This week we talked about being thankful, giving tzedakah, and following directions.
Monday we had art with Ms. Beth through Zoom. We made cute little porcupines by poking cotton swabs into styrofoam and painting. It took focus and coordination and was fun to figure out how to paint and be gentle so that everything stayed in place!
After so many friends had a blast creating their porcupine projects, I also introduced a variety of reusable poking stations for everyone to play using their fine motor and imagination skills.
Tuesday was tie-dye day and the class looked so happy full of colorful patterns. We talked about what it means to be grateful and drew pictures of things in our world that we are thankful for.
On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we worked on the Second Step theme about following directions. Using what we have learned about the listening rules, focusing attention, and self-talk, we put it all together to improve on following directions in the classroom. Everyone enjoyed reading the book No Rules For Michael to understand why we need rules and directions to have fun together in school. A few other stories we read this week were The Thankful Book, Strega Nona, and How Dalia Put a Big Yellow Comforter Inside a Tiny Blue Box.
The favorite song of the week was “Sleeping Bunnies” which is a silly movement song but also has secret directions to follow along! Another game we played was Start and Stop that practices all of our skills we have been learning. We also learned the song “Five Shiny Pennies” and related it to counting coins in a tzedakah box.
The favorite toys this week were bowls and utensils to serve spaghetti and soup just like in the fun story of Strega Nona and the song “Chicken Soup for Shabbat.” Everyone liked to stir and fill their pasta pot with lots of different ingredients!
Finally it was another great week to be able to play outside! Even after the snow started to melt, some friends still scraped together as many piles as they could to collect and play with on the playground.
As the weather switches around and snow comes and goes, please continue to send your child with all of their snow gear every day if they come home with it on! The weather changes very quickly and even if it looks warm and dry, our playground can still be cold and wet. The kids often need their boots, hats, and waterproof mittens some days even when there is not as much visible snow. Thank you!
We hope you have a wonderful weekend, stay safe!
Ms. Maddie and Mr. Benny