Monday, September 30, 2013

Musical Monday with Evan!

We began our day singing "Good Morning to You" to friends and teachers. Next, we read Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein. Then we marched to We Are the Dinosaurs by The Laurie Berkener Band. 

We explored painting with Elmer's glue with brushes and squeezing glue bottles by creating our own individual collages using cardboard and recycled materials.

Today we met Evan our Music teacher for the first time! We sang Old McDonald Had A Farm and he taught us a new version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Then he gave each friend a turn to play on his flute. We cannot wait to have Music with Evan again next week!

Friday, September 27, 2013

"Look up! Look Up In the Sky..."

We began our day singing the story about The Itsy Bitsy Spider as told and illustrated by Iza Trapani on the rug and dancing to The Goldfishby The Laurie Berkner Band. While the children ate snack, Jenny read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, and Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein.
During Free Play, we played in the sand box and with the bubbles, babies, and ducks in the water table. The children continued to work on their friendship collage. Harry shared his cars with the class and we raced them on the "road"  map that Jenny made in the block area. As they were playing with Nadia,  the sunlight came in through the window. Brandon, Nico, and Lili noticed that their fingers make shadows. Brandon pointed to the window noticing that the sunlight was coming in and said, " Look up!" Sun! There's a tree!" Then Harry looked up at the window and said, " Look up in the sky! There is no rain!" (Stay Tuned For Video!)






Thursday, September 26, 2013

What a Busy Day!

Today began with Max and Jenny dancing to We Are the Dinosaurs by The Laurie Berkner Band. Max went over to the train table where Hudson was playing. Hudson welcomed Max to join him by saying, " I'm playing with trains, guys!".  We had a VERY musical Circle Time playing our instruments as we greeted each other and sang lots of songs! Jenny read the book Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein on the rug. The children requested that I read it again by saying "Again! Again!"
The Sunflowers and Daisies invited us to their classrooms to teach them how to make glue by mixing flour and water. It was so messy but so much fun! We had so much fun exploring their classroom when we were done!
Next, we went for a walk and explored the neighborhood. "Excavator moving! Moving fast!" Max shared with me as we passed the truck on our walk.
We worked on our collaborative Dot Dot painting when we returned.  Brandon worked on his self-portrait. Then we wrapped up our morning digging in the sandbox together. What a busy day we had!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

"The People Go up and Down..."

We began our morning singing Hello, Hello, Hello and How Are you? Then we listened to and sang along to We Are the Dinosaurs by The Laurie Berkner Band softly on the rug. We read and sang The Wheels on the Bus. Harry helped me read the story by telling me that "the people go up and down" not "hop on and off". At Free Play, we explored the sandbox, painted with watercolor, worked with play dough, and painted with dot dot paints together on the floor.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Few Moments of Fascination...

We began our morning singing Hello, Hello and How Are You?There are 7 Days in a Week, and Today is Tuesday All Day Long while playing cymbals. During Snack, we read Pete The Cat I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and David Smells by David Shannon.

We went for a walk around the neighborhood, as we admired the beautiful weather. "Pickup truck" , "Excavator," "Boom", "A big truck!" are some of the comments I heard from the children as we walked. We noticed the fountain when we were passing the park on Greenwich and 13th Street. We looked at the fountain for a few moments with fascination.  Then Jenny held on to Max's and Hudson's hands, Grandpa Barys held on to Brandon's hand, and Nadia held on to Scarlett's. We ran around the fountain in opposite directions waving to each other as we passed by.

When we returned from our walk, the children made glue by mixing flour, water, and yellow paint together. Next, the children explored the glue and we continued working on our collaborative collage. Scarlett worked on her first self-portrait. Then, we wrapped up the morning digging in the sandbox. We are looking forward to another fun day tomorrow!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Let's Go Exploring!

We began our morning singing the good morning song, There are 7 Days in a Week, and Today is Monday All Day Long. We then explored the neighborhood. "A car!" hollered Scarlett. "Ambulance!" shouted Brandon. We noticed that there were green leaves on the trees and dry brown leaves on the ground. Lili saw a picture of a baby in a laundromat window, giggled, and pointed at it's belly button. Everyone giggled with her.

When we returned from our walk, the children made glue by mixing flour, water, and green paint together. Next, the children explored the glue and began working on a collaborative collage. Nico and Lili began working on their self portraits.

During our reflective meeting, I asked the children what they saw on our walk. Here is what they said:

"I saw people."- Lili

"Monster. Monster eating crackers and bread." - Scarlett

"Seagull." Nico said while waving her hand open and shut to imply the seagull was flying.

Friday, September 20, 2013

What A Fun Day!

We began our morning marching to We Are the Dinosaurs by The Laurie Berkner Band. We then sang Who's At Buckle My Shoe Today? as each child moved their picture on the chart from home to school.

At free play, we made glue using flour, water, and red watercolor. I noticed that the children were interested in painting with the glue they had made using brushes, exploring the material as if it were paint.

Nico, Jamie, and Scarlett played inside the school bus singing The Wheels On the Bus. Lili and Jamie were taking care of their babies by pretending to be doctors. Brandon was looking for a ball to play which led to a game of Pass the Ball on the rug. Then with musical instruments in hand, we concluded our morning singing I Have A Friend before lunch.