Little Lambs will begin a STEM activities program in January. I'm very excited about it and everything these activities will add to our day. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities are all around us even if we don't realize it. The picture above is one example. K'Nex, as you can see, are a great way for young learners to embrace the basic concepts of Engineering. Children build with their imaginations, but they still build things and that's the first step. Even our girls get into building intricate structures and fantastical, simple machines. Starting in January, We'll be learning the basics of each aspect of STEM and it's my hope that this will bring new inspiration to all my Little Lambs.
Snow is fun for children of all ages, watching it, building in it or simply touching it if you are an infant! Infants like to explore the snow; it’s cold, makes you shiver a little then it disappears in your hand. It’s just winter fun, right? Actually no. An infant touching snow and experiencing it melt is the beginning of scientific thinking and observing the differences in matter. Children are becoming aware as young as infancy in the changing stages of matter, these skills develop as children age. Who says science is just for older children?
As we begin this holiday season, our advent signs are being placed outside. Hope and peace are already in place. This holiday season our little lambs have been busy working on their character building skills sharing, giving and receiving, as there is more to life than just letters, colors, numbers and shapes. We would like our little lambs to learn everything they need to know and grow into good people as well. Our advent signs remind us of what the holidays are really about. We have hope that our lessons will stick. We hope for peace not only at school and at home but in the world around us as well. As we learn our lessons, make our crafts, and have our celebrations; we wish you and your families hope and peace this special holiday season. Merry Christmas!
December is always such an exciting month! We will concentrate on letters J and K, color green, number four, stars, and the holidays. This month, we will have a pajama day, a pizza party and a few other surprises along the way! During this special month, where everybody has a holiday; our little lambs will explore giving and receiving and how different friends celebrate in different ways and share their traditions. As you share your special holiday traditions at home, we will share our special traditions here at school! Happy Holidays.
- Miss Jen
It is our favorite time of the year. All the kids have been talking about what they have asked Santa for this year. It all seems to be a favorite toy they want. I can say they enjoyed doing these handprint tree and even making one of their own. We have spent today decorating the classroom with some of our Christmas projects we have made already and even putting a little tinsel up in the classroom windows. They ask me everyday "What project are we doing today, Miss Sabrina". I can't wait to do all the special projects I have planned with the children.
Two babies play near each other both with different toys. It’s just play right? Actually, no, it is much more than just play! As babies grow, they begin to quietly explore their environments through regular routines and activities, first with a familiar adult nearby and then farther away. What seems like simple play is the start of gaining independence and exploring new things. First they will explore their immediate area, but soon they will branch out and seek new activities and explore unfamiliar objects and sounds. What seems so simple to adults is all part of a baby’s growing curiosity and independence. How cool is that?
- Miss Elisabeth
The kids have asked me every afternoon what I am thankful for...I am thankful for my family, for fostering puppies and giving them a chance for a home, for Little Lambs and for all of your children. This month they have amazed me with the lessons about sharing and thankfulness they have practiced. They have shared, they have been kind and they have been thankful for each other. If a friend is sad, they have offered hugs, if a friend is happy they have shared their joy and when friends have been frustrated they have offered help. I am so proud of our little lambs and all they have learned this month (not to mention G,H and I, brown, number three, squares and the five senses). So at the end of November and the beginning of this holiday season, I am thankful for your children, and that I get to be a part of their daily school life...thank you for sharing them with us!
This week, we celebrate Thanksgiving! All month, we have been working on the concept of sharing and community with our little lambs. Each child has shared daily the things that they are thankful for, most of them families and people. Reading “Stone Soup” is our annual holiday tradition. The children gather around and we read about a community that comes together and realizes that together we have plenty and apart we have very little. Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. Watch for a special Thanksgiving treat, coming your way soon.
- Miss Jenn
We have been talking about the way we use our five senses. We use our sense of hearing all day in class by listening to the directions we must follow. Today we did different sequence cards where the children listened to me describe the picture as well as using their sense of sight. They had to identify the picture that went first, second, and last. They enjoyed putting different pictures in the correct order. It gave them a chance to work together as a class.
One of my favorite programs is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and I always try to incorporate a little STEM into our day at Little Lambs. Sometimes it's something as simple as building with Legos, and as complex as building robots, others we delve right in to our computer and take a good long look at "How it's made." Then during free play, there's always the option of playing a few games on the ole desktop. Sammy's Science House, an education program, is one of many in a collection of subject themed games programs that the kids truly enjoy. It's musical, it's just a little bit challenging, and the best part is that they learn while playing without ever thinking about learning.
Say, Preschool Power....that's quite a name. I think we're on to something here, folks. In fact, keep an eye on the New Year. That's the perfect time for Little Lambs to Power Up.
- Mister Pat
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