Welcome to the new school year! We are off to a great start. The children have been busy learning about themselves and each other. We began with a focus on “Me,” with projects and discussions about ourselves, our facial features, the letters in our names, our feelings, and what makes us feel happy, grumpy, etc. We danced to the “hokey pokey,” and “If you’re happy and you know it.”

We are now learning about our senses. We have been singing and exploring with “The Bear Went Over The Mountain” (included below). We have talked about and experienced concepts such as: rough or smooth, soft or hard, bigger or smaller, different colors, different sounds we hear in our environment, things we smell, and things we taste. We will continue to learn about our senses for a bit longer and then transition to fall activities.

We are also working on strengthening the muscles needed for writing activities. Some of these lessons include playing with play dough, working with tweezers, balancing materials on small spoons, and picking up small pieces with our thumb and forefinger.

We are expanding on the lessons with the letters in our names to the letters in the color names with color focused art experiences. We began this series of lessons with discussing the sound “r” makes and gluing red rice to the word “red” on red paper. We will continue through the colors with their letter sounds. When completed, the children will turn their projects into self-made color books to bring home and read.

 News from the Twos

The toddlers finished learning about the jungle in August.

They learned about the letter “I” in talking about oneself.

Their favorite book of the last couple weeks is “Ava’s Poppy,” by Marcus Pfister, which led into discussions of the end of the gardening season.

The Bear Went Over the Mountain

The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
To see what he could see.

The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
To hear what hear could hear.

 The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
To smell what he could smell.

The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
To feel what he could feel.

The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
The bear went over the mountain,
To taste what he could taste.

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