Welcome to Little Hive!
Mrs. Sewell/Mrs. Boyer
Phew! What a busy end of the year we have had! On Wednesday, our class celebrated the end of the school year with a Bubbles Bonanza party! We also released our butterflies during our party, and can't wait to see if we see them flying around school these last few days of school. Take a peek at the fun we had celebrating the end of a wonderful school year:
We have had a great year in Little Hive with your girls, thank you so much for sharing them all with us! They have learned so much, and we can't wait to see what big things they accomplish next year in Pre-K!
Spring has sprung here at Hutchison! The class has been so excited about the warmer weather, and has loved looking for signs of the changing seasons all around the campus. One of the more exciting changes that we have noticed are all the birds that are busily flying around our building making nests. As we returned from music one day, we were lucky enough to spot two morning doves making a nest in the eaves of our building. We loved sitting down and watching them build the nest together, the daddy bird would fly down and pick something up and then return to the momma bird who continued to make her nest. We could have watched for hours as these birds were hard at work!
After watching the nest building, the girls quickly made the connection that the birds were building their home! Building on this prior knowledge about our homes and fairy homes, the girls discussed how a bird’s nest might be different from our own homes. We decided that a bird’s home was made of: “sticks, hay, and soft things” and our homes were made of “brick, wood, windows, and a roof”. We decided to make our own nests for the birds, and the class then formulated a list of everything that they would need to make the perfect nest. We explored all around school looking for the perfect sticks and soft things to make our nests.
After collecting all of their materials, we returned to the classroom, and the girls embarked on the process of creating the perfect nest! Take a look at the work they created:
Throughout this study of bird nests, the girls have enjoyed building nests in the loose parts center and have enjoyed taking a peak inside a bird’s nest from an eagles nest live cam. We can’t see what else springs up around Hutchison before the end of the school year!
What a great Wednesday we had this week! The girls did a wonderful job riding their bikes, trikes, and scooters at Hutchison’s Trike-A-Thon for St. Jude. In preparation for the Trike-A-Thon, the girls have been learning lots of important information about bike safety. The girls have learned the importance of wearing a helmet, riding bikes on the sidewalk not in the street, being careful around driveways, and watching where you are going when riding. Through Trike-A-Thon the girls raised over $11,000 for the kids at St. Jude!! Trike-A-Thon is not only a fun experience for our girls to learn about bike safety but it is also a great introduction to service for our youngest girls at Hutchison. The girls had a blast riding, and they also loved cheering on all the other EC girls who rode! Take a peek at all the pictures from our Trike-A-Thon!
Over the past few weeks in our classroom, our focus has shifted to explore story telling through various mediums. Every girl that comes into our room each day has a plethora of stories that she is excited to share with the class. We recently read the story Home by Carson Ellis that lead us to consider how different people live, different types of homes, and what the commonalities and differences are in the people discussed in the story. As we dove further into this exploration, the girls were eager to share about their own homes. All the girls have loved creating a Little Hive neighborhood with their friend’s houses right down the street from each other! These stories that the girls tell are often entertaining, but also give us some great avenues to develop critical thinking skills. Through story workshop, the girls are working on their confidence, creativity, compassion, and leadership skills while expressing their stories.
