Wow! What a fun week in YK! We finished the first week of our camping unit. The focus this week was on camping gear, and the big discussion was about what we would bring with us on a campout! Throughout the week, the boys went on a bear hunt, explored our indoor tent, made animal tracks, and explored a “dark forest” with lanterns. For these activities, the boys really had to use their imagination. Pretend play is so important in child development. When we went on our bear hunt throughout the school, the boys were building skills in many essential developmental areas. When the boys are engaging in these pretend (or dramatic) play activities, they are actively experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. It helps to teach them the important moral development skill of empathy by pretending to be different characters, which gives them that experience of walking in someone else’s shoes. It also helps them understand the power of language. It’s incredible to hear them as they engage in their pretend play because you might listen to some words and phrases you never thought they knew! We are also always working towards fostering a culture of thinking in our classroom. Pretend play provides your son with a variety of problems to solve. Many times we see boys wanting to play the same role or search for the right block to make the roof on their house. During these moments, we are seeing the boys use critical cognitive skills that they will use in every aspect of their life, now and forever!
What a SPOOK-TACULAR week in YK!!! We celebrated the holiday in style!! We kicked off the week by making Ghost Foam! We mixed up shaving cream and basking soda and it formed such a cool fluffy and cold mixture and we turned them into silly ghosts. The boys absolutely loved squishing this mixture in their hands and making different shapes with it. We also read The Halloween Hustle and danced the hustle once the book was over. We sang all of our favorite Halloween songs and had such a fun time dancing and singing around on the carpet. Next, we worked on our fine motor skills by making marshmallow mummies. The boys had to glue mini marshmallows to a mummy face and stick on sticker eyes. These spoooooky creations had everyone giggling. We also read There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Pumpkin and the boys were enthralled in the story the whole time. Thursday was filled with celebration! We decorated foam pumpkins with our SK buddies and watched The Great Pumpkin. On Friday, we wrapped up our Down on the Farm unit with a classic Hoe down. The boys could not have looked more precious in the farmer attire. We got to listen to Mr. Hancock play the fiddle and participated in such fun centers. We made caramel apples, danced, bobbed for apples, had a bean bag toss, and played pin the tail on the donkey. It could not have been a more perfect and fun ending to one of our favorite units. We also have filled up our “pom pom jar” with pom poms so we got to celebrate our great behavior with a pizza party! Talk about a FUN FILLED week! In centers this week we played several festive games and focused on growing our gross motor skills. We had a mummy bucket toss with black ping pong balls, a witch’s hat ring toss, a jack-o-lantern bean bag toss, mummy bowling, and pin the head on the skeleton! The boys couldn’t have had more fun competing in these centers and grew in coordination each day. We had an amazing week of celebrating and learning and look forward to kicking off our Camping unit on Monday!!
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!
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, exciting, etc. 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!