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Jack and the Beanstalk

 

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We spent the past week reading Jack and the Beanstalk and discussing seeds and beans!  The children absolutely loved the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and enjoyed hearing the many versions of the book. 

 

 

After reading Jack in the Beanstalk one day we decided to build our very own beanstalk in the classroom!  We taped 14 paper towel tubes together and got to painting!

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Then I took picture of the kids as they pretended to crawl up a beanstalk.  Once we painted our entire stalk we put it up to the ceiling and then we put everyone’s picture climbing up it!

 

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Each child colored their own “sprout house” and then we placed snap pea seeds inside of wet paper towels.  We hung up our sprout houses on the window and everyone got very excited when we saw our seeds actually sprouting!  We took notes and drew pictures in our learning journals of the changes in our seeds.  After reading books about seeds and their growth we labeled our pictures with these science words:

 

  1. Seed, Sprout, Root, Root Hairs, Soil, and Sun

 

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Today we painted flower pots and we will be bringing home our snap pea plants this week!

 

 

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We have been working on these puppet box theatres for the past two weeks.  Each child got to pick their favorite fairy tale and plan a puppet theatre inside their box.  It has been a long process for each child, with painting, planning, prepping, and choosing their design.  I am so proud of each child and how hard they have worked on their puppet theatre.  Above is a picture of a Little Red Riding Hood story box, and below is an example of The Three Little Pigs.

 

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Once each child has finished their puppet box, they will have the choice to act out their fairy tale in front of the class!

 

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Above is D painting his wheat garden for The Little Red Hen.

 

We have also been enjoying this beautiful weather with lots of walks and activities outside!

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We have walked down to the playground and visited the fountain a few times.

 

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We have also walked down the creek and community gardens a few times as well.  I have been trying to take everyone on one long walk a week.

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We got lucky at our last visit to the community gardens.  They had a huge rock pile that we got to climb and play in!

 

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There has also been a few rainy days, but that doesn’t stop us!

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And of course our mud kitchen got re-opened for the spring weather too.

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When we are at school, I have been trying to bring one or two big activities outside to enjoy.  We mixed up our own batch of sidewalk paint and got right to work decorating Crozet PlaySchool’s driveway.

 

 

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I am looking forward to our last few weeks of adventures as May approaches!


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March Madness

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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!

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

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We played with pasta, tubs, scoops, and bowls in one of the sensory tubs.

 

 

 

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

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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!

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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.

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Moose ears and breathing right to left

 

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Whale pose: laying on belly and lifting arms and legs

 

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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!


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The Little Red Hen

 

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We loved focusing on The Little Red Hen for a week at school!  This is such a simple story, with a lesson to be learned about helping others that is simple for preschoolers to understand.  We read a few different versions of the book:

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Each version still told the same simple story, but sometimes the characters or friends that didn’t help the Red Hen were different.  We always had a discussion at the end of the book about the similarities and differences between all of the stories.

 

Then we got to bake our own batch of Honey Whole Wheat Bread!  I used this recipe from My Small Potatoes blog.  I used King Arthur’s whole wheat flour instead of white. 

 

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We mixed the dough!

 

 

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Then we kneaded and baked the bread!  Everyone enjoyed their own little loaf, and got to take them home fresh from the oven!  I think we will be making this recipe again before the school year is out!

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We also made some little red hens, and they laid rhyming eggs!

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This is our new shadow puppet theatre!  I retold the story of The Little Red Hen using the transparency puppets a few times during the week.  I was hoping this would inspire some of their own puppet making, but for now they were just really interested in hearing the story.

 

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little red hen pizza 

The last book we read this week was The Little Red Hen (makes a pizza).  Of course we had to make our own class pizza! 

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We rolled the dough…

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Added the pizza sauce and cheese!

 

 

 

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0189abb061620bef7c962c04d6cb8463d313d18f41And gobbled it up!  This was enjoyed by everyone in the classroom!

 

 

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On Friday we also made our own shape pizzas, and then counted how many of each shape we put on our pizza pie!

 

As a wrap up of The Little Red Hen each child was sent home with their first homework assignment to help out around the house for the weekend.  They got to earn a sticker for each time they did a chore or helped their parents in any way!