Thursday, December 4, 2014

Colorful Thursday

This morning in the Walnut Room, Juli, Jude, Jaquez, Micah, PJ, and Makenzie played in the snow. Micah pushed all the snow to one side of the sensory table and pretended it was water. He was looking at the Polar Bear book and reenacting the different pictures with the bears in the water. Also, Kaden, Tony, Micah, PJ, Jaquez, and Sanuthi played in the water tables. Jaquez and PJ were transferring water back and forth and Jaquez said, "It made green." In the Oak Room, Axel, Aya, Marcilyn, Annabella, and Mackenzie all strung beads onto string and hung them around the classroom. Brooke, Sarah, Olivia K., Elizabeth, Katherine painted at the easel and Aya and Juli painted with the corn on the table. In the afternoon, we all came together in the indoor movement room and danced to We Are the Dinosaurs and different songs from Frozen. Overall, today was a energetic day filled with different colorful shirts.

Don't forget tonight is Cultural Night from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. 

William was looking at the picture on the Ipad of the crane and sketching it on his piece of paper.

Jace spent all morning time before large group and all afternoon center time building this house.
Teaching Strategy Objective: The Arts
Explores Visual Arts

Hope you have a great winter break and don't forget about Parent Teacher Conferences next week!!

Miss Yost and Miss Melching 

Last school day of 2014!

Today was a busy day in the preschool! This morning in the Maple room Max built a track for his trains to drive on. William looked at a picture of a train and a crane and drew pictures of what he saw. In the Pine room Ofure used Duplo Lego's to build a birds nest. Luke used the Lego tow truck to tow objects around the room. This afternoon in the Walnut room, Olivia L. made a sculpture of mickey mouse using play dough. Kaden combined a turkey baster and a pipe to transfer water from one table to the next. In the Oak room Nikayla and Cynthia danced to music on the stage. Olivia L. and Isabell used gems and glue to make a collage. Today we ended the school day with a dance party in the Indoor Movement room.

Ofure used Lego's to make a bird house.

Luke pulled the book holder up onto the table with the tow truck.

Sumaya, Olivia L. and Cynthia used different tools in the water table.

Luke was moving the scarf to the beat of the music.
Have a good Winter break! 

Miss Minner and Miss Strobl
Hope to see you tonight at Family Culture Night at 5:30!

Teaching Strategies Gold: Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Energetic Wednesday!!

Hello Families,

Today was a busy last Wednesday until winter break. The children enjoyed moving everywhere with their friends and trying new things. There were a lot of children dressed up in CMU and CDLL apparel for Spirit Week.

The children in the Pine Room explored beginning graphing skills during large group by answering what their favorite color was. Evan noticed that blue was the most popular while Aya noticed that green and purple had the same number. 

Micah and Juli showed their off their Spirit Week apparel while rocking together in the rocking chair.

Destiny explored different ways to use Play-Doh with a teacher.

Amanda Overbeck

Teaching Strategies Gold 22
Mathematics: Compares and measures

Last Wednesday!

Today, the children learned something new. Children learn something new everyday. Some children learned how to put on a diaper for their baby doll and some children learned how to draw a self portrait of themselves. Here are some things that happened today.

Destiny learned how to put on a diaper for her baby doll.
Hala drew a stop sign and spelled it out. She said, "S and T and O and P."

During small group, some of the children learned how to draw a self portrait of themselves.
Elizabeth and Gigi were experimenting with the sensory bottles.

TS Gold: The Arts#33-
Explores the visual arts

Hien Le

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Wild & wacky Tuesday!

Today was a chilly but wacky day! During morning center time in the Walnut Room, the Insta-snow was a very popular area. Brooke, Olivia K, Dakoda, Jaquez, and AJ explored the Insta-snow with the arctic animals. The large water table was pink and the small water table was white. Tony and Andrew both wondered if it was milk instead of water! In the Oak Room, Axel and Gabrielle strung glass beads onto string for our community project. Savanna and Jamie worked together to make a collage using gems! Following afternoon center time, everyone went to the indoor movement room to play with the parachute. The children pretended they were being eaten by a Boa constrictor as we brought the parachute over our heads. 
Luke and AJ explored the tubes, measuring cups, and funnels in the pink and "milk" water tables today! 

