Friday, October 31, 2014

Library Field Trip

The rain couldn't keep us away from the library for a field trip today!

Alphabet Match

We placed alphabet cards and magnetic letters at the writing center today and encouraged the children to do some matching. 

As we matched we practised naming each letter and discussing whether or not the letter was upper or lower case. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Marble Run Painting

Dropping paint covered marbles on paper and seeing what tracks they make is always fun. The children realized that the more paint on the marble the slower they moved.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Washing Babies at the Water Table

Our children love playing at the water table and love babies. We thought it would be fun to wash the babies at the water table. We placed clothespins out so the children could wash the babies clothes and hang them to dry. Manipulating clothespins is excellent for strengthening fine motor muscles. 

Scholastic Book orders

Families, a gentle reminder that Scholastic book orders will be due Friday, November 7. If you are purchasing a book for your child as a holiday gift, please let us know and we can deliver it to you in a sealed envelope in order to keep it secret. Thanks!

Musical Visit

Many, many thanks to Miss J. and her special guest her sister-in-law Mrs. Jamrog for a fun music class today. Mrs. Jamrog played the piano and her ukulele for a fun sing along!

The children also had fun dancing along to different kinds of music that Mrs. Jamrog played on the piano! We can't wait to visit with her again!

Shaving Cream Building

Adding shaving cream to foam blocks is a great sensory experience that encourages children to explore. Children notice that the cream can be used as a mortar to hold the blocks together in interesting ways. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Great Alphabet Videos

Families we have been spending much time this week focusing on identifying upper and lower case letters and their corresponding sounds. 

If you would like to watch these together with your child to help support this learning here are the sites. 

Autumn Wordle

Observing the changes happening outdoors is something that has been a great interest to the children. We have also been working on building inquiry-specific vocabulary. In an effort to embed some meaningful technology into our circle time, we encouraged the children to participate in a shared writing activity where we used a website called "Wordle" to create a collection of autumn words. 

The children suggested various autumn words and then we generated the wordle together using the website. The more times the word was suggested the bigger it appeared in the wordle.

Many children expressed an interest in creating additional wordles. Here is the website for those of you who would like to try this activity at home. If your child creates a wordle, please send it in so we can share and celebrate their writing!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Boo Ball

Families a gentle reminder that children are not to dress up in costumes this Friday. If you and your child would like to celebrate Halloween at school our 'Boo Ball' will be this Tuesday from 5:30 until 7:30. Admission is $5. Thanks!

Counting Game

Have border that you no longer need or use? Tape it to a table top, add game pieces and dice and encourage your children to have some counting fun!

Rolling a die...

...and moving players along the game.

Whoever gets to the end first wins!

Spooky Playdough

We added some black food colouring, sparkles, and creepy crawlies to our Playdough center today for some spooky fun!

We are hoping playing with plastic spiders will help some of our children overcome their fear of these interesting creatures. 

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