Thursday, October 31, 2013

Field Trip Success!

Today the whole school went on a field trip to the Farmer's Market in Island Park! Many of the children were excited to explore the area and see what was being sold. One of the stands gave every child an apple to try! The children were also able to decide as a small group what things they would like to purchase from the Farmer's Market. Groups bought a variety of things for the school including gourds, pumpkins, potatoes, carrots, honey and homemade soup. These items will be available in the school next week for the children to explore.

The children that went on the field trip in the morning were able to use the Indoor Movement for an obstacle
course! They used a balance beam, tunnel, mats and the rock wall to exercise and have fun. The class also went on a walk around the Education Building. Overall the day was full of adventure and discovering!

Ms. Pocsi
Teaching Strategies Social Studies: #29. Shows basic understanding of people and how they live. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A fun day for both pods!

Hello Everyone!
Today was such a beautiful day outside. The children enjoyed spending a little extra time outside for pm center time in the nice weather. We had a fire house station outside today with firefighter uniforms, many of the children engaged in pretending with one another.

The Maple room has been very busy the last couple weeks, with so many structures that the children have constructed and continue to work on. In the Pine room the students enjoy exploring dramatic play, anything from being a fisherman to making stories with the doll house!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thursday and enjoys the field trip to the farmers market tomorrow! =)


What A Wonderful Wednesday!

To start our day out today we had activities in the indoor movement room. We worked on balancing using the different balancing boards we have. 

During rest time some children worked on stringing beads to calm down and take a few minutes to rest. 

The mail center was very popular today! A few children decided to make cards for their classmates.

It was so beautiful outside today, we closed a few of the classrooms in the afternoon so the children could go outside enjoy the weather! 

Teaching Strategies: Social-Emotional 2. Establishes and sustains positive relationships. 

-Ms. Lemmen 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Such an exciting day in the CDLL!

 In Pod A, children were able to combine sensory explorations at the light table with different colors of finger paint. The Walnut room was also busy with seed planting and hammering golf tees into pumpkins. The children are interested to see their plants grow!

 Yet again, there was lots of construction happening in Pod B! Children were able to manipulate using the smaller sized Legos. Of course, there was still building of fire stations and the newest addition was the building of ramps. The children loved learning how to make their cars go faster and slower! 

 The indoor movement room allowed children to practice skills of balancing using balance beams and in the hallway, children were able to explore their musical talents. The drums were quite a big hit! 

Even though there may be cold weather, that doesn't keep these little champs from having fun in the sand! The sandbox was popular for making sand angels and digging holes. 
Hope you have a great evening!

~Ms. Squiers

Lots to do and learn in Pod B

In the maple room the children spent lots of time working at the Lego table, building houses and race tracks for their cars to drive on. Children also continued their building of towers and fire stations. There was also lots of work at the wood working table. Now, at the wood working table, one side is hammering with real nails and the other side is for using screws with screw drivers.

In the Pine room children had lots to choose from. Some chose to go fishing and catch the newly added rainbow fish in the pond while other children got to try and use some chop sticks as well as pretend to eat some sushi and other oriental food at the oriental restaurant.

In the morning, large movement was filled with children working on the balance beam and tumbling on the mats. Children would take turn doing somersaults and other tumbling moves down one side while other children would walk down the beam. In the afternoon large movement was filled with music, children and most of all dancing as the children had a dance party. They listened to some of their favorite music such as “What does the Fox say” and “The Chicken Dance” while doing some different dance moves one doing what he called the “worm”

Ms. Geyer

Monday, October 28, 2013

Exciting Monday at the CDLL

Today was such a good day! The morning started off with a little slow we could tell it was a Monday but it soon picked up when group time started. In the Pine room this morning there was a lot of fishing going on and the children were so excited to see the new rainbow fish that was added to the pond center. They went fishing then they cooked them on the grill.

The new sushi restaurant was the place to play today. Mrs. Gursky was playing with the children most of the morning and it looked like a lot of fun. They were taking orders and serving sushi to hungry customers.

The graduate student came today and she talked to the children about different animals and the children played a category game. They had to put the animals into categories of animals with fur, scales, feathers or neither.

Rebecca Jones
T.S. Physical # 4 Fine motor (writing)

What A Great Monday!

It was another busy Monday here at the CDLL! The children were excited to see the new additions added to the rooms while they were home over the weekend. 

