Goals: Since we are coming to the end of the school year, we will begin talking about summer regularly with the children. In order to prepare for summer, new play areas, such as a tent in the loft and fish and nets in the water table, have been added to help children get ready for summer activities. Another goal for the week is to have the children express their creativity by building on an activity they started with a teacher (a painting activity) and expanding on it to make it their own.
*We will have collage materials available for the children to explore with 3D creations. We will encourage their creativity by allowing them to use materials such as empty film canisters, wood pieces, and cardboard pieces, to make 3D sculptures however they imagine.
*The art easel will have multiple paper color choices with different shades of blue paint for the children to use. The paper will have large shapes drawn on them by the teachers to encourage the children to build off of the shapes and create original pictures.
*New fish and transportation puzzles have been added to the manipulatives table. The fruit patterning activity will continue to be available.
* The water table will continue to be available. Fish and nets will be added for the children to "go fishing." The tubes, buckets, and large funnel will remain in the water table for the children to explore water movement.
*We will be continuing the exploration with glurtch. The children have had the chance to color the glurtch with markers and cut the glurtch with cookie cutters. Glurtch markers, cookie cutters, and scissors will be available to experiment with cause and effect relationships.
* We will add another aspect of weather awareness to the science table where the children can observe and explore tornados with plastic tornado bottles. This is being done because tornado warnings are common during summer and the children will be more aware of their appearance and what to watch for.
*We will have our fish this week! We will encourage the children's exploration and inquiry of our new pets and continue to have books about fish and their needs for the children to read. Questions will be asked, such as: what do fish eat, how do fish breathe, and why do fish live in water.
* With the summer fast approaching and some children may have been camping since the warm weather, a camping area has been created in the loft. The loft has become a tent and there are different camping supplies available for the children to use. There has also been a pond created out of fabric for the children to practice fishing and pretend to swim in.
*An area for building trains will continue to be available in the classroom. The children have been using blocks to create train tracks and children have also used chairs to create trains for themselves to "ride" on.
Language and Literacy:
*The picture stories will still be available for children in the cave. There are different "scenes" set up for the children to add their picture to and to create a story from. They include a train, a play ground, a couch, and a fire truck. The children have enjoyed using the sticks with their pictures to pretend to ride on the train and fire truck, play on the playground, and sit to read on the couch. They also like carrying the sticks around and using them in the glurtch.
*New books will be added to our book shelves to encourage the children's interests in the new pet fish. There will also be books available on the science table for the children to learn more about taking care of fish. Rhyming books will also be put on the book shelves to encourage children to learn about rhyming.
*Unit blocks and hollow blocks will continue to be in the classroom. They will be available for children to increase large motor skills by lifting them and to express creativity.
*The piano will remain in the classroom for children to play. Drums, maracas, sand paper blocks, and a harp will be placed near the piano in the music area. We will be having a guest visiting the classroom to play drums for the children. The children will be encouraged to play along with the drum. Parents, if you know how to play an instrument and would like to play in the classroom, please let us know and we will make time for this to happen.
*The gym has a new set up. There is a running lane set up for children to practice speed, body control, and turn taking. There is still a bridge between the two A-Frame ladders but now the bridge is slanted which increases children's use of balance, coordination, and concentration. The jumping pit is still located at the bottom of one of the A-Frames which encourages risk-taking, motor planning, and turn taking. The monkey bars foster upper body strength, hand-eye coordination, and motor planning. The motor climber is also open, promoting upper body strength, risk taking, climbing, jumping, depth perception, and hand-eye coordination.
*A teeter totter will be added to the playground so children can work together on lower body strength or use it individually to work on balance while walking across it. Water will also be on the playground. Buckets of water and brushes will be available for "painting" on different playground surfaces. Once the children become comfortable with the use of water, they will be able to make streams with the water in the sand. The pinwheels and kites will stay on the playground for the children to continue their exploration of wind. Ribbons will be hung on the fences so the children can watch them blow as well. The children will continue to have opportunities to throw and catch balls outside in the playground with a basketball hoop being added.
Large group information:
*During large group, the children and teachers will discuss new topics such as the new class fish and tornados (because of the tornado drill at school) in the class. The children will also learn new songs and hear stories about these topics. Because of the new pet, the children will be encouraged to explain what the fish needs and we will learn about how to take care of the fish as a class.
Monday: Cookies by Class & Strawberry
Thursday: Granola Bars