Oh how exciting!!! I found a caterpillar and put it in a clear container and it has sparked great discussion and many questions. We re-read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the girls are so curious to see if our caterpillar turns into a butterfly. It has been fun watching them take a closer look and re-read the story to their friends. Here are some of the girls comments:
-It's moving on the roof. It will come down.
-That's a big leaf. The caterpillar is going to eat it.
-He's coming down!!!
-He's walking and walking.
We will keep you posted on the outcome of our caterpillar. If you find something in nature that you would like to share with our class please let me know. The girls have loved watching their "hungry caterpillar."
The girls are having a great time finding shapes in their world. They are on the look out for shapes as we walk around our campus and inside the buildings. You will be walking and someone will shout out -"it's a rectangle!". We all stop to see and then others will add shapes that they see. As we discuss the different shapes and lines the girls are becoming more of relationship between objects, solving simple puzzles and matching similar shapes. Some of the other areas that we have seen the girls develop in as they work and play in the room are:
-Exploring and beginning to sort, and classify objects
-Building simple block designs with some understanding of larger, heavier blocks go on the bottom and smaller light-weight blocks go on the top.
-Putting shapes together to make other shapes
-Experimenting with shapes and sizes as they build in the block center
I hope the pictures below will give you a glimpse into the classroom and how the girls are working and playing. These pictures are all about the work we have been doing as they explore shapes.
The Little Hive daily provides opportunities for learning, self expression, and participation in a variety of creative activities such as art, music, dramatic play, and literature.
The girls are given opportunities to develop early writing skills by scribbling and drawing with intentionality. They are provided with a variety of tools to draw and make scribbles and paint. The girls have had fun tracing their eyes, noses, and mouths, drawing shapes on the windows and light table with window markers, making circles by painting at the easel and stamping with their favorite color. There have also been some list made in the housekeeping area. They will often have their pencil and paper in hand and ask, "what do you want to eat?". They make grocery list and orders for smoothies as they play and work in the housekeeping area.
We are working with the girls on recalling the names of the friends in the classroom. I hope all of you will take the opportunity to read the Little Hive, Little Hive book with your daughter. They had so much fun putting their books together. We are also playing a game of whose eyes and mouths are these? You would not believe how quickly they can guess their friend's eyes and mouths. They are developing socially through learning how to share, use their words, and take turns.
I have been a teacher at Hutchison for 28 years. This is my 6th year as a teacher in the Little Hive. It is so fun watching these girls grow and love to learn.