We have had a wonderful week in the infant class! On Monday, we decorated some gingerbread men ornaments; the babes helped us glue his arms and legs onto his body! On Tuesday, we decorated another set of ornaments, this time painting the sprouts hand and pasting their adorable handprint onto the ornament! On Wednesday,the weather was so lovely we decided to head outdoors and enjoy our circle time out on the deck. We read our book of the week: Little Critter, Merry Christmas; it's a sweet book that talks about a child who is expressing to his parents how happy it makes him to help out with all of the holiday activities. For our activity of the day, we colored pages that focused on Kwanzaa festivities, as we colored the pages we talked about the many different celebrations that occur during this time of year. On Thursday, we had a small group and Ms. Jenn went home after lunch so we decided to head outdoors and make our very own snow!!! The babes certainly enjoyed this activity, they dug their little hands into the "snow pail" and smooshed it in between their fingers. I then grabbed some and sprinkled it above to make some "flurries" I even sang a song that talks about snow, titled snowflakes fall to the ground(sung to the tune of twinkle, twinkle) we had such a great time! Shortly after we headed back in to make some more holiday crafts. I painted each sprouts foot, we then made a super cute Christmas tree out of their footprint! On Friday, we sang plenty of holiday songs and decorated a picture of a snowman as a group using cottonballs,5 this was a very fun activity!
May you have a lovely holiday, see ya in the new year! ;)
What a fabulous week it has been in the infant room. On Monday I brought a mystery/discovery box into the class, it contained pieces of orange and purple felt. The babes sure enjoyed tugging on the fabric, this gave the babes the opportunity to strengthen their hand/eye coordination skills. On Tuesday Ms. Jenn was absent and we had a small group so for the activity of the day we played peek-a-boo with a large piece of purple colored fabric, I even included some stuffed animals for this activity! They certainly enjoyed this and it also made for a great object permanance activity. On Wednesday we were very excited to share our plans for the day with our friends, it was a totally fun and non messy sensory activity. We filled ziplock bags with shaving cream & purple/orange food coloring! (we taped the top of the bags to ensure the babes would not open them.) Our friends were then able to squeeze and smoosh the bags til their hearts content, they were very intrigued with the color changing right before their eyes. We ended the day by dividing the class by age so that we could better focus/work on activities that pertain to their specific level. On Thursday the class got to paint a picture of a tiger as a group! As they painted we talked about the color they were using and even sang some fun songs which talked about tigers. :) On Friday I spent the day in the pretot room so unfortunately I don't have any pics for this day; Ms. Jenn reported that it was an overall fun and relaxed day.
Have a great weekend!
It has been a very busy and exciting week for the sprouts! On Monday we brought yellow & blue paint into the class to have the babes combine these colors to create the color green. Painting is always a fun activity for the babes as they get to enjoy the fun squishy texture and cold temperature of the paint between their fingers. They seemed very focused as we pointed out the change of the colors on the paper as we added a new color; this was a very fun activity, shortly after we gathered everyone and prepared to read our book of the week: Green Eggs & Ham for our circle time.
Tuesday- We decorated our stockings to place onto our lovely "fireplace mantel." We used some cute holiday stickers for our décor these made for much fun and allowed the babes to work on improving their fine motor skills; I even placed a couple onto their hands & had them peel them off, each babe used plenty of concentration on this task. During circle time we brought out a sensory basket for the babes to explore; the basket contained a pineapple, lemon & a lime. We then introduced these new items to each babe, I can tell they really liked the textures of these items as they rolled the lemon and lime & stroked their fingers along the prickly pineapple, I also talked about the colors of these fruits and how each one had very different flavors, we went on to enjoy the rest of our circle time outdoors the weather was great. We ended the day using pieces of the pineapple to paint a printed picture of a pineapple, < (say that 3x's fast LOL) it was a fabulous day!
Wednesday- We began our day by prepping the feet of each sprout to decorate our winter wonderland board that will be placed in the welcome center, take a peek once it's up to get a glance at your little ones adorable foot print! For our activity of the day we printed out some pictures of trees. Ms. Jenn gathered various leaves and some grass in a basket to share with the class, the babes then pasted these items onto the branches of the tree picture. We talked about the change in the color of the leaves and the crisp texture of these items!
Thursday- We were excited to start the décor on our Hanukkah themed poster board the pictures included a menorah, star of David & a dreidel; the crayons that we used for this activity were perfect for little hands! Ms. Jenn and I brought out our dreidel that we have in the classroom and demonstrated how to use this for the babes it was plenty of fun! We read some great books during circle time including Green Eggs & Ham and Rye also brought a book to share with the class- Where Is the Green Sheep?. We sang some very fun songs including: Days of the week, Twinkle, Twinkle & G-R-E-E-N(sung to the tune of B-I-N-G-O). As our day came to an end we worked on our signs while singing along to a great cd titled signs for little hands, it was a fantastic activity to incorporate even more signs for the sprouts!
Friday- It was pajama day! unfortunately I was absent but Ms. Jenn managed to take plenty of pics of the adorable sprouts and shared them with me; their jammies were so cute!!! :))
Hope you have a fantastic weekend!
Crystal Gonzales and Jenn Joslin Green Sprout Infant Co-Teachers