It’s been good to get back into our routine after several weeks of break. We are so glad to have everyone back healthy and refreshed and have had a great week together!
For the last two weeks our theme has been Clifford the Big Red Dog. He’s a fun character who provides countless learning opportunities.
Here are the highlights of the last two weeks:
- On December 30th we only had two students signed up to be at school so we were able to have a day full of messy-fun! The sensory table was filled with spaghetti noodles to scoop and slide our fingers through. We also had toddler friendly scissors to practice early cutting skills. The boys had a blast with this new experience. (They also painted a Clifford and washed babydolls in tubs – such a messy day, but so manageable with only two kiddos).
- On January 2nd the kids came to school to find our beloved “monkey house” had been turned into a dog house for our new class pet. He’s a huge inflatable dalmatian named Louie. He has been much loved. They feed him his pom-pom dog food and give him gentle pets.
- We played find-the-Clifford with a little clay Clifford and cups. The kids took turns watching the teacher place Clifford under a cup and them move the cups around and then lifted the cups to see if they could identify where he ended up. We tried it using different color cups or cups which were all the same color to provide a harder challenge.
- We have taken advantage of several days of very nice weather and have gotten outside to play in the snow. We even made a snowman! While not every toddler loves the uneven snowy ground and bulky snow gear, most of them really enjoyed their time outside.
- We used magna-tiles to build little dog houses for tiny dog figures. As always this was a huge hit with the kids. They are satisfying to build with, STEM oriented, fun to hide things inside and easy to work with.
- We painted Cliffords with dot-dot markers and then used them later in the week for a Clifford hunt.
- We had a morning of pegboards and playdough. We tried a new challenge with the playdough. The kids first poked straws into the dough and then slid noodles onto the straws. This took a steady hand and good fine motor skills.
- We read many different Clifford books! The favorite was Clifford’s First Snow Day. Clifford plays in the snow and builds a snowman – things the kids did this week. Also Clifford is “saved” on the slippery ice by some kids playing hockey. This led to a discussion on performing a mitzvah to help others. Finley and Easton decided to help Ms. Katie by pushing her chair back where it belonged after she was done reading the story! What a nice example of a simple mitzvah a toddler can perform.
- As always the sensory table and mini sensory bins were big hits this week.
- Hula-hoops were the toy of the week in the Big Room. Aly is a pro at rolling lots at the same time. Running together was another favorite activity and Ms. Sarah is the best at getting the kids going.
- The kids started working on our new igloo lift-the-flap poster. They painted it and new photos are being added. Next week it will be displayed on the bathroom door to be enjoyed while waiting for a turn washing hands or being diapered.
- We have a new leader for our Wednesday all school music time. Her name is Ms. Shana and she is fabulous! She sang really fun songs with the children and got them engaged in the music. We are very excited to have her with us.
- Big puzzles have been providing a new challenge for us. Some of the kids especially enjoy working hard to find where the pieces fit. It’s been fun to work together to figure them out.
- We have been talking a lot about big and small. Clifford starts out SO SMALL as a puppy and grows SO BIG! We have been looking at other big and small things as well.
- Finley was Shabbat helper last week and Adam is helper this week for Special Person’s Shabbat.
- We celebrated Finley’s birthday with his mom and dad!
That’s all for now. It’s been a great few weeks. Next week Mr. Benny will teach us about dinosaurs!
Ms. Katie, Ms. Aly & Mr. Benny