Eggs and Bunny Ears!
This morning the children had a great time dying Easter eggs! The colored eggs looked so pretty :) After nap time each child decorated an egg made out of construction paper. They used crayon to color the paper, then they put stickers on it and Ashley glued flowery ribbon on. They also took turns wearing bunny ears and 'hopping' around like bLater we headed outside for a school-wide Easter egg hunt! Everyone set out on the playground with their baskets. Some of the children loaded up their baskets with eggs, while others found an egg and played with it for a while before becoming distracted with another activity. Regardless, everyone had a blast! The weather was beautiful and the children seemed happy to be outside enjoying the spring!
Have a fabulous weekend everyone! For those of you who celebrate Easter, have a wonderful holiday!
See you Monday :)
Thursday, March 28th!
We're all so glad it started to warm up this week! We were able to go straight outside in the morning, which is always a lot of fun!
Kai enjoyed playing with the cars and trucks outside & Tula loves when we lay a blanket down! She hops right on it and wants to sing songs.."more! more!"
Sophie had a lot of fun in the sandbox!
Inside, we ate a nutritious morning snack, played with puzzles and had circle time. Our friends are so good at recognizing who their friends are and have started to say their names when we sing our Good Morning song! It's adorable!
After circle time, we did an art project! Our friends used cotton balls to "dab" pink paint on paper with a heart cut out.
We talked about how soft the cotton ball was and rubbed it against our faces, then dipped it in paint and "dab, dab dabbed!"
Our friends even took their own cotton ball to the trash when they were through painting! Impressive!!
After long naps, we went outside with our Toddler friends to enjoy snack during the cloudy afternoon! Perfect weather!
We had dried banana chips and hummus on rice cakes...they loved it!
Tomorrow we're going to have an Easter Egg hunt!
Have a great night!
Sorry this is getting out here so late...I thought I posted it last night but I guess I forgot to hit "publish"
It was too chilly to start our day outside again today, so we went out after snack and stayed outside until lunchtime! Our friends love the outdoors! We checked on all the new plants in the garden and showed our new friend Julia around. Julia was visiting us today from the baby room where she used to be classmates with some of the current pre-tots. Genevieve was particularly excited to see Julia and gave her several hugs throughout the day. Julia will be with us again on Friday as she gets ready to join our class. Julia was excited to see her big sister Miya out on the playground and Miya watched out for Julia. Kai rode one of the scooters around until Rhys wanted to ride it, so Kai traded the scooter for a train whistle. Jackson had a blast going down the slide. He asked for help getting started, but flew down without any fear. Tula and Hunter played in the sandbox, trying lids on as hats and manipulating legos. Sophie got to watch everyone from quite a vantage point when Dom picked her up at the top of the playscape. Wynn concentrated hard as he steered his boat on the high seas, then he took off down the slide. Judah smiled as I showed him himself on my phone.
Everyone is talking so much these days! It is so much fun for us teachers to hear their vocabularies develop!
Stay warm, everyone!
Happy Tuesday everyone!
Well it was a chilly morning at the Sprout. I'm sure we're all in shock about this last impact of cold weather. It sure shook my bones! Our kids however, didn't have a care in the world. They were up and down, moving and shaking, unfazed by the temperature.
In the morning we spent time reading books. The color books have been a huge hit, and we make it a point to go through them daily. The students have shown great interest in colors, and we have been pointing out different colors on our clothes and toys.
We spent a good amount of time outside today. The sun came out and it was just too tempting not to stay out and enjoy it. Toni was working on the garden a good portion of the day, and our friends really enjoyed watching her and helping out. We set up the sensory table with dirt and water so that our students could dig in with shovels. We also looked for roly polies and found a beetle! In the afternoon Abby came to give us our yoga class. The kids were just so energetic and active this afternoon we decided to have yoga outside as well. It was a pretty lovely routine day.
I'll be looking forward to warmer weather!
Monday, March 25th!
Good Evening Families!
Today was exciting! In the morning we had to wait for Mr. Sun to come out from behind the clouds before we could play outside, but when he did, it was so much fun!
Jackie showed us an African Rain Stick brought by our friend Tao in the toddler room. Wynn really liked the noise it made!
After an awesome lunch and a 2 1/2 hour nap!!!....our friends enjoyed Yoga!
They love to show off their downward dog pose & other animal poses, like flapping your arms like a bird or quacking like a duck.
For afternoon snack, we had black beans, tomatoes and strawberries! YUM!
