a holistic pre-school and kindergarten

Thursday, November 20, 2008

News of the Day 11-20-2008

  • During arrival we used play dough and shape cutters to make snow people and stars and gingerbread babies
  • During Hello Meeting worked on our new 'Hello Neighbor' greeting. We really like this one! James also invited a 'Mouse Greeting" where we squeaked to each other.
  • During Explore some of us used the easel for the first time...

some of us created a BIG structure in the blocks

We then all became interested in play-acting as firefighters. We put out fires throughout the BB
using our hoses...

  • For snack we ate veggie booty, tings, and apples
  • During Morning Meeting we told our News of the Day. We read 'Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse' and 'Library Mouse' (a mouse theme developing?)
  • Outside was chilly! We continued our dragon/dinosaur game and played some Runaway Cold Cookies!
  • Stories, stories, stories during lunch...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

News of the Day 11-19-2008

  • During arrival we worked with the our new play dough that the Tues/Thurs crew created
  • During Hello Meeting we sang our Hello Greeting with Jambo and Hola as substitues for Hello. We had our slipper gretting and read the books 'Firefighter Piggy Wiggy' and 'Hey, Pizza Man!'
  • For Snack we ate oranges and pretzels and booty
  • During Explore we spent almost all of our time painting at the easel for the first time

  • We also spent a little time before Outside Time exploring texture with shaving cream

  • During Outside time we used our vehicles to roles around the yard and we also tried to catch snowflakes in our mouths...

  • After lunch we worked on our puzzles... delighting in mixing up all the pieces! ;)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

News of the Day 11-11-2008

  • During arrival we continued working with tape and TP rolls. Today a police car was created. We all read a snake book to our "real" snakes.
  • During Hello Meeting we had our Slipper Greeting. We sang "Monkey and the Engineer" and had a danced to it. Andy introduced some new materials: 2 new puzzles, a new peg board, and a castle block game. Lastly, we read 'Superdog'
  • During Explore we played with the new pegboard and tried to make the pegs reach the ceiling. We also worked with the castle block game in which we needed to recreated structure from an instruction book

  • For snack we ate apples and crackers (thanks Elena's family)
  • For our 1st Art Class we created leaf etchings, cut them out in various ways, and them glued them onto matte board. We had a wonderful class and we're really looking forward to next week.
  • While waiting for everyone to finish their art project some of us worked on the new puzzles. When everyone was finished, Andy read the first part of 'Poppleton, Everyday'
  • We had lunch before Outside today because of the timing of Art. We'll see how this works in the coming weeks.
  • Outside it was chilly! We need to remember to go potty before going outside...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Projects, Projects...

It always starts with tape...

...Rowan had an idea...

...and James was inspired...

...they worked hard...

...and Rowan admired his fire engine!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

News of the Day 11-06-2008

  • During arrival we started by using the color masking tape to make collage then moved on to use the tape and TP rolls to make fire engines....
  • During Hello Meeting we had our Slipper Greeting as well as sang our 'Hello Greeting' using hola
  • During Explore some of us created a huge block building that turned into a zoo. The dinosaurs were the next door neighbors in a very TALL building. Others continued working on their fire trucks and then cut ribbon into "glitter"
  • For snack we ate cheerios and dipped carrots in hummus. We worked on the concept of double dipping and James created what is now known as the "cannonball dipper"
  • During Morning Meeting we told our News of the Day. We read 'Gingerbread Baby'
  • Outside it was beautiful! We built a gas station in the sandbox and ran and jumped into the pile of leaves!
  • Lunch and goodbye. We had a lunch outside. It was too nice to go in... What a joy when pickup is our grownups picking us up outside from a picnic... We missed you today Nico!

Leaf Diving!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Pix from 11-05-08

Anika and Lily draw on the driveway when...

...Anika notices another friend...

...and gives him some chalk.

News of the Day 11-05-2008

  • During arrival we worked with the our new play dough that the Tues/Thurs crew created
  • During Hello Meeting we had our slipper greeting which all the children know how to work now! We read 'Popcorn' and 'Room on the Broom' and the book version of 'Teddy Bear's Picnic" We then danced to "Moneky...", "Ladybug...", and a fast version of "Twinkle, Twinkle..."
  • For Snack we ate applesauce and freshly popped popcorn, inspired by the book 'Popcorn' (thanks Otis's family). We listened to the stories 'Caps for Sale' and 'Curious George Rides a Bike'
  • During Explore continued to work with the play dough
  • Before Outside Time we got ready with coats and when we got outside we took them right off. It was soooooo nice out today! We spent much time diving into the leaf pile. Some of us played in the sandbox making ice cream cones. We also cruised around on the vehicles, drew with chalk on the driveway and played runaway cookies
  • During lunch we read 'Pancakes for Breakfast' and after lunch we sat down to read the first part of 'Poppleton'