TODAY IN THE 3's
|Posted by Mr. Salinetro on May 16, 2019 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
Dear Morning Red and Blue families,
We had a wonderful morning together on our last day of school! The friends played with all of their favorite things and the teachers sat back and enjoyed seeing how much they've grown this year. We also took the time to read a story, build a tower, draw a picture, or make something out of play dough with the children that we've come to know and love!
At circle time, the Blue Room friends and the Red Room friends each watched a slideshow featuring all of the friends and the activities that we did throughout the year. Each family has been given their own personal copy of this slideshow and it should have gone home in the backpack today. It is on a flashdrive in a small envelope. If you don't see it right away, be sure to check all of the little pockets on the chance that it didn't go in the main part of the backpack. We hope you enjoy watching it together as much as we enjoyed living it!
We ended our day and year together with delicious popcicles and an absolutey gorgeous day on the playground.
Thank you so much for sharing your children with us this year and we hope to see everyone tomorrow for our end of the year celebration! Have a fun and safe summer!
Caitlin Armbruster, Lisa Loomis, Anne O'Neill and Tim Salinetro
|Posted by Mrs. Armbruster on May 16, 2019 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
Just like the sunshine through our windows, the friends were beaming with excitement for our special end of the year show and tell. But, before the friends could share their special something they took part in free choice play that included:
-piecing together puzzles
-drawing with various different markers and adding details with tape
-using glue and loose part materials to create one of a kind artwork sculptures
-driving cars down ramps
For circle time, the Red Room and Blue Room friends came together to listen to Miss. Debbie, the librarian, read "Some Bugs" by Andela Diterlizzi. After the friends helped her tell a felt board story about the "Five Little Ladybugs" and enjoyed playing a final hide and seek game to find the firefly hidden behind the ladybugs.
Then the time had finally arrived...it was show and tell time! Each friend took a turn standing in front of the class to show what special item they brought in to share. They told us why it was special to them, and we clapped with pride for each friend after their turn.
To continue the fun, the friends took a walk outside, where we had a picnic snack of teddy graham bears and juice boxes. After the friends enjoyed running up and down the hill, riding bikes around the bike path, digging in the sand, and more!
|Posted by Mrs. Loomis on May 14, 2019 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
The friends were full of joy today!
For circle time, Ada's Daddy came and showed us some really cool colored wands to change the light on a flashlight. We saw prisms and saw how they bent the light to create rainbows. It was just how rain creates the rainbow we see when sunlight shines through the raindrops. It was really fun!
We had fun with the dramatic play area in the Red Room as we played with the barn, the houses, and the tree house.
In the Discovery Area, we built with various kinds of blocks, did some finger painting, played with Insta-Snow, poured sand through funnels, played with Magnatiles, and used sponge tools to paint on the easel.
For snack... OUR FAVORITE! Tortilla Chips and Salsa - YUM!
The temperature was a bit cool, but it didn't stop us from having fun outside on the playground.
REMINDER: Please send ONE favorite item from home to school tomorrow in your child's back pack for a special time of Show and Tell!
|Posted by Mrs. Armbruster on May 14, 2019 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
It seems like yesterday we were greeting the Red Room and Blue Room Friends for the first time! Time flies by when you are having fun! As we began our last week together in the three’s program, we delighted in our favorite school year activities, and also highlighted each unit.
The friends began the morning with engaging in lively play that included:
-playdough with flower gems and desert animals
-visiting the dramatic play “small world town” that included the favorite tree house, doll houses and farm
-piecing together puzzles
-building homes out of our various blocks for the three little pigs and the three little bears
-painting and glueing shapes to create unique masterpieces
-zooming cars down ramps
-exploring the marble run
During circle time, the Red Room friends sang a few of our school favorite songs, including, Two Little Hands, Tommy Thumb, and Clap Our Feet Together. We then read "Should I Share My Ice Cream?" by Mo Willems. After the friends took turns asking each other if they would like some ice cream while passing the ice cream (a ball) from one cone to another. We finished circle time with dancing to Tick Tock, Let's Rock and Fandagumbo. The Blue Room friends read "But No Elephants" by Jerry Smath. They then enjoyed practicing their stop and go dance moves while grooving to a freeze dance song.
