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Overview

Over the past week, the children have enjoyed using the grocery store under the loft in the back of the classroom. They bought lots of groceries to bring along on their adventures to space. It has been interesting to see these two play themes come together and include so many children. We added a more obvious storefront to the grocery store to promote the idea of taking on the role of a grocer. We will add photos and books about space to enhance the children's abilities to build representationally with the blocks as they make their space ships. We will continue exploring the concept of symmetry this week. We added the Plexiglas easel, which we will use to encourage the children to use for creating cooperative symmetrical works of art.

Expressive Arts


-Materials: Playdough, scissors, rolling pins, muffin tins, letter cookie cutters, laminated letters for reference, laminated name tags, Plexiglas easel, paint, watercolor paint, watercolor paper, fine paint brushes, plastic birds.
-Rationale: The children have been creating letters as well as baked goods so we will add materials to support both forms expression. To promote literacy skills and name recognition we will add the children's nametags so they can work on spelling their names with playdoh. We will add a Plexiglas easel for the children to cooperate to create symmetrical paintings on opposite sides of the easel. At the art table, the children will continue to use watercolor paint. Colorful plastic birds will be added for inspiration and reference.
-Skills: fine motor, creative expression, symbolic representation, name recognition, and letter recognition.

Sensory


-Materials: sensory table, water, snow, ice cubes, various ice shapes, plastic animals.

-Rationale: At the sensory table, the children have enjoyed experimenting with snow and ice. We will fill the sensory table with water and let the children experiment with adding snow and ice. Not only will they experiment with the physical properties of these substances, they will also be able to act out dramatic play scenarios with the polar animals.
-Skills: Sensory input, dramatic play, physical science, predicting, and observing.

Science


-Materials: fake snow, ice, camouflage materials (white fur, pictures of animals, pictures of animal homes)
Rationale: The story "The Mitten" has interested the children in camouflage and how animals blend into the snow. We decided to extend this interest by letting the children touch and look at many different animals, furs, and photos of wintery homes at the light table. The children will have a chance to continue their mixing and experimenting at the other science table. This time we added a safe substance that can be mixed with water to create fake snow. The children will be able to compare this substance to real snow.
-Skills: scientific inquiry, observation, reasoning, conceptual knowledge-knowledge of the natural world, descriptive language, and making comparisons.

Language and Literacy


-Materials: letter writing materials such as pens, pencils, paper, tape, stickers and staplers. The classroom library is rich in storybooks as well as informational books with a winter theme as well as birds and winter animals. 

-Rationale: The children have enjoyed writing and sending letters to Ross' class and Barb. There will be stickers (stamps) as well as more envelopes for the children continue sending messages of friendship.
-Skills: fine motor, descriptive and creative writing/dictation, fine motor, and letter recognition.

Math and Manipulatives


-Materials: magnetic tiles, magnetic board with line of symmetry, duplos, shape puzzles, interlocking puzzles, word/letter puzzles, scissors, and folded paper.

-Rationale: Last week the children learned how to see symmetry by cutting folded paper. We will continue to promote this mathematical concept with the manipulatives provided as well as search for symmetry in the environment.
-Skills: symmetry, logical thinking, reasoning, construction skills, fine motor strength and dexterity.

Dramatic Play


-Materials: kitchen furniture, baked goods, muffin tins, mixing bowls, colorful scarves and fabrics, and teapot and cups, grocery store shelf, grocery bags, and baskets. In the cave, we added props for telling The Mitten by: Jan Brett.
-Rationale: The children have enjoyed our grocery store so this week we are also adding a storefront to promote the role-play of grocer and customer.
-Skills: role-play, symbolic play, cooperation, peer interactions, support general social skills, problem solving, sharing.

Blocks


-Materials: Unit blocks, hollow blocks, long wood planks, random "loose parts" materials. 


-Rationale: The loose parts have extended the children's play and helped them think of creative ways to use familiar materials. The children have also enjoyed listening to the recording of Adventures in Space, which will continue to be available to inspire their play after building space ships and space stations using blocks.
-Skills: creative building, spatial skills, geometry, balance and design, social skills, large motor, creative thinking.

Overview
Over the course of the session, the children have focused a lot on winter, winter animals, and patterning. This week we are continuing with the winter themes through having snow and ice in a variety of areas throughout the classroom including the science and sensory tables. Winter animals will also continue to be intertwined in the science cave as well as with making tracks at the easel. There will be three new ideas implemented into the classroom this week: symmetry, space, and grocery store. Symmetry will be introduced at the manipulatives table, space in the block area, and the loft will be transformed into the grocery store.

Expressive Arts

-Materials: Playdough, scissors, rolling pins, laminated letters for reference, sponge tracks, paint, watercolor paint, watercolor paper, fine pant brushes.
-Rationale: The children have enjoyed experimenting with playdoh over the past few weeks. In order to promote emergent literacy, laminated letters will be placed on the table and the children will be prompted to create letters using the playdoh and playdoh tools including scissors, rolling pins, and their hands. The children will continue to create animal tracks and scenes using sponge animal tracks and fine paintbrushes at the easel. At the art table, the children will be introduced to watercolor paint, which is new from the watercolor ice cubes used last week. This will allow the children to connect what they learned about color mixing at the light table to their representational artwork.
-Skills: fine motor, creative expression, symbolic representation, and letter recognition

Sensory

-Materials: sensory table, snow, ice cubes, various ice shapes, shovels, and spray bottles with colored water.
-Rationale: At the sensory table, the children will continue to mix colors in a different context. The children will spray red, blue and yellow water on the snow to see how the colors change when added to white snow. They will also be encouraged to write their names in the snow with the different colors.
-Skills: Sensory input, emergent literacy, predicting, and observing.


Science

-Materials: snow, ice, corn starch, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, vinegar, other kitchen ingredients.

-Rationale: The children have taken much interest in experimenting with different ways to melt ice and snow beginning last week with melting the ice with salt, corn starch, and flour. The children really enjoyed mixing the ingredients to see if they melt the ice, so this week we are adding several ingredients for the children to combine to make mixtures to predict and observe what will melt the ice.
-Skills: scientific inquiry, observation, predicting, reasoning, conceptual knowledge-knowledge of the natural world, descriptive language, and making comparisons.


Language and Literacy

-Materials: letter writing materials such as pens, pencils, paper, tape, and staplers. The classroom library is rich in storybooks as well as informational books with a winter theme as well as birds and winter animals.
-Rationale: Writing and sending letters intrigued many of the children last week. The children have been gaining an understanding of writing/drawing with the intention of sending a message to another person. There will be more envelopes, paper and stickers for the children to continue the concept of sending and receiving letters. Also, the children have enjoyed cutting symmetric hearts out of folded paper, which will also be at the writing center for children to use.
-Skills: fine motor, descriptive and creative writing/dictation, fine motor, and letter recognition.


Math and Manipulatives

-Materials: magnetic tiles, magnetic board, duplos, shape puzzles, interlocking puzzles, word/letter puzzles, scissors, and paper for folding.
-Rationale: This week we will move forward from patterns and onto symmetry. Using magnetic boards and magnetic tiles, the children will be encouraged to demonstrate their knowledge of symmetry. Also, paper and scissors will be provided to support the children in making symmetric shapes by folding and cutting paper.
-Skills: symmetry, logical thinking, reasoning, construction skills, fine motor strength and dexterity.


Dramatic Play

-Materials: kitchen furniture, baked goods, muffin tins, mixing bowls, grocery lists, and teapot and cups, grocery store shelf, grocery bags, and baskets. In the cave, we have winter forest animals and fabrics chosen to represent a snowy, forest landscape. Under the loft, in the back of the classroom we are creating a classroom grocery store.
-Rationale: To encourage children to engage in dramatic play, to support peer interactions and conversations, and provide opportunities for imagination and creativity. Many of the children enjoy the food in the kitchen as well as the grocery lists. In order to build off this, we are transforming the loft into a classroom grocery store. The store will include baskets and grocery bags, as well as labeled shelves to help the children recognize words and organize materials.
-Skills: role-play, symbolic play, peer interactions, support general social skills, problem solving, sharing.


Blocks

-Materials: Unit blocks, hollow blocks, long wood planks, random "loose parts" materials. 

-Rationale: The children have used both types of blocks to represent their ideas and to support their dramatic play. Lately, the children have enjoyed going to space. Loose parts as will be available to use for a variety of purposes. The loose parts are presented in the classroom to prompt the children to think of creative ways to use familiar materials. Also, a recording of Adventures in Space will be available for the children to follow the story line after building space structures.

-Skills: creative building, spatial skills, geometry, balance and design, social skills, large motor, creative thinking.

Large Motor

-Materials: Gym-Climbing wall, jumping pit, monkey bars, stairs and slide, basketball hoop, hop scotch, pitchback. Outdoors- playground equipment, shovels, buckets, molding materials, sledding hill.
-Rationale: The gym set up is designed to support the children's propulsion and reception skills. Outside, the children will continue to have the experience of building quinzees together as a community. The sledding hill as well as snowshoes will also be available if the weather permits.
-Skills: Gross motor, balance, endurance, upper body strength, fine motor-grasping, hand-eye coordination, risk-taking, hoping on one and two feet, throwing, catching.

Snack
Monday - Wheat thins & bananas
Tuesday - Oatmeal & raisins
Wednesday - Pretzels & milk
Thursday - Oranges & milk
Friday- Sunbutter sandwiches

Overview
Over the past few weeks, the children have enjoyed melting the ice and snow at the science table. We are adding salt, cornstarch and sugar to conduct new melting experiments. We will watch for differences in the effect of each on the ice and snow. Also this week we will promote community building by continuing the building of the quinzee village on the playground. Last week Ross's class joined us for morning meeting, where we brainstormed new ways to work together to make them larger and decorate them. In the fall, the children added leaves to our bare tree. As another community building activity we will be decorating our tree to look like the snowy trees outside our window.

Expressive Arts

-Materials: Playdough, sponge tracks, natural materials, scissors, feathers, sticks, paper, watercolor ice cubes, watercolor paper, bare tree, coffee filters, white craft materials

-Rationale: The children have enjoyed working with playdoh represent their ideas especially birds so we are adding feathers and other materials to expand their creativity. For a community building activity, we are adding white craft materials to as a class decorate our bare tree for winter. To expand the children's interest of animal tracks, we are adding sponge tracks to the art easel.
-Skills: fine motor, creative expression, symbolic representation

Sensory

-Materials: sensory table, snow, ice cubes, various ice shapes, shovels, molding materials, forks, winter animals including penguins, polar bears, and seals
-Rationale: To connect to the outdoors where the children have been building quinzees, we will be adding large sphere ice shapes to the sensory table. We will encourage the children to use tools to chip away at the ice and create quinzees on a smaller scale. -Skills: creative building, sensory input, knowledge of physical properties, construction of buildings, understanding of animal habitats.

Science

-Materials: snow, ice, warming tray, thermometers, and salt, cornstarch, flour, watercolors and pipettes.

-Rationale: The children have taken much interest in experimenting with different ways to melt ice and snow. We have added salt, flour and cornstarch for the children to deepen this interest and discover which substance melts the snow or ice. It will give them the opportunity to use some of the knowledge they have gained so far and add to it. The children will also experiment with mixing different colors with the watercolors on the snow.
-Skills: scientific inquiry, observation, reasoning, conceptual knowledge-knowledge of the natural world, descriptive language, and making comparisons.

Language and Literacy

-Materials: letter writing materials such as pens, pencils, paper, tape, staplers, stamps, and envelopes. A variety of storybooks as well as informational books will be throughout the classroom with a winter theme as well as birds and winter animals.
-Rationale: Writing and sending letters intrigued many of the children last week. The children have been gaining an understanding of writing/drawing with the intention of conveying a message to another person. There will be more envelopes, paper and stickers for the children to continue the concept of sending and receiving letters and mail.
-Skills: fine motor, descriptive and creative writing/dictation, fine motor, and letter recognition.

Math and Manipulatives

-Materials: mosaic tiles, duplos, shape puzzles, interlocking puzzles and individual weaving boards.
-Rationale: The children are continuing to work on various patterns but we decided it was time to show how patterns can be used for different purposes. We are adding individual weaving boards with ribbon in which the children can practice their fine motor skills as well as experience a different way of using patterns for design.

-Skills: patterning, logical thinking, reasoning, construction skills, fine motor strength and dexterity.

Dramatic Play

-Materials: kitchen furniture, baked goods, muffin tins, mixing bowls, recipe cards, grocery checklists, notepads for writing recipes and orders, and teapot and cups. In the cave, we have winter forest animals and fabrics chosen to represent a snowy, forest landscape. We are adding more white and silver fabrics for the children interested in igloos or being polar bears and penguins. Under the loft, in the back of the classroom we have bears, wolves, owls, moose, logs, and animal costumes.
-Rationale: To encourage children to engage in dramatic play, to support peer interactions and conversations, and provide opportunities for imagination and creativity. Many of the children enjoy the food in the kitchen so we will add grocery lists for the children to check off the food as they go down their list.
-Skills: role-play, symbolic play, peer interactions, support general social skills, problem solving, sharing.

Blocks

-Materials: Unit blocks, hollow blocks, long wood planks, random "loose parts" materials. 

