Friday, March 24, 2017

TEAMWORK - PLAYING, WORKING and GROWING TOGETHER

One of the most important skills we work on fostering is cooperation, in both play and work. In order for us to play together and to work together to complete a task, we must learn to compromise and cooperate with one another. This is NOT a trait bestowed naturally on we humans, as we come into the world very "ME" oriented. 
Working together, goals are more easily accomplished, like the completion of these floor puzzles. 
Helping the teachers cut pieces of plastic into small pieces for a project fosters cooperation and the gift of helping others.
And of course, the simple act of playing together is really so much more than plain old fun. It fosters and teaches the very things that make us good human beings. Play is child's work and what helps make them the people they become. 



St. Patrick's Fun

Getting ready for WIPP's annual St. Patrick's Day parade. The coldest morning thus far in 2017, found us all bundled up in as much green as possible.  A big thanks to Michal's family for the use of their trailer for our class float!  
  Classmates sitting together enjoying the warmth of the sun on such a chilly day. 
 Pre-St. Patrick's Day crafts.
 If you look hard, you can see that one of the children has spelled out his name in pretzels!!!!
Happy St. Patrick's Day from Ariel - our class dog!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

DONUTS WITH DADDY

Our annual Donuts with Daddy was a huge success! 
We "prettied" up our classroom with table cloths and flowers and made sure there were plenty of yummy breakfast snacks for everyone to enjoy.
When the daddies arrived, we were ready to spend some precious extra moments with them before they were off to go to work.
We even were a little extra loving to our friends!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

SCIENCE LAB: MATTER - LIQUIDS AND SOLIDS

The children are really loving our science lab portion of school. They are great at sitting and listening to see what we are going to learn about in this Science Lab. Here we are learning about the differences between a solid and a liquid. 
Here we have made a non-Newtonian Fluid which can act as both a solid and a liquid depending on the amount of pressure exerted on it. When touched gently, it acts as a liquid; when pushed roughly or pressure is applied, it becomes solid-like. The children loved the mess we made; after all, Science is Messy!

Monday, February 27, 2017

PUPPIES AT SCHOOL!!!!



My foster puppies, brothers, Clark and Eddie, came to school to spend some time with the class.
The children did a great job welcoming them. 
Everyone was gentle and waited for one of the pups to come to them. What a great lesson in patience! 


As you can see by the pictures, Clark was more adventuresome when it came to meeting the children up close and personal.
I was very proud of how well they behaved - both the puppies and the children!

WORKING THOSE LITTLE AND BIG MUSCLES

We continually are doing things in class to strengthen our tiny finger muscles. This will make the writing we do in the future hopefully easier. Here, we are practicing our cutting skills.
One skill we reinforce is holding a pair of scissors correctly. Remember to always remind your child to keep their thumb on top while holding and cutting with scissors.
Holding small pieces using the pincer grip is one of the best ways for your child to gain control of their finger muscles.

The best place to strengthen those large muscles that help us run and jump is, of course, the playground. We climb and race, slide and see saw. But on the playground, there is no throwing. To help work our arms and improve our aim (a hand/eye coordination skill), we made up a game in class. The children throw bean bags onto different shape cards and yell out the name of the shape they landed on. They all love it!


Monday, January 30, 2017

ARIEL COMES FOR A VISIT

This is my sweet girl Ariel. I rescued her from Animal Control 3 1/2 years ago. She has since helped me rehab several foster dogs so they could be adopted. She has also helped teach many children about dogs and how to treat them. She really loves to come to school and spend time with the children.
Ariel helps me teach the children how to interact with a dog they do not know, what to do and what not to do. She is incredibly calm and patient, and has no problem having the children pet and hug on her. Ariel loves showing the children how to gently greet a new animal.

Pets are wonderful companions for young children and help teach them responsibility and empathy.
Perhaps our next visitors will be my wild and crazy foster puppies, Clark and Eddie!
Or maybe not!