For Discovery Area, the friends continued their favorite activities and revisiting unit fun with:
-building with magna tiles on the Light Table
-creating homes with Kapla blocks and colored shape blocks for bugs
-molding the cold insta-snow in the water table
-painting on the easel with sponges
-using our fingers to paint in swirling designs and watched the colors mix
-completes the obstacle course in the Red Room
-visited the Makeshop
For snack the friends ate goldfish crackers. After we head outside, where the friends enjoyed jumping in puddles, digging in the sandbox, and building with the imagination playground.
|Posted by Mr. Salinetro on May 9, 2019 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
Dear Morning Red and Blue Room families,
Today at The Children's School, our friends...
... enjoyed seeing the large spider we created in the Discovery Area earlier this week hanging from the ceiling between the Red and Blue rooms. We recognized that it was on a pulley and the children took turns lowering and raising it by the rope web!
... shared the spider costume that we worked together to make for the Dramatic Play area.
... had fun lining chairs up in the Blue Room to make a train. At one point, every Blue Room friend was sitting in the train and playing together!
... relaxed and listened to stories being read on the Red Room rug.
... snacked on carrot sticks and wheat thin crackers.
Today was our last music class with Mrs. Hraber and we sang spider songs, played a parachute game, and used instruments such as rhythm sticks and tamborines. We gave her a card that we painted that looked like a music note and had our favorite things from music written on it. Then we shared hugs and a few friends extended invitations for Mrs. Hraber to come to their house...
We finished our day with another beautiful morning on the playground. A few of the friends got the chance to see the baby bunny that lives by our mud kitchen!
Have a wonderful weekend and we'll see everyone on Monday!
The Three's Team
|Posted by Mrs. Armbruster on May 8, 2019 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
The morning was filled with energy in the Red Room and Blue Room! The friends began the day with free choice activities that included:
-painting with bright colors
-helping to stuff a spider costume the friends have been creating with Mrs. Loomis
-adding pipe cleaner "hairs" to our large spider for our bulletin board display
-building with brick blocks and driving trucks around the buildings
-creating ice cream play dough creations
During circle time, both the Red Room and Blue Room friends graphed their favorite bug from our unit, picking from Butterfly, Ant, Bee, or Spider. Then the Red Room friends listened to the story "Miss. Spider's Tea Party" while the Blue Room friends read "The Very Busy Spider. While the Blue room friends used the zoom, a microscope video camera, to take a close look at a real bee, moth, and a spiders shedded skin, the Red Room friends reflected on the school year, sharing their favorite things about school and singing favorite songs from the unit and school year.
For snack, the friends ate cinnamon raisin bread with apple butter. After they headed outside , where they enjoyed the sunshine on the playground.
|Posted by Mrs. Loomis on May 7, 2019 at 2:35 PM||comments (0)|
The friends were as clever as spiders this morning!
For circle time, the red room:
- We read, "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" by Charise Merick Harper
- We sang, "Two Little Hands", "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" "Spiders have EIGHT!"
- We talked about spider's "hair" and how they molt - "Shed off hair when they grow too big"
For circle time in the blue room:
- Read, "Itsy Bitsy Spider" by Cathy Hamilton
- We created webs on geoboards
During Discovery Area, the friends:
- Found bugs in the bubbly water table
- Manipulated toy spiders on the light table
- Enjoyed free-hand easel drawing
- Added "hair" to our spider
- Enjoyed sifting sand in the sand table
The friends tasted Bananas and Sun Butter for snack!
