We have had so much fun exploring colors in Little Hive. The girls started out working with the primary colors (red, blue,yellow). We mixed these colors together to create the secondary colors (green, purple, and orange). They have been experimenting with watercolors, tempera paint, crayons, colored pencils, and markers. As we finished up our exploration the girls created a color pizza!!! This activity was great as they reviewed their colors and what colors were mixed to make another. They also had the experience of painting glue on the back of the item they chose to put on their pizza!!!
After reading the book Mouse Paint we decided to be mice!!! Which color will you paint with? Each girl got the opportunity to make her foot prints on the cloth and try and mix the colors as they walked on other colors. They loved the feeling that they felt when their feet were painted!!! As they walked across the cloth we talked about their footprint was not like anyone else. They are all special and unique!!
We are now excited about seeing Fall colors!!! The girls are doing observational drawings of pumpkins!! They love using pens to draw the pumpkins and watercolors to add the color! We have been looking for signs of Fall as we walk outside. We have discovered a little tree that is yellow!!! They are so excited every time we pass this little tree. Some of the girls call it the "baby tree". Stay tuned to more about the fall colors on our campus!
As the girls work and play we see many types of development. Are you wondering about the beaded bracelets? The girls love putting the beads on and talking about each one. We have also made name bracelets and the girls love talking about the letters in their name. The activity is great for fine motor development.
Are you wondering about the watercolor, paint and marker drawings? We have been talking about colors. The girls love mixing colors and are so proud to tell you what colors mix together to make another color. We have made playdough and the girls have helped mix all the ingredients. We discussed what a recipe is and how you follow it. Ask your daughter about the playdough we made. I think they all said they are going to make some at home!! Really easy- we made it in a crockpot. Exploring with the paints is one of their favorite activities. We try to keep it off their bodies and clothes but it is impossible at times. We only work with washable paint!!!
Playing in the kitchen? As the girls work and play they are talking about their families, what they are cooking, taking care of babies, and making birthday cakes! This interaction with their friends shows their social development and learning to work and play cooperatively.
What about the buildings in the block center? As the girls work and play in the block center they are developing spatial awareness, cause and effect, developing stories as they build, and cooperating and taking turns as they play.
Watch me walk in all by myself!!! The girls are making their way down the hall and into the classroom and greeting us with big smiles each morning. They are getting into the routines of school and learning just what to do when they come in each morning. We have tried to capture some of the girls as they walk down the hall and enter the classroom. They know that they need to put their bags in their cubby. It is so fun to listen and watch them as they put their things away. Here is some of the conversation:
-Your face is right here!
-Put your bag next to mine!
-Do you know where your face is?
They are concerned with each other and want to help their friends.
Development that we see as the girls participate in these actions:
- Recognizing familiar localities
-Comprehending the details of the daily routine
-Enjoys doing things independently
We read the book Brown Bear , Brown Bear, What Do You See? and then we made a book titled Little Hive, Little Hive. The girls loved putting all their friends faces on each page and then reading it back to us. I hope you will enjoy having this book at home allowing your daughter to tell you about her friends she is working and playing with school. They feel so big when they read it in the classroom. This familiar book makes it easy to memorize and they love the feeling that they are actually reading. These are beginning readiness skills for reading!!
The girls have had a great start to Little Hive. We have been to the gym with Mrs. Parsons, music with Mrs. Crowley, and Spanish with Senor Chelsoi. They are enjoying their time in the classroom working and playing with new friends. Here's to the start of their education journey at Hutchison!!!!