-Rationale: The children have used both types of blocks to represent their ideas and to support their dramatic play. Lately, the children have enjoyed going to space, making thrones, castles, and igloos. Pictures of these structures will be added to the area for re-creation and inspiration as loose parts that will add new elements to their designs.

-Skills: creative building, spatial skills, geometry, balance and design, social skills, large motor.

Large Motor

-Materials: Gym-Climbing wall, jumping pit, monkey bars, stairs and slide, basketball hoop, hop scotch, pitchback. Outdoors- playground equipment, shovels, buckets, molding materials, sledding hill.
-Rationale: The new gym set up is designed to support the children's propulsion and reception skills. Outside, the children will continue to have the experience of building quinzees together as a community. The sledding hill as well as snowshoes will also be available if the weather permits.
-Skills: Gross motor, balance, endurance, upper body strength, fine motor-grasping, hand-eye coordination, risk-taking, hoping on one and two feet, throwing, catching.

Snack

Monday - Pretzels & celery sticks
Tuesday - Rice chex & milk
Wednesday - Sweet potato & black bean quesadillas
Thursday - Rice cakes & grapefruit
Friday- Sunbutter & bagels

Overview
Over the past few weeks, the children have enjoyed melting the ice and snow at the science table. We are adding salt, cornstarch and sugar to conduct new melting experiments. We will watch for differences in the effect of each on the ice and snow. Also this week we will promote community building by continuing the building of the quinzee village on the playground. Last week Ross's class joined us for morning meeting, where we brainstormed new ways to work together to make them larger and decorate them. In the fall, the children added leaves to our bare tree. As another community building activity we will be decorating our tree to look like the snowy trees outside our window.

Expressive Arts

-Materials: Playdough, sponge tracks, natural materials, scissors, feathers, sticks, paper, watercolor ice cubes, watercolor paper, bare tree, coffee filters, white craft materials

-Rationale: The children have enjoyed working with playdoh represent their ideas especially birds so we are adding feathers and other materials to expand their creativity. For a community building activity, we are adding white craft materials to as a class decorate our bare tree for winter. To expand the children's interest of animal tracks, we are adding sponge tracks to the art easel.
-Skills: fine motor, creative expression, symbolic representation

Sensory

-Materials: sensory table, snow, ice cubes, various ice shapes, shovels, molding materials, forks, winter animals including penguins, polar bears, and seals
-Rationale: To connect to the outdoors where the children have been building quinzees, we will be adding large sphere ice shapes to the sensory table. We will encourage the children to use tools to chip away at the ice and create quinzees on a smaller scale. -Skills: creative building, sensory input, knowledge of physical properties, construction of buildings, understanding of animal habitats.

Science

-Materials: snow, ice, warming tray, thermometers, and salt, cornstarch, flour, watercolors and pipettes.

-Rationale: The children have taken much interest in experimenting with different ways to melt ice and snow. We have added salt, flour and cornstarch for the children to deepen this interest and discover which substance melts the snow or ice. It will give them the opportunity to use some of the knowledge they have gained so far and add to it. The children will also experiment with mixing different colors with the watercolors on the snow.
-Skills: scientific inquiry, observation, reasoning, conceptual knowledge-knowledge of the natural world, descriptive language, and making comparisons.

Language and Literacy

-Materials: letter writing materials such as pens, pencils, paper, tape, staplers, stamps, and envelopes. A variety of storybooks as well as informational books will be throughout the classroom with a winter theme as well as birds and winter animals.
-Rationale: Writing and sending letters intrigued many of the children last week. The children have been gaining an understanding of writing/drawing with the intention of conveying a message to another person. There will be more envelopes, paper and stickers for the children to continue the concept of sending and receiving letters and mail.
-Skills: fine motor, descriptive and creative writing/dictation, fine motor, and letter recognition.

Math and Manipulatives

-Materials: mosaic tiles, duplos, shape puzzles, interlocking puzzles and individual weaving boards.
-Rationale: The children are continuing to work on various patterns but we decided it was time to show how patterns can be used for different purposes. We are adding individual weaving boards with ribbon in which the children can practice their fine motor skills as well as experience a different way of using patterns for design.

-Skills: patterning, logical thinking, reasoning, construction skills, fine motor strength and dexterity.

Dramatic Play

-Materials: kitchen furniture, baked goods, muffin tins, mixing bowls, recipe cards, grocery checklists, notepads for writing recipes and orders, and teapot and cups. In the cave, we have winter forest animals and fabrics chosen to represent a snowy, forest landscape. We are adding more white and silver fabrics for the children interested in igloos or being polar bears and penguins. Under the loft, in the back of the classroom we have bears, wolves, owls, moose, logs, and animal costumes.
-Rationale: To encourage children to engage in dramatic play, to support peer interactions and conversations, and provide opportunities for imagination and creativity. Many of the children enjoy the food in the kitchen so we will add grocery lists for the children to check off the food as they go down their list.
-Skills: role-play, symbolic play, peer interactions, support general social skills, problem solving, sharing.

Blocks

-Materials: Unit blocks, hollow blocks, long wood planks, random "loose parts" materials. 

-Rationale: The children have used both types of blocks to represent their ideas and to support their dramatic play. Lately, the children have enjoyed going to space, making thrones, castles, and igloos. Pictures of these structures will be added to the area for re-creation and inspiration as loose parts that will add new elements to their designs.

-Skills: creative building, spatial skills, geometry, balance and design, social skills, large motor.

Large Motor

-Materials: Gym-Climbing wall, jumping pit, monkey bars, stairs and slide, basketball hoop, hop scotch, pitchback. Outdoors- playground equipment, shovels, buckets, molding materials, sledding hill.
-Rationale: The new gym set up is designed to support the children's propulsion and reception skills. Outside, the children will continue to have the experience of building quinzees together as a community. The sledding hill as well as snowshoes will also be available if the weather permits.
-Skills: Gross motor, balance, endurance, upper body strength, fine motor-grasping, hand-eye coordination, risk-taking, hoping on one and two feet, throwing, catching.

Snack

Monday - Pretzels & celery sticks
Tuesday - Rice chex & milk
Wednesday - Sweet potato & black bean quesadillas
Thursday - Rice cakes & grapefruit
Friday- Sunbutter & bagels

Overview
During the winter session, the children have enjoyed exploring the snow at the sensory table and ice and snow at the science table. They have noticed that some days snow is stickier than others and that sticky snow is the best to use for building. We will provide new possibilities for building with snow by adding ice cubes to the sensory table. Many children practiced designing igloos using packing peanuts at the art table last week, now they can try igloo building with real snow and ice. Snow, pipettes and colorful water at the light table will allow the children to experiment further with the effect water has on snow. Also this week we will promote community building and communication by introducing the idea of writing and sending letters to one another.

Expressive Arts
-Materials: PlayDoh, shaping tools, feathers, watercolor ice cubes, watercolor paper
-Rationale: We are introducing playdoh as a new medium for the children to use to represent their ideas through sculpture and molding. Pictures of birds, as well as a mounted bird, will be added for reference. We are also adding watercolor ice cubes and watercolor paper as a way to combine the children's scientific discoveries about freezing/melting with creative expression.
-Skills: fine motor, creative expression, symbolic representation

Sensory
-Materials: sensory table, snow, ice cubes, shovels, molding materials, winter animals including penguins, polar bears, and seals
-Rationale: To connect to the outdoors by providing opportunities for the children to learn about the properties of snow and ice by seeing what happens when the two are combined. We will encourage the children to figure out ways to connect ice cubes and snow chunks then take this learning outside where they can use this information on a larger scale.
-Skills: creative building, sensory input, knowledge of physical properties, construction of buildings, understanding of animal habitats.

Science
-Materials: snow, ice, warming tray and thermometers
-Rationale: The children have been comparing the difference between melting snow and ice. They have also discovered that they can increase melting rate by adding water or heat. This week we have added small objects frozen in the ice that the children will be challenged to free from the ice. It will give them the opportunity to use some of the knowledge they have gained so far.
-Skills: scientific inquiry, observation, reasoning, conceptual knowledge-knowledge of the natural world, descriptive language, and making comparisons.

Language and Literacy
-Materials: letter writing materials such as pens, pencils, paper, tape, staplers, stamps, and envelopes. A variety of storybooks as well as informational books will be throughout the classroom with a winter theme as well as birds and winter animals.
-Rationale: We added envelopes to the writing center to promote the idea of writing/drawing with the intention of conveying a message to a classmate or family member. There will be sample-addressed envelopes with "To:" and "From:" to introduce the concept of sending and receiving letters and mail.
-Skills: fine motor, descriptive and creative writing/dictation, fine motor, and letter recognition.

Math and Manipulatives
-Materials: mosaic tiles, mobilos, shape puzzles and interlocking puzzles.
-Rationale: We are continuing to work on patterns with the children, specifically the various patterns that can be made (e.g. color, shape, size). Using the mosaic tiles, the children will be able to express their knowledge of patterns using various physical characteristics. The children have enjoyed using the mobilos, so those will remain to help the children develop manual dexterity as well as creative ways to connect the pieces.
-Skills: patterning, logical thinking, reasoning, construction skills, fine motor strength and dexterity.

Dramatic Play
-Materials: kitchen furniture, baked goods, muffin tins, mixing bowls, recipe cards, notepads for writing recipes and orders, and teapot and cups. In the cave, we have winter forest animals and fabrics chosen to represent a snowy, forest landscape. Under the loft, in the back of the classroom we have bears, wolves, owls, moose, logs, and animal costumes.
-Rationale: To encourage children to engage in make-believe play, to support conversations related to animals, habitats and winter behavior, and provide opportunities for self-expression, imagination, and creativity.
-Skills: role-play, symbolic play, peer interactions, support general social skills, problem solving, sharing.

Blocks
-Materials: Unit blocks, hollow blocks and long wood planks
-Rationale: The children have used both types of blocks to represent their ideas and to support their dramatic play. Lately, the children have enjoyed making thrones, castles, and igloos. Pictures of these structures will be added to the area for re-creation and inspiration.
-Skills: creative building, spatial skills, geometry, balance and design, social skills, large motor.

Large Motor
-Materials: Gym- balance beam, ladders, tricycles, mats on which to jump, and hula-hoops. Outdoors-playground equipment, shovels, buckets, sledding hill, and snowshoes.
-Rationale: The gym set-up is familiar to the children, now. They have enjoyed riding the tricycles around the gym as well as practicing jumping onto mats from a ladder. Outside, the children will have opportunities to enjoy the snow and cold fresh air. The sledding hill has been opened twice this session, and we hope to open it again this week. The children also enjoyed practicing walking using snowshoes, so those will also be available on the playground.
-Skills: balance and coordination, pedaling, and endurance, jumping, climbing.

Snack
Monday - Pretzels & raisins
Tuesday - Crackers & milk
Wednesday - Black eyed peas & sweet potatoes
Thursday - Rice cakes & milk
Friday- Applesauce & rice chex

Overview
Over the past two weeks the children have been very busy experimenting with snow in the sensory table. They notice that it has different textures from day to day and that they can change its properties by adding water. We will extend this learning to the science table where they will be able to record their observations and do melting experiments. We have also discovered many animal tracks out on the playground which the children follow and make guesses as to what the animal may have been doing. This week we will take a closer look at the children's boot tracks and encourage them to look at the details of each in an attempt to identify the track maker. We will also continue to focus on patterns as a mathematical concept by looking for patterns in the classroom environment, in nature, and in numbers.

Expressive Arts
-Materials: clay, clay tools, mirrors and collage table with tacky glue, packing peanuts and white cardboard tubes.
-Rationale: In order to promote body and self-awareness while the children work with the clay, we added mirrors. As the children notice their unique facial features, we will encourage them to use their hands and clay tools to create self-portraits. We added tacky glue and packing peanuts to support the 3D design that the children began while using collage materials last week.
-Skills: self-expression, fine motor, creative expression, sensory input, symbolic representation, self-awareness

Sensory
-Materials: sensory table, snow, shovels, molding materials, leaves, sticks, acorns, and woodland animals.
-Rationale: The materials provided will allow the children to act out wintertime animal behavior. We will encourage the children to build hibernation dens with the snow and sticks and dig for buried acorns.
-Skills: fine motor, creative building, sensory input, knowledge of physical properties and animal habitats, connection between indoors and outdoors.

Science
-Materials: ice, snow, water, magnifying glasses, shovels, stuffed birds, feathers
-Rationale: The children have been comparing the texture and consistency of the snow in the sensory table from day to day. These comparisons will be taken to the science tables where observations of snow texture will be recorded along with outside air temperature. We will be supporting children as they experiment to see if the two variables are related. Additionally, the children will compare ice and snow as they melt throughout the morning. We will take a new look at the feathers and go beyond matching them to specific species, to focus on the functions of various feather shapes.
-Skills: scientific inquiry, observation, data collection, making use of appropriate sources of information, reasoning, conceptual knowledge-knowledge of the natural world, descriptive language, and making comparisons.

Language and Literacy
-Materials: an assortment of writing materials such as pens, pencils, paper, tape, staplers, and stencils. A variety of books have been chosen that relate to animals, winter, and relationships.
-Rationale: The writing centers are used daily to make books and write signs and draw pictures to support dramatic play. Many of our wintertime storybooks have become classroom favorites that are requested each day.
-Skills: fine motor, descriptive and creative writing/dictation, fine motor, and letter recognition.

