Monday, June 2, 2014

Happy Monday!

Everyone entered the classroom happy and ready to begin to the day. While the children at snack, we read Lili's book Oliver by Sid Hoff. At Morning Meeting, we sang I Have Friend In School Today and practiced singing High Hopes. Then we went and played in Horatio Park.

When we returned back to school, we read Antics! While Harry, Jacob, and Lili worked together to make ants, Nico, Scarlett, Jamie, and Brandon "secretly" worked on Harry's birthday present. During Free Play, we played in the sandbox and had fun with flubber.

Before lunch, we sang Sticky, Sticky, Sticky Bubble Gum. Brandon made all his friends giggle when he showed them his "broken eye". Then we read Jacob's book Eat Your Vegetables by Louis Elhert. During Goodbye, we rapped the ABC's and sang Sambalae.

Friday, May 30, 2014

"Hey Evan I special request for you. Can we sing Hey Jude?"

We began our morning making birthday presents for Jacob and Brandon. Then we had Yoga with Lakshmi. Next, we had Music with Evan and we performed High Hopes for him. Evan brought his ukele and each child had a turn to play it. Before Evan left Harry said, "Hey Evan I special request for you. Can we sing Hey Jude?" And so Harry and Evan sang while everyone clapped along.

For story, we read The Cat In the Hat by Dr. Suess. We concluded our morning playing instruments along to to Octopus' Garden and Hey Jude by The Beatles. Great singing today everyone!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

"What's Going On In Here?"

The Sweet Peas joined the Sunflowers and the Daisies class this morning. When the children arrived at school, they looked at Monet's paintings of flowers and then painted their own interpretation with watercolor. At Morning Meeting and we sang good morning in Spanish. We talked about graduation and did our first practice! We sang High Hopes sang for the Sunflowers and then the Daisies, and then they performed for us. Everyone did a great job and sang loudly.

Elizabeth came and the children had dance for the last time. The Sunflowers and the Sweet Peas had dance together. Next, Bunky came and worked on a collage that will be made into a mandala for the art show. Each child placed pieces of wood and natural materials on the pie slice. On another table Ms. Erica  worked with some children on painting flowers with acrylic on a large canvas. 

While playing in the doctor's office Hudson told Jenny she needed a fork to take out all the ice cream she ate. Brandon soon came up laughing and said, "What's going on in here?" Scarlett held Grandpa Barys hand as she pushed the stroller around the classroom.

Before lunch, Ava and Jake taught us how they have meeting and how they do Show and Tell. During lunch the Sweet Peas and the Sunflowers read Don't Push The Button.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

#7 Train, Au Revoir, Portraits, and Presents

Brandon began Morning Meeting with Show and Tell. He shared his #7 Train with us and gave each of his friends a turn to look at it as we passed it around our circle. Next, Brandon called on his friends as they raised a quiet hand for "Questions and Comments." 

Sadly, today was our last day of French with Deborah until September. The children sang with their big voices as they performed High Hopes for her. For Project Work, Jacob, Brandon, Scarlett, Harry, and Lili made their final self-portraits. (Please see below)  Then each child took turns working on Scarlett's and Lili's surprise birthday presents. 

"I look perfect!" 

"Look good!"

"It's a skeleton."

"I need big feet because I am a bigger boy."


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Come On and Play With Me!

Brandon and Max headed straight to the sandbox when they arrived at school today. While Brandon has played in the sandbox all year, today was Brandon's first time this INSIDE the sandbox. Together he and Max played for quite some time. Hudson could not wait to eat his veggie burger for snack. When he finished, Hudson and Scarlett worked on their collages. This time adding jewels. Then we colored wooden beads by mixing them together with purple, blue, pink, and silver watercolor and a touch of glitter.

At Morning Meeting, we sang Hello How Are You and High Hopes. After all of our hard work in the classroom, it wad time to go out to Horatio Park and play. There we ran, chased, jumped, climbed, and had so much fun!

Brandon's INSIDE the sandbox!

Hudson and Scarlett are rolling down the hill.

Friday, May 23, 2014

"Come on everybody! Sing With Me!"

At Morning Meeting, we shared ideas about what to make Scarlett for her birthday. Then we transitioned to the tables where we worked on her beautiful birthday surprise. During Free Play, Jacob made a clay sculpture while Nico and Jamie drew self-portraits on canvas and then painted them. 

When Lakshmi arrived for Yoga, we sang High Hopes and she was amazed by how well the children sang and knew the words. We took turns singing before it was time to say "good-bye" and Harry sang us Hey Jude.