This week we stayed warm inside as it was too cold to go on the playground. We managed our disappointment (this week’s SecondStep lesson) by taking lots of deep breaths and letting off steam in the big room. Please read below for a summary of topics in our week.
Fairy Tales. The fairy tale I focused on this week was Jack and the Beanstalk. The idea of magic in fairy tales makes these stories so fun. We already know how bean plants grow from our own experiences last month- it takes longer than one night. Some kids made paper bean vines by cutting out spirals, a great fine motor activity. We will read a different version on Friday and compare/contrast from Thursday’s tale.
The Ocean. This week we focused on facts about the octopus and the shark. We watched some fun videos from SciShow kids here during our lunch to learn more. The kids made paper chains with Ms. Emily to extend our paper octopus. Others colored and drew more sea creatures to take home or decorate our ocean poster.
One new area we opened is a quiet time desk. At this desk, only one person at a time can play, and this week the choice is to create your own aquarium. Kids get a chance to get some time alone with the materials, no sharing, and then they have to clean up and sort the materials back again before leaving. It’s worked out well so far.
Dramatic Play. This week, we added four bins with food for making a beach picnic (and whatever else they imagine). Millie suggested we have an indoor picnic with real food, and we just might do it next week during snack or lunch!
Social/Emotional Skills: SecondStep. This week we focused on managing disappointment. It’s important to learn that we don’t always get what we want. How do we deal with this? Belly breathing lowers blood pressure and heart rate, which in turns calms the body. We talked through scenarios and practiced taking belly breaths together as a class.
Friendship Cards: Although we don’t celebrate February 14th as a holiday at our school, the kids have been talking about it all week. We set up a card making station with colored paper, hole punches, yarn, and various stickers for kids. The cards are free-form, some hearts, some not. They are making them for friends and siblings. On Friday, we will talk about the importance of friendships and how to make a friend.
Winter Science: Ms. Emily has been leading the kids who are here in the afternoons through some experiments about winter.
A peek at next week: We will learn about the letter Ll, plan and build our cardboard castle, explore Little Red Riding Hood, and go fishing in our ocean.