Math and Manipulatives
-Materials: mini pegs for patterning, mobilos with wheels, shape puzzles and interlocking puzzles.
-Rationale: We will continue to provide materials and experiences that help the children understand the concept of patterning. Many have been practicing connecting the mobilos to construct things such as robots and satellites. We added wheels to this manipulative to inspire new possibilities for building.
-Skills: patterning, logical thinking, reasoning, construction skills, fine motor strength and dexterity.

Dramatic Play
-Materials: kitchen furniture, baked goods, muffin tins, new baking supplies and recipe cards. Under the loft, we have large stuffed bears, dark fabrics and sticks chosen to represent a bear cave. There will also still be wolves, owls, squirrels, moose and animal costumes.
-Rationale: The children have been baking and serving up goodies to each other during free play time. The new baking supplies and recipes will help them add depth to their play. The materials added under the loft will support conversations related to animals, hibernation and their habitats and provide opportunities for self-expression, imagination, and creativity.
-Skills: role-play, symbolic play, peer interactions, support general social skills, problem solving, sharing, large motor.

Blocks
-Materials: Unit blocks, hollow blocks and long wood planks
-Rationale: The children have been pretending the blocks are snow and building igloos and snow castles. They have been combining the hollow blocks and unit blocks to add details to their designs.
-Skills: creative building, spatial skills, geometry, balance and design, social skills, large motor.

Large Motor
-Materials: Gym- A-frame balance beam bridge, bean bag pit, obstacle course, tricycles, climbing wall. Outdoors-playground equipment, shovels, buckets, molding materials, sledding hill.

-Rationale: The new gym set up is designed to complement the children's large motor experiences outside. Tricycles have been provided for the children since it is too snowy to bike on the playground, and the balance beam and jumping pit will allow the children to practice dynamic balance without the added bulk of their winter clothing.
-Skills: dynamic and static balance and coordination, core strength, endurance, propulsion skills, risk-taking, turn-taking, spatial awareness, locomotion skills

Snack
Monday - No School
Tuesday - Carrots & dip
Wednesday - Rice chex & raisins
Thursday - Pumpkin muffins
Friday- Fruit popsicles (Cooking project)


Overview
Over the past two weeks the children have been very busy experimenting with snow in the sensory table. They notice that it has different textures from day to day and that they can change its properties by adding water. We will extend this learning to the science table where they will be able to record their observations and do melting experiments. We have also discovered many animal tracks out on the playground which the children follow and make guesses as to what the animal may have been doing. This week we will take a closer look at the children's boot tracks and encourage them to look at the details of each in an attempt to identify the track maker. We will also continue to focus on patterns as a mathematical concept by looking for patterns in the classroom environment, in nature, and in numbers.

Expressive Arts
-Materials: clay, clay tools, mirrors and collage table with tacky glue, packing peanuts and white cardboard tubes.
-Rationale: In order to promote body and self-awareness while the children work with the clay, we added mirrors. As the children notice their unique facial features, we will encourage them to use their hands and clay tools to create self-portraits. We added tacky glue and packing peanuts to support the 3D design that the children began while using collage materials last week.
-Skills: self-expression, fine motor, creative expression, sensory input, symbolic representation, self-awareness

Sensory
-Materials: sensory table, snow, shovels, molding materials, leaves, sticks, acorns, and woodland animals.
-Rationale: The materials provided will allow the children to act out wintertime animal behavior. We will encourage the children to build hibernation dens with the snow and sticks and dig for buried acorns.
-Skills: fine motor, creative building, sensory input, knowledge of physical properties and animal habitats, connection between indoors and outdoors.

Science
-Materials: ice, snow, water, magnifying glasses, shovels, stuffed birds, feathers
-Rationale: The children have been comparing the texture and consistency of the snow in the sensory table from day to day. These comparisons will be taken to the science tables where observations of snow texture will be recorded along with outside air temperature. We will be supporting children as they experiment to see if the two variables are related. Additionally, the children will compare ice and snow as they melt throughout the morning. We will take a new look at the feathers and go beyond matching them to specific species, to focus on the functions of various feather shapes.
-Skills: scientific inquiry, observation, data collection, making use of appropriate sources of information, reasoning, conceptual knowledge-knowledge of the natural world, descriptive language, and making comparisons.

Language and Literacy
-Materials: an assortment of writing materials such as pens, pencils, paper, tape, staplers, and stencils. A variety of books have been chosen that relate to animals, winter, and relationships.
-Rationale: The writing centers are used daily to make books and write signs and draw pictures to support dramatic play. Many of our wintertime storybooks have become classroom favorites that are requested each day.
-Skills: fine motor, descriptive and creative writing/dictation, fine motor, and letter recognition.

Math and Manipulatives
-Materials: mini pegs for patterning, mobilos with wheels, shape puzzles and interlocking puzzles.
-Rationale: We will continue to provide materials and experiences that help the children understand the concept of patterning. Many have been practicing connecting the mobilos to construct things such as robots and satellites. We added wheels to this manipulative to inspire new possibilities for building.
-Skills: patterning, logical thinking, reasoning, construction skills, fine motor strength and dexterity.

Dramatic Play
-Materials: kitchen furniture, baked goods, muffin tins, new baking supplies and recipe cards. Under the loft, we have large stuffed bears, dark fabrics and sticks chosen to represent a bear cave. There will also still be wolves, owls, squirrels, moose and animal costumes.
-Rationale: The children have been baking and serving up goodies to each other during free play time. The new baking supplies and recipes will help them add depth to their play. The materials added under the loft will support conversations related to animals, hibernation and their habitats and provide opportunities for self-expression, imagination, and creativity.
-Skills: role-play, symbolic play, peer interactions, support general social skills, problem solving, sharing, large motor.

Blocks
-Materials: Unit blocks, hollow blocks and long wood planks
-Rationale: The children have been pretending the blocks are snow and building igloos and snow castles. They have been combining the hollow blocks and unit blocks to add details to their designs.
-Skills: creative building, spatial skills, geometry, balance and design, social skills, large motor.

Large Motor
-Materials: Gym- A-frame balance beam bridge, bean bag pit, obstacle course, tricycles, climbing wall. Outdoors-playground equipment, shovels, buckets, molding materials, sledding hill.

-Rationale: The new gym set up is designed to complement the children's large motor experiences outside. Tricycles have been provided for the children since it is too snowy to bike on the playground, and the balance beam and jumping pit will allow the children to practice dynamic balance without the added bulk of their winter clothing.
-Skills: dynamic and static balance and coordination, core strength, endurance, propulsion skills, risk-taking, turn-taking, spatial awareness, locomotion skills

Snack
Monday - No School
Tuesday - Carrots & dip
Wednesday - Rice chex & raisins
Thursday - Pumpkin muffins
Friday- Fruit popsicles (Cooking project)


Overview
Over the past two weeks the children have been very busy experimenting with snow in the sensory table. They notice that it has different textures from day to day and that they can change its properties by adding water. We will extend this learning to the science table where they will be able to record their observations and do melting experiments. We have also discovered many animal tracks out on the playground which the children follow and make guesses as to what the animal may have been doing. This week we will take a closer look at the children's boot tracks and encourage them to look at the details of each in an attempt to identify the track maker. We will also continue to focus on patterns as a mathematical concept by looking for patterns in the classroom environment, in nature, and in numbers.

Expressive Arts
-Materials: clay, clay tools, mirrors and collage table with tacky glue, packing peanuts and white cardboard tubes.
-Rationale: In order to promote body and self-awareness while the children work with the clay, we added mirrors. As the children notice their unique facial features, we will encourage them to use their hands and clay tools to create self-portraits. We added tacky glue and packing peanuts to support the 3D design that the children began while using collage materials last week.
-Skills: self-expression, fine motor, creative expression, sensory input, symbolic representation, self-awareness

Sensory
-Materials: sensory table, snow, shovels, molding materials, leaves, sticks, acorns, and woodland animals.
-Rationale: The materials provided will allow the children to act out wintertime animal behavior. We will encourage the children to build hibernation dens with the snow and sticks and dig for buried acorns.
-Skills: fine motor, creative building, sensory input, knowledge of physical properties and animal habitats, connection between indoors and outdoors.

Science
-Materials: ice, snow, water, magnifying glasses, shovels, stuffed birds, feathers
-Rationale: The children have been comparing the texture and consistency of the snow in the sensory table from day to day. These comparisons will be taken to the science tables where observations of snow texture will be recorded along with outside air temperature. We will be supporting children as they experiment to see if the two variables are related. Additionally, the children will compare ice and snow as they melt throughout the morning. We will take a new look at the feathers and go beyond matching them to specific species, to focus on the functions of various feather shapes.
-Skills: scientific inquiry, observation, data collection, making use of appropriate sources of information, reasoning, conceptual knowledge-knowledge of the natural world, descriptive language, and making comparisons.

Language and Literacy
-Materials: an assortment of writing materials such as pens, pencils, paper, tape, staplers, and stencils. A variety of books have been chosen that relate to animals, winter, and relationships.
-Rationale: The writing centers are used daily to make books and write signs and draw pictures to support dramatic play. Many of our wintertime storybooks have become classroom favorites that are requested each day.
-Skills: fine motor, descriptive and creative writing/dictation, fine motor, and letter recognition.

Math and Manipulatives
-Materials: mini pegs for patterning, mobilos with wheels, shape puzzles and interlocking puzzles.
-Rationale: We will continue to provide materials and experiences that help the children understand the concept of patterning. Many have been practicing connecting the mobilos to construct things such as robots and satellites. We added wheels to this manipulative to inspire new possibilities for building.
-Skills: patterning, logical thinking, reasoning, construction skills, fine motor strength and dexterity.

Dramatic Play
-Materials: kitchen furniture, baked goods, muffin tins, new baking supplies and recipe cards. Under the loft, we have large stuffed bears, dark fabrics and sticks chosen to represent a bear cave. There will also still be wolves, owls, squirrels, moose and animal costumes.
-Rationale: The children have been baking and serving up goodies to each other during free play time. The new baking supplies and recipes will help them add depth to their play. The materials added under the loft will support conversations related to animals, hibernation and their habitats and provide opportunities for self-expression, imagination, and creativity.
-Skills: role-play, symbolic play, peer interactions, support general social skills, problem solving, sharing, large motor.

Blocks
-Materials: Unit blocks, hollow blocks and long wood planks
-Rationale: The children have been pretending the blocks are snow and building igloos and snow castles. They have been combining the hollow blocks and unit blocks to add details to their designs.
-Skills: creative building, spatial skills, geometry, balance and design, social skills, large motor.

Large Motor
-Materials: Gym- A-frame balance beam bridge, bean bag pit, obstacle course, tricycles, climbing wall. Outdoors-playground equipment, shovels, buckets, molding materials, sledding hill.

-Rationale: The new gym set up is designed to complement the children's large motor experiences outside. Tricycles have been provided for the children since it is too snowy to bike on the playground, and the balance beam and jumping pit will allow the children to practice dynamic balance without the added bulk of their winter clothing.
-Skills: dynamic and static balance and coordination, core strength, endurance, propulsion skills, risk-taking, turn-taking, spatial awareness, locomotion skills

Snack
Monday - No School
Tuesday - Carrots & dip
Wednesday - Rice chex & raisins
Thursday - Pumpkin muffins
Friday- Fruit popsicles (Cooking project)


Overview
Welcome back to school...finally! I hope everyone stayed warm and had a wonderful holiday season. This first week back will be a period of readjustment. It won't take too long however, for all of us to settle back into our routines. The children may express some concern about having new teachers, Lily and Molly. If your child is having reservations about the changes please let me know and I will provide extra support. Our focus for the week will be on classroom routines, establishing relationships with the new teachers and getting reacquainted with friends. The curriculum includes revisiting the topic "what can you do?" by sharing experiences that children had over break and exploring the new materials in the classroom. The materials are influenced by the season and the new snowy cold landscape.

Expressive Arts
-Materials: clay, clay tools and collage with white glue.
-Rationale: We are reintroducing clay, as the children had begun to practice sculpture as a way to represent their ideas before winter break. Collage materials have been chosen with the wintery landscape in mind and will be available for open-ended design.
-Skills: self-expression, fine motor, creative expression, sensory input, symbolic representation.

Sensory
-Materials: sensory table, snow, shovels, molding materials.
-Rationale: To connect to the outdoors by providing opportunities for the children to learn about the properties of snow through play. We will encourage the children to build with the snow and these ideas will also be extended to the playground.
-Skills: creative building, sensory input, knowledge of physical properties, connection between indoors and outdoors.

Science
-Materials: animal track examination, bird watching station, exploration of mounted birds and feathers. Bart the ball python, and Boxy the box turtle.
-Rationale: The playground has had a lot of animal activity while the children were away. We will build the children's awareness of animal tracks inside at the light table before heading outside to search for tracks. We added a bird feeder to the window as a bird observation station. The mounted birds at the science center will allow the children to get a closer look and feel of the feathers and physical attributes of birds. We will encourage the children to compare and contrast different feathers as well as spark conversation and wonder about functions of feathers.
-Skills: scientific inquiry, observation, making use of appropriate sources of information, reasoning, conceptual knowledge-knowledge of the natural world, descriptive language, and making comparisons.

