Salutations tulip fams!
It has been a very short week due to some last minute crazy cold weather! Nonetheless, I hope everyone is staying safe and warm indoors and snuggling up with your little ones.
This week we have been focussing on rainy weather and exploring the properties of it.
On Tuesday miss Jackie and miss Crystal did an activity with our little tulips where they each got to practice using a dropper. Miss Jackie took turns with each of our kiddos and showed them how to squeeze the dropper to suck in and release water.
On Wednesday miss Magdalen and miss Jackie did an outside activity with our kiddos. Each of our little tulips got to take turns watering our garden using the little yellow duck watering can. In the afternoon our Spanish teacher, miss Daphne, brought in two puzzles to share with our kiddos. One was a color puzzle and the other was a number puzzle. First she started with the color puzzle. She gave each of our kiddos a puzzle piece and then asked them to place it with its matching color. Then she included the number puzzle. The numbers on the puzzle were colored red, blue, green and yellow. She then took the blue, red, green and yellow from the color puzzle and showed our kiddos how some of the numbers match the colors and put them into groups. Each of our little tulips got to take a turn placing the puzzle pieces into a group.
On Thursday we did an activity where we got to listen to rain and. Thunder sounds on a CD. We sat our kiddos at the table and had them listen very carefully to the sounds. Then we got to create our own thunder and rain by patting the table. During circle time we passed around the rain maker and showed our kiddos how the rain sounds.
Unfortunately, some of our kiddos weren't able to join us this week :( But hopefully they will be back and in good health next week for our sunny/cloudy weather theme :)
Have a safe and wonderful weekend friends!!!
We have been having such gorgeous weather this week! I suppose mother nature is making it up to us for last week's yucky weather :-)
This week we have been focussing on windy weather and the different types of windy weather such as tornadoes and hurricanes.
On Monday our little tulips colored on styrofoam plates. Miss Magdalen then tied string onto each plate so that we could hang them from our big tree and watch them blow in the wind. During our circle time miss Magdalen talked about how we can make our own wind using our breath. Each kiddo practiced blowing air out and feeling it with their hand.
On Tuesday we pretended to be giant tornadoes and practiced spinning around. Some of our kiddos enjoyed watching their peers spin in a circle. This was a great balancing activity for them because spinning in a circle can make you dizzy if you go too fast; I know first hand, LoL. We also practiced blowing air into our hands and creating our own wind again during circle time. In the afternoon our newest yoga teacher, Miss Vanessa, joined us and taught us a new song. The song is called "Old Mc Yogi." The song is sung to the tune of "Old McDonald" and it goes like this; "Old Mc Yogi had a Mat, ooooomiiii, ooooomiiii, oooooom. And on that mat he had a dog..." Then you would do dog pose and bark like a dog.
On Wednesday our kiddos got to experience wind being blown from a box fan. During our circle time miss Magdalen brought in a box fan and turned it up on high. Each of our tulips got to feel the wind being blown. Then we placed light weight objects in front of the fan to show our kiddos how objects can blow in the wind. When we were outside we had a community activity where everyone helped putting new sand into the sand box.
On Thursday miss Jackie showed our little tulips what a tornado looks like using two bottles taped together with water inside. She showed them how she had to spin the water in the bottle by rotating it really fast and then showed them the funnel shape the water made as it poured into the other bottle. Each of our tulips got a turn to practice rotating the bottle.
On Friday we started our morning off with some Disney tunes and sing along songs. Miss Toni also brought out some new jump ropes and we all took turns practicing jumping over the rope. Our primary Afterwards, I read "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" to some of our friends. In the afternoon, Chef Mike came in and did a cooking project with us. He showed our kiddos how to make a pizza using pita bread, marinara sauce, mozzarella (both dairy and non-dairy), basil leaves and black olives. My favorite part was watching their facial expressions as they tasted each ingredient.
We ended our day enjoying the beautiful weather outside and dance party!!!
Hi Tulip Fams!!!
We have been having such a great week here at the sprout despite the cold/rainy weather. Unfortunately, one of our kiddos was out sick for the week :( but thankfully he's getting better and should be ready for action next week!
This week we focused on cold and snowy weather.
On Monday our tulips got to mix blue and white paint using sponges. We used these colors because we associate blue with cold. Once their painted masterpiece was dry we drew a unique snowflake on each one. We also had yoga which all of our kiddos love to engage in. Some of our kiddos like to just observe while others imitate or copy what our yoga teacher is doing.
