Our Friday was full of engaging activities. We counted, sang songs, created art and enjoyed the fresh outdoors.
It was a fun filled day in the Awesome Owl classroom today. We explored several flower and Easter themed activities. The children missed having HEB set up but wasted no time continuing to express their creativity and imaginations while roll playing.
During our art time today we talked about the beautiful Bluebonnets that are popping up outside. We decided out make our own batch and used only our fingers to paint them. The final products are beautiful and unique!
Our roll play was again focused around the babies and playing house. The children worked together to take our class chairs and arrange them into a car and later into beds. This became so popular everyone had to try out a "chair bed" as it was named.
It is so sweet to see the children feeding, soothing, caring for and loving on the baby dolls. At one point today it was declared that one of the babies was crying very loud. Before I knew what was happening the entire class began singing, "Twinkle, Twinkle" to hush the baby.
Our little shoppers were back at it again today, making deals and helping each other find what they wanted to buy. We had a great time trying new rolls, painting with plastic bags and working as bakers in the HEB bakery (with play-dough).
The children made some really beautiful art today. We painted with scrunched up plastic HEB bags dipped in paint. The results were not only fun to make but beautiful.
After lunch we put our fine motor muscles to work with some play dough. We made cakes, cookies, pizzas, breads, rolls, and tortillas in our imaginary HEB bakery.
Our classroom has been transformed into the latest and greatest HEB. The shelves were stocked, the coupons and weekly flyers were handy and the shopping carts were ready to roll. All that was missing were the ever imaginative children!
We have been exploring pretend play lately and what better, more real experience to tap into than a day out shopping. The conversations overheard today were priceless. Most children slipped seamlessly into the roll of mommy, cashier, stock boy or shopper.
"I'm bringing the baby shopping."
"Here's some eggs."
"I need to pay."
"Do you want pizza?"
"I am the checker girl."
"I will make you pay then you take the food home and cook it for me."
"Ok, I'm the buyer."
"Ahh, you have to pay $3."
"Hey, your baby is crying. Buy her some juice."
"Want me to buy that for you sweetie?"
"Hello, here's my money. I'm buying this stuff."
"I wonder what I should cook for dinner tonight. Honey, what do you want?"
I had to giggle to myself at how seriously some of the above lines were delivered. They all had such a great time shopping today. We also had time to squeeze in some art. We painted on shopping bags and clipped coupons.
We had a very special visit from Lucy the therapy dog today. She came in and told us all about her training and how she visits sick children and the elderly as well as school age children. She is a Golden Retriever/Poodle mix. She was very gentle and allowed the children to pet her. We are so grateful for the visit.
In art today we made unusual paintings. Who knew you could paint with a medicine syringe and have such pretty final products? We loaded our syringes with paint and squeezed the paint out onto paper. Once we were finished experimenting with the paints we laid a second sheet of paper over the top of our first and squished them together. When we lifted the pages the results were amazing!
We had a wonderful time on this dreary day. The children enjoyed more role play as the room was set up as a veterinary clinic. I wish you could have been a fly on the wall and heard half of the conversations. Priceless!
Some of what was overheard today...
"This is not going to hurt. I promise."
"Oh, I'm sick."
"I'm sick too. I'm coughing. (cough) See that was my cough."
"We're gonna fix you cause you're sick."
"Say Ahh, Now say it louder!"
"Take a deep breath. It's going to be ok."
"Is my temperature ok?"
"No, not yet."
"One of our cats is sick."
"Oh, kitty come over here."
"Now I'm sick. I caught it from the cat."
"Hey, I'm gonna call someone and tell them I'm here for a check up."
"Can I be the doctor that says, 'No more monkey's jumping on the bed?'"
"Are you ok little puppy?"
"Who wants a shot?"
As you can see the doctors office was a very busy place today both for the human patients and the pets!
Here you will find little snippets of our days together. When my children were in preschool and would come home I would always ask, "So, what did you do today?". All they ever said was, "Played." That didn't tell me much. I hope this blog will be a place to share what we have done and help you ask more directed questions of your child. You will see first hand just what we do after you kiss your little one goodbye in the morning. It will also be a great place to visit and see just how much your child has grown and learned throughout the year.