This week we focused on Triangles! One song that we sang was “I am a small triangle; I have three sides you see. I also have three corners, they’re just right for me.” It is sung to the tune of “Pop goes the Weasel.” We continued reading the same books about shapes. This allowed us to continue reviewing the shapes we learned about earlier in the month. Additionally, the children love the repetition. The more we read these books the more they request them.
On Monday we took construction paper triangles that were all different colors and sizes and we glued them to another piece of paper. The original idea was to make fish out of the triangles, but as you know we like to let the children have control over the art they create. You might have to use a little imagination to see the fish :) The children had a great time patting the triangles onto the glue.
On Tuesday we used Luke's shape sorter and the Montessori puzzles to practice our shapes.
On Wednesday we brought out the play dough. We used plastic shapes from a shape sorter to imprint triangles, circles and squares in our play dough. We also used other objects such as utensils, rollers and sticks to manipulate the material. I have noticed recently that the children are able to maintain their focus for longer periods of time. Some of our friends were sitting at the table working with the play dough for almost twenty minutes and would have stayed longer if I did not have to clear the table for lunch.
On Thursday we went on a scavenger hunt through the playground. We found triangle shapes all over! We also had a black light dance party which was a blast, and in Spanish we got to play bowling!
Friday morning started out with another great dance party. Over the past week or so several of our friends have been somewhat rough with their classmates. So, we decided to dedicate our Friday circle time to a discussion about what we do with our hands and our mouths. We clapped, we gave high fives, we held hands, we practiced gentle touches, we blew kisses, sang “la la la”, we practiced saying please and thank you and we made silly noises with our mouths. The children definitely know what gentle touches are, as we have been having them practice whenever they use their hands in a rough manner. Please feel free to reinforce this by having them stroke your arm lightly if they use their hands to push or grab.
Our Friday cooking project was making tzatziki. The children had a great time mixing the yogurt, dill and cucumbers together. They seemed to like it, but were a little thrown by the dill.
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I also added some additional pictures to last weeks' blog, so be sure to check them out. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! See most of you tomorrow :)
3/2/2014 11:57:40 pm
We have noticed that Luke is a little rough with our dogs lately, so we have frequently been working on a gentle touch!
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