Though this week was full of more rain than snow, the students worked on art and read books to get them in the winter spirit. We worked on folding and cutting out pieces of coffee filters, so that when we opened it up, it looked like a beautiful snowflake. Much like real snowflakes, every one was beautifully unique. On Friday, the students also worked on making snowflakes out of popsicle sticks. Gluing them together to make different shapes like triangles, squares, and octagons, then decorating them.
On Tuesday we had sign language with Rose. She introduced us to the ASL name game where she would sign a letter and if your name started with that letter, then you had to stand up. The students had fun with signing their name and getting familiar with what the letters in their name look like.
On Wednesday, we had 2 birthday celebrations. One of our students turned 4, and another turned 5. We celebrated with inviting the students moms to come and show photos as well as talk about their milestones. The families were also so kind to make some chocolate chip muffins and vanilla cupcakes with red and orange frosting to share. The students especially loved the colorful frosting.
With all the rain that poured down all week, it made for a lot of mud on the playground. The students had so much fun splashing in the mud puddles and making mud balls.
On Thursday, Makenna brought in her guitar and ukulele (named Ukularry) to play some songs for the students. She talked with the students about how Ukularry comes from the island of Hawaii and might look different from a guitar. The students noticed that Ukularry was smaller than a guitar, had less strings, and sounded different. Since we’ve been talking about the different states and continents, Makenna decided it would be a great time to play “I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash. They also talked about what the beat, melody, and rhythm of a song are and how they are different. This conversation was followed by the song “Get Rhythm” by Johnny Cash. Then we switched to some more familiar songs like “5 Green and Speckled Frogs.” The students also requested a Hawaiian song since Ukularry was from Hawaii. Thankfully, Makenna had the song Mele Kalikimaka saved from last Christmas. This sparked conversation about how Christmas in Hawaii is much different than Christmas in New Hampshire.
Makenna also made the announcement on Thursday that next week will be her last week at Sunnybrook Montessori for a while because she is going to Lakeway Elementary to complete her student teaching internship to get her degree. While some of the students were bummed out by the news, they were happy to learn about the plan to be pen-pals with Makenna while she is away teaching 4th graders.