Hello Sagol families!
This week we started exploring more books and toys around our beach theme and continued to have the ice cream shop expand as well as the grill and kitchen area!
On Tuesday we returned from a long weekend to a rainy day. We weren’t able to go outside but we had time to do a group activity inside instead! I read the book Out of the Ocean by Debra Frasier and everyone finger-painted along with the story. In the story they wish for water, sun, sand, shells, and sparkling moonlight. So we used blue, yellow, orange, white, and silver paint to represent those different elements of the story. A little sprinkle of sand was also mixed with the paint for an added texture.
Sadly Tuesday was our last day with our good friend Mr. Benny. He led a special circle time and read the story, Incredible You!, before we wished him well and said “See you later!” (because it is definitely not a goodbye). 🙂
On Wednesday morning a few friends took turns at our sensory bin that still has beach sand and rocks, but now has shells, gems, and shovels as well.
Our focus was on things found at the beach and our favorite is shells! I read the book Shells: More Than a Home that described types of sea creatures that live in a shell. Then we played a game of “What’s Missing?” using other beach objects like a wave bottle, sand castle bucket, shovel, and flower. It was so fun that we played at circle time and again while waiting for lunch! Also at circle time we read the book A Place For Mike that describes the activities a child does at his favorite place – the beach! During music with Cantor we sang an English-Hebrew version of “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes” and sang more songs about how nice it is to be all together!
On Thursday we started out the morning with another art project making sandcastles! To make them, everyone brushed glue onto a paper bowl and then sprinkled different colored sand all over. Along with the project we sang “5 Little Sandcastles” and read Just Grandma and Me, by Mercer Mayer and A House for a Hermit Crab, by Eric Carle.
It was another cooler day outside so we played on the playground but did not do water play.
After the playground we decided we wanted to take a short walk and went to look at the growing garden behind the building!
Friday we will have our class be the helpers at Shabbat. We will paint on easel paper in the morning to design our own “beach towels!”
Next week we will continue with the beach theme and learn more about the ocean.