Week of January 16

We have had a great week in the Panda bear class! The children have been really engaged in play in the classroom. They love to play with trains and cars, building toys, and in the housekeeping area “cooking” food and taking care of babies. They like to play with play dough and paint at the easel. They also enjoy the different manipulatives that we set out in the classroom like pattern blocks, pegs, puzzles, and building toys. In the midst of all this play and exploration they are working on social skills: learning to share toys, take turns, communicate and cooperate with others, and make friends. We continue to join with children from the “Little Chick” room for gym class and play times.

We continued our Winter theme this week. The children enjoyed creating their own snowmen using different collage materials after we read the book, Snowballs, by Lois Ehlert. In her book, the author uses a variety of different materials to create some fun (and funny) snow people, and the children did as well. As we talked about snowmen we reinforced the concept of small, medium, and large and also enjoyed a snowman counting game. Another great book we read this week was The Mitten, by Jan Brett. This beautifully illustrated folktale tells the story of too many animals packed into a boy’s mitten lost in the snow. The children will make their own pair of mittens at the art table and we will play some mitten matching games. They also enjoyed making snowmen and snowballs with our white, sparkly play dough. It’s been a fun week!

Hope you all have a great weekend! Thank you!

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