Purple Room March Blog Post

They say that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb… We sure felt the roar of the lion!   With our 3-day class we were able to celebrate Theodore Geisel’s (Dr. Seuss’s) birthday, but the 2-day class had 2 snow days instead!  We read lots of books by Dr. Seuss, made hats like the cat’s in The Cat in the Hat and made fish bowls after reading One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish.

We have moved on to Transportation.  The board books Trains, Trucks and Boats by Byron Barton are fun and predictable and the children have enjoyed them.  We have also read  Road Builders, Dazzling Diggers, Maisy Drives the Bus, Wheels, as well as several versions of The Little Engine that Could.  We have a garage with lots of small cars as well as numerous planes and larger cars.  We built a road all around the room and the children zoomed their cars over it, navigating bridges and tunnels along the way.

We have learned two new songs and have made collages and paintings with the colors of a traffic light.  Both are sung to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle:

Twinkle, twinkle traffic light

Round the corner shining bright

Red means STOP

Green means GO

Yellow means go VERY SLOW

Twinkle, twinkle traffic light

Round the corner shining bright

And

Sailboat, sailboat in the sea

Won’t you come and carry me

Through the ocean

Through the bay

To any place that’s far away

Sailboat, sailboat in the sea

Won’t you come and carry me

 

We continue to work on fine motor skills in much of what we do, whether it’s an activity on a tray that involved squeezing clothes pins or tweezers or simply picking up and placing pompoms on a picture.   Working with play dough is a great way to build that hand and finger strength that your children will need to hold a pencil and write.  If you receive a package with bubble wrap, let your child pop the bubbles.  You’ll be amazed at how hard they will work at this.  We’ve had lots of bubble popping in the classroom.  They show fierce concentration when trying to pop all the bubbles.

Painting at the easel is a popular daily activity that, believe it or not, is great for your children’s gross motor skills and strengthening their core. 

Some of you have asked us about the blessing we say before snack:

God is great, God is good

And we thank Him for our food.

By His hands, we all are fed

Give us Lord our daily bread.

Amen

As always, we are truly blessed and privileged to care for your children.

Sarah & Jody