Language and Literacy
-Materials: an assortment of writing materials such as pens, pencils, paper, tape, staplers, and stencils. A variety of books have been chosen that relate to animals, winter, and relationships.
-Rationale: We have set-up two writing areas in the classroom. One is near the bird watching area to spark children's interest in writing and/or dictating what they observe there. We also have a writing center in the loft that can be used to support sign making and dramatic play in the back of the classroom. The books we have selected are meant to accompany, inform, and expand on the children's winter explorations.
-Skills: fine motor, descriptive and creative writing/dictation, fine motor, and letter recognition.

Math and Manipulatives
-Materials: patterning materials, mobilos, shape puzzles and interlocking puzzles.
-Rationale: Patterns help children learn to make predictions, to understand what comes next, to make logical connections, and to use reasoning skills. The mobilos are a new manipulative that will help the children develop manual dexterity and strength as they creatively connect the pieces.
-Skills: patterning, logical thinking, reasoning, construction skills, fine motor strength and dexterity.

Dramatic Play
-Materials: kitchen furniture, baked goods, and muffin tins. In the cave, we have polar animals and fabrics chosen to represent a snowy landscape. Under the loft, in the back of the classroom we have bears, wolves, owls, squirrels, moose, and animal costumes.
-Rationale: To encourage children to engage in make-believe play, to support conversations related to animals and their habitats and provide opportunities for self-expression, imagination, and creativity.
-Skills: role-play, symbolic play, peer interactions, support general social skills, problem solving, sharing.

Blocks
-Materials: Unit blocks, hollow blocks and long wood planks
-Rationale: The children have used both types of blocks to represent their ideas and to support their dramatic play. Last session the children were very involved in making homes and ships. We will provide photos of their previous work so they can add depth to their creations and experiment with building in new ways.
-Skills: creative building, spatial skills, geometry, balance and design, social skills, large motor.

Large Motor
-Materials: Gym- monkey bars, A-frame ladder bridge, bean bag pit, and ladders. Outdoors-playground equipment, shovels, buckets, molding materials, sledding hill.
-Rationale: The gym set-up is basic and familiar. Outside, the children will have opportunities to enjoy the snow and cold fresh air. Sledding will be introduced soon for all to enjoy.
-Skills: balance and coordination, strength, and endurance.

Snack
Monday - No School
Tuesday - Wheat thins and milk
Wednesday - Rice chex and raisins
Thursday - Apples and milk
Friday- Rice cakes and raisins

Overview
Welcome back to school...finally! I hope everyone stayed warm and had a wonderful holiday season. This first week back will be a period of readjustment. It won't take too long however, for all of us to settle back into our routines. The children may express some concern about having new teachers, Lily and Molly. If your child is having reservations about the changes please let me know and I will provide extra support. Our focus for the week will be on classroom routines, establishing relationships with the new teachers and getting reacquainted with friends. The curriculum includes revisiting the topic "what can you do?" by sharing experiences that children had over break and exploring the new materials in the classroom. The materials are influenced by the season and the new snowy cold landscape.

Expressive Arts
-Materials: clay, clay tools and collage with white glue.
-Rationale: We are reintroducing clay, as the children had begun to practice sculpture as a way to represent their ideas before winter break. Collage materials have been chosen with the wintery landscape in mind and will be available for open-ended design.
-Skills: self-expression, fine motor, creative expression, sensory input, symbolic representation.

Sensory
-Materials: sensory table, snow, shovels, molding materials.
-Rationale: To connect to the outdoors by providing opportunities for the children to learn about the properties of snow through play. We will encourage the children to build with the snow and these ideas will also be extended to the playground.
-Skills: creative building, sensory input, knowledge of physical properties, connection between indoors and outdoors.

Science
-Materials: animal track examination, bird watching station, exploration of mounted birds and feathers. Bart the ball python, and Boxy the box turtle.
-Rationale: The playground has had a lot of animal activity while the children were away. We will build the children's awareness of animal tracks inside at the light table before heading outside to search for tracks. We added a bird feeder to the window as a bird observation station. The mounted birds at the science center will allow the children to get a closer look and feel of the feathers and physical attributes of birds. We will encourage the children to compare and contrast different feathers as well as spark conversation and wonder about functions of feathers.
-Skills: scientific inquiry, observation, making use of appropriate sources of information, reasoning, conceptual knowledge-knowledge of the natural world, descriptive language, and making comparisons.

Language and Literacy
-Materials: an assortment of writing materials such as pens, pencils, paper, tape, staplers, and stencils. A variety of books have been chosen that relate to animals, winter, and relationships.
-Rationale: We have set-up two writing areas in the classroom. One is near the bird watching area to spark children's interest in writing and/or dictating what they observe there. We also have a writing center in the loft that can be used to support sign making and dramatic play in the back of the classroom. The books we have selected are meant to accompany, inform, and expand on the children's winter explorations.
-Skills: fine motor, descriptive and creative writing/dictation, fine motor, and letter recognition.

Math and Manipulatives
-Materials: patterning materials, mobilos, shape puzzles and interlocking puzzles.
-Rationale: Patterns help children learn to make predictions, to understand what comes next, to make logical connections, and to use reasoning skills. The mobilos are a new manipulative that will help the children develop manual dexterity and strength as they creatively connect the pieces.
-Skills: patterning, logical thinking, reasoning, construction skills, fine motor strength and dexterity.

Dramatic Play
-Materials: kitchen furniture, baked goods, and muffin tins. In the cave, we have polar animals and fabrics chosen to represent a snowy landscape. Under the loft, in the back of the classroom we have bears, wolves, owls, squirrels, moose, and animal costumes.
-Rationale: To encourage children to engage in make-believe play, to support conversations related to animals and their habitats and provide opportunities for self-expression, imagination, and creativity.
-Skills: role-play, symbolic play, peer interactions, support general social skills, problem solving, sharing.

Blocks
-Materials: Unit blocks, hollow blocks and long wood planks
-Rationale: The children have used both types of blocks to represent their ideas and to support their dramatic play. Last session the children were very involved in making homes and ships. We will provide photos of their previous work so they can add depth to their creations and experiment with building in new ways.
-Skills: creative building, spatial skills, geometry, balance and design, social skills, large motor.

Large Motor
-Materials: Gym- monkey bars, A-frame ladder bridge, bean bag pit, and ladders. Outdoors-playground equipment, shovels, buckets, molding materials, sledding hill.
-Rationale: The gym set-up is basic and familiar. Outside, the children will have opportunities to enjoy the snow and cold fresh air. Sledding will be introduced soon for all to enjoy.
-Skills: balance and coordination, strength, and endurance.

Snack
Monday - No School
Tuesday - Wheat thins and milk
Wednesday - Rice chex and raisins
Thursday - Apples and milk
Friday- Rice cakes and raisins

Overview
Welcome back to school...finally! I hope everyone stayed warm and had a wonderful holiday season. This first week back will be a period of readjustment. It won't take too long however, for all of us to settle back into our routines. The children may express some concern about having new teachers, Lily and Molly. If your child is having reservations about the changes please let me know and I will provide extra support. Our focus for the week will be on classroom routines, establishing relationships with the new teachers and getting reacquainted with friends. The curriculum includes revisiting the topic "what can you do?" by sharing experiences that children had over break and exploring the new materials in the classroom. The materials are influenced by the season and the new snowy cold landscape.

Expressive Arts
-Materials: clay, clay tools and collage with white glue.
-Rationale: We are reintroducing clay, as the children had begun to practice sculpture as a way to represent their ideas before winter break. Collage materials have been chosen with the wintery landscape in mind and will be available for open-ended design.
-Skills: self-expression, fine motor, creative expression, sensory input, symbolic representation.

Sensory
-Materials: sensory table, snow, shovels, molding materials.
-Rationale: To connect to the outdoors by providing opportunities for the children to learn about the properties of snow through play. We will encourage the children to build with the snow and these ideas will also be extended to the playground.
-Skills: creative building, sensory input, knowledge of physical properties, connection between indoors and outdoors.

Science
-Materials: animal track examination, bird watching station, exploration of mounted birds and feathers. Bart the ball python, and Boxy the box turtle.
-Rationale: The playground has had a lot of animal activity while the children were away. We will build the children's awareness of animal tracks inside at the light table before heading outside to search for tracks. We added a bird feeder to the window as a bird observation station. The mounted birds at the science center will allow the children to get a closer look and feel of the feathers and physical attributes of birds. We will encourage the children to compare and contrast different feathers as well as spark conversation and wonder about functions of feathers.
-Skills: scientific inquiry, observation, making use of appropriate sources of information, reasoning, conceptual knowledge-knowledge of the natural world, descriptive language, and making comparisons.

Language and Literacy
-Materials: an assortment of writing materials such as pens, pencils, paper, tape, staplers, and stencils. A variety of books have been chosen that relate to animals, winter, and relationships.
-Rationale: We have set-up two writing areas in the classroom. One is near the bird watching area to spark children's interest in writing and/or dictating what they observe there. We also have a writing center in the loft that can be used to support sign making and dramatic play in the back of the classroom. The books we have selected are meant to accompany, inform, and expand on the children's winter explorations.
-Skills: fine motor, descriptive and creative writing/dictation, fine motor, and letter recognition.

Math and Manipulatives
-Materials: patterning materials, mobilos, shape puzzles and interlocking puzzles.
-Rationale: Patterns help children learn to make predictions, to understand what comes next, to make logical connections, and to use reasoning skills. The mobilos are a new manipulative that will help the children develop manual dexterity and strength as they creatively connect the pieces.
-Skills: patterning, logical thinking, reasoning, construction skills, fine motor strength and dexterity.

Dramatic Play
-Materials: kitchen furniture, baked goods, and muffin tins. In the cave, we have polar animals and fabrics chosen to represent a snowy landscape. Under the loft, in the back of the classroom we have bears, wolves, owls, squirrels, moose, and animal costumes.
-Rationale: To encourage children to engage in make-believe play, to support conversations related to animals and their habitats and provide opportunities for self-expression, imagination, and creativity.
-Skills: role-play, symbolic play, peer interactions, support general social skills, problem solving, sharing.

Blocks
-Materials: Unit blocks, hollow blocks and long wood planks
-Rationale: The children have used both types of blocks to represent their ideas and to support their dramatic play. Last session the children were very involved in making homes and ships. We will provide photos of their previous work so they can add depth to their creations and experiment with building in new ways.
-Skills: creative building, spatial skills, geometry, balance and design, social skills, large motor.

Large Motor
-Materials: Gym- monkey bars, A-frame ladder bridge, bean bag pit, and ladders. Outdoors-playground equipment, shovels, buckets, molding materials, sledding hill.
-Rationale: The gym set-up is basic and familiar. Outside, the children will have opportunities to enjoy the snow and cold fresh air. Sledding will be introduced soon for all to enjoy.
-Skills: balance and coordination, strength, and endurance.

Snack
Monday - No School
Tuesday - Wheat thins and milk
Wednesday - Rice chex and raisins
Thursday - Apples and milk
Friday- Rice cakes and raisins

Overview
Welcome back to school...finally! I hope everyone stayed warm and had a wonderful holiday season. This first week back will be a period of readjustment. It won't take too long however, for all of us to settle back into our routines. The children may express some concern about having new teachers, Lily and Molly. If your child is having reservations about the changes please let me know and I will provide extra support. Our focus for the week will be on classroom routines, establishing relationships with the new teachers and getting reacquainted with friends. The curriculum includes revisiting the topic "what can you do?" by sharing experiences that children had over break and exploring the new materials in the classroom. The materials are influenced by the season and the new snowy cold landscape.

Expressive Arts
-Materials: clay, clay tools and collage with white glue.
-Rationale: We are reintroducing clay, as the children had begun to practice sculpture as a way to represent their ideas before winter break. Collage materials have been chosen with the wintery landscape in mind and will be available for open-ended design.
-Skills: self-expression, fine motor, creative expression, sensory input, symbolic representation.

Sensory
-Materials: sensory table, snow, shovels, molding materials.
-Rationale: To connect to the outdoors by providing opportunities for the children to learn about the properties of snow through play. We will encourage the children to build with the snow and these ideas will also be extended to the playground.
-Skills: creative building, sensory input, knowledge of physical properties, connection between indoors and outdoors.

Science
-Materials: animal track examination, bird watching station, exploration of mounted birds and feathers. Bart the ball python, and Boxy the box turtle.
-Rationale: The playground has had a lot of animal activity while the children were away. We will build the children's awareness of animal tracks inside at the light table before heading outside to search for tracks. We added a bird feeder to the window as a bird observation station. The mounted birds at the science center will allow the children to get a closer look and feel of the feathers and physical attributes of birds. We will encourage the children to compare and contrast different feathers as well as spark conversation and wonder about functions of feathers.
-Skills: scientific inquiry, observation, making use of appropriate sources of information, reasoning, conceptual knowledge-knowledge of the natural world, descriptive language, and making comparisons.

