What a gorgeous week we have had – spring is finally here (we think). In my own family I call this week “baby-leaf week”. It’s the week where the plants and trees have the slightest green fuzz as their new leaves open. It one of my most favorite times of the year. I hope you and your babies have been able to get out for some evening walks to appreciate the change of season. In the infant room we have been opening the windows to feel the fresh spring air and have made it out for a walk around Bet Shalom’s beautiful grounds. There are so many birds in the air, ducks in the pond and turtles on the logs to point out to the babies. They may not understand all our words, but they feel our excitement and positive energy.
Over Spring Break the teachers were working hard updating the room, deep cleaning, planning enriching activities and changing out the bulletin boards. Gone are the snowmen and our beloved Brown Bear, Brown, Bear. We switched them out for Lovebugs and Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. We have been having fun looking at the family photos on the lovebug board and singing 5 (or 8) Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.
This week we welcomed Logan to our classroom. He is such a nice addition to our group. His big brother has been part of the preschool-age class for awhile and it was really special to see the two brothers together during our all school music time this week. We cherish our close community at Bet Shalom.
Also this week we celebrated Adam first birthday. It has been such a pleasure watching Adam grow over the last many months. He is a sweet and fun little guy and we are grateful to have him in our class.
Our over-arching focus this week (and in the weeks to come) is pre-math skills. At this age these skills should be embedded into our everyday activities. The words we choose and comparisons we make lay the groundwork for future math skills. We count the bites as we feed the babies, we talk about the shapes of the blocks (and count how many) as we stack them, we use sequence words – first, next, finally, we sort objects during play. The examples are countless. We will continue to be very intentional in this area over the coming weeks.
On Monday we had a surprise visit from the Pre-K class. Avi created an “ice cream” cart and brought it to our class to ask the babies to “buy” some treats. Our babies LOVED it! They got to choose a dish of ice cream and spoon and pretend to eat it. It was a fun dramatic play experience. Ms. Amanda, our pre-k teacher, is fabulous and is always creating enriching activities which are very child-centered and meaningful.
This week we also found time for waterplay. The babies definitely love to splash!
We also started working on coffee filter butterflies to decorate our window. The older babies used dot-dot markers to decorate the filters. The finished product will be displayed on our window soon.
There are endless smiles in the classroom from the babies interacting with each other and the teachers.
That’s all for now.
Shabbat Shalom, Ms. Katie, Ms. Heidi & Ms. Sarah