Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hopping and Jumping Through January

The toddler class has embraced the themes this month of Native California Animals, Winter in California and Being Kind to Others!

In between rainstorms we made it outside to paint our classroom cave!

In our sensory bin, we have been digging through beans, small rocks and sticks and playing with our California animals such as: raccoons deer, squirrels, bears, birds, skunks and snakes.

We made animal tracks with paint on butcher paper and we also used small animal stamps to stamp animal scenes on a cut out of a mountain.

Winter in California is WET! We have learned so much about rain this month! We have beenplaying in the rain, jumping in puddles, getting wet, and creating out own Itsy Bitsy Spider water spout!

We made our own rain sticks with rice, cotton balls, and paper towel rolls.

Winter also means that it get darker outside earlier, so our little ones get the chance to see the moon and stars outside before heading off to bed! We read some moon books including: Mooncake, Kitten’s First Full Moon, and Goodnight Moon to name a few. We painted our own moons by mixing our own chunky “moon paint” and we drew the night sky with chalk on dark paper!

The kids are really enjoying spending time together. We are learning how to be kind to each other by taking turns in the “cave”, dressing up like animals, and while we play!

We look forward to next month as we learn about feelings, friendship, rhythm and rhyme!

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