Language and Literacy
-Materials: an assortment of writing materials such as pens, pencils, paper, tape, staplers, and stencils. A variety of books have been chosen that relate to animals, winter, and relationships.
-Rationale: We have set-up two writing areas in the classroom. One is near the bird watching area to spark children's interest in writing and/or dictating what they observe there. We also have a writing center in the loft that can be used to support sign making and dramatic play in the back of the classroom. The books we have selected are meant to accompany, inform, and expand on the children's winter explorations.
-Skills: fine motor, descriptive and creative writing/dictation, fine motor, and letter recognition.

Math and Manipulatives
-Materials: patterning materials, mobilos, shape puzzles and interlocking puzzles.
-Rationale: Patterns help children learn to make predictions, to understand what comes next, to make logical connections, and to use reasoning skills. The mobilos are a new manipulative that will help the children develop manual dexterity and strength as they creatively connect the pieces.
-Skills: patterning, logical thinking, reasoning, construction skills, fine motor strength and dexterity.

Dramatic Play
-Materials: kitchen furniture, baked goods, and muffin tins. In the cave, we have polar animals and fabrics chosen to represent a snowy landscape. Under the loft, in the back of the classroom we have bears, wolves, owls, squirrels, moose, and animal costumes.
-Rationale: To encourage children to engage in make-believe play, to support conversations related to animals and their habitats and provide opportunities for self-expression, imagination, and creativity.
-Skills: role-play, symbolic play, peer interactions, support general social skills, problem solving, sharing.

Blocks
-Materials: Unit blocks, hollow blocks and long wood planks
-Rationale: The children have used both types of blocks to represent their ideas and to support their dramatic play. Last session the children were very involved in making homes and ships. We will provide photos of their previous work so they can add depth to their creations and experiment with building in new ways.
-Skills: creative building, spatial skills, geometry, balance and design, social skills, large motor.

Large Motor
-Materials: Gym- monkey bars, A-frame ladder bridge, bean bag pit, and ladders. Outdoors-playground equipment, shovels, buckets, molding materials, sledding hill.
-Rationale: The gym set-up is basic and familiar. Outside, the children will have opportunities to enjoy the snow and cold fresh air. Sledding will be introduced soon for all to enjoy.
-Skills: balance and coordination, strength, and endurance.

Snack
Monday - No School
Tuesday - Wheat thins and milk
Wednesday - Rice chex and raisins
Thursday - Apples and milk
Friday- Rice cakes and raisins

Overview
Welcome back to school...finally! I hope everyone stayed warm and had a wonderful holiday season. This first week back will be a period of readjustment. It won't take too long however, for all of us to settle back into our routines. The children may express some concern about having new teachers, Lily and Molly. If your child is having reservations about the changes please let me know and I will provide extra support. Our focus for the week will be on classroom routines, establishing relationships with the new teachers and getting reacquainted with friends. The curriculum includes revisiting the topic "what can you do?" by sharing experiences that children had over break and exploring the new materials in the classroom. The materials are influenced by the season and the new snowy cold landscape.

Expressive Arts
-Materials: clay, clay tools and collage with white glue.
-Rationale: We are reintroducing clay, as the children had begun to practice sculpture as a way to represent their ideas before winter break. Collage materials have been chosen with the wintery landscape in mind and will be available for open-ended design.
-Skills: self-expression, fine motor, creative expression, sensory input, symbolic representation.

Sensory
-Materials: sensory table, snow, shovels, molding materials.
-Rationale: To connect to the outdoors by providing opportunities for the children to learn about the properties of snow through play. We will encourage the children to build with the snow and these ideas will also be extended to the playground.
-Skills: creative building, sensory input, knowledge of physical properties, connection between indoors and outdoors.

Science
-Materials: animal track examination, bird watching station, exploration of mounted birds and feathers. Bart the ball python, and Boxy the box turtle.
-Rationale: The playground has had a lot of animal activity while the children were away. We will build the children's awareness of animal tracks inside at the light table before heading outside to search for tracks. We added a bird feeder to the window as a bird observation station. The mounted birds at the science center will allow the children to get a closer look and feel of the feathers and physical attributes of birds. We will encourage the children to compare and contrast different feathers as well as spark conversation and wonder about functions of feathers.
-Skills: scientific inquiry, observation, making use of appropriate sources of information, reasoning, conceptual knowledge-knowledge of the natural world, descriptive language, and making comparisons.

Language and Literacy
-Materials: an assortment of writing materials such as pens, pencils, paper, tape, staplers, and stencils. A variety of books have been chosen that relate to animals, winter, and relationships.
-Rationale: We have set-up two writing areas in the classroom. One is near the bird watching area to spark children's interest in writing and/or dictating what they observe there. We also have a writing center in the loft that can be used to support sign making and dramatic play in the back of the classroom. The books we have selected are meant to accompany, inform, and expand on the children's winter explorations.
-Skills: fine motor, descriptive and creative writing/dictation, fine motor, and letter recognition.

Math and Manipulatives
-Materials: patterning materials, mobilos, shape puzzles and interlocking puzzles.
-Rationale: Patterns help children learn to make predictions, to understand what comes next, to make logical connections, and to use reasoning skills. The mobilos are a new manipulative that will help the children develop manual dexterity and strength as they creatively connect the pieces.
-Skills: patterning, logical thinking, reasoning, construction skills, fine motor strength and dexterity.

Dramatic Play
-Materials: kitchen furniture, baked goods, and muffin tins. In the cave, we have polar animals and fabrics chosen to represent a snowy landscape. Under the loft, in the back of the classroom we have bears, wolves, owls, squirrels, moose, and animal costumes.
-Rationale: To encourage children to engage in make-believe play, to support conversations related to animals and their habitats and provide opportunities for self-expression, imagination, and creativity.
-Skills: role-play, symbolic play, peer interactions, support general social skills, problem solving, sharing.

Blocks
-Materials: Unit blocks, hollow blocks and long wood planks
-Rationale: The children have used both types of blocks to represent their ideas and to support their dramatic play. Last session the children were very involved in making homes and ships. We will provide photos of their previous work so they can add depth to their creations and experiment with building in new ways.
-Skills: creative building, spatial skills, geometry, balance and design, social skills, large motor.

Large Motor
-Materials: Gym- monkey bars, A-frame ladder bridge, bean bag pit, and ladders. Outdoors-playground equipment, shovels, buckets, molding materials, sledding hill.
-Rationale: The gym set-up is basic and familiar. Outside, the children will have opportunities to enjoy the snow and cold fresh air. Sledding will be introduced soon for all to enjoy.
-Skills: balance and coordination, strength, and endurance.

Snack
Monday - No School
Tuesday - Wheat thins and milk
Wednesday - Rice chex and raisins
Thursday - Apples and milk
Friday- Rice cakes and raisins

Overview
Welcome back to school...finally! I hope everyone stayed warm and had a wonderful holiday season. This first week back will be a period of readjustment. It won't take too long however, for all of us to settle back into our routines. The children may express some concern about having new teachers, Lily and Molly. If your child is having reservations about the changes please let me know and I will provide extra support. Our focus for the week will be on classroom routines, establishing relationships with the new teachers and getting reacquainted with friends. The curriculum includes revisiting the topic "what can you do?" by sharing experiences that children had over break and exploring the new materials in the classroom. The materials are influenced by the season and the new snowy cold landscape.

Expressive Arts
-Materials: clay, clay tools and collage with white glue.
-Rationale: We are reintroducing clay, as the children had begun to practice sculpture as a way to represent their ideas before winter break. Collage materials have been chosen with the wintery landscape in mind and will be available for open-ended design.
-Skills: self-expression, fine motor, creative expression, sensory input, symbolic representation.

Sensory
-Materials: sensory table, snow, shovels, molding materials.
-Rationale: To connect to the outdoors by providing opportunities for the children to learn about the properties of snow through play. We will encourage the children to build with the snow and these ideas will also be extended to the playground.
-Skills: creative building, sensory input, knowledge of physical properties, connection between indoors and outdoors.

Science
-Materials: animal track examination, bird watching station, exploration of mounted birds and feathers. Bart the ball python, and Boxy the box turtle.
-Rationale: The playground has had a lot of animal activity while the children were away. We will build the children's awareness of animal tracks inside at the light table before heading outside to search for tracks. We added a bird feeder to the window as a bird observation station. The mounted birds at the science center will allow the children to get a closer look and feel of the feathers and physical attributes of birds. We will encourage the children to compare and contrast different feathers as well as spark conversation and wonder about functions of feathers.
-Skills: scientific inquiry, observation, making use of appropriate sources of information, reasoning, conceptual knowledge-knowledge of the natural world, descriptive language, and making comparisons.

Language and Literacy
-Materials: an assortment of writing materials such as pens, pencils, paper, tape, staplers, and stencils. A variety of books have been chosen that relate to animals, winter, and relationships.
-Rationale: We have set-up two writing areas in the classroom. One is near the bird watching area to spark children's interest in writing and/or dictating what they observe there. We also have a writing center in the loft that can be used to support sign making and dramatic play in the back of the classroom. The books we have selected are meant to accompany, inform, and expand on the children's winter explorations.
-Skills: fine motor, descriptive and creative writing/dictation, fine motor, and letter recognition.

Math and Manipulatives
-Materials: patterning materials, mobilos, shape puzzles and interlocking puzzles.
-Rationale: Patterns help children learn to make predictions, to understand what comes next, to make logical connections, and to use reasoning skills. The mobilos are a new manipulative that will help the children develop manual dexterity and strength as they creatively connect the pieces.
-Skills: patterning, logical thinking, reasoning, construction skills, fine motor strength and dexterity.

Dramatic Play
-Materials: kitchen furniture, baked goods, and muffin tins. In the cave, we have polar animals and fabrics chosen to represent a snowy landscape. Under the loft, in the back of the classroom we have bears, wolves, owls, squirrels, moose, and animal costumes.
-Rationale: To encourage children to engage in make-believe play, to support conversations related to animals and their habitats and provide opportunities for self-expression, imagination, and creativity.
-Skills: role-play, symbolic play, peer interactions, support general social skills, problem solving, sharing.

Blocks
-Materials: Unit blocks, hollow blocks and long wood planks
-Rationale: The children have used both types of blocks to represent their ideas and to support their dramatic play. Last session the children were very involved in making homes and ships. We will provide photos of their previous work so they can add depth to their creations and experiment with building in new ways.
-Skills: creative building, spatial skills, geometry, balance and design, social skills, large motor.

Large Motor
-Materials: Gym- monkey bars, A-frame ladder bridge, bean bag pit, and ladders. Outdoors-playground equipment, shovels, buckets, molding materials, sledding hill.
-Rationale: The gym set-up is basic and familiar. Outside, the children will have opportunities to enjoy the snow and cold fresh air. Sledding will be introduced soon for all to enjoy.
-Skills: balance and coordination, strength, and endurance.

Snack
Monday - No School
Tuesday - Wheat thins and milk
Wednesday - Rice chex and raisins
Thursday - Apples and milk
Friday- Rice cakes and raisins

Overview
Welcome back to school...finally! I hope everyone stayed warm and had a wonderful holiday season. This first week back will be a period of readjustment. It won't take too long however, for all of us to settle back into our routines. The children may express some concern about having new teachers, Lily and Molly. If your child is having reservations about the changes please let me know and I will provide extra support. Our focus for the week will be on classroom routines, establishing relationships with the new teachers and getting reacquainted with friends. The curriculum includes revisiting the topic "what can you do?" by sharing experiences that children had over break and exploring the new materials in the classroom. The materials are influenced by the season and the new snowy cold landscape.

Expressive Arts
-Materials: clay, clay tools and collage with white glue.
-Rationale: We are reintroducing clay, as the children had begun to practice sculpture as a way to represent their ideas before winter break. Collage materials have been chosen with the wintery landscape in mind and will be available for open-ended design.
-Skills: self-expression, fine motor, creative expression, sensory input, symbolic representation.

Sensory
-Materials: sensory table, snow, shovels, molding materials.
-Rationale: To connect to the outdoors by providing opportunities for the children to learn about the properties of snow through play. We will encourage the children to build with the snow and these ideas will also be extended to the playground.
-Skills: creative building, sensory input, knowledge of physical properties, connection between indoors and outdoors.

Science
-Materials: animal track examination, bird watching station, exploration of mounted birds and feathers. Bart the ball python, and Boxy the box turtle.
-Rationale: The playground has had a lot of animal activity while the children were away. We will build the children's awareness of animal tracks inside at the light table before heading outside to search for tracks. We added a bird feeder to the window as a bird observation station. The mounted birds at the science center will allow the children to get a closer look and feel of the feathers and physical attributes of birds. We will encourage the children to compare and contrast different feathers as well as spark conversation and wonder about functions of feathers.
-Skills: scientific inquiry, observation, making use of appropriate sources of information, reasoning, conceptual knowledge-knowledge of the natural world, descriptive language, and making comparisons.

Language and Literacy
-Materials: an assortment of writing materials such as pens, pencils, paper, tape, staplers, and stencils. A variety of books have been chosen that relate to animals, winter, and relationships.
-Rationale: We have set-up two writing areas in the classroom. One is near the bird watching area to spark children's interest in writing and/or dictating what they observe there. We also have a writing center in the loft that can be used to support sign making and dramatic play in the back of the classroom. The books we have selected are meant to accompany, inform, and expand on the children's winter explorations.
-Skills: fine motor, descriptive and creative writing/dictation, fine motor, and letter recognition.

