Monday, November 30, 2015

Studio Of Light Fun

Today in the Walnut room, children had the opportunity to discover and interact with the Pilot set up in the Studio of Light.  Mr. Jonaitis set up a projector, six chairs, 3 steering wheels, and a large area to view the picture from the projector.  The projector was showing different cockpit views from all over the world.  The children were using the steering wheels and flying the plane.    

"It's time to take off, everyone sit down, buckle up
and make sure you have your snacks." - Aidan

"I'm Captain Hook!" - Grant 

"We are flying! Here we go." - Ainsley 

"VROOM VROOM!" - Sarah

Teaching Strategies
Cognitive #11: Demonstrates positive approaches to learning

Mrs. Wheelock

Bundled Up and Spinning Around

Even though the weather is getting colder, the children have still been able to get outside and play. Today there were several children interested in the yellow spinning chair. They all took turns as they spun themselves around. Some children helped their classmates spin by pushing them.

"Spinning!" -Kayden

Asa pushed Kayden to help him spin around. 

"Fast. Push me!" -Lamar

Ms. Zylka 
TS Gold #4: Demonstrates traveling skills 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Guessing Games

Whose Eyes are Those and What Emotion is That?

In Mrs. Gursky's small group the children looked at pictures of children's eyes that are in their small group. From only looking at the eyes of the child, the children had to guess what classmate it was. The children had to be very observant in order to correctly identify the child. After that the children put their face in a paper frame and had to make a facial expression. The other children had to guess what emotion that child was feeling. 


"I knew it was Lila Beau because of her hair!" - James

" She's Sad!" - Asa

"Wow he looks mad!" -Jonathan

TS Gold: Cognitive: Recognizes and Recalls.


How Can Building a Marble Run Facilitate Cooperation?

 Rohan spent a long time constucting a building for his marbles to go down. When he was done building he let other children play with his structure.
"Yay!" -Rohan 

 Andre, Alana, Micah, and David worked together to keep the structure standing they each took turns putting the marbles at the top of the structure and watching them go down.
 "Can I play?" -Andre
"Yes!" -Micah
"Don't shake it too much so it will fall down!" -Alana
"I am working together too!" -Alana
"He [the marble] jumped out again!"-David

Rohan and Asher worked together to build a Marble Run.
"Put it up here and it will go all the way down!" -Asher
"We are playing a game!" -Rohan 

Alana noticed Rohan and Asher working on building a structure for their marbles and she decided to come and join them. 
"I can help you guys!" -Alana
"Thanks! We need some things to build on the bottom." -Asher

Teaching Strategy:
Objective 3: Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations 
Ms. Root

Monday, November 23, 2015

Let's Go Fishing!

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

In the Pine Room there was a river with fish set up for the children to play with. The fish that were used had magnets in them and so did the fishing poles so that the children could pick the fish up. Harper, Hunter, Sophia, and Dakota decided to try it out!

"I got it!" -Harper

"Look, we can all do it!" - Hunter
                                                       "I can pick them up!" - Sophia

Teaching Strategies Gold- Physical- Demonstrates gross-motor manipulative skills 

-Ms. Huber

Friday, November 20, 2015

Bridges Program!

Yesterday children took part in the weekly Bridges Program. This program is about 'bridging' the gap between generations. It includes a book about older generations and then a visit from older generations, in which they do a project with the children. Yesterday the children put beads on wire that the volunteers then helped the children make into a bracelet or a key chain, while forming connections with some volunteers of an older generation.
"She helped me!" -Pelumi

"Look!' -Lemar (to a volunteer at the table)

Teaching Strategies Gold
Social Emotional 2a: Forms Relationships with Adults

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Building Together!

On the carpet in the Walnut room, a group of children gathered before large group and used the magnetic blocks to construct. They were building a tower. Each child helped put the pieces together to make it bigger. It was interesting how they were taking turns and making sure that everyone was part of the creation. 

"I want to make it taller than the adults!"

"Let's all take turns!"

"Brennen, put it here."

Teaching Strategies: Social-Emotional: Participates Cooperatively and Constructively in Group Situations.

Ms. Jagoda

Watercolor Art!

Anaya, Daniel, and Asa were all working at the watercolor table in the Oak Room today. Children are able to work independently at this table because at the beginning of the year they are all taught the expectations of painting with watercolors. They learn how to dip the brush, get the excess paint off, place the brush on their paper, and how to return it back to its correct paint color. 

"I'm painting my bracelet." -Asa 

"What are you painting?" -Daniel
"I'm painting you!" -Anaya

"I'm writing my name" -Daniel 

T.S. Gold: #33 Explores the visual arts 
Miss. Fair 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

How Do Children Use Objects to Represent Something Not Present?

Today, the Nature group met around the rug in the Walnut room as we always do. Our lead teacher, Mrs. Weller is at a conference in Florida, so we decided to FaceTime her during small group time.

