....Buzz 4...Buzz 5....Buzz 6..."

For our visual arts, fine motor skills and physical science: We created our own beehives by stamping bubble wrap bags and making cell designs on both of our paper hives. We learned that there are cells inside of all bee homes where the bees store food or lay their eggs! We then cut ovals from our left over yellow paper to decorate and make them look like bees. We hid the bees inside the hive painting and played Peek-a-boo with the bees. 


To continue our introduction to the hexagon shape, I set out the attribute blocks and invited the children to find the hexagons and stack them in a tower. We counted the sides and checked that the shapes all had six sides. Next, we worked together to create a beehive design with all the hexagons!


My toddlers enjoyed their tray play activity today of Bees in a Bottle. I encouraged the children to put the bees(cotton balls) into the bottle and shake them out. A great activity for our fine motor skills!

 

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Bees and Butterflies

Posted on March 22, 2016 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (4969)

This April, the children will be as busy as a bee and we buzz from flower to flower gathering sweet ideas. We will learn how to be a beekeeper and listen to the bees communicate. We will then follow a bee inside our own make-believe honeycomb! The children will get to know the queen bee and the other jobs in the hive. 

In our science center, we will watch a brand new butterfly appear! We will watch our litter caterpillars wrap themselves up in a chrysalis and go through the process of metamorphosis!

Basic concepts that will be taught:


Letters Bb, Qq and Nn

Numbers 15 and 16

Color Black

Shape of a hexagon

Frienship Trait: Forgiving


HAPPY SPRING!






Food and Fitness: Dairy

Posted on February 5, 2016 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (2548)

The month of February is all about health foods and being fit. This week we are focusing on the food groups and today was all about dairy.

During opening circle, we discussed the foods that we eat that are made from dairy and were introduced to the ABBC pattern. 

For our life science skills, we discussed how many stomachs we have and the children guessed how many stomachs they thought a cow has. I gave each child a cow body parts page and encouraged them to cut the pieces out, fold their paper plate in half and glue the organs(heart and stomachs) to the plate. We then stapled a vinyl glove inside of the plate and let dangle like the cow udders. It was then time to play! The children had fun pretending to milk their cow's milk into a bucket!


We learned that cows like to eat weeds and corn! For our fine motors skills, we practiced picking up corn kernals with tweezers and dropping them into the cow with our "Feed the Cow" tray play activity!



 For reviewing our heart shape that we learned a couple days ago, the children drew a cow and a heart for the cow in their little journals. 

During story time, we read "The Milk Makers." We learned all about the process of how milk gets from the cow to our homes!

During closing circle, we reflected on the foods that we know that are food for our bones. We listened to the "Dairy Disco Dance" and I invited the children to step sideways as the song played. We followed the words and touched our head then toes. Then began to step sideways in the other direction. 


Tomorrow our next food group will be protein!






Santa's Workshop: Christmas Celebration

Posted on December 24, 2015 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (2256)

This year we celebrated Christmas with a Santa's Workshop theme. We read "The Night Before Christmas," reviewed our numbers with a Santa's Beard Game, created Santa Spoons, danced and sang to Christmas music, created our own Reindeer Snack during A/M snack and when we woke up from nap we opened presents that were left under the tree!










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