After reading the book Home the girls began to tell some great stories about the beautiful illustrations in the book. We encouraged each of the girls to stretch their story by adding collage materials to the story workshop progress. Take a look at the stories that they had to tell about the different homes depicted in the book:
“One people is on the butterfly. Someone is not going to rescue him. Now here are some stairs. The people who live in my house are not nice. They are living here. They are sharks! They are kid sharks, and one is one the tree. He is playing. Oops! He fell down. I’m making a castle now. These are curtains. I have curtains in my room and my brother’s room, but not downstairs. Now I’m done.” – Sloane
“The person is sleeping. There are some beads, and rocks for the moon people and some steps inside. I’m putting some blankets on him because he is too cold. I made more people right here, and there are steps right here. They got lots of stuff like toys in there. The sand is here and different to play in.” – Ellie-Kate
“I made the roof. The beads are the people. These people are witches and this boys is locked in a cage and he escaped! The beads here can’t save him because they don’t have legs. Now the beads are pool water. Th beads turned to water by a witch. This is the Dad and the little boy. They are going to swing down into the water. These people are going to play big trumpets. They are playing music!” – Scarlett
“There’s purple grass. Now here’s the dragonfly. It’s flying in the sky. It’s a nice dragonfly. I’m going to make one more, make a blue one. They’re flying to the lake! They are going to go swim in the castle there, yep, they are! It going to be a beautiful castle! Swim, swim, swim, in the water. Now we’re here on the boat. My boat is shiny. Oh no! It’s going to rain. It’s raining. We have to go in.” – Margaret
“There’s purple grass in my story, and there’s an old man. He is going in his house. He has paper in his house. The old man is going out of his house eating food. There’s purple grass and blue grass and red grass. Now there’s stairs. That the tree, the old man put the tree up. These are the Mom and Dad, and they are going to pick the tree up. The Dad knocked down the Mama. Now they go in the beehive and the old man fixes them up! That’s the outside door right there.” –Hope
“I put this in my house, and this in my house here!” – Page
“I’m building a birdie house. My Mom, with my Dad and sister in the bird house. We are playing with toys in the bird house. The black paper is for birdie leaves. My family is playing with my toys in the house. A birdie is eating this and this and some ice cream! He might bring it back to my family. We would eat it. He brought it back. It tastes like strawberry. We’re eating it now. It was yummy!” – Maisie
“I’m making my mommy for her birthday. Mommy lives in this house. It’s not too big. I was the put pink for the leaves. Now it a birdie. I be in my tree. Tie the paper. She making my doll house. I tie this. Now there ice cream. It’s right there now. It with the purple cake. I done!” – Tully
“She’s staying at her house and waving at her bird. The birds lives there too. Now I’m adding sticks for her. Yellow, sprinkle sprinkle around – it’s for her house. No add a little bit more of these. Maybe a nest. A nest has to be with sticks, rocks, and sticks for a nest. Its gots some of those for a house and rocks for the house. It’s finished!” – Elliot
“Daddy and Mommy live here. They like to swim in the boat on the pool. Grandpa and Camille live on the boat too. Baby lives on the boat.” - Savanna
Sharing circle has quickly become one of my favorite times of the day in our Little Hive classroom. I love listening to all the stories and tidbits that the girls bring with them on sharing day, and often their "shares" lead to great conversations in the class amongst the girls.
Our sharing circle is a great activity that the girls love, but there is also a lot of learning that occurs during our sharing time from week to week. During this time, the girls are practicing valuable skills such as turn taking, developing communication and listening skills, and developing self confidence skills. During our share time, each girl is given an opportunity to speak in front of others in the class, she gets the opportunity to share ideas that she values with her classmates and teachers, learns to respect other's turn when talking, and also practices the skill of asking simple and valuable questions, while listening and responding to questions asked. We practice all these important skills in such a fun and simple activity! Another reason share circle is one of my most favorite times of day is that it becomes a time for the girls to really discuss and talk about what is important to them. Our share circle provides a lens to view what is the most valuable and meaningful to our class. Take a peek at some of the things that our class has been talking and sharing about over the past week:
"I played with Mommy and Sister. I played with my toys -- with my babies. My sister has a horse. His name is Nike. My sister rides real horses. I ride pretend horses." -Maisie
"My Mommy and Daddy for my birthday gave me Ariel. He took me to Disney World to put water on it. Ariel's necklace, they took it away. Ariel is a princess and she happy. I played with Ariel and she brushed her hair. She has gown and necklace. She was so happy!" -Tully
"I got new sunglasses. Peppa Pig and Frozen ones. And I got a new hat for the beach. I am going tomorrow with Mommy, Daddy, my brother and my sister." - Hope
Scarlett: "I have blocks."
Savanna: "Do you have toys at your house?"
Scarlett: "I just have blocks."
Savanna: "Oh, that's good!"
Elliot: "Do you have a Fancy Nancy toy?"
Scarlett: "No. I played with blocks."
"I got a kitchen and we got a tent. We don't have numbers like you guys, and I have a Frozen bike! My sister has a big bike with a bell and a cup holder. She can pedal by herself. My Frozen bike is a little tricky to stop. I wear a helmet and I have pompoms on my bike." - Elliot
Page: "My Mommy and Daddy cook cinnamon rolls too. I have big girl panties on today. I have dollies."
Elliot: "Do you have a Barbie dream house?"
Page: "No I just have dollies."
"I'm going to go to the lake when it gets summer time. It's too cold now. When we're finished at the beach, we're going to the lake. We're going to take the animals to the lake. Grandmother is going to go to her house. Dad's in the airplane. I'm going to the beach soon!" - Margaret
"I go to Jumping Jellybeans with my Mommy, my Daddy, Titi, and my Camille, and my Ivy-Grace. I swimmed in the balls. I'm all done." - Savanna
Sloane: "I played with my brother. I played with my Daddy. We watched TV - Paw Patrol, then Daddy turned it off. Every pup was in it!"
