It’s hard to talk about hibernation when it feels like spring outside, but that’s exactly what we did.
In Preschool B we watched a wonderful National Geographic movie about animals in the winter. On Project Day we divided the class into three sections, with each small group studying either migration, hibernation, or adaptation. Ask your child which group s/he was in and what they did. Every group of children will make it to all three rotations, so by spring vacation everyone will know EVERYTHING! This week we played a game where we had to guess which animals fit into which category. Ask your child if s/he can remember someone who hibernates, migrates, or adapts.
This week in the Lavender and Milkweed room we read a book entitled The Little Band by James Sage. The book opens with the sound of "faraway music" that eventually reveals itself in the form of a marching band. This throng with song includes children playing a diverse array of instruments that the townsfolk revel in. We pondered the closing sentiment of the book – “And the people in the town were never the same again” – and decided it meant that they had been touched by all the music and dancing. Your brave children even demonstrated some of their own go-to dance moves for the class! We shared some thoughts about our understanding of music, and your children had insightful comments. One child offered, “It makes people happy; if they hear it a lot it makes people very, very, very happy.” Another child mused aloud, “The less you put in maracas, the louder it gets.” We tested this theory as each child created homemade maracas using compostable spoons, masking tape, a plastic egg, and some semblance of rice, beans, and corn. We tested our homemade instruments in the Garden at the close of our busy week. A band ensued and dancers joined in. They seemed “very, very, very happy!”
Over the next few weeks, the Milkweeds and Lavenders will be learning lots about music, and we’ll also try to make some homemade instruments to accompany our talented singers! We’re collecting empty oatmeal boxes, coffee cans, old spoons, juice containers, lids, shoe boxes, and any other “headed for recycling” items you’d like to donate. Thanks so much!
What’s coming up?
On Wednesday, January 25, there will be a Parent Coffee in the Garage from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. The topic will be "Reading to Learn and Learning to Read." Everyone is invited.
Friday, February 3, is Crazy Hat, Hair, and Pajama Day. Children are invited to wear any one or all three of these things. If your child hates to get dressed in the morning, then on this day, it won’t matter. He/she can wear pajamas to school! (NO slippers, please.) So find your silliest hat or put four pony-tails in your hair and get ready to celebrate!
Tuesday, February 14, is Valentine’s Day, and we will be having our annual Valentine’s Breakfast in the Garage. It will start at 8:15 a.m. and will end at 9:15 a.m., and everyone is invited. We will post a sign-up sheet in the next week or two with suggestions of things to bring.
Have a great weekend.
The Preschool Team