It's a family affair

December 17, 2017

Hi All,

Our week began full of energy. We needed time outside, and inside, to
run around. And around and around. So we did. A couple of other days
we ran to run too. It felt like we ran a marathon this week.

Tuesday Heather came and talked to us about self portraits. We looked
at each other’s faces for shapes and then in mirrors at our own faces.
We saw ovals and circles. We talked about lines and shapes and got to
use black sharpies to draw our faces. After our self portraits, we
drew another picture of our choice using colored markers. The pictures
are on display by the cubbies.

We read Are You My Mother? and What Moms Can’t Do. After reading Our
House and The Wonderful House, we asked how many people live in your
house? Everyone got to choose paper cut-out people to represent family
members and color them with markers. Some children made eyes, noses,
and mouths, while others focused on drawing clothes. We glued our
families into our homes we made last week. Homes sweet homes.

We read Loving before going to play in the big room. Big room games
this week: train, black panthers, family, going to the market, block
building, wheels, and just all around running and climbing.

Next week we will continue reading books about families, and we will
make gifts and cookies for family members.

Families are invited to join us on Friday at 11:15am for cookies and
milk. Cookies and milk! Yum!

Brrrrr,
Therese

Home is where the heart is

December 9, 2017

Dear parents,

We started our week building with blocks. The children worked in
groups of four to build structures. They built a castle and a bridge,
a gum machine, a stage for a show, a king and queen castle complete
with trolls, and a garbage can.

Tuesday we built with blocks again. We asked what are the blocks made
of? The children answered wood and told us it comes from trees. What
they had to say about their buildings: it’s super high, we’re working
on a castle, we’re making a boat, this is a chair, we’re trying to
make a robber cage, when the walls fall we have to build them again,
it’s harder than it seems, this is an airport, these are the seats but
it’s not really stable, and ours is a tiger cave. Shortly after, that
group turned into a bunch of growling tigers.

During yoga the children sat in a circle holding hands and leaned to
the left. We also saw them trying to pick up pom poms with their toe
toes. While half of us were in yoga, the other half went to present
our giant rainbow bagel thank you card to La Bagel Delight. They
seemed delighted! We saw a real rainbow bagel on the counter which
caused a stir among a few children. We went twice to give our card, so
that both groups could have a turn.

On Thursday the children looked through our bookshelf for books with
pictures of houses. We found many. During circle we examined each
picture for shapes. The children saw rectangles, squares,
sort-of-circles, diamonds, triangles, and a shape no one knew the name
of yet, a trapezoid. We read Our House, The Orange Splot, and looked
at Harold And The Purple Crayon to see other kinds of homes. One
person told us his house was flat on the top.

After snacks everyone chose what color to make their house and we used
different shapes of construction paper to construct our homes. The
next day we added watercolor. One person painted their windows blue,
while another told us they were painting the whole cabin because it
was misty. Then we read Animal Homes.

Next week we will talk about our families and who lives in our homes.

Have a homey weekend,
Therese