Elliot: "I like Rubble."
Sloane: "I like Rubble too."
Hope: "I like Skye."
Sloane: "They were saving. Saving Captain Turbin. Then I went to the swimming pool and swim in it."
"Grandma is coming to the house and to the beach. I play with my bucket and shovel, play at the beach with all my sand toys. I don't have floaties at my house, I get them at the swim store. Me, and Mommy, and my Daddy, and my Grandma, and Me are going to the airplane, and fly up in the sky. And I'll play with my sand toys at the beach and eat ice cream." - Ellie Kate
Story telling in Little Hive is one of the ways that we support language and literacy development. Exploring with various materials, such as collaging, paint, clay, block building, and sensory exploration can help to develop valuable language skills, and can help support girls seeing themselves as authors and storytellers in the classroom. As the year has progressed, we have invited the girls in Little Hive to explore various materials in hopes they will share their stories and gently guide them to discover their voices through story telling.
Over the past few weeks, the girls in our classroom have taken a special interest in fairies and princesses. We have explored the concept of fairies in relation to the natural world around us. We have discussed how fairies could use acorns as cups, sticks to build their house, and other various materials in the natural world for their benefit. More recently the girls have been investigating how to use these natural materials to make houses for their fairy friends. While creating houses for the Hutchison fairies to live in, the girls have told elaborate stories about their fairies and all the happenings at their newly created fairy houses. Take a look at the stories our girls have been telling over the past few weeks:
Margaret: My fairy is flying to the airport. They are flying to their grandmothers at the flying airport. These are her feet. I’m going to put this under her head so she can be comfortable
Maisie: These (fairies) are playing babies. They are going to the house now. These are going to play inside.
Margaret: No, let them play outside!
Maisie: They are playing inside because it is cold out there
Margaret: My fairies have a coat, no, a sweatshirt.
Ellie-Kate: My fairies are playing inside too.
Maisie: Now they are going to the grocery store.
Margaret: My fairies are going to move to the grocery store. My fairies are going to fly.
Maisie: Let’s fly together! They’re going to the garden to pick out food. I got apples and strawberries.
Margaret: She’s tired now. This is her bed. She’s asleep on her back. I’m going to sing her a song to wake her up. “Jesus loves me this I know…” I didn’t go to the grocery. She slept. Here’s her lovey.
Ellie-Kate: My fairy is taking a nap too. It’s night night time. It’s dark out.
Maisie: Yes, night night time. Now this is her pillow. This is her blanket, and this is her other blanket.
Margaret: One is taking a nap. Yes, let’s be quiet. I’m going to watch her take a nap.
Ellie-Kate: I’m watching my fairies take a nap too.
Margaret: Now it’s wake up time. The moon is not up anymore. It’s time to wake up. This one isn’t waking up, oh no she’s crying! I’ll cover her up. “Its Ok baby” Here are her nap socks. I’ll be over here watching her take a nap.
Maisie: We’re watching them take a nap.
Ellie-Kate: It’s wake up time!
Margaret and Maisie: Wake up! Wake up!
Ellie-Kate: Are those two fairies coming to meet me?
Maisie: Can we play at your house? We can fly there. Were here! I’m bringing my fairies to play with Ellie-Kate.
Maisie: Let’s all play together at your house!
Hope: “Hello! Let’s play hide and seek” “Oh, I found you!” My fairies are playing hide and seek.
Elliot: I don’t have any kids, Scarlett has mine. I have the Mom. She Is not playing hide and seek. She’s doing nothing. She’s waiting until the kids get done.
Scarlett: I have lots of rocks. My rocks are berries.
Hope: These kids are waiting for their Mom to come.
Elliot: Maybe she has to stay at home because she’s sick. She has an ear infection.
Hope: What if she went to the doctor.
Elliot: She does. She has an ear infection.
Hope. Now their Mom comes. She tells them to clean up. Now, they are cleaning up. They made a big mess. The queen’s looking at the flowers now.
Elliot: The Momma is coming inside now!
Hope: The mom came inside and she is getting the kids in their beds. Now she’s telling them to clean up. Now she’s going to poke them in the eye if they don’t clean up!
Scarlett: Don’t poke them! It’s not nice!