Math and Manipulatives
-Materials: patterning materials, mobilos, shape puzzles and interlocking puzzles.
-Rationale: Patterns help children learn to make predictions, to understand what comes next, to make logical connections, and to use reasoning skills. The mobilos are a new manipulative that will help the children develop manual dexterity and strength as they creatively connect the pieces.
-Skills: patterning, logical thinking, reasoning, construction skills, fine motor strength and dexterity.

Dramatic Play
-Materials: kitchen furniture, baked goods, and muffin tins. In the cave, we have polar animals and fabrics chosen to represent a snowy landscape. Under the loft, in the back of the classroom we have bears, wolves, owls, squirrels, moose, and animal costumes.
-Rationale: To encourage children to engage in make-believe play, to support conversations related to animals and their habitats and provide opportunities for self-expression, imagination, and creativity.
-Skills: role-play, symbolic play, peer interactions, support general social skills, problem solving, sharing.

Blocks
-Materials: Unit blocks, hollow blocks and long wood planks
-Rationale: The children have used both types of blocks to represent their ideas and to support their dramatic play. Last session the children were very involved in making homes and ships. We will provide photos of their previous work so they can add depth to their creations and experiment with building in new ways.
-Skills: creative building, spatial skills, geometry, balance and design, social skills, large motor.

Large Motor
-Materials: Gym- monkey bars, A-frame ladder bridge, bean bag pit, and ladders. Outdoors-playground equipment, shovels, buckets, molding materials, sledding hill.
-Rationale: The gym set-up is basic and familiar. Outside, the children will have opportunities to enjoy the snow and cold fresh air. Sledding will be introduced soon for all to enjoy.
-Skills: balance and coordination, strength, and endurance.

Snack
Monday - No School
Tuesday - Wheat thins and milk
Wednesday - Rice chex and raisins
Thursday - Apples and milk
Friday- Rice cakes and raisins

Overview

We made some additional modifications to the arrangement of the room in order create more space for the children's dominant play themes. In order to emphasize and expand our puppet theater and storytelling, the puppet theater and materials have replaced the dramatic play kitchen. In order to promote and better facilitate paper puppet making, those materials have been moved under the loft for greater access and closer proximity to the puppet theater. This will allow teachers to help guide children's thinking while creating their puppet characters to act out various stories. Name writing strips have been added to the writing table in order to scaffold children's alphabet knowledge as well as letter and name writing. The class will also continue to expand their ideas and knowledge regarding seasonal change as we build homes and habitats for woodland animals out of clay, match animals to their homes at the science table, and observe live footage of animal behavior in their habitats on the computer.

Expressive Arts


-Materials: Clay, plastic woodland animals, cardstock, construction paper, tape, popsicle sticks, toilet paper rolls, found objects, watercolor paint, brushes, paper.
-Rationale: Children will continue to explore the clay and will apply their knowledge of animal homes by creating clay homes for the various animal figurines. Paper projects continue to be of great interest in the classroom so we added found objects to expand the creation of the children's increasingly complex three dimensional paper sculptures. The paper puppet making materials have been moved under the loft in order to allow greater access, facilitation by teachers and close proximity to the puppet theater. The light table will continue to be used for watercolor painting as many children have displayed interest in this activity.
-Skills: fine motor development, creative problem solving, eye-hand coordination, representational creativity, self-expression, divergent thinking and functional representation.

Sensory Table


-Materials: Moist sand, containers, buckets, scoops, shovels and hand rakes.
-Rationale: Children will apply their skills of scooping, sifting, filling containers and exploration of new sensory materials to moist sand. Children will be able to apply their knowledge of building structures to the moist sand as it will keep its form when compacted in various containers.
-Skills: sensory awareness, creative thinking, spatial awareness, large motor, fine motor and construction skills.

Science


-Materials: animal pelts, acorns, antlers, feathers, the computer, animal home matching activity, paper and colored pencils, Boxy the box turtle, and Bart the python. 

-Rationale: Children will continue to learn about what animals do to prepare for seasonal change. This will continue to build awareness of hibernation and animal homes. For children who are more familiar with the concepts of hibernation and migration, a matching game is provided in which the children match the animal to their home. The computer will still be used to show videos of various animals' homes, food collecting habits, and sleeping habits as colder temperatures set in. Children will be given the opportunity to represent their observations of the live footage or items on the science table with paper, colored pencils and clay.
-Skills: learning about natural science, information gathering, observation, representation, matching, critical thinking and inquiry.

Math and Manipulatives


-Materials: Assortment of Lego pieces, people and platforms, puzzles, shoe strings with large wooden beads and alphabet beads, and lacing cards.
-Rationale: To encourage greater interest in beading, small alphabet beads will be added. In order to facilitate more complex Lego building, Lego people and platforms have been added for inspiration.
-Skills: Hand-eye coordination, spatial relationships, whole/part relationships, fine motor skills, and small-scale constructive play.

Dramatic Play and Blocks


-Materials: Baby dolls, baby bed, baby accessories, cardboard boxes, and various fabrics.
-Rationale: To promote dramatic play and interest in the baby dolls, baby accessories and furniture will be added to the classroom. Cardboard boxes will continue to be available to children as they combine them with their hollow block structures to act out imaginative stories. Fabrics will continue to be available to facilitate character development or to contribute to their structures during dramatic play.
-Skills: Role-play, pretend-play, peer-interaction, creating imaginary scenarios, construction skills, communication, negotiation and collaboration, and care taking.

Literacy/Language


-Materials: Animal puppets, puppet theater stage, our classroom community book, paper and writing utensils available in the classroom, simple multi page paper books, model name strips with child's picture and blank paper strips.
-Rationale: The new puppets and puppet theater will replace the kitchen area in order to provide more space and attention for utilizing these materials in meaningful ways. Children will continue to create increasingly longer stories with the multi page books in the writing center and will be encouraged to write/draw stories that they act out in dramatic play. In order to support writing, children's names will be written on paper strips with their picture. Blank paper strips of the same size will be provided to encourage name writing and letter consistency.
-Skills: Receptive and expressive language, cooperation, negotiation, creative thinking, divergent thinking, creative representation, alphabetic knowledge, letter consistency and fine motor skills.

Large Motor
-Materials: Monkey bar swings, bumpy slide rope climb, A-frame with ladder bridge, uneven mat obstacle course, climbing wall, Pedalo. Outside there are shovels, buckets, bikes, and wagons.
-Rationale: Many changes have been made to the gym this week. The Pedalo was added to promote balance, coordination, lower body strength, and turn taking. The A frame obstacle course is set up as a ladder bridge suspended between the two A-frames, which are connected to a course of bolsters to walk across. A rope has been added to the rolling slide so children can climb up the slide. On the monkey bars we have added ropes for children to practice swinging. These new additions to the gym will provide opportunities to practice skills such as grasping, jumping, balancing, and even upper/lower body strengthening. The wall ladder will remain in the gym for children to practice climbing. On the playground we will continue to promote meaningful play through process skills facilitated by raking, shoveling, hauling and unloading.

-Skills: Dynamic balance, lower body strength, spatial awareness, turn-taking, jumping and landing, sliding, upper body strength, grasping strength, risk taking, eye-hand/foot coordination, climbing, coordination, and climbing.

Snack
Monday - Crackers & craisins
Tuesday - Frozen peas & pretzels
Wednesday - Bananas & milk
Thursday - Bagels & pumpkin butter
Friday- Trail mix


Overview

Some physical changes have been made to the classroom to highlight specific materials. The light table is now in the front of the classroom to be used for expressive art with watercolor paint. Puppets and felt storyboards are now under the loft with a "theater" that will accommodate many storytellers. In the loft there are stick puppet making materials so children can incorporate their own characters into the stories they tell. These changes will help redirect children's attention to specific materials and assist them in seeing new possibilities for play. This coming week we hope to start helping the children realize that while they can all do amazing things on their own, we can also do great things together as a class. Children will also begin learning about what happens in the transition between fall and winter as they observe colder weather outside and experience having to dress in warmer outdoor gear.

Expressive Arts


-Materials: Clay, clay tools, cardstock, construction paper, tape, popsicle sticks, toilet paper rolls, watercolor paint, brushes, paper.
-Rationale: Children will continue to explore the clay and will have the opportunity to manipulate clay by using tools later in the week. Paper projects continue to be a main interest in the classroom so we added the provocation to make puppets to add to our dramatic play puppet stage. Also, in order to highlight the light table we added watercolors, paper, and brushes to the table. This will illuminate the paper, making the watercolors have a more dramatic effect as the light passes through.
-Skills: fine motor development, eye-hand coordination, representational creativity, self-expression, and functional representation.

Sensory Table


-Materials: glurch, markers, glurch scissors, trays
-Rationale: In order to continue to provide the children with new opportunities to explore the physical properties of the glurch we added markers and scissors. One of the unique qualities of the glurch is that you can draw on it then change the shape of your design by stretching it into a new shape.
-Skills: sensory awareness, creative imagination, fluency with materials, spatial awareness and fine motor skills.

Science


-Materials: animal pelts, acorns, antlers, feathers, the computer, Boxy the box turtle, and Bart the python. 

-Rationale: Children will transition from what happens to plants in fall to what animals do in the fall. This will be an awareness building approach to hibernation and animal homes. The computer will be used to show videos of various animals' homes, food collecting habits, and sleeping habits as colder temperatures set in.
-Skills: learning about natural science, information gathering, observation, and asking questions.

Math and Manipulatives


-Materials: legos, numbered unifix cubes, puzzles, shoe strings with large wooden beads, and lacing cards.
-Rationale: To support children's interest in beading and creating dramatic play jewelry we will continue to use shoe strings with large wooden beads and have added lacing cards. The various shapes and pictures on the lacing cards will be motivating for children of various interests.
-Skills: Hand-eye coordination, spatial relationship, whole/part relationships, fine motor skills, color and shape recognition and matching, small-scale constructive play.

Dramatic Play and Blocks


-Materials: Baby dolls, accessories for baby dolls, cardboard boxes, and costumes.
-Rationale: To promote dramatic play baby dolls and baby accessories will be added to the classroom. Cardboard boxes will continue to be available to children as they build structures to act out stories, for puppets, or for baby dolls. Costumes will also be added to facilitate character development in acting and dramatic play.
-Skills: Role-play, pretend-play, peer-interaction, creating imaginary scenarios, construction skills, communication, negotiation and collaboration, and care taking.

Literacy/Language


-Materials: Animal puppets, our classroom community book, paper and writing utensils available in the classroom, simple two page blank books
-Rationale: The addition of new puppets and a puppet theater will encourage more open-ended play and the creation of children's own stories. Children will continue creating stories with the two page books in the writing center and will be encouraged to write/draw stories that they act out in dramatic play.
-Skills: Receptive and expressive language, critical thinking, creative thinking, using scribbles, shapes, pictures, letters, or dictation to represent ideas.

Large Motor/Gym & Playground


-Materials: Gym-diving doughnut, bean bags, blue climber jumping station, monkey bars, A-frame balance beam, wall ladder. Playground- trikes, wagons, cones, shovels, and rakes.
-Rationale: To continue promotion of static and dynamic balance when crossing the balance beam and landing in a designated area after jumping. To continue to promote meaningful play through process skills facilitated by raking, shoveling, hauling and unloading. To promote turn taking and safe risk when jumping in leaf piles.
-Skills: Diving, spatial awareness, turn taking, stair climbing, jumping and landing, dynamic balance, sliding, upper body strength, grasping, reaching, risk taking, eye-hand/foot coordination, balance, lower body strength, climbing up and down, propulsion.

Overview
This week, we are revamping our classroom with an emphasis on taking new perspectives--an important part of building a strong classroom community. We are adding different versions of familiar fairy tales to our classroom library promote looking at stories from different points of view. We are also continuing to build our class's perception of themselves as clever, capable children by focusing on the question, "What can we do?" The children will have opportunities to express themselves and their strengths through artistic media, learn about their environment through season-specific experiments, and bond over the shared joy of exploring new and exciting materials.

Expressive Arts

-Materials: Clay, Cardstock, construction paper, tape, paint
-Rationale: Many children have displayed interest in creating things from paper and tape, especially masks. We plan to facilitate this interest by providing a wide variety of papers and by providing the children with mask-making skills. Additionally, the children in Nikki's small group have been exposed to clay, and we hope to expand the use of this new art media to the rest of the class.
-Skills: fine motor development, eye-hand coordination, representational creativity, self-expression, self-recognition and self-image.

Sensory Table

-Materials: glurch, bottles, funnels, sifters
-Rationale: We are adding some novelty to the sensory table by providing different containers for filling and to promote pretend cooking. The gems that were very popular at the light table will now be added as an option for the sensory table to promote design making and the different pretend play scenarios the children are interested in such as cooking and fairies.
-Skills: Creative imagination, fluency with materials, spatial awareness and fine motor skills.

