The cold and frigid weather continued at our little red schoolhouse in February. The times we were able to play outside were cherished, as they were few and far between! All classes love sledding on our little “just-right” sled hill and exploring the deep snow in our beautiful wooded backyard! Even our littlest owls in the PC class are getting in on the sledding action! They become more and more brave every weekend. Some that were unsure at first are making it down the hill with a huge smile on their face.
This month, the three day classes (ages 4 & 5) were really showing off their emerging literacy! The classroom is abuzz with children at the desk writing cards and drawing messages and stuffing them in envelopes for friends and family! In our dramatic play pizza shop, the children were busy writing orders, emulating what they saw on our earlier field trip to Domino’s Pizza! Exploring magnetic letters in the sensory table is just one more way they explored piecing together the alphabet (literally!) to make words. What an exciting time in their development this is!
We are lucky enough to have our student teacher, Ms. Zhang, share some of her Chinese traditions with us! Some classes explored Chinese New Year by reading a story called “The Dancing Dragon” and then re-enacting the parade in the story. We made a dragon body using a plastic tablecloth, colored tape, tissue paper, and markers. Ms. Zhang supplied the dragon “head” and we worked together to move the dragon through the room. Ms. Zhang kept time on the drum and encouraged us to shout “hurray”! The following week we made potstickers, and there were very few children who did not try them and ask for seconds!
The 2 am class (3 & 4 year olds) were very excited to celebrate their first Valentine’s day at Hobson School! Children enjoyed delivering valentines to their friends and were all smiles as they took their turn dropping one card into each bag! 2 am children also played in the dramatic play pizza shop. It is fascinating to see how their play is shifting from parallel to cooperative!
Our 2 pm children (3 & 4 year olds) have been working a lot with story telling. It starts with a child dictating a story to the teacher. The teacher writes it down and then roles are assigned to those willing to help act the story out. “Story telling and story dramatization activities are powerful, important, and effective for developing young children’s thinking along with oral and written language skills in line with what the Common Core Standards seek.” (Gillian D. McNamee, Erikson Institute) This is one of many new and exciting ideas that the teachers brought home from a recent conference they attended!
2 pm also continued their exploration of scent, this time smelling various teas. The children were then able to make their own bags of tea, and sample them at snack time!
Not to be forgotten, our Parent-Child class (2 year olds) enjoyed their first cooking project. The children made edible ladybugs with half of an apple, cream cheese and raisins. The children used the cream cheese to hold the spots on. They enjoyed making their first snack. They washed our baby dolls in the water table. The boys and girls all enjoy this activity. By the end of the class, our dolls were squeaky clean. The PC class also danced to “The Freeze”, one of their favorite songs. The parents and children spin, dance, jump, sing, and more until they have to freeze.
They say that March comes in like a lion and leaves as a lamb….let’s hope this is true! Although the children seem content to explore all of the wonderful play opportunities we give them at Hobson, I hope to bring you some pictures next month with green living plants and children in the sunshine!