Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wednesday June 20th 2012 

Family Fun Day!!

  Today at the CDLL we celebrated the end of the school year with the children and their families. The children enjoyed activities such as four square and parent child bike rides. It has been a fun filled past 6 weeks and we will miss seeing the children's smiling faces every morning. Below are some photos of the activities the children and parents took part in today. 

We hope you all have an amazing summer!


Tuesday, June 19 Stranger Danger!

Yesterday was our last full day with the children.  We decided to return to our normal everyday schedule as much as possible, but we had some very cool visitors.  But first, we spent the day helping to clean all of the materials in the room.  As you can see in the two pictures below, we spent a lot of time making big messes to clean them up again.  We discussed with the children during the process the importance of cleaning our blocks and other materials for the next students so they can have clean toys and be healthy.

 Around lunch time, we had a visit from Central Michigan University Police Officers.  Pod B met with them first and we're playing with their sirens and inside their patrol cars.  A lot of our children waited patiently for our turn to meet with them by standing by the fence and listening.

The first part of meeting with the police officers was a presentation on the different parts of their job.  They spent a lot of time talking to us about the different positive parts of their job, like keeping us safe.  Then they explained all of the special parts of their uniform.  This included their belt, flashlight, protecting vests, hats and shirts with badges.

 We all had the opportunity to try on parts of their uniform.

 The next part of our time with the police officers was a discussion about what to do if we are ever confronted by strangers.  The police officers reminded us that we never go anywhere with strangers and  if they try to take us we should yell "Stranger Danger!!" as loud as possible in order to keep ourselves safe.  

Here our pod are all practicing yelling "Stranger Danger!"
We then ate lunch with our guests.  Here is Danielle pointing at a police officer's badge and explaining to us that is how we know he is a police officer and we can trust him.

While sitting in the backseat of the patrol vehicles, we had a lot of discussions about the people the have to ride in the back of them.  We tried to explain to the children that these people that sit back here are not 'bad people' or 'bad guys' but rather, people who made bad decisions.

As you can see our children enjoyed their time with the police officers and really liked exploring their patrol cars. It was a great way to enjoy our last full day as a pod, we are very thankful the CMU police officers could join us!
Ms. Willyard

Last Day! POD B

Hello Families,

Today we had a Family Celebration to conclude this school year. Thank you all for coming and we have thoroughly enjoyed this experience. We wish the best for your kids and we look forward to seeing you again. Below you will find some photos of the event.

Have a great summer! 

-Ms. Musa, Ms. Fisher, Ms. Neubecker, Ms. Varner

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tuesday June 19th Pod B

Hello Families!!!

Today was our last real day of school, and we had a great day even with the high temperatures. Today the CMU police officers joined us for a quick safety lesson, joined us for lunch, and then let us explore their patrol cars. We also worked very hard inside washing blocks together.
At the end of the day the heat drove us in and we had a dance party.

Before lunch, trying on police uniforms!

They're figuring out how to turn the sirens on.

Sitting in the back of the car knocking on the windows. 
Everyone having lunch together, lots of fun conversation
 Feel free to join us tomorrow, anytime between 10:30a-2:30p for lunch and activities!

Ms. Varner

Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday, June 18: Pod A

Hello! Today was our last monday of the year and, due to the stormy weather, was a different day than usual! We could not go outside for the majority of the day, so the Walnut and Oak were both open during center time.  Although the rain may kept us inside, it didn't stop the children from using their imaginations and having fun! The children participated in a lot of modeling in the dramatics play area, by taking care of baby dolls, throwing parties, and pretending to scuba dive at the beach. Jewelry making was also a popular activity today. And, there were opportunities for color mixing  watercolor with eye droppers and painting with the watercolors in the art studio that many children also enjoyed today. During our usual outdoor time, before heading to lunch, the classroom split into two groups to take a walk around the EHS building. 

In the afternoon, a special snake of ice cream sundaes, along with broccoli and cauliflower, was offered. Yum! At 2:30 the weather had cleared up enough that we were finally allowed to burn some energy and go outside. The children seemed to particularly enjoy their time outdoors.

Reading a Story

Jewelry Making and Wearing

Discussing a Birthday Party

Pretending to Take a Car Ride

Scuba Diving

Exploring the Puddles Outside: 
Will these objects sink or float in the puddle?

Tomorrow, the CMU police will visit to have lunch with us and to give tours of their squad cars. And, our end of the year celebration is on Wednesday from 10:30am-2:30pm. The day will be filled with activities for you and your child to enjoy, as well as a cookout. We hope to see you there! 

Mrs. Venglar

Science 26: Demonstrates knowledge of the physical properties of objects and materials
Science 27: Demonstrates knowledge of the Earth's environment
Social Studies 30: Shows basic understanding of people and how they live