Some of the books we read in January were How big is a pig by Clare Beaton and BIG little by Leslie Patricelli. We talked about different size animals as well as mimicking each sound(s) they make. After reading How big is a pig? we used white and red paint to make pink paint. We used our hands to blend the paints on the big pig.
Our older infants have settled into the Ladybugs class so quickly. They are exploring our environment with all their senses (as appropriate!). From crawling to walking, listening, smelling, tasting, and touching. We took advantage of the beautiful weather in October and sought to get outside as often as possible. All of our children, both walkers and non-walkers, have explored the playground now!
In November, our theme will be “Inside/Outside.” We will focus on animals and objects that we find outside verses what we see inside.
September was an exciting month in the infant classrooms. Getting to meet your wonderful infants and toddlers has been extremely delightful! We will spend most of our time nurturing them, while also helping them transition into a more structured day. The theme this month was “All about Me.” The activities this month will helped our caregivers develop innovative and fun ways to help your children approach learning. Get ready for a year of fun, creative and a hands-on experience!
We read the book My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss and talked about our feelings. Then, we made a masterpiece of all our feelings using different colored paints on a big piece of white paper. It was fun!
During the month of May, we worked so hard and as a result we got very messy! We revamped our school garden (located in our playground) by planting flowers and garden herbs. The children had the opportunity to help dig the holes in the flowerbeds to place the plants in and water the new plants with the hose. The playground also has a new dirt digging area for the children to play and explore with and if you have seen your child’s clothes lately, you will know how much they really enjoy it!
Starting this month our Ladybugs and Caterpillars will be working on
our school garden. As we all know children learn through
play and play can be messy.
In March the caterpillar classroom focused on things that move. While exploring this theme the children were given the opportunity to pick up and grasp various items such as: cars, airplanes, trains, bicycles and trucks.
Some sensory projects introduced included: Train track painting, Airplane collages and Hurry Hurry Paint the Firetruck. Caterpillar students used their own bodies as objects to perform movements like crawling, pulling up and flapping our arms to portray cars, cranes and planes as we move around the classroom.
February was an exciting month for the Ladybugs. The monthly theme of transportation was a big hit! Since the children enjoyed it so much, teachers decided to turn their classroom into a road. Teachers used colored tape to make the lines of the street and the children helped by sticking the tape to the floor. We learned that airplanes are different from cars because they fly in the sky. The children also made a school bus out of cardboard boxes. They painted it using paintbrushes and their hands and then rode in it when it was dry.
Our youngest children took advantage of the unseasonably
warm weather this February.
Our Ladybug class is working on the unit of “Big and Little” this month. To explore this theme, students used big trucks and smaller cars and trucks to make tracks on a road.
Our Ladybug class is focusing on the concept of “cold” as we get ready for winter this month. Could ice cubes be cold? Do they taste cold? Will they melt? We sure had fun exploring these questions. See below:
The fall tree collage (pictured below) was a sensory activity during which able children had the chance to touch and feel small pieces of paper made up of different textures!