Happy New Year! We are S-L-O-W-L-Y getting back in the grind this week! We are thankful that the snow arrived just in time for this unit as we are focusing on SNOW this week! We are reading “The Mitten” by Jan Brett and “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats.
So far, we have enjoyed the drama center, dressing up as various animals from “The Mitten!” Can you guess who is the hare and who is the fox?
For the sensory tables, we added ICE and SNOW this week for the children to dig through with sand shovels and mittens. BRR…
Today was a fun day for the art center; we made clay sculptures of the animals!
Check back later for more updates! STAY WARM!
We are wrapping up this week by learning about an African culture holiday called Kwanzaa. New holiday vocabulary was introduced: kinara, Africa, and Unity Cup. For our drama play, we added the kinara so the children could pretend to light them!
Our art centers were certainly fun as we created bracelets out of Kwanzaa colors: red, green, and black! We also had the children paint a Kwanzaa flag at the easel center. A colorful kinara was also created out of the children’s painted handprints!
Stay tuned for more pictures! Happy Kwanzaa!
This week we learned about a Jewish holiday called Hanukkah and added holiday pieces to our centers. We read “Chanukah Lights Everywhere” by Michael J. Rosen during our morning meetings to introduce holiday vocabulary such as latkes, dreidels, and menorahs. For drama, we had a kitchen set so children could “light” a menorah and cook latkes!
For our blocks center, a lot fun was had building menorahs out of blocks. We also enjoyed playing with an Hanukkah family set.
For hands on math, we discussed about how many candles are on the menorah. We counted 9! We also learned how to play with a dreidel and “chocolate coins!” Many home-made dreidels were sent home with the children so perhaps families can learn this game as well!
For the art center, we made the dreidels! We used cardboard and pencils to do “spin art” on individual dreidels. Look how great they came out! Star of David ornaments were also glued together by popsicle sticks and decorated creatively by the children.
Sensory breaks are always popular with our kids… and they, of course, loved the table this week with beans, corn, etc. Sen
Last but not least, we made latkes for morning snack, and what a hit they were! Traditionally, latkes are served with applesauce. We served them with applesauce AND ketchup. Yum!
After watching a film in slow motion, the Forest Room decided to make a SloMo video of their own!
We hope you enjoy! slow motion
This week we have been introducing a new unit to the children: Wind and Water. We have been reading “The Wind Blew” by Pat Hutches, “The Mouse and the Wind” by Arnold Lobel, and “Gilberto and the Wind” by Marie Hall Ets. Our centers have been mostly revolved around “Gilberto and the Wind” as it is about the wind blowing balloons, sailboats, kites, pinwheels and so on forth.
The children have enjoyed playing with sailboats in our water sensory table. We used store-bought plastic sailboats and homemade sailboats made of cork, wax paper, and toothpicks. It was easier for the children to blow the homemade sailboats to see how wind faciliates sailing.
For art, we did a lot this week! We painted clouds, created paper kites with plenty of decorations (see one of our bulletin boards!), and we created art by blowing through a straw so the air moves paint on a table covered with paint (see below)!
Lastly but not least, our favorite activity this week was most likely when we brought out small balloons to see how the wind affects them! The children enjoyed themselves tremendously!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Have a wonderful weekend!