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