Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Painting in the Maple Room

Today in the Maple room, children had a lot of fun using the different varieties of painting that is offered. Between painting with Ms. Potter for the outside garden and painting with the flip flops, the children created many different types of art work. 

Avryl painted a house for the garden.
She said "I'm using two different colors for the roof"

Hunter used the flip flops to make different patterns with the paint.
He said "I'm using the same colors for paint as the flip flops"
and "these colors make me happy"
"I mixed the purple and green colors on the shoe and it looks really cool!" stated Avryl.

Teaching Strategies: Demonstrates knowledge of the physical properties of objects and materials. 
Uses language to express thoughts and needs. 

Courtney Shatney, HDF 409

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Outdoor Triple Play!

Today during outside centers, our staff decided to have more opportunities for children to play with! We added the race car track that students and Mr. Jonaitis worked so hard on over the weeks, a camping tent with chairs, and DIY chalk paint! Children had so much fun with all of these new additions! 
Gavin: "I made chalk paint and now painting"

Hunter: "I'm roasting some marshmallows!"

Alijah "We are racing our cars!"

Early Learning Expectation: Children show increasing initiative and curiosity about their work and play in all areas of the curriculum.

  • Approach tasks and activities with increased flexibility, imagination, inventiveness, and confidence.
Paige Prudhomme, HDF 409

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Rainy Days

The past few days have been cloudy and rainy, but that doesn't stop the kids from having fun outside! Lately, they've been interested in all the different kinds of bugs that are out there. Its a great opportunity to learn about living things in the environment, and how to interact with them.

"The bugs live outside because that's where their families
and food are" -Andre

"This is a green bug so maybe it eats green leafs" -Ella

Early Learning Expectation: Knowledge about the Earth. Children show a beginning awareness of scientific knowledge related to the earth.
              Can talk about the observable properties of earth materials (sand, rocks, soil, water) and living organisms

Caitlyn Key HDF 409

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sensory Table Fun

The sensory tables in the Walnut room got a lot of use today. The children love adding objects such as balls and rocks to the water and seeing if they float or sink. We have a lot of different beakers and tubes that the children can use in the water and observe how the water flows through and could be used with these objects. The children liked mixing the colors of the water from the two different bins to figure out which color it would make, and loved making different sized waves in the water. 

"When I add water, it comes out of the little hole in the bottom very slowly" -Leanes 
Livy and Leanes enjoyed the water tables in the Walnut room. Livy said "When I move this cup, I can make different sized waves in the water"

Teaching Strategies: 26: Demonstrates knowledge of the physical properties of objects and materials. 
28: Uses tools and other technology to perform tasks. 
Courtney Shatney, HDF 409

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Art Cart Fun!

Although it was overcast outside, the rain held off until the end of the day for us to enjoy some outside time! On the art cart we added something new for the children to use their imagination to build what they wanted. They got to use Magic Nuudles! Children came up with many different ideas for their own projects and had so much fun!

What are you building with the Magic Nuudles?

Livy: "I'm making a long caterpillar! It's for my best friend!"

Graeme: "Look! I'm making truffula trees!"

Zoey: "I'm making a rainbow!"

Teaching Strategy:

Approaches to Learning
Approach tasks and activities with increased flexibility, imagination, inventiveness, and confidence.

Paige Prudhomme, HDF 409

Monday, May 22, 2017

Welcome to Monday!

The children were very energetic today! Fun happened across the school. Outside, they made leis and did marble painting. Many small groups went outside today to play games or go for a walk. Inside, the children had the opportunity to try out a driving simulator in the Light Studio and to try on their bug wings in the Pine room.

Johnathan said, "I'm higher than everything."

Sarah buzzed around the Pine Room as a bee!

Rohan built a lego house and put a dog on top.

Ryan used the tower and a board to make a ramp for the car.

Emily Andersen
HDF 409

TS Gold Objective 31: Explores change related to familiar people or places.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Making a Habitat!

Over the course of this week, the children have been very interested in a habitat that they had made for bugs that they find outdoors. From roly-polies, ants, beetles and even spiders, the children find them and put them in the habitat! They also used their knowledge of living things and the environment to add elements like rocks, dirt, leaves, and wood chips to make the bugs comfortable in their new home!

"We need to be gentle with the bugs!" -Stephen

Taevion holds a roly-poly in his hand. "He's hiding!"