The children were surprised to find small Lego's in the Maple room rather than the chunky Lego's. Some of the popular items made were monster trucks, race cars, and houses. 


Some pumpkins were added to the sensory tables in the Walnut room. The children used hammers to nail golf tees into the pumpkins. They were eager to nail different designs. Taylor said, "You have to hammer hard because this pumpkin is tough." While Wesley said, "Nail it like this to make a mouth."

Mr. Jonaitis was pretending to be a bear while playing outside. The children took turns riding on the bear, and pretending to be a bear beside him. They fed him many types of food including sticks and various leaves.

Many of the boys began to play football while outside, some played defense while others played offense. They were able to manage their own play and engage in rough and tumble play. Each time they scored a touchdown they would yell, "touch-down!" There were even a couple doing victory dances!

-Ms. Chludil


Teaching Strategies Gold 
Objective 3: Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations
-Balances needs and rights of self and others

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fun Thursday!

What a great day we had today!  This morning in AM centers we had some children in the Maple room constructing a colorful highway.  We made sure to save it so the children could continue to work on it next week until everything is completed.
The Pine room continued to serve up some delicious Japanese cuisine.  The children spent time taking their teachers orders and then delivering sushi, rice and other tasty treats to them! The pond continues to be a big hit in there also!  Today some children took their babies to the pond to catch and cook them some fish!
In the Oak room their was a giant, spontaneous dance party on the stage!  Children could hear the music from different rooms and many kids came to show off their dance moves and exercise their bodies! It was so much fun to get our hearts beating! 
Miss Weller was in the indoor movement room this morning and the children were playing with different balls! They practiced throwing them, and catching them and even rolling them back and forth.  It was really fun and a great way for children to work on their hand-eye coordination! 
For PM centers it was a beautiful day so the children put on their coats and went outside to get some fresh air! Lots of children played hide and seek and tag! All the running really helped warm up their bodies on the chilly day and get their hearts pumping! 
Hope you all have a great weekend!  See you Monday!
-Miss Petruska

T.S. Physical #7 Demonstrates gross motor skills

Tremendous Thursday!

Today was a very busy day! In Maple, train tracks were built and shared among friends! Many of the children also revisited their work and added different things on it. The rubber band boards were popular today and many of the children enjoyed hammering nails and using screwdrivers at the wood working table.

In Walnut, children worked on their fine motor development and weaved fabric in and out of wire. The water table was also really popular this afternoon. The children discovered different ways to make the water go from one table to the other.

The outside was open during center time today because it was such a nice day out! The children enjoyed playing football, tag, and hide and go seek!

Jenna Asaro

Teaching Strategy: Physical #7 Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It was a Great Wednesday for Pod A!

The teachers and students had a very fun day today! In the Walnut room we have been doing a lot of sensory exploration! We have bead orbs in the water tables, which the children enjoy running their hands through and flowing them through funnels and tubes. We also have a pumpkin to celebrate the fall season. Children can feel the insides and explore the pumpkin seeds.

In the oak room we have been making Oobleck! A liquid/solid exploration for the children.Clay has also been very popular and the students are getting familiar with it's properties and uses! Pumpkins have also been in the Oak room, where we have been painting them with acrylics!

Each room had a great community conversation today in morning group on kindness, and ways we can practice kindness in our school. For our afternoon centers children had the choice to spend the time outside and many did. We saw our first glimpse of a snowfall today, and the children were thrilled to see winter is on it's way.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday!

A Wednesday Full Of Fun!

The children were very busy working together on building 
different kinds of structures in the Maple room today. 

They continued to explore the inside of the pumpkin at the sensory table in the Walnut room. 

To end our day here at the CDLL everyone went outside to enjoy the weather! 
Jill had another activity for the children to do, today they played a game with different pictures of animals and hula hoops. 

Even though it was chilly we had a wonderful time outside! 

-Ms. Lemmen

Teaching Strategies: Social-Emotional 3. Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

An Adventurous Tuesday!

Today in the Oak Room the children worked on a community pumpkin painting project and they explored Oobleck (cornstarch and water).

In the Pine Room the children are continuing their work in the pond with fishing. We have also introduced Asian-inspired cuisine into the the diner area!

Teachers have started taking children on small group projects. Ms. Weller is taking children on walks to different parts of the community to explore different spaces and there uses. 

Ms. Pocsi
Teaching Strategies Objectives for Development and Learning:
Social-Emotional- 3. Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations.