3-Day: Exploring Ice, Melting Snow, Arctic Animals and the Thrills and Chills of Winter
As we finished our study of winter inside, it feels like it is finally beginning outside! We had lots of fun this week exploring ice, melting snow, arctic animals and the thrills and chills of winter! Priscilla came on Monday to share some of her special stories. We sat with her in the activity room and demonstrated great listening skills!
3-Day started the week creating melted snowmen with puffy paint snow and all the fixings of a traditional snowman! They are on display in the hallway outside our classroom. Your children paid great attention to guidance as well as detail, making each snowman unique and special. One of the reasons we don’t use a model is so that children can individually interpret what they would like their project to look like. As you may have noticed, some of our themed art activities are done cooperatively. This type of process art allows children to focus more on how they are using the tools and their creative minds to enjoy the process, while not necessarily as concerned about the finished product. That being said, we love that children are talking about their work, as we’ve had many parents inquire about a certain art activity their child enjoyed!
On Wednesday, we read Ezra Jack Keats' Snowy Day. We stepped in snow-colored paint and made footprints in the snow. But, the big excitement of the day happened when Nina sounded the fire alarm, while we had two children stepping in paint and two more without shoes and socks on. After a little shuffle about, children did an amazing job making their way safely out of the building onto the sidewalk.
The Pancake Breakfast on Friday was so much fun! Seeing everyone dressed in their cozy jammies made for a very special day. We were sad not to have Mayson, as she was out sick, but we managed to make our snow day pictures just in time for a snowy weekend ahead!
We had a rigorous creative movement time playing messy backyard on Friday. We used soft balls to run, kick, toss and roll around the big room, and we followed directions so well.
We hope you all have a wonderful long weekend and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday. We will begin a unit focusing on basic shapes. If you plan to be in the classroom and want to incorporate some fun shaped snacks, we would love that!
Karen and Mayson