3-Day: Snow in October?!
This week in 3-Day, we spent the week enjoying our favorite stories and working on our classroom routines. Each child feels so proud when we call them up to choose their book from our classroom board. On Monday, we talked about OPPOSITES and how they connected to Rocco’s favorite story, Little Elliot, Big City. Children worked on opposite puzzles in the classroom and Caroline made an opposite game outside on the playground. We used blue water in the discovery table and blue paint at the easel, but, the highlight of Monday was our visit from Melissa at Puddlestompers to talk about reptiles! Children got to touch real turtle eggs, a tortoise shell and examine a snake skin that Melissa found right in her backyard! Your children were wonderful listeners and very gentle while observing. We were so proud of them. Puddlestompers will be back each month with a new topic about nature and the magical world right outside our red doors.
On Wednesday, we celebrated Sloane’s favorite book called, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. After we giggled our way through the story, we asked your children to stamp paint with real shoes. They thought it was so much fun and they actually look really neat! We practiced some lacing skills, which can be quite tricky at this age, but really strengthens tiny fingers as we think about fine motor skills. In our discovery table, we dumped a whole bunch of cornstarch nuudles. The children loved sorting them by color and sinking their hands into the light and airy colorful mess. At our sensory table, we had the children use eye droppers and watercolor paints to saturate cotton balls. We talked about color mixing and how the cotton absorbs the water. It was a nice science correlation to the book when Pete the Cat steps in lots of different colorful materials, which change the color of his shoes. We concluded the day with Paula and the rest of our Bowen friends. Your children sang The ABC’s all by themselves in front of everyone!
On Friday the sun finally came back out, but it was snowing in our room. We read Cecilia's favorite story called, Katy and the Big Snow! We snowplowed shaving cream "snow" at our sensory table, and we plowed synthetic "snow" with all our trucks in the discovery table. We had to sing a little snow song to make the day complete. Fall will return next week, we promise!
Here is the song if you want to ask your child about it, sung to: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star":
Snowflakes, snowflakes, dance around,
Snowflakes, snowflakes, touch the ground
Snowflakes, snowflakes, in the air
Snowflakes, snowflakes, in our hair
Snowflakes, snowflakes, dance around
Snowflakes, snowflakes, touch the ground.
We hope you all enjoy the long weekend. The weather looks perfect to take a walk and notice how the leaves on the trees are changing colors. We look forward to seeing everyone again on Wednesday!
Karen and Caroline