We had so much fun on St. Patrick’s Day this year! The kids came into the classroom to find that some little leprechaun vandals had left a mess in our classroom overnight. There were gold coins, rainbow yarn, and green confetti all over the place. Then some of the students noticed a clue located on our bookshelf.
We worked together, read the clues, and used our thinking skills to determine where to go next!
We ended up finding chocolate coins and treasure hidden in our trashcan! The leprechauns sure know how to be tricky!
During our morning meeting we had a “lucky hunt” around the classroom. Each child was given a hunt paper and had to find golden coins hidden around the classroom. Then they had to race back and try to fill up the lucky hunt papers as quickly as possible. This was so much fun that we played it a few times!
We also found some very green gak in the art room on St. Patrick’s Day. Gak is still a favorite in our classroom, and we loved sticking the gak full of coins, shamrocks, and green gems.
In March we opened a new construction area in the classroom. It included our golf tees and foam board, with real hammers and goggles. This is such a great activity for everyone in the class. Holding up the hammers and pounding them into the board is great muscle building for our arms and hands. Also getting the chance to use real tools is enticing and empowering for children.
New in our construction area were vests, hard hats, and all our construction vehicles. The vests and hats have become a permenant part of our dramatic play area of the room.
We played with pasta, tubs, scoops, and bowls in one of the sensory tubs.
After reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears a bunch of times we got to act out the story using the sensory tub. I filled the tub with oatmeal, added three bears and a goldilocks. Then I put the furniture from our doll house to act out the beds and chairs. They always know just what to do when they see these activities around the classroom.
Last year we spent a great deal of time discussing rainbows, colors, and color mixing. I still did a few projects that included rainbows this spring. We painted rainbows on a large sheet of paper. Before they started painting I put a rainbow piece of contact paper on their sheet. Once their paintings dried, I peeled off the contact paper to reveal an opposite rainbow picture. They were very confused about the process, but once they saw me peel off the contact paper the whole idea made more sense to them!
We also finger painted rainbows with our glitter filled paints. Each child decided if they wanted their rainbow to run across the paper or in an arch. After our rainbows dried we taped rainbow yarn to the bottom of the paper and turned it into a windsock. They loved taking them outside and seeing them blow in the wind.
This winter was filled with a lot of snowy days, and we have loved adding the addition of yoga into our monthly routines. The children are quickly picking up on the poses, terms, and the breathing elements of yoga. They are so flexible and can quickly move from one position to the next. I am in awe of their attitude to embrace new ideas and jump into yoga feet first! We will continue to have Ms. Kay visit us throughout the spring too!
Ms. Kay begins each lesson with an affirmation that we repeat a few times before an after our yoga exercises. Then she guides the yoga session by reading a book that usually has animals in the story. Each animal leads the children to the next pose they are going to encounter.
Moose ears and breathing right to left
Whale pose: laying on belly and lifting arms and legs
Wolf pose: downward dog with a leg lift to be the wolf’s tail wagging.
Ms. Kay is so creative, and makes yoga fun for the kids!