The teachers explained to the children that, although Mrs. Weller is not here with us in person, we would be able to see her on the laptop screen.

Rohan, Ayrez, Ana, Zoey H., Carter B., Sarah and Asher gathered around the computer as we dialed Mrs. Weller's number.

Mrs. Weller! -Rohan
I see Mrs. Weller! -Asher
Hello everyone! -Mrs. Weller
Hello! -Group 
Where are you Mrs. Weller? -Zoey H. 
I am in Florida! How's the weather in Michigan where you are? It's warm here in Florida and it is not raining. -Mrs. Weller 
It's raining outside here! -Asher
Yeah, it's raining and cold! -Carter B. 

Is there anything else you would like to say to Mrs. Weller before we let her go? -Teacher
I do, it's my birthday! -Zoey H.
Wow, happy birthday! -Mrs. Weller
I want to say something, we miss you! -Ana
Miss you too! -Mrs. Weller
See you when you come back! -Asher
Bye! -Group (Waving to the screen)

After hanging up with Mrs. Weller, the teachers asked the children what their favorite part of Facetiming with Mrs. Weller was. 

My favorite part was seeing her face! -Ayrez
I saw Mrs. Weller! -Rohan 
I saw her face too! -Sarah 
She was on the computer! -Carter B. 

Teaching Strategy: #14- Uses symbols & images to represent something not present

Ms. Ball

Building Tunnels in the Maple Room

`The Maple Room gives children an opportunity to explore different ways to build and different materials to build with. On Tuesday, Axel and Johnathon spent time building a "secret tunnel of secrets" with only one entrance and no exit. 

Hunter soon joined and attempted to enter the tunnel the boys had been working on. 
Axel said "There is no way to escape from this tunnel!"
Hunter said, "Well why don't we make a tunnel that had a way out. The boys quickly began construction on a second tunnel. 

Mr. Hohn

Teaching strategies- Social Emotional #3- Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


The children are now able to play in the area around the amphitheater and explore. Because the children could not play in there until recently, it has become a favor popular place during outside time. In addition to the actual amphitheater, there are large rocks to climb on, and large grass areas to run around in.

"Let's jump!"-Dakoda


Teaching Strategies Gold: Cognitive 11d. Shows curiosity and motivation
Jenna Brackett

Monday, November 16, 2015

Scented Play Doh in the Walnut Room

At the texture table in the Walnut Room children had the opportunity to play with homemade play doh.  The play doh had different scents for each color.  While strengthening their fine motor skills, children smelt the play doh and told each other what they thought it smelt like.

"It smells minty!" -Asher 
"Stinky!" -Brennen
"It smells like blueberries." -Leah 
"I want to smell yours, because I don't have pink.
Hmmm it smells different." -Leah
Teaching Strategies
Language #9: Uses language to express thoughts and needs 

Mrs. Wheelock

Balancing Games Outdoors

Ms. Weller's small group is nature and outdoor game based. Today they worked on balancing a wooden egg on a wooden spoon. This was their second time doing this game, but their first time doing it outside. The children were put into pairs to work together. Partners would walk back and forth between each other and exchange their spoon and egg when they completed their walk.

 Sarah and Asher were paired together. Sarah said "I got it!"
Grant worked on holding only the spoon, and not the egg too.
 Asher said "l am keeping the egg on the spoon!"
 Ana gave Zoey H. a high five when they completed their task.
 Rohan walked with the egg balanced on the spoon for a long time.
Carter said "I am balancing the egg!"

Teaching Strategy Objective: Physical 5: Demonstrates balancing skills.

Bridget Smith

Thursday, November 12, 2015

How Do Children Explore and Express Literacy at Rest Time?

During rest time the children who do not sleep are given carpet squares to rest on, a basket of books to read, look at and be read to and writing and drawing materials to use with their own personalized booklets. This week Andrew and Leah decided to read the books aloud while pointing to the word with their finger as they read. 

Andrew-"Color Dance."  

Andrew-"Orange is red and yellow mixed together."
Andrew- "Red,vermilion, orange,yellow,chartreuse,green,aquamarine,blue violet,purple,magenta."  
Leah-"Yellow and red make orange."
Leah- "The end. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
Andrew- "One more hug for Madison."    

Andrew- "And blew her one more kiss."

T.S Gold Literacy: Demonstrates knowledge of print and its uses. Uses and appreciates books
Miss Stack 

How do Children take care of their own needs?

At the CDLL we encourage children to take care of their own needs when necessary. The children are allowed to use the bathroom or get a drink whenever they need to. Also children are able to choose if they want to get snack after rest time. We also encourage children to take care of their own belongings like their rest mats. When they are done resting they are to put their rest mats away.

                             "I need to put my rest mat away first." -Trevor

"Will you watch my baby I'm going to snack" -Hailee M.
"Hold on Hailee I need a drink." - Micah
Teaching Strategy #1c. Takes care of own needs appropriately
Miss Goodrich