It’s Earth Day….

We celebrated Earth Day this week in our classroom.  We talked about how important it is to take care of our Earth by picking up litter, saving energy, turning off lights and water when not in use, recycling and planting trees.  I showed them a photo of what  Earth looks like from space so that they could see how beautiful our world is and that all you see is blue and green.  We need to protect our Earth so it stays a beautiful and clean  place to live.

Sing With Me

What Can We Do?

(to the tune of “A Tisket, a Tasket”)

It’s Earth Day, it’s Earth Day

What can we do on Earth Day

To make the world a better place,

Let’s [pick up trash] on Earth Day.

Continue singing and add the following: plant a tree, recycle, save water, save energy

Recycling Song

(to the tune of “The More We Get Together”)

The more we all recycle

Recycle, recycle,

Oh, the the more we all recycle,

The better Earth will be.

Aluminum and paper,

Glass, cardboard and plastic.

These all can be recycled

By you and by me.

Poetry

An Earth Day Helper

Be an Earth Day helper

Do a little bit each day.

Remember not to litter,

But to throw your trash away.

Be an Earth Day helper

With recycling plans.

Once cleaned, these come back to you-

Bottles, papers, cans.

Story Time

earth day books

We read “It’s Earth Day” by Mercer Mayer and “Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green” by Eileen Spinelli.

Craft Time

earth day craft

We made a large hand print Earth to celebrate the world we live in.  We all took turns making green and blue hand prints to fill in the circle.  Once dry I hung it in the hallway for all to see!

earth day craft

earth day craft

earth day craft

earth day craft

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The Week of the Young Child…

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

week of the young child

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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I is for Iguana…

This week for letter Ii, along with the ice cream theme, we also learned all about iguana’s too: where they live, what they eat and how they might feel.

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Sing With Me

Iggy Iguana

(to the tune of “Yankee Doodle”)

Iggy likes to play inside.

Iggy likes to paint too.

Iggy paints the letter I. His I will impress you!

Iggy paints the inchworms, too.

They try not to wiggle.

Iggy tries to make them laugh.

They have fun and giggle!

i is for iguana

Story Time

i is for iguana

We read “Iguana on Ice” by Carol Pugliano Martin from the AlphaTales Book.

Craft Time

i is for iguana

We painted large letter I’s which were then turned into iguanas!

i is for iguana

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