Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday and we are eager to start the New Year with your little ones. Everyone seems happy to be back at school with their friends.
In December, the children were busy with lots of Christmas activities. We had a sensory box filled with red and green sand, Christmas tree branches and stuffed snowmen and santas. The children had a great time scooping and dumping the sand and finding the hidden snowmen and santas.
Decorating Christmas trees with the dot dot markers was a favorite art activity. In addition the children painted angels and made Rudolphs with their handprints. Oh what fine music the little ones made shaking their jingle bells and singing Christmas songs!
During the month of January, we have many fun snow and winter activities planned. In the art center, we will use finger paint to paint “snow” on paper and will use water colors to paint snowflakes.
The children are really enjoying playing in the sensory bin that is filled with “moon sand”. They have scoops and shovels and many love filling the little buckets and then dumping them, over and over again!. Experiencing varying smells and textures in the sensory bin helps the children expand their understanding of words and ideas.
Many of the children are enjoying manipulating the colored blocks on the light table. Some built tall towers while others have been fascinated by looking at the light through the blocks. This activity was great for color recognition.
More and more the children are using their words.It is so fun to see how much they have grown since the beginning of the year. Keep reading to them! Hands down, this is the best way to encourage their language development.
This month we have been reading at school are Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear, Snowmen at Night, and The Mitten.
As always, thanks for sharing your little ones with us.
Christine and Deborah