Yay for snow! The children had so much fun on the snowy playground all week. They built snowmen and snowballs, chopped them up, dug them out, pulled friends in sleds, built towers out of snow chunks, mixed up mixtures of ice and snow, and had an overall fantastic time with their friends.
We were happy to welcome a new friend this week! The children were excited to show her around and familiarize her with the routine. She has very quickly integrated into the class and was busy making friends and checking out all that there is to do!
Our circle times have been busy practicing, practicing, and practicing! The children are really doing well with the songs we have learned so far, and they are quickly picking up the new song we introduced this week. On Thursday they had fun dancing and singing it around the classroom. For the mystery number of the day we counted how many times we sing Frosty the Snowman in the song “Frosty the Snowman,” how many fingers we each have, and how many letters are in the alphabet. We read some winter stories, including But No Elephants, Frosty the Snowman, and The Snow Child.
The art table was busy as always. Lanterns for the performance were completed, a variety of other drawing, cutting, and stapling projects were created, and several great stories were begun.
Monday students had fun at the library with Tammy in the morning. For Monday art they did some painting and drawing with sticks and evergreen branches, creating some very interesting effects.
Friday students had a lot of fun creating marble runs with a giant tube that one of the friends brought in. They created an obstacle course around the classroom, where they crawled under tables, tossed balls into baskets, hopped, somersaulted and cart-wheeled across the rug, and walked a tape balance beam. For science everyone got a balloon to rub in their hair to create static electricity. They had fun sticking them to the walls, easel, under tables, to themselves, and on the ceiling, then they used their balloons to play keep it up. They had a great time outside playing in the sun and the snow. They used shovels to dig and scoop up snow, create tunnels, chairs, and couches in the snow bank, and dislodge giant snowballs.