Sunday, June 10, 2018

Yo Ho Yo Ho, a Pirate's Life in the YC! - Teacher Sheri

Summer is just around the corner, so we brought a little ocean and camping theme right on into the classroom to kick it off!

On Tuesday, the kids began under-the-sea artwork and started by painting blue and teal watercolor on paper to create their ocean base.

They created the rest of their art on Thursday by sprinkling sand, stamping sea life and gluing shells on. They really enjoyed this and the artwork will go in their songbook to go with the "Pirate" song!

The children drew their first self portrait, which will be one of the first things added to their Older Class portfolio. Over the course of the next school year, the kids will periodically do a self portrait and when you look at the series of these pictures over the course of time, you will be amazed at how much they change. 

On Thursday, a backpack relay kept the kids so engaged! Our parent helper gave the kids a clue about something they would need on an outdoor adventure, then they ran down to retrieve band aids, a flashlight, camera, binoculars, sunscreen, or food. They put the item in their backpack and ran back to get their next clue. So fun!

The kids continued to play with the shells in the texture table.

At the light table, they sorted colored, acrylic ocean themed shapes into colored cups.

Kinetic sand was back in the tub and the kids loved to dig their hands in, mold, and pack the sand. 

Magna tiles and fish prompted many building adventures.

The tent on the carpet was an invitation for fun and imaginative play!

At creation station, watercolors were used to paint sand dollars. Good thing we had a lot to paint, because this was a popular thing to do!

One sweet thing we've noticed is how much more everyone in this class interacts with one another compared to the beginning of the school year - they have grown so much!

Around the room, kids were playing with play dough...

games, puzzles, and on the piano keyboard....

And keeping busy....

At carpet time, we shared the last of the houses and practiced our songs for the program. We read so many great books, including How I Became a Pirate and The Bathtub Ocean.

The kids loved listening to and acting out the motions to Laurie Berkner's song, "The Goldfish."

We will miss everyone so much over the summer! It has been a wonderful year of growth, learning, and fun. Thank you for all you do to make this program special and especially thank you for bringing your amazing kids every day, we love them!

See you at the program!

Sheri and Lisa

P.S. Here are the latest pictures of our chicks. They are growing and changing, just like the Younger Class!

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