As the girls play and work each day we are continually working on spatial skills. I recently read an article about "Steps to Help Foster a Preschoolers's Spatial Reasoning Skills".
When the girls are in the gym with Mrs. Parsons she uses spatial language such as:
-Put the ball above your head when talking about throwing
-Walk between the circle when doing an obstacle course
-Walk four steps forward when playing follow the leaded
-Don't get too near the edge when jumping on the trampoline
Mrs. Randall uses much spatial language as they act out books. The girls had a great time acting out The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.
I hope you will enjoy reading this article as much as I did. I have also attached some photos and video clips from their time in creative drama and movement. It reminds us that the simplest activities can help develop a child's spatial skills. It is all in the language you use and the books you read that help develop the spatial, math, and reading skills.
Here is the article about books that help support a child's spatial skills.
The girls have loved reading lots of books about snow and winter. They are ready for some snow !!!! I hope you enjoy looking at all the activities we have been doing in the classroom and the special classes. The girls have loved skiing, tobogganing, and throwing and catching snowballs in the gym. After reading the book Snowballs, by Lois Ehlert, the girls have had fun creating their snow people from loose parts.
If You Were A Penquin by Wendell and Florence Minor shared many interesting facts about penguins. Here are some of the details the girls recall:
McKinley -they make funny noises
Loren - they swim
Vaden - they make funny noises
Margaret - they ride on the ice on their tummies
Annie - they make funny noises and go in the water and eat fish
Georgie - they like to swim
Embrey - they swim on their belly buttons
Reagan- they are white and black
Maddie -they like cold water
Kiki - they fly in the water
Sydney - they play in the water
Bella - they waddle and make funny noises and fly in the water
May - waddle, waddle
Ava - they like water and go swimming
The girls have enjoyed learning many details about the penguins. Did you know that an Emperor penguin is the largest penguin? We measured each girl to see if they were as tall as this penguin. Not yet!! We discussed height and size.
Here are some questions you can ask your daughter about the penguins:
-Do penguins like people?
-Do all penguins like the cold weather?
-What do penguins like to eat?
-How do baby penguins stay warm?
-Show me how a penguin walks (waddles)
-How does a penguin sound? (get ready!!!!)
We are in the process of building an Artic playground for the penguins. The girls are helping build this. They are coming up with the ideas with a little help form their teachers.
Your daughters have grown so much in all areas of development. It has been so fun to watch them work and play with their friends. They are working more independently, following directions, and playing and working more cooperatively with their friends. As we approach the end of the first half of your daughter's Little Hive year we want to encourage conversation about their day. It is so difficult to get information out of children in the afternoon when we ask, "what did you do at school today". We have been sending daily reports home each day and that is a great way to find out what your daughter did. As we discussed in the beginning of the year that will stop for the second half of the year. This is a great time for you to have some conversation with your daughter about her day. I found this article and thought it brought great insight to starting these discussions each afternoon or at meal time.
As you look at the blog posts and see pictures you can ask questions about what the girls are doing. Your daughter will love seeing their pictures on the blog and when they see the pictures they will be able to recall what they were doing.
Did you help build this?
What is it?
What did you use to build this structure?
I love all the colors? What is your favorite color?
Our Little Hive girls have been very busy over the past couple of weeks getting ready for Thanksgiving! They have been cooking up Thanksgiving feasts, creating turkeys, painting with feathers, dancing the Turkey Tango, and so much more! We have also discussed what it means to be thankful. Our girls have big hearts and love sharing what it is that they are thankful for. Check out the sweet video below to see what we are thankful for this year.
We are so thankful for each of our sweet girls! We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
We have been reading the book Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman this past week. The girls love the interactive part of the book when I ask them to be the "reader". They know when to say "thanks" and when bear says "WAIT". We have encouraged role playing in the block center as the characters in the story bring different foods to the bear in his lair. We have discussed many new words such as: bare, lair, cupboard, and bored. It is so fun watching them get so excited when they are able to tell you what these new words mean. Ask your daughter to tell you this story. We read it when the dads visited the classroom so they got to interact with us. I found the following article about the importance of rereading books and asking questions as you read. I hope you find this article interesting as you spend time with your daughter reading.
Here are some parts of the article I found most interesting:
love to ask open-ended questions. They give me insight into how my children think and reason. The other night, I was reading to my daughter and the main character mentioned a "best friend."
I asked her, "How is a best friend different than a regular friend?"
She thought about it and said, "They let me be the boss." Well that was not the answer I was expecting, but it did give me a chance to clarify and offer more details. I said, "Well, my best friends are funny and nice. And we like to do the same things."
Point out new vocabulary or words that are not frequently used in your home
The other day, I was visiting a teacher, and she was reading a book that mentioned the word "bypass." She then stopped and explained what a bypass was to the children. I jumped for vocabulary joy!
We live in a rural area where there are no bypasses. Children in this classroom very rarely hear that word in their day to day conversations with their families. Her ability to recognize the importance of explaining this new word was so important to helping the children comprehend the book that she was reading and she didn't take that for granted.
We have been talking about Fall with the girls. After reading the book Big Pumpkin we made a pumpkin market in the housekeeping area. The girls love comparing, weighing, and running the cash register as their friends purchased them. Some pumpkins are short, some tall, some with stems and some without. The girls use the scale to see how much the pumpkin should cost. You would be amazed at their conversation as they carry on their work.
-That will be $2
-These weigh 2
-Would you like to buy a pumpkin today?
-This one is short and round
-This is a baby pumpkin
Areas of development:
Cognitive Development -
Building understanding of quantity and size.
Beginning to count by rote
Building an understanding of quantity and size
Problem solving as the begin to use reasoning skills and imagination when planning ways to make things happen