On Monday, our school was very fortunate to have Mrs. Banks from Ravinia Festival perform at our school. She taught our children a variety of songs and dances. All the children enjoyed participating in the performances. We are all so grateful to have had the opportunity to have Mrs. Banks join us for the day!
March 3rd - March 28th Green Bay Early Childhood Center
The Wiggle Worms will be playing at our school to kick off our new unit: MUSIC AND INSTRUMENTS! We are also excited to have a music therapist come to our classroom for the next 6 weeks! During our unit we will explore different instruments and how to play them. Do you blow, strum, beat, or shake the instrument? Our class will play music together and use different rhythms and tempos. We will practice playing instruments loud, soft, fast, and slow. We will also build our own instruments. The students are encouraged to bring in instruments they may have at home to share with their friends. If you know anyone who plays an instrument, we would love to have them play for our classroom!
*Research shows that learning music, with its abstract patterns of rhythm and melody, uses and develops parts of the brain that are otherwise not stimulated. Children who are actively involved in music:
-Do better in reading and math when they start school
-Are better able to focus and control their bodies
-Play better with other and have higher self-esteem
Week 1 (March 3-March 7) What are Instruments?
Week 2 (March 10-March 14) How do you play instruments?
Week 3 (March 17- March 28) Where do you hear instruments?
Coloring in the lines
Initiation of self-help skills
Boom Boom Go Away, Laura Geringer
Max Found Two Sticks, Brian Pikney
Olivia Forms a Band, Ian Falconer
I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello, Barbara Garriel & John O'Brien
March 18th: No School. Teacher Instritute
March 19th: Early Release. Children dismissed at 11:26 a.m.
March 20th-21st: No School. Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 31st-April 4th: No School. Spring Break
We were finally able to go outside and enjoy the snow! The children had so much fun sledding and playing in an igloo. Then, we made hot chocolate with marshmallows to warm up!
We have continued to learn about how to keep our bodies healthy and fit. This week we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We sorted healthy foods from junk foods. We also had fun singing "Brush Your Teeth" by Raffi and "Fruit Salad" by the Wiggles. The students practiced the steps of brushing their teeth and also pretended to brush the alligators teeth. To learn about staying fit we read the book Hop, Skip, and Jump, Maisy! by Lucy Cousins. We participated in a lot of fun gross motor games, such as, bowling, scooters, freeze tag, simon says, bean bag toss, and musical chairs. Mrs. Hochman, our gym teacher, also taught us yoga!
Last week we learned all about germs and how to keep them away! We sang the Sneezing Song by Jim Gill and practiced sneezing and coughing into our elbows. To help demonstrate how important washing our hands is, we used green glitter to represent germs. The children put lotion on their hands then "ah ah ah chooooooo" green glitter everywhere! If they touched food or other friends, the germs were spread. They really had to scrub hard with soap and water to wash away all the germs!
February 3rd-February 28th Green Bay Early Childhood Center
The next unit of study is HEALTH and Fitness! We will first discover what it means to be healthy. The children will learn about germs and how to protect themselves and others by covering their sneezes, wiping their noses and washing their hands. We will also work more on brushing their teeth and eating healthy foods. The children will have fun engaging in many different motor games. We will practice following 2-step motor directions (i.e. turn around then stand on one foot) and also moving and stretching our bodies in different ways while practicing yoga. The last week we will focus on sports and the Winter Olympics! Hopefully the weather will get warmer so we can enjoy the snow!
Week 1 (Feb. 3-7) What does it mean to be healthy?
Week 2 (Feb. 10-14) How do we keep our bodies healthy?
Week 3 (Feb. 17-21) What kind of exercise can we participate in?
Week 4 (Feb. 24-28) What are some Winter Olympic sports?
Gross motor skills
2 step directions
The Berenstein Bears and Too Much Junk Food by Jan and Stan Berenstain
Curious George Goes To The Hospital by Hans Rey
Dem Bones by Bob Barner
I.Q. Gets Fit by Mary Ann Fraser
Parts by Ted Arnold
Stretch by Doreen Cronin
Froggy Plays Soccer by Jonathan London
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
G is for Gold Medal by Brad Herzog
Tuesday, February 4th-Registration due
Wednesday, February 5th- Jillian's Birthday (4)
Friday, February 14th- Valentine's Day
Monday, February 17th- No school, President's Day
To wrap up our clothing unit, we had pajama day at Green Bay! It was so fun to be cozied up with our PJ's, slippers, blankets and stuffed animals. Quincy and Ms. Becky also visited our room in the morning. We read the book Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney. At the end of the day we celebrated with the other two STEP rooms. We enjoyed a snack and watched the short movie, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Daniel's Sleepover.
We will be having a pajama party this Friday, January 31st. Please have your child wear their favorite pajamas to school and bring their favorite stuffed animal.
Miss Tracy and Miss Emily
This week the students learned how to take care of clothes. They had fun washing doll clothes by hand. They first filled up a bucket with water, put the soap in, washed the clothes, and hung them up to dry. We read Henry Helps with Laundry by Beth Bracken and sang The Washing Machine Song by Jim Gill.
Our current unit is All About Clothing and thanks to the cold winter weather we have had lots to talk about! The first week we spent reading Shirley Neitzel's, The Jacket I wear in the Snow and Jonathan London's Froggy Gets Dressed. These books helped us to review all the different types of clothes that we can wear. We then focused on the features of clothing including: buttons, hoods, zippers, shoelaces, snaps, buckles, sleeves and pockets. The children all absolutely loved Pete the Cat and His Groovy Buttons and Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes. They also enjoyed watching these youtube video readings of the books http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKVLeH-nZzs and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2YwCgtvnNg Throughout this unit we have been targeting fine motor skills by practicing zippering our coats, snapping and buttoning our pants and coats. These are great fine motor skills that can also be targeted at home by spending a few extra minutes working on dressing and undressing a day.