Tea Party Tuesday!

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Today we had a fabulous tea party with our friends and wanted to share pictures with you! We had tea (cider), lemon mini-cupcakes with whipped cream, and some tasty tea snacks that were donated.  Some of us even dressed up too! :)

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We are excited for “Work Together Wednesday” because we will “work together” to clean up the island! Stay tuned for more pictures to come later this week…

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The Most Anticipated Day of the Year!

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SPARKS’ ARK DAY!

We have been waiting and counting the days and eagerly anticipating the arrival of Mr. Josh Sparks to educate and entertain us with his beloved animals! We gathered in the library and sat most patiently and quietly as Mr. Sparks lovingly showed us his animals.

We learned that Sugar Gliders are VERY fast and sneaky, hedgehogs are lazy and only wake up to eat, chinchillas are the softest creatures on the planet, dragons are REAL! (although we don’t know if they breathe fire…), bats can cause grownups to do silly things, owls cannot move their eyes and have to move their heads to see what is next to them, the fennec fox is the cutest creature alive, and very, very large snakes can eat HUMONGOUS amounts, and only need to eat once or twice a year!

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We had an absolutely wonderful time with Mr. Josh Sparks. If any of you have an opportunity to attend one of Sparks’ Ark shows, we absolutely recommend you go! http://www.sparksark.com/

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Watching Things Grow

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We’ve had a wonderful time so far with our Growing unit. The children had the opportunity to plant sunflower, marigold, and carrot seeds. They diligently water and care for their plants every day, and are eagerly anticipating the arrival of their tiny sproutlings.

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In addition to our gardening experiences, the children have been encouraged to practice their uppercase and lowercase letter matching, sort seeds in the sensory bin, and care for plants in the drama center.

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Next week we will be celebrating the Week of the Young Child with different themes for every day! Monday we will focus on movement and will have a Zumba dance party in the gym! Tuesday we encourage the children to dress in their fanciest outfit in honor of Tea Party Tuesday. We will Work Together on Wednesday to clean up our gorgeous island. Thursday we will spend the entire morning creating art projects for the upcoming art show. Friday we encourage our families to join us for Family Friday- come play on the playground during recess and join us for a picnic lunch! Stay tuned for fun photo updates!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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Nature walk fun!

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Today we took full advantage of the warm weather and we went on for a LONG nature walk around Mackworth Island. We explored the paths and saw budding plants. Spring is here, and we talked about the subtle but sure signs of it. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed it and the children will sleep well tonight!

Happy weekend everybody!

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Shadows and Reflections-continued

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Another week into the Shadows and Reflections unit! We are reading Kittens for a Day by Ezra Jack Keats:

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For sensory play, we have our sand and treasure hunt set up:

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For table art, we created “stained glass” with contact papers, cardboard, tissue/cellophane papers. Don’t they look great?!

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For our easel center, we are painting lovely starry night skies:

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For the blocks center, we are still immersed into playing with light and letter shapes:

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For drama, we are still dressing up:

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AND …today was a special occasion! It was a fellow student’s birthday AND St. Patrick’s Day!  How many kids are wearing green?

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A lot!

Have a nice weekend!

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Shadows and Reflections (week 3)

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We have explored this scientific unit through various interactive centers, and our budding scientists are near experts on the topic of shadows and reflections. Perhaps one or more of them will grow up to be the next Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, or Marie Curie!

Our story for this week was The Puddle Pail by Elisa Kleven. This story follows two crocodile brothers, adventuring to fill their pails with all sorts of collections. Ernst, the youngest crocodile decides to fill his pail with puddles; collecting the reflections along with the water itself. Ernst later uses the puddles in his pail to watercolor paint the reflections he saw earlier in the day. The children were encouraged to imagine their own collections, and were able to paint and draw images on a pail template.

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Later we worked with glitter, the most lovely of all reflective materials, and made vibrant finger paintings.

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We filled our sensory bins with water and added reflective foil, along with items that sink and float. The children were able to explore the density of assorted classroom objects.

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Lastly, we added drama center accoutrements and mirrors, and encouraged the children to dress up and admire their handsome and lovely selves!

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We can’t wait to see what next week has to offer!

Enjoy the weekend!

 

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Spring fever!

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Today we enjoyed our mini nature walk around the island, and we played outdoors (in light layers!).

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Don’t forget… we are still learning about shadows and reflections.  Can you find their shadows?

Also, we wanted to say THANK YOU to the families who sent in donations recently.  We appreciate you!!!

 

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Newsletter March 4

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Shadows and Reflections (Week 1)

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Hello families and friends!

What a busy couple of weeks it has been since our February break! The children definitely got the recharge they needed.. they came back fresh and ready to play!

We started a new unit this week- Shadows and Reflections.  We are currently reading several stories including: Play With Me, by Marie Hall Ets.

Our centers are slightly different than usual. For drama, we are playing with mirrors, letters, and shadow props using a “light up box” and an overhead projector.  The children practiced spelling their names and even pretended to be on-stage, singing (of course) “Let  It Go.” :)

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For puzzles: we added geometric boards with plastic nails and rubber bands as well as a few other comparing capacities items, go fish numerals, etc.  The kids were IMMERSED into creating letters and shapes with the geometric boards.

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For art, the kids enjoyed their independence creating colorful and shiny collages using dull and reflective papers such as cellophane, foil, construction, and tissue papers.  It made for a glue-y goopy mess, but also for a lot of fun!

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For water and sensory play, we created bubbles using Dawn dish soap as well as vegetable-based glycerin.  Pouring water into different containers and whisking it all together made for soapy, bubbly fun!  Pipe cleaners make for an excellent tool for blowing bubbles. We also checked out our reflections in the water and bubbles!

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Lastly but not least, for the block center, we added many woodland animals from the story and we also played with foam play doh. It was an enjoyable way to recreate the story we read earlier.

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Have a wonderful weekend! Hopefully spring weather is well on its way to stay!

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World of Color week 3

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Can you guess what we are studying this week? Ice cream! We have been reading Wemberly’s Ice Cream Star by Kevin Henks.

We added an ice cream stand/truck to the block/drama centers.  Be sure to ask your kiddos at home what kind of ice cream they like! Chocolate, strawberry, mint, or vanilla?  How many scoops?  In a cone or in a bowl?  And most importantly,  with rainbow sprinkles added?

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Check out our ice cream art work made of shaving cream and glue!

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Stay tuned for more pictures…we, of course, will be having an ice cream party this Friday!

Update: Here are some photos from our delicious ice cream social!

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