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Bugs & Insects - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on April 7, 2022 at 4:50 PM

This week we entered the world of bugs and insects. In language this week we played with alphabet blocks, did Little Miss Muppet and the Itsy Bitsy Spider fingerplays, and we colored caterpillar print outs. We also read various books about caterpillars and bugs. In math and science, we sorted bugs by color, used magnifying glasses to examine insects, and placed pom poms on ladybug spots. For motor development we tore up paper for our art project, made bug imprints in play-doh and marched along to the Ants Go Marching In song. In art we glued torn paper onto plates and added eggs to create spiders, we used forks to paint, we used red and black tissue paper to make lady bug suncatchers, and we used marbles and white paint to create spider webs.

Pets - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on March 31, 2022 at 2:00 PM

This week we are learning all about pets!  In art, we have glued fish scales on our fish, stamped with dog bones and created a collage with torn paper.  Friday, we will be making our own turtles!  We practiced our fine motor development by putting little animals in a muffin tin using tongs.  

We learned some new songs this week - "I Had A Little Turtle" and "How much is that doggie?"

We also made bird feeders this week.  

We talked about our pets at home and looked at pictures on our family shields!

Spring is Here! - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on March 24, 2022 at 4:45 PM

We kicked off spring this week as we read various books surrounding the theme. In art we made a butterfly out of contact paper and tissude paper, painted egg cartons to look like flowers, and used fake flowers to paint. This week we played with rubber ducks and water in our sensory table, play-doh and fake flowers, insect counters, stamped with insect stampers and played with toy bugs and play-doh. We sang five green frogs fingerplay and the itsy bitsy spider finger play. tomorrow we will write with magnetic boards, mix dirt and water to make mud, play with soft lego, and make coffee filter umbrellas in art.

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on March 17, 2022 at 4:35 PM

This week we learned all about St. Patrick's Day as we read books about leprechauns, rainbows and St. Patrick's Day itself. This week we counted and sorted different colored shamrocks and put sticky notes on all the green items in the classroom. We hopped on shamrocks and played with play-doh. We colored shamrocks and had a scavenger hunt in the classroom. In art we painted using pipe cleaner, gold coins, and cotton swabs. We also discussed different healthy foods and some we even liked! We dug around the sensory bin to find the leprechaun's treasure. Tomorrow we will do a color run, make a clover collage, and stamp on our pots of gold.

Five Senses Fun - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on March 10, 2022 at 4:40 PM

This week we learned about our five senses. We learned about our sense of sight as we painted with sunglasses on, played with magnifying glasses, hopped on different colored circles, wrote on contact paper, and played hide and seek. We learned about our sense of smell as we painted with kool-aid, colored with scented markers, and played with scented play-doh. We learned about our sense of taste as we glued our snack onto paper for art and tomorrow we will string cheerios. We learned about our sense of touch as we did a texture collage in art, sorted animal stencils, wrote on contact paper, sorted math tiles, and stacked wood samples. Tomorrow we will learn about our sense of hearing as we paint we marbles and manipulate alphabet peg boards. We already touched base on our hearing as we played simon says earlier in the week and played with shape pound benches. We also added rice and scoops into our sensory table this week and we read various books about the five senses.

Learning About Our Favorite Authors - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on February 24, 2022 at 2:05 PM

This week we explored the world of various authors including Ezra Jack Keats, Helen Oxenbury, Stan and Jan Berenstein and Leo Lionni. in art we glued dog cutouts and blue ribbons on paper, finger painted, and painted a mouse cutout. In math and science, we played with magnet numbers and mixed paint in a ziploc bag. To work on our motor development we played with stuffed animals and brushed their fur, we vacation hopped, played with frogs on a log peg boards, and danced to the freeze dance. In language we gave the children paper, crayons and pencils to write, and did the five little monkeys fingerplay. We also played ring around the rosie and explored different numbers and letters in the sensory bin. Tomorrow we will read books by Vera Williams, play with math tiles, march around the classroom and paint with shaving cream.

Valentine's Week - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on February 17, 2022 at 5:10 PM

We started this week off with our Valentine’s Day celebration. The children passed out their valentines and enjoyed their special snack. It was a success. This week in art we painted with heart shaped sponges, finger painted, painted with pink shaving cream and painted with pink salt. In math and science this week we sorted different colored hearts, counted the hearts on valentine cards, counted items in sets and experimented with fizzy hearts. For motor development we threaded pipe cleaners through a colander, placed buttons, glitter, and pompous on contact paper hearts, placed stickers on a poster board, hopped on various hearts, played with play doh and took turns on the rainbow climber. We placed in our sensory table, sang songs, did a heart scavenger hunt, and read various books around valentine’s day and love. We talked about breakfast foods and did related activities. In language, we traced our names, wrote with chalk, talked about placement of objects and colored.

Tomorrow we will write with dry erase markers, find matches of broken hearts, play with cones and bracelets, paint with pompous and do a breakfast puzzle.

All About Teeth - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on February 10, 2022 at 5:45 PM

This week in art we painted with toothpaste and toothbrushes and we glued teeth (white pom poms) onto plates. In language we read various books about teeth and smiles! We used bingo daubers on tooth pictures and placed stickers on different teeth. in math and motor development we did puzzles, used popsicle sticks to examine our play-doh teeth and we used string to lace teeth. We added "alligator teeth" to our sensory table and put cars out for the children to drive to the dentist. Tomorrow we will write on teeth, play with math tiles, walk on the balance beam, use floss to paint, and do a breakfast relay.

Hula in the Coola - Young Toddler

Posted by [email protected] on February 3, 2022 at 2:05 PM

This week we tried to ignore the snow as we took our mind to Hawaii and had our Hula in the Coola. We sharpened our cognitive skills counted and sorted flowers, guess which containers had more, and counted seashells in our sand filled sensory table. We focused on our motor development as we manipulated play-doh, laced blocks on strings, blew bubbles and traced lines with buttons. I talked with the children about different breakfast foods and why breakfast is important and the children enjoyed playing together as they did a relay race outside in the snow. In art, the children made leis, painted surfboards, painted with sand and made their own tiki torches. We read several books about Hawaii and luaus and things that swim in the ocean. We also traced our names on flowers (or at least tried to), found matches to letter and traced letters in the sand. This week in drama, we added sunglasses and necklaces and those were a sure hit with the children. We also added musical instruments to our block area because what luau is complete without music?

Tomorrow the children will enhance their language skills by writing on dry erase boards. In math, they will sort pompoms and work on puzzles. For their motor development, the children will enjoy a fun game of bowling. in art, the children will paint their own seashells.

Creating our Own Masterpieces

Posted by [email protected] on January 27, 2022 at 3:00 PM

This week we talked about different artists and created our own art pieces! We did a starry night painting, a water lilies painting, a self-portrait, and a dot painting. We sharpened our language skills this week by reading various books, coloring with crayons and playing Simon Says. In math we counted sunflowers and played with magnet numbers. We practiced our gross motor skills by jumping from one color to another and our fine motor skills by using tongs to pick up pom poms. We added doll houses to our block area and the children have had loads of fun playing with them. We also brought in a light table for the children to use as a sensory activity. Tomorrow we will use dry erase boards and markers to expand on our language development, make play-doh, and use clay to make our very own sculptures. We will also listen to The Goldfish Song and Moving to the Alphabet with Jack Harman.