See you tomorrow morning,
Cooking and Water Play
Hi! I hope everyone's weekend is off to a great start! Yesterday we had another awesome cooking project with Miss Liz. The children picked strawberries to put in their bowls, then I gave them some yogurt and Liz drizzled some honey on top. We gave each child some magic pop and they dipped it in their yogurt and munched away. It was delicious!
After cooking we went outside where we filled the sensory tables with water. It was hot outside so the kids had a great time splashing in the water!
Enjoy the pics and have a great weekend!
buckets, animals and colors
Today turned out to be beautiful! The morning was a bit wet so we stayed inside until after nap. We managed to have lots of fun anyways. Jackson and Genevieve had a blast putting a green bucket on their heads and calling it a hat. They enjoyed putting it on their teacher’s heads as well. During circle time we filled the bucket with several green objects and talked about each one. Each child got to hold one of the objects and then we put them next to each other in the middle of the circle and saw how they were all shades of green. After circle time we set each child up at the table with a couple of toy animals or some color swatches. They all had a blast banging the animals on the table and making animal noises. Kai had a great dinosaur noise.
After nap time and snack we put on sun screen and headed out to the playground. Wynn found the sensory tray which had some water in it and he immediately started splashing his hands in it. Soon a group gathered around the sensory table and someone dumped a shovel-full of sand in the water, making it muddy. Judah made some calls on the phone and Hunter chatted with her teachers.
Enjoy the pics and have a great night!
Happy Tuesday folks!
I am very excited to be back at school and see all of my favorite little people. I had an incredible spring break ( I hope you did too), but I could not wait to come back to Green Sprout to hang with all of my tiny awesomes! It's Tuesday and we are back in the swing of things. It has only been one week that we were gone, but it felt like such a long time. I used to think by this age level the changes that occurred in children would happen on a larger scale, but I have been proven wrong. Everyone seems taller, chattier, and more intelligent than last week. The language boost that has happened since we have been out of school was the first thing I noticed today. I remember a time when everyone used to babble and make sounds, and now these sounds are turning into words and phrases! It's all happening so fast!
Besides the verbal progress, I have also seen a huge leap in comprehension as well. I told a few of you today how I used to give the kiddos small tasks one at a time as to not overwhelm them, and today I started giving them two tasks in a row. I was very surprised to see the level of comprehension each kid showed when performing said tasks. For instance, today we started a few new responsibilities which included rolling up their nap mats and taking them to the bathroom. They were so excited to do it too. They really thrive when you give them trust and assign them duties. It's such a pleasure to see them learn and grow in front of your eyes. I am feeling completely rewarded today and look forward to what the next few months have in store for us.
Good Evening Families!
Today was a great day! The weather is changing again and getting hotter, but the mornings are so nice.
Ms. Magdalen was not feeling well today, so Mike filled in for her! Our friends really love Mike and had a lot of fun playing and learning with him in the morning.
For morning snack we had Bananas and Strawberries...our friends are doing such a fantastic job asking "more, please" either by sign or talking. So polite! : )
During circle time we sang our usual songs and read a book about colors. I pointed at pictures of different colored objects and then compared it to something in the classroom, like Tula's yellow shirt.
Our friends really enjoyed when I pointed out what color clothes they were wearing!
After a yummy lunch and an aaamazing nap, Miss Abby came for Yoga! She read "Brown Bear" by Eric Carle and did yoga poses that matched the animals in the book. They loved this! Everyone loved doing dog and cat pose and jumping up and down like frogs! Little Yogi's!!
In the afternoon, Kate came for a play date! After a little snack and plenty of sunscreen, we went outside to play!
Outside we made tents over the playscape and climbing dome for some shade and fun! Genevieve pointed at them and said "Tee-pees!!"
Wynn, Jackson and Hunter hung out in the sandbox under the big tree to stay cool!
Sorry there weren't that many pictures today!
I hope you all have a great night!
rainy day friday
Since it was rainy all day today we had to stay inside. This meant that we got to do some fun projects. In the morning we joined up with the toddlers for an art project using old toilet paper roles. Not only was the art project a blast, but the pre-tots got to spend some time with their friends who recently moved up to the toddler room :)
This afternoon Ms. Liz came in for a cooking project. We spread hummus on rice cakes and gave each child some shredded carrots, lettuce leaves, avocado slices, and tomatoes to put on the rice cakes. This snack was a big hit with everyone, kids and teachers!
We hope everyone stays well and has a wonderful spring break!
Jackie and Dom, Green Sprout Pre-Tot Guides