Monday, September 30, 2013

Enjoying Our Garden - Teacher Sydney

We are lucky at Small Friends to have some wonderful outdoor spaces which we incorporate into our activities whenever possible.  One of these is our garden which is located right outside our classroom windows.  Last spring the different classes helped plant some sunflower seeds and dahlia tubers.  Over the summer, the children and their families took turns coming to school to water the garden and pick bouquets of flowers.  When we came back to school in September, we were all greeted by a vista of bright colors - a beautiful garden display.

On the first day back to school after summer we took the children out to the garden in small groups to check on how it was doing.

They took binoculars and magnifying glasses to help them focus on seeing.

They were excited by all the different flowers and colors.  They saw lots of different insects and birds out enjoying our garden too.

As they explored the garden, each child chose a favorite flower to bring back inside to make colorful bouquets to decorate our classroom and remind us of our beautiful garden.

On another day we again got to spend time in our garden.  This time the children went with a partner to weave ribbons into our Garden Loom.  This loom was built for us a few years ago by one of our dads, Brad Fisher.  We wanted to put beautiful colored ribbons in it to remind us of all the colors of our summer garden even during the winter months when the blossoms are no longer there.

We feel so lucky to have this garden space and appreciate all the work our Small Friends families put in, both over the summer and during the school year on the Garden Committee, to make it such a wonderful outdoor space for us to enjoy.  We are looking forward to many more adventures out in our garden throughout the year!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Our First Days of Preschool - Teacher Marah

We have been enjoying our first days of preschool. There are so many interesting things to do. The days have been going very smoothly. This is a collage of our first days together.

We did an art project by dropping paint and creating fold-over pictures.

We had a parent helping us at the invention table so we know what fun things to do there.

We explored the different centers in the room.

We enjoyed reading books and playing with the felt board in our quiet area.

Marshmallow has been very popular with our new friends. He loves sitting on their laps.

We have loved  the sunny days for our outdoor time and are getting used to our routine for washing our hands and having snack time. After snack, we enjoy group time. We have even already celebrated a birthday!

The last thing we do is get our school bags and jackets and sing our good bye song together before heading out to greet our grown ups after sharing a great day at preschool!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Getting to Know You - Teacher Lisa

During the first week of school, children get to know their new classroom and learn to follow new routines, but most importantly, they begin to build relationships with the community of learners they will spend the year with. To that end, we spent a lot of time last week just getting acquainted.

One of the first things we did was to decorate our names to display in our classroom.

We made paper models of ourselves for our Birthday Train.
We made graphs about how many letters and syllables (we call them "claps") are in our names. We hung hand prints with our names on them around the room to read and high-five during Word Work time.

We used our names to make music, playing syllables on sticks.

We played games at the pocket chart to help us recognize the letters in each others' names.

We made a deck of I Have/Who Has cards so that we can practice recognizing each other.
We created owl glyphs to tell each other a little bit about ourselves.
Best of all, we made sure there was plenty of time to play and explore together.

It was a very happy first week of kindergarten!