Science

-Materials: Leaves, dishes of water, feathers and other soft materials, magnifying lenses, rulers, balancing scales, Boxy the box turtle, and Bart the python.
-Rationale: Children will conduct experiments at the science table to explore the dryness/moisture of leaves in fall. These experiments may include placing dry leaves in moist and soft environments such as water or feathers and recording what happens. The balancing scale and rulers will continue to be used to foster concepts of numbers, measurement, and weight.
-Skills: predicting, observing, recording, asking questions, measuring, and logical reasoning.

Math and Manipulatives

-Materials: legos, color/shape sorter, color/shape bingo, numbered unifix cubes, puzzles, shoe strings with large wooden beads
-Rationale: We are continuing to promote logical-mathematical thinking by providing opportunities to sort and classify by shape and color. Additionally, children will continue to practice geometric sense, spatial concepts and eye-hand coordination with legos, as well as puzzles and unifix cubes.
-Skills: Hand-eye coordination, spatial relationships, geometric sense, whole/part relationships, fine motor skills, color and shape recognition and matching.

Dramatic Play and Blocks

-Materials: The Three Little Pigs storybook, fur and fabrics to represent costumes, hollow blocks, large building scraps such as cardboard boxes
-Rationale: To continue to encourage pretend play that is related to the theme or structure of the corresponding storybook we will create novelty in the dramatic play area by bringing in a story of great interest amongst the children. We also want to promote imagination through the adaptation and comparison of the different story versions while discussing and acting them out.
-Skills: Role-play, pretend-play, peer-interaction, creating imaginary scenarios, comparing and contrasting, construction skills, communication, negotiation and collaboration.

Literacy/Language

-Materials: New books in our classroom library. Also, in addition to felt board story pieces, hand puppets, our classroom community book, paper and writing utensils available in the classroom, we are adding simple two page blank books to our writing center.
-Rationale: We continue to offer felt stories and puppets in the loft to encourage children to act out familiar stories and create their own stories. Children continue to think about story parts such as the setting, characters, plot, problem, climax, and solution. The children's developing understanding of these concepts can be applied to their own stories as recorded on blank books in the writing center.
-Skills: Receptive and expressive language, story structure concepts, comparing and contrasting, critical thinking, creative thinking, listening, using scribbles, shapes, pictures, or dictation to represent ideas.

Large Motor/Gym & Playground

-Materials: Gym-diving doughnut, bean bags, blue climber jumping station, monkey bars, A-frame balance beam, wall ladder. Playground- bikes, wagons, cones, shovels, rakes.
-Rationale: To provide opportunities to practice skills such as balance and muscular strength which have yet to be facilitated by the gym equipment. To promote more meaningful play through process skills facilitated by raking, shoveling, hauling and unloading.
-Skills: Diving, spatial awareness, turn taking, stair climbing, jumping and landing, dynamic balance, sliding, upper body strength, grasping, reaching, risk taking, eye-hand/foot coordination, balance, lower body strength, climbing up and down, propulsion.

Snack
Monday - Cinnamon toast & milk
Tuesday - Cooking project
Wednesday - Pretzels & craisins
Thursday - Apples & chex
Friday- Rice cakes & raisins

Overview
This week we are continuing to weave familiar stories throughout our classroom. The children have enjoyed acting out The Three Billy Goats Gruff in the dramatic play area the past couple weeks and now we have decided to involve them in transitioning to a different story. Last Thursday, Leah had the children voted between Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs. By a landslide, The Three Little Pigs took the victory. The group then brainstormed what types of materials would need to be added to recreate that story. In addition to new stories, we also will continue to learn about and observe seasonal change, but will be transitioning our focus from fall harvest to leaves and seeds. On Monday the class will be taking a walk around the school and surrounding campus to observe and collect signs of fall. We will then be using the natural materials we collected to make self-portraits and collages.

Expressive Arts

-Materials: alphabet beads, colorful pipe cleaners, wire, found objects with holes, easels with colorful leaves for inspiration, natural materials for portraits and collage.
-Rationale: The children have been very engaged in stringing beads onto pipe cleaners and have been making various jewelry items. We will extend that activity by adding wire and found objects with holes to the beads and pipe cleaners. We will also be going for a fall walk on Monday to collect natural signs of fall. What is collected will then be available for art to make a self-portrait or collage.
-Skills: fine motor development, eye-hand coordination, representational creativity, self-expression, self-recognition and self-image.

Sensory Table

-Materials: flax seed, small bottles, funnels, sifters, new medium and large containers with apricot seeds, acorns, rocks and gems.

-Rationale: We are adding some novelty to the sensory table by providing different containers for filling and to promote pretend cooking. The gems that were very popular at the light table will now be added as an option for the sensory table to promote design making and the different pretend play scenarios the children are interested in such as cooking and fairies.
-Skills: Creative imagination, fluency with materials, pretend play, spatial awareness and fine motor skills.

Science

-Materials: Leaves, seeds, magnifying lenses, rulers, balancing scales, Boxy the turtle, and Bart the python. Laminated leaves will also be available at the light table.

-Rationale: Children will continue to explore the natural materials, informing their ideas about fall and the changes occurring in the trees and plants around them. Children will be able to see different types of leaves and seeds, the various characteristics of each, and hypothesize why the observed changes are occurring.
The balancing scale and rulers will continue to be used to foster concepts of numbers, measurement, and weight.
-Skills: observing, predicting, hypothesizing, asking questions, measuring, and logical reasoning.

Math and Manipulatives

-Materials: color/shape sorter, color/shape bingo, tangrams, numbered unifix cubes, new puzzles, light table, laminated leaves, tracing paper and pencils.
-Rationale: We are continuing to promote logical-mathematical thinking by providing opportunities to sort and classify by shape and color. Children will continue to practice geometric sense, spatial concepts and eye-hand coordination with novel puzzles in addition to tangrams and unifix cubes.
-Skills: Hand-eye coordination, spatial relationships, geometric sense, whole/part relationships, fine motor skills as well as color and shape recognition and matching.

Dramatic Play and Blocks

-Materials: The Three Little Pigs storybook, fur and fabrics to represent costumes, hollow blocks, large building scraps, small dollhouses, Goldilocks dolls, bear figures and the Goldilocks and the Three Bears storybook.
-Rationale: To continue to encourage pretend play that is related to the theme or structure of the corresponding storybook we will create novelty in the dramatic play area by bringing in a story of great interest amongst the children. We also want to promote imagination through the adaptation and comparison of the different story versions while discussing and acting them out.
-Skills: Role-play, pretend-play, peer-interaction, creating imaginary scenarios, comparing and contrasting, construction skills, communication, negotiation and collaboration.

Literacy/Language

-Materials: Felt board story pieces, hand puppets, tracing paper, classroom community book, paper and writing utensils.
-Rationale: To encourage and expand the children's love of stories, we will continue to offer felt stories in the loft, but will be adding hand puppets so children can act out familiar stories on a smaller scale or create their own stories. While reading various books throughout the day, children will be encouraged to think about the aspects of stories such as the setting, characters, problem, climax, and solution. These concepts will be compared in similar stories or between versions of the same original story.
-Skills: Receptive and expressive language, story structure concepts, comparing and contrasting, critical thinking, creative thinking, listening.

Large Motor/Gym & Playground

-Materials: Gym-diving doughnut, bean bags, blue climber jumping station, monkey bars, A-frame balance beam, wall ladder. Playground- bikes, wagons, cones, shovels.
-Rationale: To provide opportunities to practice skills such as balance and muscular strength which have yet to be facilitated by the gym equipment. To promote more meaningful play through process skills facilitated by shoveling, hauling and unloading. Additionally we will be doing some yoga during large group on Tuesday with a parent volunteer.
-Skills: Diving, forward jumping, spatial awareness, turn taking, stair climbing, jumping and landing, dynamic balance, sliding, upper body strength, grasping strength, reaching, risk taking, eye-hand/foot coordination, balance, lower body strength, climbing up and down, propulsion skills.

Snack
Monday - Muffin cooking project
Tuesday - Sunbutter Sandwiches
Wednesday - Carrots & Celery & hummus
Thursday - Apples & Triscuit
Friday- Baked corn chips & carrot dip


Overview

To promote our goal of building classroom community we have created a classroom book where children and teachers can document children's ideas and experiences. The book is used to record question of the day answers and large group discussion topics. The book is available for children to look at and add to, as well as for teachers to read and highlight similarities and the unique ideas of individuals. We also will continue to focus on seasonal change, as the signs of Fall become more and more evident. This week we will continue to utilize the abundance of fall harvest, specifically apples and leaves, through observation and exploration at our science table, sensory table, and on the playground. On Monday morning we will cook a batch of carrot muffins as a class. The children have been very engaged in acting out familiar stories. We will use this interest to promote awareness of the elements of a story such as, beginning, middle (problem or climax), and end (solution).

Expressive Arts

-Materials: alphabet beads, colorful pipe cleaners, name cards, easels with colorful leaves for inspiration 

-Rationale: The children were drawn to the alphabet and wooden beads used to decorate the pumpkin last week. We will continue to provide the beads along with pipe cleaners and written names so children can practice finding the letters of their names and incorporating them into their creative designs.
-Skills: fine motor development, eye-hand coordination, representational creativity, self-expression, letter recognition

Sensory Table

-Materials: flax, cups, pitchers, small bottles, funnels, sifters, containers with lids, apricot seeds, acorns, apples, and rocks.

-Rationale: Children will be inspired to rediscover the sensory table with the flax being added as it is novel and creates a different sensory sensation. Additionally, we have continued to notice an interest in adding natural materials from the science center into the sensory table. These materials encourage dramatic play and comparing and contrasting of physical properties.
-Skills: comparing and contrasting physical properties, fluency with materials, conservation

Science

-Materials: magnifying lenses, a book about apples, apples, rulers, balancing scales, Boxy the turtle, and Bart the python. Laminated leaves will be available at the light table.

-Rationale: Children will continue to explore the natural materials, informing their ideas about Fall and the harvest season. The balancing scale and rulers will be used to begin to foster concepts of numbers, measurement, and weight. In order to begin awareness of leaves, they will be added to the light table. Children will be able to see different types of leaves and the various characteristics of each.

-Skills: observing, sorting, hypothesizing, asking questions, measuring, and logical reasoning.

Math and Manipulatives

-Materials: color/shape sorter, color/shape bingo, tangrams, numbered unifix cubes, light table, gems, sheer fabric
-Rationale: We are continuing to sort and classify by shape and color in order to practice recognition and labeling. The tangrams will provide an opportunity for children to practice these skills and also promote the development of spatial concepts and geometric sense.
-Skills: Color and shape recognition, matching, one to one correspondence and whole/part relationships, spatial relationships, geometry, fine motor development

Dramatic Play and Blocks

-Materials: Three Billy Goats Gruff book, furry dress-up fabrics and hollow blocks. In the dollhouse will be a Goldilocks doll and three bear figures along with the Goldilocks and the Three Bears storybook. The unit block area and dramatic play cave will have The Three Little Pigs book with a variety of natural building materials such as sticks, wood, and marble tiles

-Rationale: To encourage pretend play that is related to the theme or structure of the corresponding storybook. In both the dramatic play and dollhouse areas, character roles and story lines will be promoted by comparing play to the storybooks. 

-Skills: Role-play, pretend-play, peer-interaction, creating imaginary scenarios, comparing and contrasting, construction skills, communication, and collaboration.

Literacy/Language

-Materials: class representation of the letters of the alphabet on display at the writing table, felt boards and story pieces in the loft, Our Class book

-Rationale: To encourage and expand the children's love of reading, we will continue to use books as a way to tie the classroom curriculum together and to emphasize classroom community. Additionally, children will continue to practice novel ways to tell familiar stories through felt boards in order to practice their understanding of story structure and telling. Children will be encouraged to think of sequences of stories and aspects like problem, climax, and solution. Finally, children have worked to create their own representation of the alphabet and will now be able to use it as a reference in writing and exploration of letters.
-Skills: Receptive and expressive language, alphabetic awareness, listening and story structure.

Large Motor/Playground

-Materials: Gym-baskets, slide, beanbags, monkey bars, donut hole, stacked mats, bolsters, climbing bars, small beanbags for throwing, and tunnel. Playground-buckets and shovel, wagons, tricycles 

-Rationale: To provide opportunities for social interaction during large motor play. In the gym the equipment is set up to support of jumping, climbing, crawling, and throwing skills. On the playground the children are building upper and lower body strength and coordination through digging and riding bikes. The children will also be encouraged to help find leaves to bring into the classroom and participate in making leaf piles.

-Skills: Throwing, hand-eye coordination, depth perception, spatial awareness, balance, jumping, upper and lower body strength, cooperative play, core strength, observation and inquiry of natural phenomena

Snack
Monday - Carrot Oat muffins (Cooking project)
Tuesday - Corn chex & raisins
Wednesday - Oven fries
Thursday - Apples & pretzels
Friday- Trail mix

Overview
We have more community building activities planned that continue to highlight individuals and also bring children together to do something as a classroom community, such as our original classroom alphabet display, where many children are contributing their own depiction of a letter. We also will continue to focus on seasonal change, as the signs of Fall become more and more evident. This week we will continue to utilize the abundance of fall harvest through observation and exploration at our science table, sensory table, and on the playground. On Monday we will cook a batch of pumpkin muffins, as a class, using the pumpkin that the children cleaned and baked last week. The children have been very engaged in acting out familiar stories such as The Three Little Pigs and The Billy Goats Gruff. This storytelling has been incorporated into their block play, play in the gym, as well as on the playground. We will continue to support creative means of storytelling such as art and dramatic play.

