I hope you enjoy watching this little video that captures some of the fun we had this year. I have loved being your daughter's teacher. Each one of your girls have made this year so fun and unique. I look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the future. They are an amazing group of girls!!!! Thanks for everything - HAPPY SUMMER!!!!
The girls had a surprise this morning!!! The 4th graders came to visit our classroom and work and play with the girls. I am not sure who had more fun!!! The girls love this special attention from the big girls. They showed them their favorite place to play, favorite books, and art activities. I am sure you will hear all about their time together. The 4th graders helped them put their boots on and walked them to the farm where Mrs. Riddle was waiting for us.
Fly butterflies fly!!!
The girls have had so much fun learning about caterpillars and how they change into butterflies. They observed them spinning their chrysalis and waited patiently to see them turn into butterflies. They got so excited to see them flying around the container. Today was the day we got to release them!!! As you an see from the video it was an exciting time. One of the girls named one of the butterflies "Gina".
5 Senses on the farm
We had the most fun time getting to feel, touch, see, taste, and smell different plants on the farm this morning. The girls got to feel fennel, touch a sensitive plant, smell mint, taste peas,see all the things growing, and hear the birds singing. Mrs. Riddle is amazing with the girls and they were mesmerized with all that she had to tell them. I was so impressed that the girls wanted to eat the snap peas.
This week we asked the girls what they love about their moms and put together a Mother's Day video of the girls' responses. They all love their moms so much, and were so excited to make a video for you. We wish each of you a happy Mother's Day and hope you enjoy this video from the girls.
Just a glimpse of the fun the girls have when they go to movement!! It is so fun to see them running and playing with their friends. It is amazing how the girl's gross motor skills have developed this year. Here are some of the development we have seen this year:
-Ability to play catch using a large rubber ball
-Participates in group activities that include running, galloping, crawling, and twirling around
-Runs easily with the ability to stop quickly if necessary
We are so excited to be able to get outside and explore. The girls continue to be interested in birds and how and where they build their nests. We read the book A Nest Is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long to find out their are many animals that build nests. Did you know honeybees, fox squirrels, tree frogs and alligators build nests also? The girls were so fascinated so we went out and sat by the lake and discussed what animal might build its nest in or around the lake. We have a mother dove who has built a nest outside our classroom. We check in on her often.. The girls want to know:
-Where are her eggs?
-Does she have eggs?
-Where are her babies?
-Where is she???
The girls have enjoyed looking at pictures of different birds and doing observational drawings and paintings.
The girls have also enjoyed sorting the different types of birds..
Thanks for visiting our class this morning. I know the girls had fun sharing their classroom with you. I hope you got a glimpse of how our morning works. It has been so fun watching your girls grow this year. They have become independent and cooperative little workers. I hope you enjoy this video!!
How can you change this wire? The girls are so interested in the bright colored strands of wire that I put in a vase. They chose a color that they would like to start with and them they began their discovery. It was so fun to watch them work. Here are some of the ways they thought they could change the wire and things they created.
Phoebe - I made a zig-zag
Carlie - I twisted it.
Chavah - I connected two wires. I made a loop, a hanger and a bulldozer that has a pickup truck on the end.
Zayhah - rolled it and twisted it
Emma - I made a spider and a house
Becca - cury, wurly snake with a nest
Elin - a fishing pole
Blair - a birthday cake
Ruthie - a balloon
Lizzie - I twisted it
Gigi - a birthday balloon and this is for Mr. Towner
It has been so fun watching the girls develop the ability to play cooperatively with their peers. There is a developmental progression in how young children play. The girls are working and playing in all areas of the classroom together. The favorite spot is the block center where there is usually a leader that decides that type of structure will be built and what the activity will be. They have built cars, boats and houses. You might also see two friends working on a smaller structure at the light table. They love to paint and watercolor and comment on what their friend has created. The boat rides (cruises) also consists of life-jackets (coats) . Our final destination is one of the girl's homes. I often ask if their house is on a lake or river and they reply NO!!!
We had such a great time riding our bicycles, tricycles, and scooters. The girls did such a good job and were very excited to be helping the children at St. Jude. We have several chapel programs where we discussed helping others and being industrious by riding our bikes to help others. This past week we talked about safety when riding our bikes. The girls followed all the safety rules and loved cheering the other girls on. The girls in Early Childhood raised over $15,000 !! Thanks for coming out to cheer us on. It is always fun having you be with us.