On Tuesday we discussed how the cold weather makes us shiver and things we could do to help keep warm. We discussed how moving around helps keep our bodies warm, then we followed up by singing our "jump up and down" song where each kiddo gets a turn jumping up and down. We also got to work with our Montessori puzzles and talked about how we use them.
We've been focusing a lot on routine this week along with our curriculum. I'm so proud to say that our little tulips are doing fantastic adjusting to our daily routine considering how the weather has affected our daily schedule.
On Wednesday we did a sensory activity where we had two bowls; one with warm water and the other with cold water. They each took turns placing one hand in each bowl and feeling the difference in temperature. Half of them enjoyed putting their hand in the warm bowl more than the cold bowl and the other half vice versa. We also had them touch the windows to feel how the cold air from outside made them feel cold too. We also had Spanish with Miss Daphne who brought in a number puzzle and gave each kiddo a number to place into its proper slot. She speaks in Spanish the entire time, so it was awesome watching how they were still able to follow her instructions.
On Thursday we cut out a bunch of paper snowflakes and pretended to have a snow storm during circle time. They had so much fun with this activity. Some of them would grab a snowflake and toss it in the air and watch it fall while others enjoyed examining each one and tearing them.
On friday we started our morning in the primary room. Our kiddos were so interested in all the cool stuff the primary class had. Some of our kiddos got to draw on paper and some played with the cars and connectors in one of the centers. In the afternoon, chef Mike came in and created a Mediterranean dish for our kiddos. Our kiddos helped by shaking the container and mixing the ingredients together. Then they all got to taste it; some enjoyed it more than others. Then we ended the day with outside dance party!
Til next week friends!
Welcome to the new year tulip fams!!!
It's only been our second day back and our kiddos already seem to be getting the hang of things.
We have lots of new faces joining our class for the new year. Our friends Rye, Hank and Colette all moved up from the infant class while Juliete, Matilda and Lyla are brand new to Green Sprout. Our other friends Finn, Naomi, Avey and Luke have all been doing such a great job of showing our newest friends how we do things in the tulip class.
Yesterday and today we focused mainly on our routine since we have so many new friends in our class who still need to learn it. Since it was really cold outside in the morning, we began our day in the classroom with some free play. Normally, we do drop-offs outside in the morning except when the weather is too cold or rainy.
After free play we all sat at the table and ate snack. One of our toddler friends mom made a comment when she saw all of our friends sitting at the table and eating snack quietly. She said, "Oh my, I can't believe they are all sitting so quietly. You would think kids this age would be all over the place." We are so proud of our little group.
Shortly after, we all cleaned up and got ready for circle time. Our older friends did great showing our new friends how we all help put away all of our toys before going to circle time.
During circle time we sang our "Good Morning/Hello" song where we sing each kiddos name and introduce each one as we go. Immediately following we sang our weather song and then talked about what kind of weather we have been having. We also discussed how a lot of our friends are new to school or just new to our tulip class and that we are all learning/re-learning our class routines.
Thursday our Spanish teacher, Miss Daphne, came and sang some songs and had a little activity for our kiddos. She brought in some Spanish number flash cards that were paired puzzle pieces to share with our little tulips. They were all so intrigued and fascinated by Miss Daphne and really enjoyed taking the puzzle pieces she would hand them and matching it with its pair.
Miss Daphne only speaks in Spanish which is super awesome because it is one of the best ways to learn a new language.
Friday our chef, Mr. Mike, came in and did a cooking project with us. He showed each of our kiddos how to make guacamole using avocado, tomato and lime. First, he demonstrated how he has to cut up each fruit; our kiddos faces were in complete awe as he did this, that or they were totally dazed out, haha! Once he was finished he placed a little of each ingredient into a small bowl and gave one to each kiddo. Mags, myself, and Mike all went around the table and helped each friend squish and mix the ingredients together. They all had so much fun doing this even though a few friends didn't really care to eat it afterwards.
At the end of our day we all went outside and enjoyed the nice crisp air.
Have a wonderful weekend!!!
Monday & Tuesday: Yoga with Miss Amelia or Miss Colette.
Wednesday & Thursday: Spanish with Miss Daphne
Friday: Cooking with Mr. Mike
Jackie and Dom, Green Sprout Pre-Tot Guides