Wednesday, April 17 - What We Did Today!

Today these kids were absolutely wonderful!  They were great in circle, they were great outside, and they were great inside!  Excellent.  Of course, I forgot my phone for pictures to document any of this, so I will just write about what we were up to.

Outside with Aaron, there was the usual play going on, finding worms, water in the sandbox, and cars flying up the slide.  Many of the kids were out there for most of the morning, working together, helping others find worms, and out doing one another in the number of rotations their cars completed following flying up the slide!

Inside, four or five kids were working at the art table as they painted pots for planting.  As each one finished, a new kid would take their place.

The sensory table had finger paint in four different colors.  I was able to get a couple of prints from the work done there.

The water table had many visitors, but I think it was missing something.  I had taken the tubes the kids build with and built a beginning structure for water to flow through.   Kids tried this out several times and then decided to change it (which is what it was for!)  As it shifted, more water ended up on the floor than in the table, so I need to find what was missing to make it a smoother transition from one building to another.

many paleontologists discovered rare bones in the dry table.  I was asked for evidence bags and once I gave them to those that asked, they headed straight to the Museum of Natural History.  All of this was acted by the kids playing without and adult input.  Nice job!

I introduced my friend Pooky, who has the most amazing teeth.  They are bright white and sparkly clean.  He told the kids they can practice brushing on his teeth if they would like to.

My thanks to Rachel and Aaron for all of their help today!

Tuesday, April 16 - What We Did Today!

Today we were a bit discombobulated.  Some sadness, some embarrassment, and some neediness.  None of which is a bad thing, it just throws us off track while we take care of what is important – the kids and how they are feeling.

Baker dictated his book to me, and we read it at circle.  Nice job!  Only a few left to go.  I will be writing and reading your child’s book when you parent help, if all goes as planned.  Our Authors’ Tea to celebrate all of these amazing authors will be on May 9th at 12:00.

While I was working with Baker, many of the kids were with James making green houses.  They planted sugar snap peas in a small sandwich bag filled with dirt and some water.  They are now hanging in the windows.  Make a big deal about checking these out when you drop off or pick up.  The kids get very excited when they start to see roots growing.

I had shaving cream on the sensory table which many kids dove right in to while others watched from a far.  It is a fun medium to work with and is easy clean up.  Try it in the bath tub!

At the water table it was the last day to practice brushing extra large teeth.  We had lots of toothpaste and many brushes giving everyone a chance to check this out.

My thanks to James and Amber for all of their help today!

Monday, April 15 - What We Did Today!

Today we had a special guest teach us a bit about Ninjas.  She is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and brought her hitting/kicking pad for the kids to practice on.  Bevin, Una’s Mum, was our guest and the kids were very excited to learn a punch and a kick to be used only if someone is attacking you.  She also had them doing some forms while counting to 10 in Korean.

During the morning, the kids were outside in the sun for most of the time.  There were the normal activities digging for worms, filling the sand box with water, and climbing the play structure.  Then, of course, there was a car game of some kind having to do with running the car up the slide in order to see how it rolled upon impact with the ground.  I think they are trying to see who can get the most rolls at one time.

Inside, we finished making butterflies by dropping liquid water colors on butterfly shapes made out of an absorbent type paper.  It is great to see the colors mix and mingle as they work through the paper.

The play dough table was busy with cookie making today.  Una made a cookie for everyone in the class while Lex worked on a different project.  The water table had four over sized teeth, four toothbrushes, four toothpaste tubes, and bowls of water to rinse the teeth when you were finished.  Rowan kept me on task to ensure I found the tooth paste and added it to the fun.

Pooky came to class to have his teeth checked.  Josie checked him out while River decided he needed to have his teeth drilled.  Poor Pooky, maybe he will be a better brusher now!

My thanks to Bevin and Brittni for all of their help today!

Thursday, April 11 - What We Did Today!

Today many kids started out with the water table, practicing brushing teeth.  Of course, the fun was in squirting the toothpaste around and then brushing anything with the brush.  Add to that the texture and scent and you are using four of your seven senses.  Who could resist?

At the art table, we were using liquid watercolors and droppers to add color to butterfly and star cut-outs.  The butterflies are being hung from our tree branch while the stars get to go home.

The playdough has been a bit sticky lately, but the kids use play dough for so many reasons, I didn’t throw it away.  While we all know that play dough is a great sensory tool, it is also one of the best ways for kids to talk with other kids.  If you are shy or quiet, you can work on a project and watch as others work on theirs.  When you or they need a tool, you ask to borrow when they are finished.  Conversations start up around what they are making, what something looks like, adding to a story line and much more.  This is not as intimidating as joining someone’s play.

