Friday, September 29, 2017

Let us Hear YOUR Dinosaur Roar

            This week in Miss Emily’s class, we read “Dinosaur Roar” by Paul and Henrietta Stickland. As a group we enjoyed this book’s creative images and illustrations. The rhythmic, rhyming text made for an engaging, fun collaborative and interactive group reading experience. The book presents a diverse variety of dinosaurs; some are grumpy, while some are happy, we met some dinosaurs in the book that were so small, while some were huge! We devoted some time to practicing our dinosaur roar, because how could we not with this book! I love dinosaurs and I loved how much fun our class had with them this week.

            We paired this dinosaur reading and group time with hard work on the creation of our own dinosaur tails and triceratops hats! We painted, drew, glittered and glued, which I’m sure you noticed on limbs or clothes.

   I am thankful for all of your kiddos and the unique contribution their distinct personalities bring to our class. If you have a family photo that you would like to contribute to our “with my family…” wall, we would welcome it! A few weeks into school we are all getting better with the routine and your students are thriving in their social learning, friendships and learning!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Work hard and Play Well

I titled this blog Work hard and Play Well because I saw your children do both of those things so well last week! So, first things first, it was so enjoyable to have so many families at Back to School Night last Friday! I enjoyed the unique chance to act as an observer in my (and your students) classroom space, as they interacted with parents, some grandparents, and siblings. They were so all clearly; so very thrilled to have you there to see where they spend their time. 

            I noticed students showing, sharing and playing with their favorite toys; they seemed to do a good job of interacting with their friends and generally roam the classroom with the confidence that many of them have been working very hard at during these first few weeks. I particularly enjoyed watching students as well as their present family interact with the self-portraits; they had previously been disappointed during the week that art they had work is not being sent home yet.  Observing how delighted and pleased students were to share their hard work with you was very rewarding for me, and I believe gratifying for them.
            Last week we had a great time reading “Ellie” about a painting elephant, who discoverers that special talent and makes a huge difference for herself and her friends, we also read Gerald the Giraffe about a clumsy giraffe who finds his own special song to dance to. Both of the books we chose to read together last week tied in well with the self-portraits that your children worked so hard on! 
            We also spent some time experimenting with shaving cream mixed with different colors of watercolor paint. This was an interesting sensory activity that the class enjoyed so much so, it took all my powers of persuasion to get them interested in washing it off of their hands for snack! Last week was truly fun, successful and joyful; we took on the challenge of self-portraits, and managed to also stay silly, and exploratory in our learning.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Pete, Pictures and Portraits!

In our toddler classes we decided to spend yet another week with our dear friend Pete the Cat! He never fails to teach us about processing and managing our feelings, frustrations and disappointments. Our class read “Pete the Cat and his 4 Groovy Buttons” by Eric Litwin. With the unfortunate loss of not only one but ALL 4 of his multicolored groovy buttons—Pete teaches us the value of both finding a skilled seamstress, but more importantly; students are able to utilize and practice the songs Pete sings as well as the phrases he uses. I love this book paired with Eric Litwin’s other story about Pete (which we read the previous week) because it can be an important tool for building the foundation of emotional processing and the practice of self-regulation.

In addition to our normal routine, which includes our story curriculum, bible, outside play and the activities we build around this schedule, we had a few other interesting and fun things added into our week.

Your children absolutely rocked their picture day, both the group photos, individual and sibling pictures! Sometimes the shuffle of the day that accompanies something like picture day can be a bit stressful for everyone and sometimes challenging emotional for students at this age, we had a great time and they did a great job! They all looked wonderful too, I got a little sneak peek at a few and I am thinking you will be so excited to see those! We began working on our self portraits, which are one of my favorite projects, these take a bit of  time so won’t be ready just yet but they always seem to turn out so special and the students are often very pleased and proud to show you their hard work. I apologize that I wasn’t able to get the blog up on Friday but I hope it is a welcome start to your week!


Friday, September 8, 2017

Pete the Cat, teaching resilience!

            Here at the Trinity Toddler Center we are so thankful for our good friend Pete the Cat! He teaches us so much about practicing our responses to hard things and managing our big feelings. Similarly to last weeks book, “The Way I Feel” by Janan Cain, our book for this week “Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes” is full of important tools for toddlerhood, preschool and the new social practicing we are so fortunate to get to be a part of with your bright, and fun children!

In this book, our dear pal Pete, encounters a number of different obstacles on his stroll down the street; which quite honestly also brings to light the very real likelihood that Pete the Cat may need to update his contact lens prescription! As he steps in strawberries, blueberries, MUD, and even a bucket of water, Pete manages to keep a smile on his face, and let the mess his brand new shoes have become roll right off his back! Pete sings a song and manages his feelings with flying colors. As a class, we repeatedly ask ourselves “Did Pete Cry?” to which the answer is always, “Goodness No!” We paired our group time lessons with some fun shoe decorating and creating, coloring them all sorts of wild colors because as Pete says, “It’s all good!”

            We love Pete and all the tools he is part of teaching us, especially as we get used to a new classroom with new friends and especially a new routine! We have been reading about Genesis during our bible time over the past two weeks, it has been such a joy to spend time talking about and hearing about God with and from your kiddos! Thank you for being a part of my class, I am so glad to have you all! Feel free to let me know of any questions you have! Find our school on Facebook as Trinity SB and also on Instagram as @trinitypreschoolsb.