Welcome to Little Hive!
Mrs. Sewell/Mrs. Boyer
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!
This past month, the girls have been busy in the classroom eagerly exploring the approaching holiday season. Our class has listened to many stories, including "Snowmen at Christmas", "The Sweet Smell of Christmas", and "If You Take a Mouse to the Movies". We have played with gingerbread play dough, crafted reindeer and evergreen trees, and worked on fine motor skills while beading sorting objects. Take a peek below at all of the fun we have had in December:
As our first semester of Little Hive comes to a close, we wish you Happy Holidays, and hope you enjoy a relaxing holiday season spending time with your family and loved ones. We can't wait to see all the girls when we get back!
The girls in the Little Hive are always busy chatting with each other throughout the day as they interact and play in different areas around the room. One of my favorite things to do is to sit with them and listen to all the stories that they tell. Recently, several friends were playing in the playdough center and working on creating some of Santa’s reindeer. Listen to the entertaining stories they had to tell about their work:
“His name is Tadpole.”
Mrs. Sewell: Where does Tadpole live?
“The Mississippi River.”
Mrs. Sewell: What does Tadpole eat?
“Acorns! He likes to play. He has no friends though.”
“It’s a tiger! He’s a mean tiger cause he has lots of eyes. His name could be T-Bow. He lives at Sassy’s house. He plays in the back yard at her house. He needs all the eyes because he is a monster. He turned into a monster! He likes to run and play outside. Oh, I give’d him sticks. Look at my monster!”
“Now I’m making a monster. Add some pompoms. These go on top. Look at him! His name is dinosaur. He lives in a cave. Monsters live in a cave I’m sure, don’t they Mrs. Sewell? He likes to bite somebody. He’s mean. He likes to eat sandwiches!”
The girls have also been telling lots of stories in the science center about our new class pet gecko:
“His name is Gecko Baby, there’s only one Gecko Baby.”
“I love geckos.”
“He likes to go take a nap, cause he’s in the cave.”
“He jumped like a lizard!”
“All his friends went home.”
“Let’s take a picture of Gecko Baby!”
“I’m the gecko’s best friend because I look at him."
Encouraging dialogue and conversations is an integral part of what we do everyday in the Little Hive classroom. The girls are all encouraged to think more deeply about their actions and talk about that with their peers. Here are a few tips you can use at home to help encourage dialogue with your daughter. Encourage conversation by asking open ended questions, such as “Why do you think that happened? What will happen next? How do you know?” . Also, asking your daughter for explanations can help encourage thoughtful dialogue. For example when riding home in the car, if your daughter comments “Look! I can see the sun is setting!” Simply ask her “Why?” to encourage more conversation and to help gain some perspective about the world through your daughter's eyes. In fact, her answer may surprise you! These are just a few tips to help encourage meaningful dialogue at home,
We have been busy learning all about Fall in our classroom the past few weeks. The girls have loved looking outside our window to see the leaves changing colors on the trees around. The girls have learned lots about fall:
“The leaves fall off.”
“leaves turn colors.”
“changing colors, red, yellow, and brown, and green.”
“Falls down, the leaves!”
“It gets cold.”
We have done a lot of activities in our classroom centered around the changing seasons. Our Little Hive class has loved going on nature hunts around the Hutchison campus, we have found lots of fall leaves, acorns, and sticks.
After collecting leaves on a leaf hunt, the girls completed a leaf sort! We practiced identifying the color of the leaves we had found, and then practiced sorting them by color. After sorting the leaves, we counted how many were in each group, giving us a great opportunity to practice our counting skills.. The girls have loved this activity, so we have completed it many times using felt leaves in our classroom after the fall color faded from our collected leaves.
During our study of the changing seasons, the girls have enjoyed painting with a variety of fall materials. In our class we practiced painting with pumpkins and pinecones, it was such a fun experience painting with new materials!
We also ventured out to the farm to see the pumpkins Hutchison’s horticulturalist, Mrs. Riddle, had growing on the farm! We saw how the pumpkin was growing on the vine. It was a neat experience to investigate how a pumpkin grows!
We read several books throughout our study of the changing seasons, such as Big Pumpkin, We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt, and The Thankful Book to tie into our study of Fall. After reading The Thankful Book, we discussed the Thanksgiving holiday that happens during the season of Fall. The girls loved discussing what they would eat for Thanksgiving, giving our box turkeys feather tails, and sharing the feathers they designed to contribute to our class turkey. The girls also shared what they were thankful for, and it was heartwarming to see how thankful each girl was for her family! I am thankful each day for all of your girls and thank you parents for sharing them with me. Wishing you and your family a happy and relaxing Thanksgiving!
As the practice of using several drawings to represent our day grew, I thought it might be even more meaningful for the girls to add their words to these drawings. As a result we started recapping our day and discussing some of the girls favorite activities. At the end of each day, we choose 3 - 4 drawings from the calendar basket and as a class we all gather to discuss several things from the day that we felt were important. I act as the class scribe and once the girls have selected the important things from the day, I write down their words about the special activities from the day. The girls have begun to love this activity, and love seeing their words and work displayed up on our calendar for the week. Here are some of the things that we have been up to in October! I hope you enjoy hearing what our class has been up to in their own words.
If you were to take in a peek into our classroom on any given day, you might see a lot of activity going on as girls work around the room. Girls building in the block center, drawing or painting, working on playdough, or acting out a play scene in the dramatic play area. In Little Hive the girls play all day long, but there is much more behind the play than what meets the eye. Through play the girls in our classroom are working on a variety of skills. One of the key areas of development for the girls in Little Hive is fine motor development, and the girls participate in a variety of activities to help them to develop fine motor skills, which are important pre-writing skills to develop
Within this age range, typically developing children should demonstrate eye-hand coordination while manipulating and exploring objects in the world around them. Our Little Hive girls practice many of these skills on a day to day basis. Children of this age should be able to poke, pound, and build with playdough and other sculpting materials. The playdough center in our classroom is one of the most popular areas, so the girls are working hard on developing fine motor skills when they choose to work in this center.
Fine motor development is also demonstrated in the ability to scribble with a variety of instruments. At this age, children should begin to use a thumb and forefinger grasp. The girls practice this in a variety of different ways around the classroom; they paint with various different types of paints, practice scribbling while holding their paper at the drawing table, and drawing on our window board.
Children between the ages of 2 – 3 are expected to demonstrate using wrist rotation to fit puzzle pieces into puzzle, unscrew lids and to pour from one container into another. Little Hive girls practice these skills in working on puzzles throughout the room as well as pouring and dumping while working at our sensory table .
Around age 2 – 3 children should also be able to stack approximately 9 large blocks to build a tower. The girls in our classroom love to build in the block center, and are hard at work developing those fine motor skills while they are building castles, playgrounds, and houses with all of their friends.
Finally, girls of this age should be able to pick up small objects using their thumb and finger tips. Little Hive girls are constantly working on this skill while stringing beads, working with tweezers, and working with scooping scissors.
We are constantly working on developing new skills throughout the day while your daughter is at school. As it turns out, all that playing really is hard work!