"Here Anaya, im finding the ants that are under the dirt" -Evie

Early Learning Expectation: Observation and Inquiry. Children develop positive attitudes and gain knowledge about science through observation and active play.
Caitlyn Key HDF 409

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Maple Room Fun

While some children played outside for centers, some decided to stay in and enjoy an open classroom.  The maple room had some curious minds fill it today! We had children play with the math puzzles, use the iPad to work on spelling and letter recognition, make artwork with the different supplies, and play with the clay! 

Leanes stomped on the body clay.
"This is super squishy" she stated. 

Favour helping to count blocks to add to the number puzzle.

Teaching Strategies: Children can use their own ideas to draw, paint, mold and build with a variety of art materials.
Children begin to develop an understanding of numbers and explore simple mathematical processes using concrete materials. 

Courtney Shatney HDF 409

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Morning Center Time Outside?!

Today as a team we decided to change things up for morning center time. We decided to open the outdoors for children to play. We also had open the hallway, the Maple room, the Walnut room, and the Kitchen! This morning when the children came to school this was something completely new for them and for our staff too!

"Why did you chose outside for your center time?"

 Aliana: "It's fun and I can run everywhere!"

Mathias "Because I love outside!"

 Harper: "Because I like fresh air so I'm not hot inside and now I can play Ninja Turtles!"

Teaching Strategy:
Demonstrates children participating in outdoor play showing their own individual interests 

Paige Prudhomme
HDF 409

Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy Monday!

Today was a busy day at preschool. The children had multiple opportunities to play outside. Several small groups used our outdoor spaces, and for afternoon centers the children also played on the playground. Also, our grandparent friends came to visit us today! They played with the children at the outdoor tabletop activities during afternoon centers.

Annika and Pemisire were playing together on the playground. 
"This wagon is our house!" - Annika
Andre and Divine engaged in a fun conversation at rest time.

Annika, Pemisire, and Thomas worked together to build a train track.

TS Gold Standard 10: Uses appropriate conversational and other communication skills.

Emily Andersen
HDF 409

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Field Day Fun!

For small group today the children went outside for Field Day! They played games like Duck Duck Goose, Red Rover Red Rover, and had fun with the parachute! the children worked together to teach each other the rules of the game they were going to play.

Here, the children are working together to teach everyone
how to play the game "Red Rover Red Rover"

Okay, everyone needs to hold hands," - Alaina
"I think there needs to be two groups" - Evie

Teaching Strategy:
Responsibility-Ethical Actions
Shows an increasing ability to follow simple, clear and consistent directions and rules 

Caitlyn Key 
HDF 409

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

First Day Back!

Katherine played with baby dolls in the Oak Room and demonstrated how to change a diaper.
"I need to change my baby's diaper because it's dirty"
"To change a diaper you have to lay the baby down and use wipes" Katherine says.
During small group, Ms. Kauppi's group went outside to trace rocks and different materials found in nature.
Divine and Mathias drew and traced the rocks they found.

Daley and Sarah observing their rocks to trace them on the paper.
"Mine is so shiny!" states Daley.

Teaching Strategies: Demonstrate curiosity about and interest in their natural environment that leads them to confidently engage in activities related to science. 
Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination.
Courtney Shatney, 409

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

CDLL Fun on This Cloudy Day

Hallway Fun!

Daley, Sage, and Coen run a pizza parlor.
 Sage: "Who wants pizza!"
Coen: "Me! There's mushrooms on it."

Anaya, Lily P.J, and many others explored the musical end of the hallway.
 They wanted to make a band, and learn how to play the guitar.
 Anaya: "I counted 26 marbles falling down."

It was a chilly day, but the children had a blast running around!

Jace and Graham wandered around finding all of the mud puddles.

Mrs. Potter's small group took a walk out to the Gazebo for lunch and for small group!
A yummy picnic lunch!
Amelia Doerr- HDF 409

Teaching Strategies:
Demonstrates Traveling Skills
Explores Musical Concepts & Expression

Monday, May 1, 2017

Walnut Room Fun!

Today in the Walnut room, the children did a variety of things. Children played on the ipad using coding pieces. Children built different structures using the magna tiles. There was new material at the texture table; floam. Children made imprints using stencils and paper. The children were able to work with the small muscles in their hands to build and use different materials. The Walnut room has a lot to offer and the children are able to explore their fine motor skills in a lot of different ways.

"It's sticky!" - Livy 

"Look he moved two spots!" - John 

"Let's build a castle!" - Mathias 

"How does it do that?" - Jace 

Teaching Strategy:
Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination

Megan Shea
HDF 409