Expressive Arts
-Materials: thin paint brushes, mirrors, pumpkins, nails, alphabet beads
-Rationale: To promote representational creativity, to provide materials that will inspire looking at the self and finding novel means of self-expression. Specifically, we hope to inspire children to continue studying themselves in mirrors and to then use paints to create self-portraits. This will continue to promote community-building by highlighting similarities and between children's expression of themselves. The thin brushes at the easels will allow for control and detail in the children's work. Additionally, we will use the pumpkin to create bead art with alphabet beads. We have noticed that the children seem interested in their own names, and we hope to help them find new ways of expressing this through the pumpkin bead art. Beads of their choice will be added to nails before being pounded into the outside of the pumpkin.
-Skills: fine motor development, representational creativity, self-expression

Sensory Table
-Materials: water, cups, pitchers, bottles, funnels, and containers with lids, apricot seeds, acorns, rocks.
-Rationale: Many children continue to show interest in the water table and using the materials in the water. Additionally, we have noticed the children seem interested in the natural materials on the science table, so we decided to utilize a few natural materials in the water table.
-Skills: Placing these familiar materials (acorns, rocks, etc.) in the water table continues to support the concept of conservation, logical reasoning and hypothesizing by providing the children with new problems and phenomena in a familiar setting.

Science
-Materials: magnifying lenses, a book about vegetables, apples, pumpkin, gourds, assorted vegetables, sunflower w/seeds, Boxy the turtle, and Bart the python.
-Rationale: Children will continue to explore the natural materials, informing their ideas about Fall and the harvest season. They will be able to explore the insides and outsides of various items and start to formulate theories about seeds and growing patterns. Boxy and Bart will continue to be a focus of conversations since children are highly interested in them and their habits, such as eating.
-Skills: observing, sorting, hypothesizing, asking questions, and logical reasoning.

Math and Manipulatives
-Materials: color/shape sorter, color/shape bingo, light table, found circle materials
-Rationale: We are continuing to sort and classify by shape and color in order to practice recognition and labeling. Our emphasis is currently circles. This thoughtful concentration will help us to work through each stage of the learning cycle (awareness, exploration, inquiry, utilization) before we move on to a new shape. Additionally, we have noticed the children's recent interest in the light table. To encourage continued investigation, we will add found circle shapes previously used for collages and sheer fabric to explore the wonder of color, shape, light, and shadow.
-Skills: Color and shape recognition, matching, one to one correspondence and whole/part relationships, fine motor development

Dramatic Play and Blocks
-Materials: Three Billy Goats Gruff book, furry dress-up fabrics and hollow blocks. In the dollhouse will be a Goldilocks doll and three bear figures along with the Goldilocks and the Three Bears storybook. The unit block area and dramatic play cave will have The Three Little Pigs book with a variety of natural building materials such as sticks, wood, and marble tiles.
-Rationale: To encourage pretend play that is related to the theme or structure of the corresponding storybook. In both the dramatic play and doll house areas, character roles and story lines will be promoted by comparing play to the storybooks.
-Skills: Role-play, pretend-play, peer-interaction, creating imaginary scenarios, comparing and contrasting, construction skills, communication, and collaboration.

Literacy/Language
-Materials: storybooks such as: One, Rainbow Fish, and various versions of The Three Little Pigs, class representation of the letters of the alphabet on display at the writing table, felt boards and story pieces in the loft.
-Rationale: To encourage and expand the children's love of reading, we will continue to use books as a way to tie the classroom curriculum together and to emphasize classroom community. Additionally, children will practice novel ways to tell familiar stories through felt boards in order to practice their understanding of story structure and telling. Finally, having a class representation of the alphabet, which the children are already highly interested in, will allow the children to continue their exploration and expression of written language.
-Skills: Receptive and expressive language, listening and story structure.

Large Motor/Playground
-Materials: Gym-baskets, slide, beanbags, monkey bars, donut hole, stacked mats, bolsters, climbing bars, small beanbags for throwing. Playground-Climber, garden, natural areas for exploration
-Rationale: To provide opportunities for social interaction during large motor play. In the gym the equipment is set up to support of jumping and throwing skills. On the playground we are encouraging the children to explore the gardens to observe the plants that have vegetables ready to harvest. The children have also been very interested in the milkweed plants that have gone to seed. We are facilitating conversation and wonder about seed travel.
-Skills: Throwing, hand-eye coordination, depth perception, spatial awareness, balance, jumping, upper and lower body strength, cooperative play, core strength, observation and inquiry of natural phenomena

Snack
Monday - Pumpkin muffins
Tuesday - Rice pudding
Wednesday - Pretzels & fresh apple cider
Thursday - Corn chex & raisins
Friday- Apple slices & crackers

Overview
The children seem to be settling into the routines of the day and have formed relationships with the teachers. Relationships between children are also beginning to form, so we are supporting these connections throughout the day as well as through specific community building activities. We have intentionally planned activities, such as the soup making, that highlight individuals and also bring children together to do something as a classroom community. Classroom community building as part of our curriculum development is especially important at this time of year when children are getting to know one another and are learning what it means to be a member of a group. Another area of focus for our curriculum will be seasonal change. The fall is rich with opportunities for observing nature's transition from warmer to cooler temperatures. To begin, we will focus on the harvesting of vegetables that have grown all summer long. The children are keenly aware of this in part because of the soup making, but also because of the playground gardens, and their experiences outside of school. A third area of focus for our curriculum focuses on stories. The children all love being read to and also act out "stories" in their dramatic play. We also notice that many works of art tell imaginative tales. We will carefully select books that connect to the children's interests and classroom topics, will promote conversation, and support creative dramatics.

Expressive Arts
-Materials: thin paint brushes, circle shapes with glue for collage, mirrors
-Rationale: To promote representational creativity, to increase awareness of circles, to provide materials that will inspire looking at the self and finding novel means of self-expression. Specifically, we hope to inspire children to study themselves in mirrors and then use found circle shapes such as bottle and jar caps to create self-portraits. This will promote community-building by highlighting similarities and differences between children's expression of themselves. The thin brushes at the easels will allow for more line detail to be incorporated into the children's paintings.
-Skills: fine motor development, representational creativity, self-expression

Sensory
-Materials: water, cups, pitchers, bottles, funnels, and containers with lids.
-Rationale: Many children have taken interest in the water table and using the materials in the water. We have noticed the children seem specifically interested in various containers with caps that they can mix and match while filling them with water.
-Skills: sensory stimulation and pleasure, fluency with objects, beginning understanding of conservations, logical reasoning and hypothesizing.

Science
-Materials: magnifying lenses, a book about vegetables, apples, pumpkin, assorted vegetables, sunflower w/seeds, Boxy the turtle, and Bart the python.
-Rationale: By creating an environment rich in natural materials children will gain awareness of Fall and the harvest season. The new items in the center will also build on interest in vegetables that was formed during our soup making process and allow the children to explore using a more scientific approach. They will be able to explore the insides and outsides of various items and start to formulate theories about seeds and growing patterns. Boxy and Bart will continue to be a focus of conversations since children are highly interested in them and their habits, such as eating.
-Skills: observing, sorting, hypothesizing, asking questions, and logical reasoning.

Math and Manipulatives
-Materials: color/shape sorter, color/shape bingo
-Rationale: We are continuing to sort and classify by shape and color in order to practice recognition and labeling. Our emphasis is currently circles. This thoughtful concentration will help us to work through each stage of the learning cycle (awareness, exploration, inquiry, utilization) before we move on to a new shape.
-Skills: Color and shape recognition, matching, one to one correspondence and whole/part relationships, fine motor development

Dramatic Play and Blocks
Materials: Three Billy Goats Gruff book, furry dress-up fabrics and hollow blocks. In the dollhouse will be a Goldilocks doll and three bear figures along with the Goldilocks and the Three Bears storybook. The unit block area will have The Three Little Pigs book with a variety of building materials.
Rationale: To encourage pretend play that is related to the theme or structure of the corresponding storybook. In both the dramatic play and doll house areas, character roles and story lines will be promoted by comparing play to the storybooks.
Skills: Role-play, pretend-play, peer-interaction, creating imaginary scenarios, comparing and contrasting, construction skills, communication, and collaboration.

Literacy/Language
Materials: Various storybooks that promote our curriculum themes such as: One, a color, shape and number book that emphasizes community, and Rainbow Fish, a story that promotes friendships, sharing and community.
Rationale: All the children in the class seem to have a love of reading and being read to so we are incorporating various stories into the other curriculum themes and learning centers throughout the classroom.
Skills: Receptive and expressive language, listening and story structure.

Large Motor/Playground
-Materials: Gym-baskets, slide, beanbags, monkey bars, donut hole, stacked mats, bolsters, climbing bars, small beanbags for throwing. Playground-Climber, garden, natural areas for exploration
-Rationale: To provide opportunities for social interaction during large motor play. In the gym the equipment is set up to support of jumping and throwing skills. On the playground we are encouraging the children to explore the gardens to observe the plants that have vegetables ready to harvest. The children have also been very interested in the milkweed plants that have gone to seed. We are facilitating conversation and wonder about seed travel.
-Skills: Throwing, hand-eye coordination, depth perception, spatial awareness, balance, jumping, upper and lower body strength, cooperative play, core strength, observation and inquiry of natural phenomena


Snack
Monday - Applesauce & graham crackers
Tuesday - Apple slices & crackers
Wednesday - Rice cakes & milk
Thursday - Rice chex & milk
Friday- Granola bars

Overview
It was lovely to see so many of you at the Open House! Home visits and the Open House are great ways to begin the relationship building process that will be a primary focus these first few weeks of school. Those meetings help make the transition to school easier for the children, parents and teachers. This first abbreviated week will be a period of adjustment for everyone. Getting up early and heading off to school may be exciting the first day, but may be difficult for the rest of the week. I will be taking cues from the children to figure out what kind of support each of them needs. Please talk to me if you have concerns about your child's adjustment to school.

Expressive Arts
-Materials: paint, colored pencils, markers, construction paper, scrap paper
-Rationale: To provide a variety of materials that will inspire expression of ideas and creative design.
-Skills: self-expression, creative risk-taking, fine motor development

Sensory
-Materials: water, cups, pitchers, bottles, and funnels
-Rationale: Warm water is a soothing sensory experience that is familiar and promotes social interactions as children negotiate sharing ideas and materials.
-Skills: experimentation, sensory stimulation and pleasure, fluency with objects, and beginning understanding of the concept of conservation

Science
-Materials: boxy the turtle, mystery terrarium, natural materials, magnifying lenses. On the playground we will encourage exploration of the natural areas and draw children's attention to the vegetable garden, plant and animal life.
-Rationale: Through these hands-on experiences, conversations with other children, and interactions with adults, your child will formulate their own theories and develop foundational knowledge about the natural world.
-Skills: observation, sorting, asking questions, hypothesizing, interpreting and reasoning about events

Dramatic Play
-Materials: Kitchen with dishes, fruits and veggies, and dress-up fabrics. In the animal cave there are stuffed cats, dogs, fish and bunnies.
-Rationale: To encourage social interaction and the expression of children's knowledge of family life by taking on familiar roles. The cave provides a cozy close place that promotes small group interaction.
-Skills: Role-play, peer interaction, social problem solving, creating imaginary scenarios

Math and Manipulatives
-Materials: colored circle stackers, peg boards, inset puzzles emphasizing color/shape, interlocking puzzles reflecting natural themes such as animals, plants, fruits and vegetables
-Rationale: We are starting with sorting and classifying by shape and color not only to emphasize recognition and labeling, but also to lay a foundation for later mathematical concept development.
-Skills: Color and shape recognition, matching, one to one correspondence and whole/part relationships, fine motor development

Language and Literacy
-Materials: A variety of writing implements, paper, and a posting of the upper and lower case alphabet. A well stocked library with books about animals, friends, school and families.
-Rationale: The library is placed near the couch for cozy reading time with new friends and teachers. Throughout the room there will be many opportunities to enjoy the spoken and written word.
-Skills: Letter recognition, listening and receptive abilities, fine motor control

Blocks
-Materials: hollow blocks and unit blocks
-Rationale: Children use creativity and problem solving while developing their awareness of geometry through building. Communal building with hollow blocks encourages cooperation.
-Skills: Construction skills, dramatic play, symbolic representation, problem solving

Large Motor
-Materials: Slide climber, wall mounted ladders, monkey bars, mini-trampoline, A-frame jumping station. The playground will be open for large motor activity and exploration of the natural environment.
-Rationale: A simple set-up in the gym is inviting and allows us to assess gross motor abilities and confidence.
-Skills: Risk taking, climbing, coordination, upper body strength, depth perception, balance, jumping and landing. On the playground there are opportunities for digging, hauling, pedaling, running.

Special Interest
-Morning Meeting: Music and rhythmic movement will be used to help the children learn each other's names and the classroom routines. The morning meeting also emphasizes togetherness and fosters the building of classroom community.

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