Hope: Now she is a mean fairy Queen. She makes everyone clean up!
Savanna: I am making a house for a fairy. Now I need some steps. The fairies are going to use the steps. These are wood cookies. Now I made all the steps.
Sloane: Mine are going to play hide and seek. They’re going to count Mrs. Sewell Ready here I come! Oh, I found you! Now let’s do jumping.
Savanna: Mine are jumping too! They’re jumping at Jumping Jellybeans. Let’s count. Oh! Peppa Pig is visiting the fairy house. “Hi Peppa Pig, do you want to visit the fairy house?”
Sloane: Let’s jump on the parachute. Now let’s eat on the table.
Savanna: Ok! We’re eating hamburgers.
Sloane: I don’t like them.
Savanna: Well I do. Yummy!
Sloane: Now it is time to sleep.
Savanna: Let’s sleep.
Sloane: Uh oh! Now the car is broken.
Savanna: Let me see, I’ll fix it.
Sloane: It’s all fixed now. Time to go. Bye bye kids. See you later!
Savanna: Bye bye!
"This is a fairy house, a cupcake fairy house! I’m going to wrap it up. Fairies are going to live in it. It’s a cupcake on top. It’s a roof cupcake. I’m going to wrap it up for the fairy world." - Elliot
"I’m making a house. Hello! She is flying. I’m making stairs. Do you want to play with me? Uh, oh. I’m making a fairy leaf. 3,4,5,6,7,8,9. She’s going night night. Now they are dancing. She is dancing with the queen. She’s jumping high. She’s going to sleep. Wake up, wake up! They are dancing. She holds hands and she hold her hand." - Tully
"I’m making a fairy house. They are going to play with mommy and daddy. One fairy is going on this shell and one fairy is going on that shell. They are sliding. They are friends. They are going in their seashells. Here is a big rock and a little rock and the fairies put them here. They walked back to mommy and daddy." -Page
Things certainly have been buzzing around our Little Hive classroom lately! The girls have been talking all about transportation and things that go. We decided to take a further look at transportation after the girls built a variety of cars, boats, and planes while playing in the block center over the course of several days.
We have had several transportation activities, and the girls have had a wonderful time exploring all things that go in the classroom. One activity the girls particularly enjoyed was using different trucks and cars to make tracks in playdough. The girls would use a variety of different cars and trucks to drive through the play dough and would then compare and contrast the marks each one made. The girls had a wonderful time looking at all the tracks they made, but this activity also helps to develop some key mathematical reasoning skills, with this activity the girls were developing their concept of measurement and working on the ability to compare and order objects according to size, length, or weight.
The girls also enjoyed various activities that helped them to develop their scientific reasoning skills. At this age, children are often investigating an object or group of objects in multiple ways, and generally are transitioning to describing actions or changes that occur to familiar objects that they are observing. Our Little Hive girls did lots of observing and experimenting throughout our study of transportation. The girls worked on building their own road, they had to determine how to fit pieces together to make a road that a car would be able to drive on, and they had the opportunity to use various road signs to help them build their roads as well.
The girls also worked on developing their observation and experimenting skills while trying to construct a bridge. The girls were given a variety of materials and given the task to build a bridge that a small toy car could drive across. The girls worked hard, and did lots of building and re-building to design their own bridge that a car could safely drive across. The girls had almost as much fun tearing down the bridges as they did constructing them!
At the sensory table, the girls had the opportunity to run their very own car wash! The girls had a great time working together to wash, rinse, and then dry the cars that came to visit the car wash. The girls worked on developing valuable socials and emotional skills as they worked to build positive relationships with each other as they initiated play, conversations, and interactions with one or more peers throughout the activity.
The girls also enjoyed dancing to the red and green light song. They had so much fun practicing stopping and go in their pretend cars. This activity focused on a variety of different skills, the girls helped to develop their gross motor skills by coordinating multiple movements in simple sequences. The girls also used this activity to work on expressing themselves through dance and movement. At this stage of development children begin to demonstrate different levels of energy while dancing, gentle movements to big exaggerated movements, and while stopping and going to the music the girls had a wonderful chance to practice developing these skills.
We’ve been so busy going and there in our classroom, we cant wait to see where we end up next!
