Hello! Today has been such an amazing Thursday! It was a chilly 39 degrees this morning so we stayed inside again during arrivals. It’s been so comfy starting out our day in the classroom. Our pre-tot friends who were at school today were Noah, Clara, Gage, Olive, Genevieve, and Ancel. We miss Sophie, who’s in Boston, Jackson, who only comes Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and Hunter, our only Monday, Wednesday, Friday friend.
We played a lot, however, something was very different – the primary class was with us! They only had three girls in the class today – Colette (Ancel’s sister,) Leina, and Paige. They played with us and helped us out and were awesome friends to spend the morning with. We talked about owls and did lots of “hoo hoo”-ing.
We all had snack together and then went to the deck (it had warmed up by then) and made SNOW using baking soda and water. We made it in a sensory table and it was so much fun! Joey and Jasper from the toddler room joined the primary class at that point so the deck became extra fun!
Here are the activities our friends individually engaged in today. Noah wore a necklace around the classroom and out on the deck he threw a ball back and forth with Jasper (they think alike when it comes to balls!) Ancel was very into a sponge and also making snow. Clara also had a blast with the sponge and the snow (she’s also been doing the downward dog pose all day!) Wynn looked at lots of books and played with a toy dinosaur, one of his current favorite toys in the classroom. Genevieve rocked out on the drums and then pushed bikes around on the deck. Olive rode bikes and was the first pre-tot to venture into the snow activity (she really dug it!) Gage wore the very special beaded purple necklace (the one Noah was wearing) and rocked out with the snow.
After playing on the deck our friends were very hungry so we sat down for lunch. As other teachers and classes walked through our room from the playground (as we ate) we received many compliments on how calm and collected everybody was. Great job pre-tots! They have been displaying such amazing table manners (we’re still working on staying in a chair until completely done eating, though, especially if there’s still food being chewed. Otherwise, very well done, guys!)
We put up black-out blinds in our room (Toni went shopping today and gave them to us) for nap and WOW, what a difference they made in the length of time our friends slept! Yay! It’s been tough having the brightest classroom in the school (we have seven windows!) We made the room nice and dark and cozy today and are so happy with the results. Yay for good naps! We’ve also developed a system of putting the 1:00 wakers down last so that they sleep later and allow their friends to rest longer. Tomorrow we will start yet another new system of having a teacher from the infant room in here from 11:30 to 1:30 to provide an extra set of hands for patting backs and keeping them asleep longer (in other words, all throughout nap we will have two people in here instead of just one.) We are so excited about these very positive changes!
After a very restful nap we awoke to stickers! Hooray! Then our great friend, Leona, came to do Spanish class with us. It’s been such a great Thursday and we’re looking forward to an amazingly awesome and very musical Friday!