Wed, Oct 16, 2019 - 101 Views

WHAT A WEEK IN YK!!!

We wrapped up our study of the five senses by studying taste! We read “I Hear a Pickle!” We discussed many things you can both taste and smell and had a very fun activity to kick the week off. We conducted a taste test using the following four flavors: salty, sweet, spicy, and sour. We used pretzels for the salty, chocolate chips for the sweet, red hots for the spicy, and pickles for the sour. Sweet and salty definitely stole the show and were the runaway favorites!

We had a blast in centers, as always! We used silly glasses and mirrors to focus on our sense of sight. We used instruments to focus on our sense of sounds. We used blocks and magnatiles on the light table to focus on our sense of touch. In the kitchen, we pretended to use our sense of taste by cooking up yummy pretend treats. Finally, we used our coffee bean sensory table to focus on our sense of smell!

Wednesday was our MUCH anticipated five senses party! We rotated to five stations and got 5 minutes at each fun station. Each station focused on a different sense and was led by a different teacher. The boys had so much fun it was difficult for them to pick which station they liked the best!

-The sense of taste station was quite a yummy time with Mrs. Ledlow. We mixed together different sweet and salty flavors (since they were their favorite after all) to create a delicious trail mix we got to taste and take home!

-The sense of smell center with Mrs. Smith was a mysteriously fun time! The boys had to sniff 5 mystery bags and guess what scent was in each and once everyone had guessed, the mystery was revealed. The bags were filled with hot chocolate, lemon juice, vinegar, pickle juice, and coffee beans. The wrinkling of noses was quite a spectacle and the boys loved guessing.

-The sense of sound was quite a rocking good time with Mrs. White and a clear favorite of many of the boys. They got to pick an instrument and rock out! They were ready to hit the road and make it big after this fun five minute jam session.

-The sense of touch was another delightful guessing game and the boys could not stop giggling as Ms Kinney had them feel balloons with mystery objects inside. The boys felt balloons filled with water, marbles, salt, corn kernels rice, and cotton balls and had to guess what was inside. Once everyone had guesses, the mystery was revealed!

-Finally the boys enjoyed trying on silly glasses and looking at themselves in the mirror with Ms Harris to celebrate their sense of sight. It never gets old seeing yourself in a funny pair of glasses and the boys were having a blast showing their friends their new silly looks.

This has been such a wonderful week celebrating what a blessing our five senses are to us and we cannot wait to begin our apple study next week! We look forward to seeing you all at conferences this Friday!

Mon, Sep 30, 2019 - 117 Views

This rainy weather has not kept the YK boys from having a fun-filled week! It only meant new exciting adventures! This week we continued with our five senses unit and focused on our sense of touch and smell! We experimented with our sense of smell through homemade scented play-doh and painting with kool-aid! Over time, children will recognize certain smells as comforting, yummy, scary, excitingetc. It was exciting experimenting with scents that the boys recognized and those that were more unfamiliar. I think exploring their sense of touch has been the most fun for all of us! Children learn about their bodies and how to communicate with others through touch. Most of the feeling that we do happens through our feet and our hands. We took full advantage of the rain this week. Monday, the rain decided to let up, so we let the boys walk through the wet grass in our courtyard barefoot. Not only was this a way for them to explore their sense of touch through their feet, but it was also incredibly grounding for them. The soles of our feet are very sensitive; in fact, our foot has so many nerve endings and is one of the highest concentrations in the entire body. Going barefoot is a joy to the senses, especially to young children who experience all the newness of the physical world around them. Think of the relaxing feeling of walking on the soft, warm sand at the beach, the refreshing feeling of fresh, dewy grass in the early morning, or the surprise at the splash of a puddle underfoot. All of these sensations are available when we allow our children to experience a bit of shoe-free time!

      Next week we are wrapping up our five senses unit with the sense of taste! We will have a five senses party for the boys on Wednesday to end the week! 

Fri, Sep 06, 2019 - 126 Views

The Labor Day holiday was a much-enjoyed time for rest and relaxation, but we were
glad to be back on Tuesday! This week we were all about “I can use glue!” and “I can
tear paper!” There was EXTRA excitement as well because it was our first chapel of
the year and our first library special. Both of these fall on a Wednesday, so it was a
day jam-packed with new experiences!
To practice our newfound skill of using glue, we had a little rhyme we taught the
boys: Just a dot, not a lot (we had them repeat this lots and lots). Each boy had
opportunities to practice with a bottle of glue using sheets of paper with circles just
big enough to be filled by a drop. They might not be perfect yet, but they certainly
CAN use glue!
Tearing paper was a challenge the boys were ready to take on as well! It takes a lot
of fine motor strength to be able to make the tearing motion, so we had lots of
opportunities to practice in whole group time as well as during center time! Initially
they would try to pull the paper apart like the Incredible Hulk, but once they figured
it out they did amazingly well. These boys CAN tear paper!
Our big project of the week was a piece of process art that each boy got to make
independently. They began with lots of glue and took off from there- adding pom-
poms, noodles, buttons, tissue paper, foam and even glitter! They were able to put
their new skills to the test with this art piece. Another great week in YK!

Fri, Sep 06, 2019 - 115 Views

The Labor Day holiday was a much-enjoyed time for rest and relaxation, but we were
glad to be back on Tuesday! This week we were all about “I can use glue!” and “I can
tear paper!” There was EXTRA excitement as well because it was our first chapel of
the year and our first library special. Both of these fall on a Wednesday, so it was a
day jam-packed with new experiences!
To practice our newfound skill of using glue, we had a little rhyme we taught the
boys: Just a dot, not a lot (we had them repeat this lots and lots). Each boy had
opportunities to practice with a bottle of glue using sheets of paper with circles just
big enough to be filled by a drop. They might not be perfect yet, but they certainly
CAN use glue!
Tearing paper was a challenge the boys were ready to take on as well! It takes a lot
of fine motor strength to be able to make the tearing motion, so we had lots of
opportunities to practice in whole group time as well as during center time! Initially
they would try to pull the paper apart like the Incredible Hulk, but once they figured
it out they did amazingly well. These boys CAN tear paper!
Our big project of the week was a piece of process art that each boy got to make
independently. They began with lots of glue and took off from there- adding pom-
poms, noodles, buttons, tissue paper, foam and even glitter! They were able to put
their new skills to the test with this art piece. Another great week in YK!

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