Brooke and Olivia K. played with the arctic animals in the Insta-Snow.

The boa constrictor was up to our middles! 

Jamie and Ela ran under the parachute and switched places while everyone held it in the air.

Have a great night and don't forget tomorrow is CDLL/ CMU day!

-Miss Strobl and Miss Minner

Teaching Strategies Gold: Physical: Demonstrates traveling skills

Wacky Tuesday

In the Pine Room this morning, Micah, Evan, Annabella, and PJ were playing with the duplos before the morning large group. Micah was playing with a truck and a pulley. He connected them together and said, "Heavy, its heavy look at it, the wheels in the front are up." Also, Alexis, Sabryna, Destiny, Gabrielle, Ainsley, Daniel, Ela, and Jude played in the kitchen throughout the morning center time. In the Maple Room, NA'Zya and Serenity were working at the construction area using the hammers and nails. Max, Zin, Pelumi, Kallix, and Sanuthi were all playing with the blocks and Ela, Juli, and Olivia L. played with the magnatiles. Even thought it was cold outside, we were able to go outside this afternoon after lunch, some children were rolling on the cold ground and pretending to make snow angels. At the end of the day, we came all together in the indoor movement room and did the parachute. Overall, today was a Wacky Tuesday. 

Have a great night see you tomorrow!
Tomorrow is CDLL and CMU Day! 

Teaching Strategy Objective: Social-Emotional
Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations

Miss Yost and Miss Melching 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Last Monday of the Semester!!

Hi Families,

Today was the first day of spirit week and it was fun to see the teachers and children wearing their favorite pajamas. The kids were very energetic after a long thanksgiving break. The teachers enjoyed hearing all the different things that the kids did over the weekend. During morning center time, the children in the oak room continued to explore nature being incorporated into art activities. At the light table the teachers have real fruits and vegetables for the children to explore and create different faces with. This allows children to see the different uses of foods and experiment with different emotions. 

Savanna made faces with the different fruits and vegetables on the light table. She said "this face has long hair."

Serenity painted a picture for her mom using a variety of different colors. 

Have a great Monday!
Stacey Jackson

Teaching Strategy: #33: Explores the visual arts

Pajama Day!!

Today we had pajama day at the CDLL. Children and staff wore their pajamas to school, it was very cozy! Children in the Pine room walked dogs and played pretend in the hair dressing area. In the Maple room during afternoon centers Jamie spent her time connecting magnets, they went from one end of the room to the other. There was a lot of writing happening as well, Ellianna wrote a book for Nikayla at the writing center. It was very cold outside during the afternoon we stayed in and played musical chairs. Overall today was relaxing!

TS Gold: #19 Demonstrates emergent writing skills 

Have a great day,
Ms. Ciampa 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Instrumental Tuesday!

Today the CDLL had two guest volunteers! In the morning, Tolga, Ela's dad came in to share his musical talents by playing Turkish songs on his guitar and flute. The children sang along with Tolga to the ABC's and Wheels On The Bus. During center time, the children were able to explore and play the instruments in the Indoor Movement Room. During the afternoon, our second volunteer, the CMU Women's Choir joined us. The children used egg shakers and shook them along with the beat of each song. Thank you to all of the musical volunteers who took time out of their day to share their talents with the CDLL! 

Pelumi, Jaquez, Nikayla, and Ellianna explored how to play the xylophone. 

Tony, Jaquez, and Ofure watched Tolga play his flute during center time. 

Olivia L. explored a new type of musical instrument that Tolga shared with the children!

Tolga led the children in a musical parade throughout the school! 
The children moved the egg shakers to the beat as the choir sang Jingle Bells.  
Have a wonderful long weekend!
-Miss. Strobl & Miss. Minner

Teaching Strategies Gold: The Arts: Explores music and dance concepts

Musical Tuesday

Today in the Child Development and Learning Lab, we had two different musical guests. Our first guest was Ela's dad Tolga. He visited during morning center time and performed some songs in Turkish with the guitar. He also played the flute and had the children sing along to the ABC's and The Wheels On the Bus. When we opened all the rooms for center time, the children had the opportunity to go into the indoor movement room continue playing music with Tolga. Before he left, he lead a parade around the hallway with children marching behind. In the morning, we also expanded center time due to the cold weather. The children were able to spend some time outside but for a shorter amount of time. We also had an earlier rest time due to the Central Michigan's Women's Choir. The school gathered in the indoor movement room and listened while the choir sang some holiday songs. Before they left, the choir handed out shakers to the children and they were all able to sing Jingle Bells. At the end of the day, the children had the opportunity to dance with scarves in the indoor movement room, instead of going outside. Hope you enjoy your long weekend, see you all on Monday. 

