puppiesWeek of January 9

This week we have continued to talk about winter, snow, ice, and cold temperatures in the Puppy room. It was great to have a good snowfall last weekend to really enhance our snow experience! We brought snow into our classroom for the children to play with and we observed the snow melting into water. We also watched the rain and warm temperatures melt all the snow that was covering our playground! We discussed how snowflakes are ice crystals that usually have six sides and fall from the clouds in many different shapes and sizes. We looked at the beauty of snowflakes in several science books and read The Snowy Day, by Jack Ezra Keats. The children created some snowy day paintings at the art table. They also 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. Other activities this week included using scissors to cut out snowflakes, playing with white shaving cream and comparing it to snow, and making colored snow using food coloring and eye droppers. We also read Snowmen at Night by Carolyn Buehner.

This week we introduced the letter L and the children presented their pages to the class. We made a list of L words, then we did some “Lego” painting at the art table. Next week we will focus on the letter M.

On Wednesday,  January 25 th , we will be celebrating our 50 th day of school! We have been counting every school day this year at morning meeting and the children are very excited to celebrate the day with a party. The party will be limited to the Puppy class and we will be playing games, participating in different “50” activities, and having some special snacks. On that day, we are asking each child to bring in 50 small items in a plastic Ziploc bag to count with the class. Some examples of the 50 items are: Cheerios, pennies, cotton balls, stickers, or crayons. It really can be anything, as long as it is small, countable, and age appropriate. They will bring their items back home at the end of the day. Thank you for your cooperation. We want our celebration to be a fun and special learning day for the children.

Just a reminder: Circle of Friends will be closed on Monday, January 16 th , because of Martin Luther King, Jr. day.

Enjoy the wonderful long weekend! Go Pats!!

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