Friday, March 24, 2017

Stuck as Stuck Can Be!

This week in Miss Emily’s class, we read the book “Stuck” by Oliver Jeffers. This is a quirky and different style of book about throwing different “ideas” at our problems!
We join the protagonist Floyd, as he has found his kite STUCK in a big tree! Floyd attempts to resolve his problem by throwing more and more objects up into the tree… These items range from his shoes, to a house and even a big whale, with a number of different things in between.

We enjoyed talking about how Floyd chose to manage his problem and what we thought about his choices when it came to fixing his problem. Many of us thought there were some better ways that our friend Floyd could have gone about problem solving. Nonetheless, we thank Oliver Jeffers for his creative and fun story that allows us to venture into our own ideas and creative ability to work through challenges and problems.

We also took some time, along with reading this week’s book to draw and paint our very own “Stuck” tree as a class, and create our own different objects to “throw” or stick up in the tree!

Last week we loved getting to see the different ideas and cute costumes, outfits and PJ’s that came through the door! Thank you for helping your children to participate in that fun activity week.

Friday, March 17, 2017

We Had an Art Show!

Your children created some beautiful art these past few weeks and we loved celebrating their efforts and abilities with you last week! We are so glad that so many of you were able to make it to the event at Pure Order Brew Co. and if you weren't able to make it, we are looking forward to sending their work home to you!

After a full few weeks, we enjoyed spending time revisiting some of our previously experienced books and other mellow activities. We even made some wonderfully colored SLIME! We had a lovely week together!

Next week we are looking forward to jumping into a book all about a kite and other interesting objects that end up "Stuck"! We have some fun and interesting activities associated with this book!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Your Creative Toddlers!

This week in Miss Emily’s class we have been focusing out attention on two books. These books are “Press Here” by Herve Tullet  which provides an interesting and engaging experience for our stdents in physical interaction with a book. This text is composed of illustrations and instructions that we participate in together, as we read.

Additionally we have been reading “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds, which is about a character named Vashti and her adventure, experience and realization toward discovering her own ability to draw and create!

These books have served as the perfect pairing for a week that we have spent focusing on our art projects for the upcoming Trinity Baptist Preschool Art Show! Your students have worked very hard on both collaborative and individual art pieces that they and I both cannot wait to show you!

We are all looking forward to sharing in their efforts and ability to imagine up and create wonderful art! The art show will be at Pure Order Brewing Company on March 10th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. It really is a-can’t miss event! Thank you for your grace and patience as I get back in the game with my blog J

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Self Portraits, Valentines and our Hearts

These past few weeks in Miss Emily’s class we circled back to visiting our expressions and feelings with two great books about our hearts, feelings and emotions. We read a book during this time called “In My Heart” by Jo Witek; which serves as a helpful expression with it’s language and images that create analogies and metaphors for the different feelings that our hearts and heads experience all the time!
This book is a part of shaping language and creating tools for your students to find good, healthy forms of expression. We have been working our self-portraits over the past few weeks as well, which paired well with our group time discussions about expressing ourselves well, our individual, unique faces and emotions. We also took advantage of our lessons about building emotional vocabulary to continue conversations and practice in that direction this week.

We revisited a book from early on in the year that you may remember, called “The Way I Feel” by Janan Cain. I love reading this book with your children and talking about the different feelings that we experience and how we use our faces to express them! The emotional awareness, learning and vocabulary that we are working towards mastering with the assistance of literature, craft, art and activities has shown itself so much in our student’s acquired willingness to calmly and safely verbally process and express their feelings with both their peers and us as their teachers! I hope you have experienced some of the same strides at home!

On February 14th this month, we exchanged valentines in our class! Thank you for working hard with your students to help them share their valentine love and efforts with their classmates and friends. We enjoyed celebrating that holiday together as a class.

Most recently, we have been reading the books “Journey” and “Quest” written and illustrated by Aaron Becker.

The two books are beautifully illustrated, and there are NO WORDS at all. They follow little boy and girl who both wander through magical and whimsical worlds using magic chalk to solve their challenges and create adventure.

We have been enjoying the conversation, creativity and imagination facilitated by these books. Our class has loved working together to tell the story together, and it’s DIFFERENT every time!

 As your children have been telling you, Miss Emily has a broken bone, it has been teaching us all something about patience. THAT BEING SAID, A BIG THANK YOU IS DUE TO MISS TESS FOR ALL OF HER HARD WORK!