Have a pleasant evening!
|Posted by Mrs. Armbruster on May 7, 2019 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
Today the friends began their exploration on spiders. They filled the day with various spider activities and more! The morning free choice included:
-using stamps and bright ink to create flower artwork
-building homes for ladybugs
-tiptoeing on the giant tape spider web and then wrapping bugs in yarn to pretend that we were spiders spinning bugs in silk
-creating with playdough and small popsicles sticks
For circle time the Red Room friends reviewed what butterflies, ants, and bee look like, and compared how they are different then our new focus bug, Spiders. We sang "Spiders have 8!" to learn that spiders have 8 legs as well as 8 eyes. We finished circle time by revisiting a favorite story from earlier in the year, "The Very Busy Spider" by Eric Carle.
The Blue Room friends began circle time comparing and contrasting our unit bugs, pointing out how spiders are different because they have 8 legs and 8 eyes. The further their exploration of spiders while reading "Anansi The Spider" by Gerald McDermott. To finish circle time, the friends sang "The Itsy Bitsy Spider". They then changed the words to "insey winsey" making their voices smaller and "giant" making their voices loud.
During Discovery Area the friends:
-built homes with translucent blocks for spiders on the light table
-dug for dinosaur bones in the sand table (the friends have been asking a lot about dinosaurs and have been pretending to be paleontologist throughout play)
-used paper shapes and glue sticks to create a one of a kind bug
-searched for bugs hidden in soapy water
-used pipe cleaners to poke into a styrofoam spider shape to represent the spiders hairs that will hang from our bulletin board bug display
-stuff socks then helped using a sewing machine with Mrs. Loomis to create legs for spider costumes to use in our Dramatic Play center
-visited the makeshop, where we used loose part materials to create bugs
We finished the day with a snack of ritz crackers and jelly then headed outside for a beautiful sunny day on the playground.
|Posted by Mr. Salinetro on May 3, 2019 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
Dear Morning Red and Blue Room families,
Today at The Children's School, the friends enjoyed...
... playing together with the jungle and dinosaur Lego sets.
... creating bugs using small, colorful sticks in the playdough.
... painting using metallic and natural colored paints.
... playing a bug game on the Red Room rug.
For circle time, the Red Room friends read the book, "Planting a Rainbow" by Lois Ehlert and sang the song "Two Little Hands". Then the friends changed the lyrics to "Two little feet..." and sang it a few more times! The friends also got the chance to taste real honey on a cracker.
For circle time, the Blue Room friends read the book, "Are You A Bee?" by Judy Allen and sang, "I See A Little Baby Bumblebee". We learned that bees have a special way of telling other bees where the good flowers are and that is by doing a wiggle dance where the point their body in the right direction. We also learned that if the hive gets too hot, bees will sometimes use their wings like fans to cool it off.
Snack today was orange slices and string cheese.
We finished our day buzzing around the playground!
Have a wonderful weekend and we'll see everybody on Monday!
The Three's Team
|Posted by Mrs. Armbruster on May 2, 2019 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
The friends had a very active morning, engaging in play that included:
-buzzing around as bees in the dramatic play bee hive
-playing "Up The Ant Farm" game
-painting personal creations
-building with kapla blocks
During circle time, the Red Room friends sang "Two Little Hands, Ten Little Fingers". Then they listed to the story "Counting in the Garden" by Kim Parker. After the friends watched and listened as Mrs. Bee, the puppet, taught the friends the "Waggle Dance" learning that it is how the bees communicate to each other where to locate pollen, that it is like giving directions. The friends then took turns sharing a dance move with each other.
The Blue Room friends listened to the story "Rosie's Walk" by Pat Hutchins. Then the friends took turns pretending to be bees flying to flowers. They discovered that the pollen sticks to them, by watching as the tape represented how the pollen clumps to the bees legs to form a pollen basket. After the friends had a taste of honey on crackers.
For snack the friends enjoyed bagels with cream cheese. After both the Red Room and Blue Room friends took a walk to the pond, where we observed a turtle sunbathing on a rock while another went for a swim. We spotted many frogs along the ponds edge. The friends were delighted to observed a frog up close, after Mr. Salinetro successfully caught one! After taking time to look at the frog's details, we cheered as the frog leapt back into the pond.