Saturday, March 10, 2018

Toddler Life!

Feelings and Friendships!

Friendships are growing in the toddler classroom! This month we are leaning about what it means to be a friend. We also have been learning more about the way we feel. Taking time to understand our feelings and learning how to voice how we feel; happy, sad, excited, mad, and frustrated to name a few, really helps us deal with situations that come up in class, as well as, care for each other.


For science this month, we have been exploring the reaction of baking soda and vinegar! We observed that the smell of vinegar is very strong and that not only when the two ingredients react together does it bubble up, but it also makes fizzy noises too!!

Bodies in motion!

As the year keeps moving along we are getting stronger and more coordinated in our bodies! We are trying new skills, taking risks and building up our confidence!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A peek back in PreK

For this month's post I wanted to share some of the fun we had in December and January.  Stay tuned next month to see what we did in February!

We set out items for dramatic play in the courtyard which became our emergency room.  I was the patient and my maladies ranged from a broken leg to a hurt brain (according to the kids.) With stethoscopes and bandages in hand, they quickly fixed me right up.  Their imagination transformed found objects in the courtyard area into x-rays, medicine, and a variety of tools used in surgery.  

Inside the classroom we mixed a batch of cinnamon dough and loved decorating gingerbread people.  It also kept our room smelling sweet and festive as we talked about family traditions and the holidays in December.  

Other fun activities in December were our Pajama Day/Polar Express Day and using holiday theme stamps for math practice.  

As we continue through the school year it's incredible how much more complex the buildings and structures of the students become.  Here are a few examples of their work.  

Monday, February 12, 2018

First the rain, then the snails!

After a brief rain shower, I discovered some snails on my front porch.  Knowing my audience, I scooped them up and transported them to school.  The children observed the snails trying to escape from their container....what to do?  Thankfully, most three and four year olds are not squeamish, so they gingerly picked them up and cradled them in their hands.  I read, Are You a Snail? by Judy Allen (author of the wonderful series,Backyard Books) ,the children assembled a snail puzzle and used play dough to form our own army of snails.  Now, if we could just get some more rain soon!

The children used droppers (fine motor practice) to dissolve shaving cream clouds in jars.  There was a color mixing component to the activity and lots of fun sensory play.  More than once we exclaimed, "oh, my....overflow!" and "Mrs. Ronda, we need more towels!"  

Puzzles and rainbow blocks were popular in our class.  The children have become adept at assembling our big floor puzzles and difficult table puzzles.  New vocabulary words heard in the classroom include rotate, flip, corner and edge.  The most common word uttered during block building was COLLAPSE!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

January Toddler News

January nights are long and toddlers are awake when the sun sets, so we used the opportunity to learn about nocturnal animals, and the moon and stars. There is a classroom cafe set up in the room and the children have had so much fun "working" there and stopping by to have snacks.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Gobble, gobble from these PreK turkeys!

Here are the Monday students getting silly for a class photo.  They weren't the only turkeys at Grandmother's House though.  We had a fun fine motor activity of adding beads to pipe cleaners to create feathers for our fine turkey friends.  Turkeys, cornucopias, feasts, and time with family were the topics of discussion in November.  

There were several interesting items filling our sensory tray in November.  First there were water beads, then birdseed with leaves, and finally cloud dough (mixture of flour and baby oil.)  

The easel isn't just for painting;  if you cover it with contact paper you create a sticky surface for endless fun.  I placed a page behind the paper to encourage sorting by color (horizontally) and by shape (vertically.)

We even used it for tangrams!

In our outside play we washed dishes, played with puppets, and experimented with rain gutters in the sandbox.