Friday, September 2, 2016

Spirit week...

Hello Purple Room Families,

The spirit week is always an awaited one where friends love to face each day with a positive attitude and participation! This week we indulged in different activities related to the day's theme and children enjoyed working on those...

FUNNY GLASSES AND HATS DAY...
Some children chose to wear their favorites ones while some children thought out of the box and creatively made these at home with their families...
















































JERSEY DAY...
This day children got involved in talking and sharing about different sports and teams that they knew...they were wearing Jerseys and cheering for their best loved teams. The topic of the upcoming Olympics was discussed and children got engaged in creating the Olympic Rings!!!




































They also worked on making LANTERNS...












Some friends played stick hockey where the paint brushes was their stick and they made goal posts out of Legos!












Friends also finger painted baseballs and made a stick-like pattern from what they knew the baseballs look like...




































CRAZY HAIR DAY....












Friends got involved in discussions about different kinds, color, length, and even people with no hair. They were learning all about the similarities and differences that exist in our diverse world. They also compared each other's hair :)
We talked about the hair salon and things like haircuts, lollipops :), hygiene of washing hair, using hair gels, and hair accessories came up.
They further worked to collage crazy hair out of different materials...
























Sensory using HAIR GEL...
Friends filled in ziplock bags with the cool, aromatic, soft feeling hair gel.












Then they added their choice of food color to the hair gel solution and saw the fancy mix that was the result!











Some friends also added our most popular art material - glitter!!!























Then they enjoyed squishing the bags and watching the formation of streaks and new colors...
























MIX MATCH DAY..
The K family matched their outfits with superhero capes...









We talked about the mix match concept of how its embedded in our daily lives...for example, playing the matching game... wearing mix or match dresses...and how sometimes two opposite things can compliment each other, for example a yellow banana sitting next to a red rose flower.

Mix match magnetic dolls where they either matched their tops and bottom or mixed them to add humor...











Creating mix match dresses for people dolls..


























Mix match of colors...





Mix match of colors using an overheard projector..







Working on matching the dinosaur flashcards...






DISNEY DAY...
We introduced children to Walt Disney and shared the factual history behind the scenes. Each one of them got a turn to share about Disney related talk during circle time...some spoke about the Disney world, while some spoke about their favorites shows, movies, and characters.

We saw a short clip on the old Mickey Mouse and the new one and did some compare and contrast. Later friends designed their own Mickey Mouse puppets...



























The imaginary trip to Disneyland brought an end to our spirit week's tour. We enjoyed every bit of every day with the same enthusiasm and energy!

Keep seeing you around!

Hugs,
Teacher Rashida


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bike week...

Hello Purple Room Families,

The fist day of Bike Week, our discussion opened with the rules for safety. Children talked all about what they thought was safe and unsafe, as well as ways to stay safe and/or avoid hazards while biking.

After all the rules got laid down by the children, our discussion moved to the history of bikes. We talked about bikes in the olden days and how they evolved into modern bikes. Seeing the old versus new bikes, friends realized what were the most important parts of the bike, without which there was no ways to ride it. Doing the compare-and-contrast, the children declared that the handle, wheels, and seat were the priority no matter what else the frame of the bike held!

This also led us into the anatomy of bikes, where we learned new vocabulary for the different parts of the bike. Knowing more words was exciting to everybody. Then we put our learning onto paper as friends wanted to draw their own bikes...

It's great to see them here putting a three-dimensional image into a two-dimensional drawing. This is such a great activity for their cognitive development! Our children also thought outside the box and created scooters in addition to bicycles.












Other friends worked on a collaborative group project where they envisioned themselves riding their bikes. There was a lot of discussion at this table in regards to teamwork -- who will make the sky and land -- with impressive delegation, division of work, and negotiation! It's always a thrill to see our friends applying these skills in different contexts.



Riding...
The parking lot was cleared for our bikers to bike freely with enough space to explore...















During the week, friends communicated their interest by making bike art using found materials.
They helped me brainstorm materials and we fetched them from the cabinet together.For example, they found circles and foil cup cake wrappers for wheels (signifying the metal look) and straws and popsicle sticks to make the body frame, and corks and foam packaging materials for spongy seats and other parts. Such creativity!

Every friend had their own choice of what materials they wanted to use to create their bikes/scooters. The supporting documentation of "tell me about your bike" was as fascinating as their creations!



















During a circle time discussion, a friend bought the topic of license plates and everybody was so excited to know more about what license plates are for and how to get them. We had a rich two-way discussion between teachers and children, sharing our observations and experiences with license plates. We learned that they involve the county, the DMV, registration fees, stickers, renewals, online payments, and letters and numbers. As a result, the next day friends created their own customized license plates for their bikes so that their bikes were now legal to hit the road. :) I opened a pretend DMV office for them where they came to "pay" their registration fees and get the new year's sticker...









Coming to get and put the sticker, learning about waiting in lines... one of the most familiar aspects of the DMV ;)



Later each child got to put their plates on their vehicles...below is just an example of what each child did...



After all our hard work celebrating our bikes, we enjoyed making English muffin pizzas together. We snacked them and went out to hit the road (I mean the parking lot) again. :)






We also talked about how to stay hydrated and made a berry smoothie that's high in antioxidants to cool off in the midst of the hot week. Teacher Kristina has work experience at Jamba Juice and she taught us all about the right mixtures and the right indication to see when the smoothie is ready. A great tip to share is that when you see a swirl in the blender jar at the top, that means the chunks are out and the smoothie is ready to be enjoyed!






With all this ongoing learning and fun, we ended our bike week by taking our bikes home the last day. The kids wished bike week would last forever!

Keep seeing you all around,

Hugs,
Teacher Rashida