The class received an invitation from the Hardisty Kindergarten teacher, Ms Peters, to come see some baby chicks that had hatched in their classroom.
|Some of the new babies were still in the incubator|
The children have still been enjoying the not - a - box. We will continue to include it in our play until the interest has been lost, or the boxes are too broken. Whichever comes first.
The children have claimed our not - a -box's as hospitals, fire trucks, race cars, robot bodies, boats and much more, in the short time we have had them in our class room.
|Using the truck to transport letters|
|Matching, Fine motor, weight sensory|
In our house center, I added "phone books" for the children. The children's real phone numbers have been printed and included in their class' phone book. The children enjoy flipping through the book to find their own name, before dialing the numbers on all of our make believe phones.
Quickly, the children began finding their peers names, and using the phones to call their numbers too.
The developmental goals of this play include number matching, number recognition, connecting real life situations to make believe play, name recognition (of their own and peers) and turn taking. It also works their little fingers to push buttons, as well as aim and point which is important for letter writing.
|In this photo, a child reads the numbers |
while the other child uses the phone.
A very exciting part of our class has been the amazing community helpers, or as the children address them "heros", that have volunteered their time to talk to the class.
For our Monday/Wednesday Christian program, our pastor Patrick, from Church on 99th came to talk to us. He comes often for chapels, and to pick up his own daughter from our program, but this was special. He came to talk to us about why he became pastor, and some of his favorite parts of being a pastor.
He showed us wedding photos, as he gets to officiate weddings, and shared a hat that he received from a family in Africa when he was visiting.
We also were very lucky to have Dr. Yoo come from the Tooth Doctor, which is in our community.
He had so many interesting things to tell us and teach us about tooth hygiene.
He told us we have 20 teeth, and when we grow up we will loose them and new ones will replace them. He even told us Sharks will always loose teeth and have new ones to replace them, no matter how often or how old they are! So cool.
He shared x-rays with us to show us healthy teeth, and what happens when we're very old if we don't take care of our teeth (his dad only has 2 teeth!).
|Showing how we brush our teeth|
We played a game called Dead or Alive! When we played the game we looked at items that were not alive, like a pen or our hair, and items that are alive, like Ms. Asha and our skin. That helped us understand our teeth are alive, and they need to be taken care of to avoid sugar bugs.
We did a fun craft with puffy paint, using it as tooth paste when we brushed our tooth!
|Puffy paint is equal white glue and shaving cream|
It was really exciting when a community police officer came in to talk to the children about safety.
We anticipate him coming back Thursday to see the Regular program.
|We talked about calling 9-1-1, Stranger danger, traffic signs|
and many other important topics
|We did traffic light's as a craft, using circle stamps, green, red and yellow.|
We talked about what each colour means.
Another high light of the week was when Freedom, a community service dog, came to visit the Regular program after his shift helping a child in the school.
Community helpers come in all shapes and sizes, including 4 legs and fuzzy. Freedom is a therapy dog. We learned from his owner that he can open doors, and helps people who have special needs.
She told us when community dogs wear their vests we should act like they are not in the room with us. They have jobs, and can no be distracted. During this time they can not eat, drink or go to the bathroom. Dogs are so smart.
|When she took off his vest, he is a normal pet and we can |
|I love the texture the wheels leave in these paintings|
Last but not least, our finished fire fighter art.