Thursday, December 8, 2016

Mr. Dan The Music Man!

Today during afternoon center time, Mr. Dan came in to do some music and movement with the children. The entire school gathered into the large motor room and participated in a variety of music and movement activities. The  children used egg shakers, rhythm sticks, and scarves.
                          Above, Children use the scarves while they move them to the music.
                          Jonathan waves his scarf in the air. He said, "I'm waving it slowly."
                                            Above, Michael taps the rhythm sticks together.

Michigan Standard of Quality:
Creative Development
Early Learning Expectation: Children show how they feel, what they think, and what they are learning through movement experiences.
Children typically: can respond to selected varieties of music, literature, or vocal tones to express their feelings and ideas through creative movement.

Kristen Nagl HDF 409 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

There's so much to build!

Today in the Oak Room and the Maple Room there was a lot of building going on. Children were using different materials to build their buildings and structures. Around the classrooms the children are able to use legos, wooden building blocks, magnetic tiles and other materials to build with. It takes some time and focus to make some of the buildings stand up on their own, and the children seem very pleased with themselves when they figure it out. 

Andre decided he wanted to continue building a castle that he had previously built and Coen stacked his blocks up nice and tall.

"This is the police station. It has a slide and you go up here, and then you go down." -Gavin
"There's a surprise in here. But you can't look yet." -Daley    

 Teaching Strategies Gold 11: Demonstrates positive approaches to learning
Reina Kehoe

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Big Smiles to End the Semester!

Through out the CDLL there are many positives relationships between children and adults who attend. Big smiles are found throughout the day at this school. During our time outside, even though the snow was melting there were still smiles on the children's faces. On the swings, I observed Favour, Graeme and Ms. SinClair enjoying the swings and then falling off of them. I could hear their laughter from across the playground. 

Braeden, Carter and Rohan collected different amounts of snowballs and compared them on a picnic table. Comparing their sizes, shapes and even the amount of dirt in the snow. 

"Look now we have a million!" -Braeden
"Not a million, just eight." -Carter 
"I have two." -Rohan 

Asher had a giant smile on his face when he got to smash the snow into smaller pieces. As he was on the bridge he would give the broken pieces to children walking by. Each child excited that they received another piece. 

"This is harder than it looks." -Asher 

Not only do we see happiness when experiencing new wether but we also see happiness through out the day here at the CDLL. By building positive relationships we are able to better understand the children's interests. Everyday the children are able to explore what interests them and that allows them to smile everyday. 

Michigan State Standards: 
Social-Emotional Objective 2- Establishes and sustains positive relationships. 
Palenske HDF 409

Clay in the Maple Room

This week during Mrs. Bristley’s small group, the children made clay beads. Throughout the semester the small group strung plastic beads and learned about shapes. While in the past two weeks they learned how to make pinch pots out of clay. This activity brought all aspects of their learning together. The children made different shaped beads out of their clay and after break they can paint and sting them.  The children were asked many questions like how the clay felt and what shapes they were making.

“I am making a circle bead.” –Lily  PJ

“I am rolling my bead.” –Lily K

Early Childhood Standards of Quality, Creative Development, Early Learning Expectation #1: Children show how they feel, what they think, and what they are learning through experience in the visual arts. (Children typically: #1 Can use their own ideas to draw, paint, mold, and build with a variety of art materials; e.g., paint, clay, wood, materials from nature such as leaves.)

Sarah Cramer, 409

Monday, December 5, 2016

Musical Chairs

In the indoor movement room the children played musical chairs. The children traveled in different ways around the chairs. The teacher asked, "What are different ways you can travel around the chairs?" Lilly P.J. replied, "Skip!" They traveled hopping, backwards, sideways, skipping and many more. They were laughing and having a fun time.
"Lets hop." - Asher

"We can go backwards." - Graeme

Teaching Strategies Objective #4 Demonstrates traveling skills

Jelonek, HDF 409

Let it Snow!

The children got the chance to play in snow today. Today the snow gear came out and did many different things. The first thing some children made were snow angels. The children smiled as they made there marks on the snow.
"This is so much fun." 
"Look at me. I'm making a snow angel" said Jace
Short while after, some children got shovels and helped with the snow. There where children that helped clear the snow from the bridge while others cleared the pathway for the bikes to pass. The children asked for help when they got stuck in the snow and someone with a shovel went to help.
"Do you know what I'm doing? said Alijah 
Other children decided that they wanted to shovel other areas. The children worked together to move the snow to help others build a snowman.
"I'm going to pick this up" Sarah said
"You have to pack it" said Jace
The children began making a snowman before it was time to go inside. A child explain that there needed to be more snow for the bottom of the snowman. A child brought snow over with the shovel he was using.

Teaching Strategies 11: Demonstrates positive approaches to learning
Lithuania Parra

Friday, December 2, 2016

Secret Agent Training

During PM center time in the Indoor Movement Room, the children participated in an activity called Secret Agent. The children maneuvered through strings of tissue paper which acted as lasers as themed music played in the background. They used gross-motor skills to crawl, climb, jump and step over the lasers. Once they all got through the course, the rock wall was opened up to add to the activity.

Ms. Sinclair telling the children about the activity.

"Let's go through it together!" -Evie
Children climbing up the rock wall.

Teaching Strategies:
#6 Demonstrates gross-motor manipulative skills.
#4 Demonstrates traveling skills

Musselman HDF 409

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Measuring is FUN!

Today in the CDLL the children had a vast amount of items they chose to measure in different ways. Some measuring was led by small group teachers while others were pure inquisition of the children. Children had the opportunity to measure with measuring tape, rulers, and the most exciting part their bodies!
 "This is super big, I am going to make it bigger than me, I need one more piece I think." - Livy
 "Michael, look at this. We can see how big this piece of wood is." - Asher
"Can we use this?"- Michael (holds up a ruler)
 "This ruler says this wood is 5 inches."- Asher
 "WOW! Look how big this wall is, I might need some help to get to the top."-Alijah
 "This is bigger than my head."- Muadh
"I wonder how many of these I need to measure this rug?"- Jace
Teaching Strategies #22 Compares and Measures
Kaitlyn King 409