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!

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For our blocks center, a lot fun was had building menorahs out of blocks. We also enjoyed playing with an Hanukkah family set.

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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.

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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!

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Happy Hanukkah!

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Wrapping Up Wind and Water..For now!


Here are a few pictures from our Wind and Water Unit.  We will be resuming this Unit after break. The children had such fun with the vet office and gak!

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Slow Motion Video!

After watching a film in slow motion, the Forest Room decided to make a SloMo video of their own!

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Unit 3: Wind and Water

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)!

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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!

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End of Friends Unit!

Hard to believe but we are wrapping up our “Friends” Unit and starting a brand new unit next week.  The past couple of weeks have been busy but fun!  ’Tis the season so we have been talking about being “thankful” for what we have.  We are thankful for our friends and especially for our families!  Be sure to check out our “Thankful Tree.”  See you next Monday!

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October 30th Newsletter

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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Pumpkins and Scarecrows, Oh My!

After reading “The Little Old Woman Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” and watching a sing-a-long video of “Five Little Pumpkins” we decided it would be a fun activity to create “Emotion Jack’O'Lanterns” and a scarecrow of our own!


We began by deciding which feeling we wanted to portray on our pumpkins. Each classroom chose something different. Later we discussed the shapes involved in making a Jack’O'Lantern. With the help of our teachers, we were able to cut in to the pumpkins and scoop out the pulp. Some of us liked the feeling of the pulp and seeds more than others!

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Later we brought our scarecrow accoutrements to the back yard and worked together to fill the clothes with freshly fallen maple leaves. We added a pumpkin head and a hat for good measure.

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We all agree that he turned out pretty great. What do you think?

Happy Fall!



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October 23rd Newsleter

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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Beautiful Autumn Leaves!

Spectacular autumn has done it again! We are certainly lucky to be on Mackworth Island this time of year. Our favorite maple tree displays the most gorgeous oranges and reds this time of year, and it was at its peak today. We took a short detour from our morning recess to visit the tree and play in the fallen leaves. Fun had by everyone!


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October 16th Newsletter

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