The Week of the Young Child…

April 21, 2013

Last week at our school we celebrated The Week of the Young Child. Every day during the week of April 15-19 our porch was transformed into a learning center to showcase the skills that children learn during play.  We had so much fun setting up a different center each day for parents to stop by and spend some time with their children.  Each classroom collaborated together to make each center special and unique.  It was a great learning experience for all!

From NAEYC’s website:

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. The 2013 Week of the Young Child™ is April 14–20 and the theme is Early Years Are Learning Years.

Dramatic Play

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The porch was transformed into a flower shop for creative and imaginative play.  In dramatic play children learn social and emotional skills, language and thinking skills.  Here they could pretend to sell, plant and grow flowers or where ever their imaginations took them.

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Sensory Play

week of the young child

At the sand and water sensory table the children learn to build receptive and expressive language, cause and effect, builds scientific vocabulary and develops motor skills.

week of the young child

week of the young child

Play Dough

week of the young child

Children learn to use fine motor skills and imaginations to create, mold, squish and squeeze the play dough.

week of the young child

week of the young child

We also had a block center and a music and movement activity as well.

Block Play

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Here the tables were full of building blocks and train tracks to build and play with.  Block play develops math and science skills, concept of space and shape, motor skills and visual perception as well.

Music and Movement

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We had this center in the Big Room as a part of our Big Circle Time that we have every Friday.  We sang and danced creatively to music.  During music and movement children learn group participation skills, emotional expression, social skills,  creativity and imagination, enhance self concept and awareness of movement and body positions.

I hope you were able to join us during this special week and play and learn with your child!

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M is for Mouse….

February 5, 2013

This week we started the letter Mm.  We had so much fun learning about this letter and the sound it makes…Mmmmm.

Sing with Me

m is for mouse

Mimi Mouse

(to the tune “This Old Man”)

Come with me, Mimi Mouse.

We will make our mini-house!

We will mix and measure mud

to make a floor-

And write M on our mud door.

Story Time

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We read: “Mouse Mess” by Zinnea Riley, “Mouse Paint” by Ellen Stoll Walsh and “Seven Blind Mice” by Ed Young.  These are great books to read aloud.  “Mouse Mess” is a fun rhyming tale about a mouse who makes mischief throughout the house when the people go to bed.  “Seven Blind Mice” tells the story of seven mice who cannot see, but see things very differently.  I really like this book because it teaches the children that everyone has different perspectives of the world.  “Mouse Paint” is a great book about mixing different paints to make all new colors.

Craft Time

We made adorable grey mice for our craft.  We mixed white and black paint to make grey.  The children painted card stock and I cut it into the shape of the letter M when it was dry.  We then added pink ears, a fuzzy pink nose, fishing line whiskers and eyes.

m is for mouse craft

m is for mouse craft

m is for mouse craft

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Fall Fun at the Farm….

October 28, 2012

This weekend we took a drive up to Masaryktown, Florida to Sweetfields Farm.   The farm is located about an hour north of Tampa.  Every year they have a fall corn maze and Fall Harvest.  In the spring they have a sunflower maze and spring festival.  It was really windy, overcast and cloudy on the day we were there, which made the weather nice and cool.  A good change from the hot summer temperatures we have had lately.  Sweetfields offers U-Pick organic produce, a pumpkin patch, hay bales to climb on,  animals to pet and feed, pig racing, crafts for the kids to make, a hay ride, corn maze and lots more!

There were still a lot of sunflowers blooming all around the farm.  They were just gorgeous!

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We headed over to the corn maze first.  Every year they design a picture in the corn that can be seen from the air.  This year it was a barn and scarecrow.

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The kids had a blast running through the maze and trying to figure out which way to go.  We did get lost a few times, but we made it out with the help of some clues they give to you upon entry to the maze.  The corn got higher as we made our way through, which made it tough to find the right path.

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We couldn’t pass up the fresh cider and kettle corn!  It was so delicious!  There were a few food booths as well that offered BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs, wraps and yummy fall desserts like candy apples and pumpkin pie tarts!

We had such a great experience at Sweetfields, we are planning on returning in the spring for the sunflowers!

Click here to find out more and plan your own trip to Sweetfields Farm.

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