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Snow Bears

This week, we read The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett. We noticed it was a lot like Goldilocks and the Three Bears! In the art center, we made polar bears out of old newspapers. What a great way to reuse materials!

Winter Activities

We had a lot of fun with hands on winter activities this week! We experimented with solids and liquids by freezing some classroom materials in ice. We put one bowl outside and kept one inside and observed how each changed throughout the day. We made dreidels and practiced spinning them while graphing our results. We tried mixing baking soda and shaving cream to make indoor “snow.” It was fun to pack it into a snowball but then crumble it up again!  

Color Mixing Pumpkins

We had a blast mixing red and yellow paint to make orange pumpkins in the art center. Then we cut out shapes (lots of triangles!) and made our pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns. Come and see them on our classroom door!

Fall Activities

We are enjoying October by working with apples, pumpkins, and leaves! Our sensory bin has leaves and rhyming pictures. We rolled a die and counted cubes to cover a pumpkin. We made silly apple faces for our classroom door.

Exploring Centers

Every day, the children are assigned to a center where they stay for 30 minutes and work and play with a small group. Here’s a look into what we’ve been doing at centers: At Art, we have been learning how to use some of the materials such as stencils and colored pencils.   At Math, we are learning what counters are used for and trying out sorting, making patterns, and counting a group of ten.   At Blocks, the kids can choose between Legos and big wooden blocks.   At the Building Center, the Duplo zoo kit has been very

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Exploring Maps

We began our map unit by looking at different kinds of maps and noticing land and water. We started finding our place in the world by reading Me on the Map and writing our own version of the story.

Arrival Activties

What are we doing first thing in the morning? When the kids arrive, they have jobs to do and then they may choose from four tables of activities. It is a great time to socialize and enjoy free play. Choices include puzzles, games, art, blocks, math manipulatives, and building toys.  

Earth Day

This week, we read books about taking care of our planet, talked about how to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and made a class book. We also started a project in the art center to show what the earth looks like from space. Using paint and shaving cream, we made prints to show the blue water and green land covered with clouds. After we made the prints, we got to play in the shaving cream. It was messy fun!

Children’s Museum

We spent an hour exploring the museum in our small groups. Then we gathered to do a science lesson with museum staff members. They told us a storm was coming and we had to build a strong roof on our house so that we would stay dry! We split into groups and had to work together to select and use a variety of materials with a limited amount of tape to build a roof. When the storm (watering can) came, we all watched to see how well our roofs kept the rain out. It was fun to cheer for each

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Solving Problems with Puppets

As part of our focus on social emotional learning, we used our puppets to act out some typical kindergarten problems. The kids had fun showing the “wrong” way to solve the problem, and then worked together to try a better way to solve it.