We sometimes call February the “love” month …. mostly because the girls are always crazy about Valentine’s Day. What a perfect time to explore what it really means to be a friend….How to be a wonderful and helpful part of a family…. Loving yourself for who you are…and understanding your feelings and those of others. We are continuing our quest of exploring all these important aspects of our lives. We also continue to share many incredible stories which emphasize these important concepts.
I will share a taste of what we have been doing….
Faces....Exploring Loose Parts
Learning from friends!!
Mom and Dad giving me hugs and kisses… -Emma D
Brushing my teeth with strawberry toothpaste… -Carrington
Rubbing James on the Tummy and giving mom and dad kisses…Ruthie
Rubbing Tulia’s tummy…Mabel
When my mom snuggles with me…Blair
Giving hugs and kisses to my sister...Abigail
Hugs to my baby Ava...Emma H
Playing with Henry…Amelia
Playing with baby brother William…Lane
Bowling with Mommy and Mama…Grey
Mom and Dad Kissing and hugging me and reading to me at bedtime…Phoebe
You are unique in all the World....
Most of my friends know that children’s books are my passion. I have so many…. but bring them on!!! My classroom is full of endearing books of all kinds…. all subjects…. fiction and nonfiction …silly…serious…. full of lessons to learn and places to go when you are dreaming. What a gift we have. Why is that a gift you say!!
“Reading to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. They develop language and listening skills that prepares them for reading.”
Of course…my girls are reading by interpreting illustrations and reading to each other. I know you are reading to your girls. Keep up the good work moms and dads…. you are giving them such a gift…in so many ways.
Reading to track print.....Reading to gather information
Retelling stories to each other using prior knowledge and illustrations.............
"Sharing stories about the Snow Queen"
The little girl and boy went on an adventure. That little girl was crying because the little cat was cold. The little girl liked the little boy and tried to hug him. We came to the little man…The snow angel is staring at him…then she stared at him again. Then the little girl was sad because the little boy went away. The snow fairy was evil. The little girl went to sit by the fire…then she fell in the water….She found the little boy and they went away to ice skate. Then she was singing and then stopped. Then she was all grown up and she married the little boy…and they lived happily ever after. The End.
Always believe in the magic of reading. MP
Multiple materials, tools, and techniques were provided to create a winter landscape in several layers: sky, snow, and under the snow. The girls chose animals to draw and insert into their Winter Wonderland….
The girls made painted paper to create 3 layers...
What a pleasure it was for us to watch these creations on fold. Each interpretation as unique and creative as our girls are!!
Here are a sampling of some versions the girls made up:
We put our cookies in the oven and listened to one more Gingerbread Story. When we went to check on them they were GONE!!! We had to hunt them down and we looked so many places. They were always one step ahead of us. Until they just got so tired!! We finally found them and they were so yummy!!!! If you make some at home just don't peek or you may have to chase them too!!!
Sweet friends working around the classroom...
The Holiday Bakery
Come on let's cook!! I need a spoon guys...Come get some more chocolate...We are baking cookies for Santa...You better be a sleep, really a sleep because Santa is coming...Could you hand me the milk? Santa comes down the chimney or sometimes through a window...You can bake chips too...Santa...I'm coming for you!!! Lane, Ruthie and Carrington
This invitation to create cards for friends has been a sensation. So proud of our girls for cultivating sweet thoughts and giving compliments to each other. They love both giving and receiving.
There are so many benefits of Loose Parts…too many to name. Your girls engage in loose parts daily…this is one of the most exploratory times in our day and they love it!!!
Examples: Stacking, Stirring, Scooping, Manipulates objects in multiple ways
Lizzie’s our mom…I’m the sister. Emma’s our sister too!! There’s a monster in the house. You can look at the monster through this. They change to green. Mine changes to blue. The monster came in through the door. They sneaked in on us. Our ice glasses protect us from the monster.
What can you create with these loose parts?
Wonder, Explore, Experiment, Create
“ A library is where ideas sleep between covers, waiting for you to discover them.” This quote by Lois Ehlert warms my heart. I am very passionate about children’s picture books and the stories they tell. The benefits of picture books are endless….
The girls explore nature all the time inside and outside. Inside we water plants and watch plants bloom…and even explore at the tactile table with dirt, sand, and seeds. Outside we look up, we look down, we search soil, look for colors and visit the farm. We want our girls to have a shared love of nature through discovery and play. The tactile table is always a place in the room to explore nature. At the beginning of the year the girls had fun playing with sand…discovering the texture and color …later soil and seeds were added, and the girls enjoyed sifting and sorting many different types of seeds.
The girls kept watching the seeds every time we walked to the playground. Some of the seeds dried up…some sprouted… and some grew a few leaves. We brought the seeds in and made more observations.
Observational drawings of our seeds to seedlings to roots, stems, and leaves. We just love the great outdoors!!
We celebrated International Dot Day on September 17th. “The Dot tells the story of a caring teacher who reaches a reluctant student in a remarkably creative way. In Peter’s book, the teacher dares a very resistant Vashti to “make her mark.” Vashti’s breakthrough begins with a simple dot on a piece of paper. Encouraged by her teacher she sets off on a journey of self- discovery, letting her creativity bloom and, ultimately, inspire others.”
I was having my morning coffee on Sunday and a segment came up on Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley, about the world trade center. Street murals were being painted by graffiti artist’s… “making their mark”…filling their canvas with flowers, familiar faces, etc.. inspiring images to remind people of the American spirit….one said, "art heals”. What kind of mark will your daughter make on the world? Peter Reynolds book The Dot is not just about the art world…It’s about making your mark by embracing courage, bravery, creativity and original ideas no matter what profession you choose. Make your mark and see where it takes you ….all you’ve got to do is start …
…” Within a structured and nurturing environment, Hutchison encourages each student to develop a lifelong joy of learning, to sharpen her intellectual curiosity, to cultivate artistic expression, and strive for physical well-being” …Hutchison philosophy