Teaching Strategy Objective: The Arts
Explores musical concepts and expression

We would like to thank Tolga and the CMU's Women's Choir for coming and taking time to share their passion of music with us. 

Miss Yost and Miss Melching 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Rain Rain Go Away!

Welcome back, it was a rainy day today. We have two short days this week before going on break.  
The semester is coming to an end quickly. Over the course of the semester we have seen the children grow and become more comfortable at school. The children have interacted, collaborated, and formed relationships with one another and the teachers. Today in the Maple room the children played a game where they formed a chain, weaving in and out of "windows", it was a success! They worked together to add on to the chain and not break it! Some children explored new material and items that were placed around the whole school. The new material will still be available for the children to play with when they come back to school next week. Tomorrow's schedule is going to be different because the CDLL is expecting guest performers. 
Hopefully the weather clears up for tomorrow so the children can enjoy the outside!
I hope you have a good break!
Mrs. Barber 
The children played bluebird, bluebird during large group

Annabella, Isabell, and Jamie drew with one another on the light table

Luke was helping Casey make a map in the Maple room

TS GOLD: Social-Emotional 
Objective 3: Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations

Apple Pie Monday!

Hello CDLL Families!  The students had the opportunity to sign up during planning time to be in the kitchen to work with Ms. Kauppi, Mrs. Nelson and myself to make mini apple pies for the entire preschool.  First, the children went over knife safety and talked about the teeth of the knife.  Jamie reminded the group, "Keep your eyes on the knife".  The children then cut the apples into small pieces.  They each took a turn mixing the cinnamon sugar into the apples. Next, the students used their fine motor skills to gently push the dough into the silicone pie cups.  They then scooped the apples into the pie and picked a pie crust piece to decorate the top. The children that joined us today were:  AJ, Leah, Hala, Jaquez, Isabell, Jamie, Ainsley and Casey.

AJ and Leah working to cut the apples into small pieces for the pies

Casey stirs the cinnamon sugar into the cut up apples

Ainsley is pushing the pie dough into the silicone cup

Hala scoops apples into the pie cup

Finished products before baking in the oven

Delicious apple pies for the CDLL to enjoy!

Have a great evening and a wonderful long weekend!
Ms. Kittle

TS Gold Strategy: Social-Emotional #3 - Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Do you want to build a snowman?

Happy Thursday! This morning in the Walnut room, Sarah, Brooke, Daniel, and Makenzie drew pictures with high lighters in the black light room. Christopher and James built a bridge using the monkeys from the game Barrel of Monkeys. In the Oak room, Memo and Tony explored a new way of using the finger paints by using corn husks and rolling them in the paint. Axel and Olivia L. worked on stringing wire around nature items. In the Maple room, Casey used blocks to build a town for his shark to knock down. Dominic built a giant building using the brick blocks. In the Pine room, Evan went shopping for groceries to make dinner. Alex and Sanuthi pushed around their groceries in the shopping carts. At the end of the day there was an obstacle course set up in the Indoor Movement room. The children walked across a balance beam, jumped through the hoops, rolled across the tumble pad, and then made their way over the stairs. 
Gigi made her way across her balance beam backwards

Zin put on a puppet show for a teacher and Fifi

Savanna was trying to see if she saw something inside of the pine cones
Dominic said, "I'm makin' a giant building."

Casey said, "I'm gonna build a town." After he built the town a shark came through and knocked all of the buildings over. Casey said, "The people were shocked."

Have a good weekend! See you on Monday!
Miss. Minner and Miss. Strobl

Teaching Strategies Gold: Physical - Demonstrates traveling skills