The Chickadees, our twos class, were very busy the last few weeks. The biggest change in their classroom is that Montana, their teacher, had a baby! Both Montana and Saoirse, her daughter, are doing great. And we are excited to have Bev in the classroom full time until Montana returns.
In the Big Room this week the Chickadees practiced balancing by walking on the balance beam. The sensory table has also been transformed into a wintery mix of fake snow, pine cones, and pom poms.
We’ve seen a lot of growth since the winter break in the Robins, Tomomi Iwamoto's young threes class. Children seem taller, and are using more of their words to communicate and making new friendships.
The Sparrows, Alex Beer's threes class, took a day off from this long winter to celebrate Beach Day 2014. They wore bathing suits and sunglasses in the classroom, and sat on beach towels. They danced to the Beach Boys, put sunscreen on their arms and shared their favorite memories of summer. The Sparrows played with water and sand all morning long. This multi-sensory experience was meant as a break from the relentless cold and the routines that can cause the winter doldrums. Who needs Miami Beach?
The Hummingbirds, Pam Apple's fours class, were busy last week celebrating the Lunar New Year by making lanterns, orks and splatter paintings representing fireworks. Nicole Tu, Zoe's mother, read a story about the New Year and gave each child a red envelope with a coin inside. The envelope is given to wish good luck for the coming year. After celebrating in the classroom the Hummingbirds paraded through the school, led by Zoe and her Dragon puppet.
They have now switched gears and began an Artist Study, looking at Picasso's Blue Period, Pink Period, Cubist Paintings and collages. The children created their own blue paintings, using five shades of blue. After discussing that this was an unhappy phase of Picasso's life, the children talked about what makes them sad or unhappy.
The Puffins, Caitlin Mullin's fours class, just completed an exciting unit on outer space. The Puffins learned about the planets in our solar system and made a beautiful outer space mural. They also learned about constellations and made constellations of their own and gave them very interesting names! The Puffins also constructed rockets using paper towel tubes and collaged rockets utilizing different materials.
As we approach Presidents Week we are looking for-ward to the arrival of spring and the end of a very long winter.
-Susan Sporer, Preschool Director