Though it hardly feels like winter at the moment, it was only a few weeks ago that we celebrated Hibernation Day. We read The Bear Snores On many times, and Amy brought the story to life and made it interactive for the children by using a set of felt characters she created. The children enjoyed being in their pjs, having our special snack around the “cave campfire" and making bears at the art table.
Painting bears using forks.
Shaving cream puff paint polar bears
While we haven’t had too much winter outdoors, we have had plenty of winter in our sensory bin. We froze penguins into cubes of ice every night, then placed them in the bin with slides and tools allowing for opportunities to explore what happens to ice over time. Ice was replaced by “snow” (chilled baking soda and water) with plows and the popular penguins made a reappearance. “I Drive a Snow Plow” was a fun book to accompany this activity.
Last week we celebrated Valentine’s Day with everyone wearing red and sharing cards with classmates. The children made heart bags to receive their valentines, painted hearts using a large stencil, made marble art valentines for parents and some made heart shaped sun catchers.
Marble art Valentines
Heart stamping on Valentine bags
We also created heart shaped Cheerio bird feeders for the playground. The children love to point out which ones the birds have been eating.
Cheerio heart bird feeders
In keeping with our new big day bag and classroom door featuring Owls, we made owl puppets this week.
At the end of next week we will part ways for Spring Break and hope to come back to smiles, sunshine and flowers.
It is a pleasure teaching your children!
Sarah & Amy