The New Year is off to a great start in the TMO Thursday/Friday class. We hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are glad to be back with your little ones!
During December, the art center was very busy. The children had painted stars rolling paint and marbles over them and then adding glitter to their star. They decorated Christmas trees with various materials such as stickers, pom-pom balls, markers, and tissue paper. Making a Rudolph out of their handprint was another favorite activity.
We had a small Christmas tree in our classroom for the children to decorate. Although this activity was designed to strengthen the children’s small muscles, they just had a good time doing it, again and again.
Play dough is another activity that is great for small muscle development, at home and at school, and the children enjoyed making Christmas cookies out of the dough.
We continue to enjoy our outside time to work those large muscles, be in the fresh air, and hear the sounds that surround us. When the weather isn’t so great, we have been using the movement room where the children can enjoy riding on toys, throwing balls, using the slide and running.
During our first weeks together in the New Year, we have been talking about winter, animals that live in the cold weather, and, of course, snow! We painted snow pictures at the easel and the children made their own snowmen using small, medium and large circles. Using cut up pieces of white paper, we even had it “snow” in our classroom. The children had fun plowing and scooping the “snow” off the floor. They also have been enjoying dressing a felt snowman with eyes, nose, hat, scarf and buttons.
During the rest of January, we will continue to talk about winter and some of the books we will be reading are What Snowmen Do At Night, Polar Bear, PolarBear, What do You Hear, and The Mitten.
As always, thank you for sharing your children with us!
Christine and Liz