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How Many Feet?

The Kindergarten class celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday and extended their learning beyond just reading his books!  As we read ‘The Foot Book’, the Kinders discussed rhyming and talked about the directional words “right” and “left.”

The book also became the focus of a sensory and art project as we worked on counting “how many feet we meet”!    The kinders decided to paint their feet, which made it easier to count, and see “how many feet we meet” in the classroom.  Before our foot painting exercise, the children thought that there were thirteen feet because we have 13 students in the class.  However, when we counted the painted footprints, they realized that there were twenty-six “feet we meet” in our Kindergarten class!

Clean-up from our foot painting project was a warm foot bath, another wonderful sensory experience!  Using Dr. Seuss to learn was great fun in many ways!

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Yoga Learning!

Yoga offers a learning experience that includes fun and movement, always elements of interest to young children!  Participating in yoga promotes strength, flexibility, coordination, and body awareness.

In short, yoga is a system of physical exercises or poses.  Children often giggle at the names of the yoga poses because they are all animal names!  Yoga is also about breathing, which helps calm and refresh the body and mind.  Much can be learned from yoga:

  • Yoga teaches us about our bodies.
    When we practice the physical postures or exercises, we learn how to move with greater ease and awareness.
  • Yoga teaches us how to breathe better.
    When we breathe deeply and fully, we can bring peacefulness or energy to our bodies.
  • Yoga teaches us how to use our energy more effectively.
    When we practice yoga, we learn how to use the energy in our bodies to feel more relaxed, focused, or motivated.
  • Yoga teaches us how to quiet the mind.
    When we practice yoga, we learn how to be still, which helps listening and making good decisions.
  • Yoga teaches us about balance.
  • Yoga teaches us about taking care of ourselves.
    Yoga is a great way to move our bodies and feel healthy. And as with all forms of exercise, a good yoga practice can mean a good night’s sleep!

 

Yoga supports the development of the whole child.  And at Care-a-lot, we’re always looking for ways to stretch in more learning opportunities!

 

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Celebrating Dr. Seuss!

We celebrated Dr. Seuss and his wonderful children’s books in March!   Dr. Seuss, born Theodor Seuss Geisel, made significant contributions to children’s literature, which continue to educate and entertain children today.  We celebrated his influence by highlighting a different book each day of the week:   Bartholomew and the Ooblek,  Fox in Socks,  Wacky Wednesday, The Sneetches, and  The Cat in the Hat. The teachers got into the theme of the day by dressing in wacky ways too and reading many other books written by Dr. Seuss all week!

To share the importance of literature with the class, we invited our children’s most influential role models into the classrooms to read.  We were thrilled to have many parents and a few grandparents read to their child’s class!  Children learn many language skills through listening to stories being read, including building their vocabulary and understanding that all words have meaning.

Fine motor skills were also practiced as they played with Ooblek, a non-Newtonian fluid made from cornstarch, water, and a few drops of green food coloring.  Other learning opportunities based on the books included exploring shapes, particularly stars on those silly Sneeches, rhyming, and dressing yourself.  And all this learning happened while the children participated in silly activities that will stick in their memories as fun rather than lessons!  Children always learn best and retain the most information when they engage in hands-on and engaging activities.

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Outside Play!

Outside play is an important part of our day and learning all year long!  Although this past winter was long and cold, we still managed to get outside often with the children to practice putting on and taking off our cold-weather gear, enjoy the fresh air, and exercise gross and fine motor skills.

Large motor skills, using leg and arm muscles, are used for jumping in snow piles, making snow angels, and throwing snowballs into the woods.  Fine motor skills, using small muscles in hands and fingers, are used for sifting snow through funnels, packing snowballs to make snowmen, and using shovels to dig in the snow.

Children also have the opportunity for a variety of new and different sensory experiences while playing outside.  These include feeling the differences between snow and sand, cold and warm, trudging through snow and walking on grass.   Learning outside takes place all 12 months of the year at Care-a-lot!

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Trees and Threes!

In the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program, the 4 year-olds practice learning to write and know their numbers and letters.  Generally, four-year-olds have an increased capacity for learning math concepts.  They use more logical reasoning to solve everyday problems and can effectively use language to compare and describe objects and shapes.  Counting to “ten”, recognizing written numerals “0” to “9” and adding and subtracting numbers up to “4” are common skills for this age group.

To practice writing the number 3, the teacher prepared pages with a group of trees that were used to help the children learn how to draw the number.   Going around the trees with their pencils and using this visual cue, the children were able to better understand and create the desired shape.   Leaning made fun!

 

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