Spring is here! Students are noticing differences in the environment, like baby buds on some of the trees, lady bugs, bees and brown rabbits. Some students are busy creating art that explores colours, and all students are growing some seeds. In circle time, we are engaging with animated toys and dancing the “Hokey Pokey” which are requested favourites. Popular stories at circle times are "From Head to Toe" by Eric Carle and "I Like It When" by Mary Murphy. Everyone is enjoying getting outside and using the community playgrounds as much as possible, as well as swimming in our gorgeous pool. Every student is improving their ability to communicate and to self-regulate.
A big thanks to Amy Floyd, who is the EA in our classroom and who is caring, hardworking, level-headed and fun to be with. The kids and I really appreciate you and the time we spend together! Full steam ahead because summer is just around the corner!
We have had such a nice winter and that it allowed us to toboggan, go for sled rides, or biking and riding the bike path! Getting outside feels so good and the students love it. There's so much to talk about and to experience. The students have been learning about shapes, feelings, nursey rhymes, and practising demonstrating basic concepts. Everyone has increased their expressive and receptive communication skills. Lately they have enjoyed making Valentine art, dressing up, and preforming Frosty the Snowman. While they still request their old favourites, the songs "Skinnamarink" and "Bingo" have been popular choices recently. The same is true for stories. "My First book of Shapes" and "Row Row Row Your Boat and Other Nursery Rymes" have been favoured but their old favourites are still requested and repeated. We will continue to get outside, as much as is reasonable, so we can witness and celebrate the waning of winter and the promise of spring and we'll continue to grow like the light of the morning and evening has.
Happy New Year! We ended the year listening to and singing "Must Be Santa", "Jingle Bells", and "Dominick the Donkey". The story that the students chose most often was The Christmas Star. The children loved it when our stuffed Santa would dance and host circle time. The most popular toy was our singing snowman, Snowy. It was great to get back into the pool.
Now, we will still enjoy winter by getting outside as often as we can, so wear your boots and bring your snow pants. Circle times will focus on some basic learning concepts and will include some nursey rhymes. Let's keep growing, exploring, and having fun!
It's been a great start! The students have been enjoying escaping our space each day to go into the community and visit its' playgrounds and attractions. They have collected raspberries, apples,
flowers, sticks, rocks, pinecones and even pears. Some liked using these materials to create art. In circle times, the children frequently requested the songs "The Wheels on the Bus", "If You're Happy and You Know It" and "ABC". The books that they chose the most were "123 Count with Elmo", "The Five Senses", and "Ten Apples Up On Top!" We've been talking a lot about our bodies, our feelings, and concepts like directions, positions, size, and textures. The students always give us a reason to smile and to celebrate each day. Let's head into autumn feeling optimistic, filled with gratitude, and with a growth mindset as we all learn together!