Last month, as we hoped winter was drawing to a close we converted our sandbox into a snow box for ongoing sensory experiences, creating snow out of baking soda and water. The children spent lots of time manipulating “snow plows” to plow the imaginary streets inside the box and on trays. We read the classic story, Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton.
Additionally, we made birdfeeders covering toilet paper rolls with Crisco and bird seed.
In preparation for Valentine’s Day, we decorated bags and made watercolor hearts out of coffee filters. The children recognized shapes, colors and opposites while they matched big and little hearts in a variety of colors. We exchanged valentines and mailed letters in our classroom mailbox.
As the days became warmer, we moved into a discussion of Opposites, noting cold/hot, wet/dry, sink or float, hard/soft, rough/smooth, on/off, loud/quiet, up/down, in/out, over/under and so many more. We read many wonderful books to illustrate the concept and our sensory bin became a “Sink or Float” bin.
The children continue to amaze us with their vivid imaginations. Without prompting, they grouped chairs and pretended they were driving a bus. They dress up in elaborate costumes and let their stories evolve.
For Dr. Seuss’s birthday we read many of his books including Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss’s ABC and The Foot Book.
Last week we read The Story of Easter, decorated bags and each class had an Easter Egg Hunt at a classmate’s house. Many thanks to the families who hosted us!
We will continue to enjoy watching the children grow and learn.
Sarah & Amy