A child’s self portrait is a valuable peek into her concept of self. The viewer gets to see the child as both the artists as well as how she sees herself. Children tell stories through self portraiture, and these stories are often closely connected to the child’s perception of identity. In Little Hive, we have spent much of the beginning of the year talking about similarities and differences, as well as what makes us each unique. At the start of the school year, the girls painted a photocopy of their picture as their self portrait. Many of the girls noted distinct features in their faces, highlighting those as they painted and added color to their photograph. As the second half of the school year began, we revisited the idea of self portraits and invited the girls to create their own self portraits again highlighting the features that make them unique and special. Take a look at what the girls created and the stories that they had to tell:
“The green and the black is my arms. Here’s the blonde. The brown is going to be my legs. More purple, it’s going to be my Mommy. I got a little more blonde for my hair. The blue is my eye.” – Hope
“I want to decorate my arms. My arms are going to be kind of black. The purple is my head and neck. I’m going to make my booty green. I’m making my hands – I’m using yellow. I paint my hand blue and my other hand black. I’m making my neck now, your neck is kind of like right here (pointing). I’m drawing me! My eyes are blue. Now I’m going to make it into pigtails. My mom likes pigtails. I’ll make my pigtails into purple. Now I’m making my Dad – he’s brown and he’s super strong! Now I’m drawing my belly because I’m not done yet. I’m going to use the yellow brown for my hair all over.” – Elliot
“I’m doing my body, that’s my body. I’m doing my hands, they’re purple. The brown is my hair. The green is my mouth. Now I need this, it’s my eyes. I’m doing purple again, this one is my hands. These are all my hands! This brown here is the mouth. This blue is my hair. This is a pictures of me and my brother.” - Sloane
“Mommy’s nose, Mommy’s eyes. I’m right here. This is Daddy. This is me. The purple is TT. TT is in the purple. I’m painting yellow. Reagan is yellow. Cory is brown. Ivy Grace is purple. I made my family, Me, Ivy Grace, Nanna, Reagan, Cory, and Mommy and Daddy.” - Savanna
“I’m drawing my head. Now blue is up here. It’s my head. It’s dark blue. It’s red, it’s my nose. This is my mouth. Purple. This is my eyes. This is my cheeks, and that is my mouth. My birthday is in May 17th too. Daddy’s birthday is in May 17th too. Blue! My cheeks! I’m painting! I painted myself. Look at my picture in the mirror. Now it’s going to dry. I’m done.” – Margaret
“That my arm. My other arm. My nose. Purple – my head. That’s my back. I’m making my face. Circle, big circle. Now eyes. All done!” – Tully
“That’s my eye. It goes right there. A pink eye. It’s the same as yours! This is my nose. A small nose. Orange; an orange nose. A green mouth. Now purple. This can be the mouth here. How about your fingernails on your hand? It can be black. My hands can be black. These are my hands, my smart hands. Let me paint my face, a big circle. Here’s my face!” – Ellie-Kate
“Bright green eye. I’m going to do another eye. Green for my nose. This is going to be my mouth. This is my hair. My Daddy’s going to love this. That my Mommy eye and Mommy eye. This is my Daddy eye and Daddy eye. Now Mommy mouth. Then Mommy hair. Now Daddy mouth and Daddy hair. I’m finished!” – Page
“My cheeks first. I want to do my mouth. It’s purple. My nose. I want to do my hair, blue… no, green! Hair is all green. I need my lips, my lips are orange. My teeth they’re yellow. Hey! I’m done. It’s a picture of me!” - Maisie
“My lips. My foots. Another foot. Purple shoes. Another shoe. It’s red. This is my booty. Red. Now panties and a shirt. This is my body. Now eyes, hands, and a head. That’s my face!” - Scarlett
Welcome back to school, and Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful break and were able to enjoy some quality time with your family. As we start a new year, you may notice that you are no longer receiving a daily report in your daughter’s folder each day. We start the school year in Little Hive with daily reports, but half way through the year transition away from these reports in hopes that you will start to have a conversation with your daughter about what she did that day! The girls have been talking up a storm in the classroom, so we hope they have been sharing some of the fun things that they have done at school that day. Often times the question “How was your day?” can be too vague for children this age to answer, so it is best to ask specific questions to learn as much as you can about your daughter’s day. Here are a few questions that will hopefully get your daughter talking all about her day, and letting you know all the fun things that she is learning:
These questions should help your daughter to start telling you about all the fun she has had, and the hard work she has been doing at school. You can also encourage your daughter to talk about her day by telling her about your day! Modeling will prompt your daughter to tell you all about what she did at school. We are excited about getting back to school, and I hope that these questions are helpful in getting your daughter to tell you about everything we have been doing in our classroom!