Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Fun in February

It’s hard to believe it is almost March! We have been having so much fun together at school. 



Science

One of the most exciting activities this month was a science activity using simple materials: vinegar and baking soda. All the students loved using droppers to squeeze vinegar onto piles of baking soda and observe the reaction. It’s fun and easy to try at home as well!



Another science activity involved making glitter shaker bottles, where the children had to practice hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and patience in order to fill the small bottles with all the special ingredients. It was so much fun! 




Feelings

Two-year-olds can get stuck between having a lot of feelings while having limited language skills to express them. We have been reading about, learning about, talking about and acting out feelings. The children even like to practice demonstrating feelings on their faces while having their pictures taken and then look to see if their mood was captured. We recognize and name the emotion as we see it, modeling for the children how to express our feelings.




Why Playdough?

Quality preschools always seem to have playdough and other sorts of materials to squish, scoop and mold. By using these materials, your children develop large and small muscles strength and hand-eye coordination. It’s also acts as a calming sensory activity to help de-stress after a rough morning, and a way to express the imagination. For more information, check out this link: http://www.ot-mom-learning-activities.com/playdough-activities.html




As February is the month of Valentine’s Day, we, of course, incorporated many hearts into our arts! 





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