The fire fighters were busy in the loft until someone decided to make the biggest bed ever.  They had taken all of the pillows and laid them out next to the jumping pad, side by side.  They said it was big enough for the whole classroom to use!

Outside, worms were being dug up and cared for (today there were four.)  The large puddle was used for jumping and then being filled with dirt.  Kids were working really well with each other.

I was able to take dictation from Oliver and finish his book.  We read it during circle.  We were also able to read Seyi’s book as our last story.  These kids are doing a wonderful job as authors!  My thanks to Alycia, her Mum, and Michelle for all of their help today!

Wednesday, April 10 - What We Did Today!

Today was our field trip to the library.  I am not a believer in the ropes that kids hold as you lead them to the place you are going.  I think people tend to have an unreal sense of security with them as well as the fact that you are not teaching kids anything.

My approach is to create a sandwich.  You know, they have bread on the outside (adults) and good stuff on the inside (kids).  No open face sandwiches because we don’t want any of the good stuff to drip out.  Once I have explained this to the kids, I like to ask them what they are in the sandwich.  Today we had a noodle, ice cream, macaroni and cheese, carrot, cheese, meatball, lettuce, and extra ice cream sandwich.

The benefit of this course is that if someone dashes ahead, I just shout out, “where’s the bread”.  It is such an unusual thing to say, the kids immediately stop and look back at me.  Then they head back and behind me. 

I have explained to them that the reason they have to wait for my okay before crossing the street is that drivers can’t see them because the car is in the way, but they can see me, and I can make sure no one is headed their way.  I am not telling them they are not capable.  I am telling them drivers can’t see them no matter what they do.

Another benefit is that kids don’t have to go the same speed.  In our class, we have fast kids, slow kids, and kids in between.  Why should they all have to change their pace to match everyone else.  The kids that need to go fast are told to run between the bread.  I have never had a runner turn this offer down!

I also have a story for them that keeps them off of the grass and on the sidewalk, but I’ll save that for another time.  My thanks to Bevin, Trisha and Kristen for their help on the walk and through the day!

Tuesday, April 9 - What We Did Today!

Today there was a lot of activity outside.  With the sun popping through the clouds regularly, the kids were very involved with climbing (both the rock wall and the slide), sliding, digging (in the sand box and the large mud puddle), splashing, and playing with worms.  They had found a large worm and Lisette was taking very good care of it.  Even with all of this, we only had two changes of clothes!

Inside, Oliver and Knox were making dinosaur food.  When Baker came in, they immediately said, “we made this for you” and with that I was told by Baker that he was a dinosaur from the Jurassic times.

Harlan, June, and Cordelia were fire fighters from head to toe.  Although, I think their job description changed somewhere along the way as they were, “taking care of the bad guys”.

At the art table, the kids were using liquid water colors in droppers to drop onto butterfly paper.  The way the colors run into each other is beautiful to see.  When they dry, we will hang them from the branch which is hanging from the ceiling.  Be sure to look for one your child made.

Instead of play dough at our sensory table, we had shaving cream with some watercolor sprayed on top.  What a delicious feeling to mix them together.  Not everyone is as excited about the shaving cream as I am, but there was still a lot of activity around the table.

I was able to sit with Alex and write what he dictated in his book.  We read it during our last circle.  Don’t forget your child’s pictures.  They are very proud of their books!

My thanks to Melinda and George for all of their help today!

Friday, April 5 - What We Did Today!

Today we celebrated Gus’ 5th birthday with vanilla cake, cupcakes, and a song!  Gus and his family had brought in cupcakes and the class made vanilla cake, so the kids got to choose between a cupcake or a piece of cake.

In first circle, we talked about some of the jobs in our community.  I showed them on our map where the jobs were located and asked them to see what job was closest to their house.  Hopefully, that will inspire them to check out our map again and notice various details.

As Tony was helping with the cake, I was outside in the pouring rain watching all of the activity.  Margot was the first to find and put to use the large hole filled with water.  She was enjoying jumping up and down in it.  When she took a break, Bash and Rowan were doing some construction work with the trucks in the hole.  Simon, Liam, Bodhi, and Rowan were playing their car game which continues to evolve.  It originally was racing hot wheel like cars up the slide to see if they could get them to the top.  Now, it has become a challenge to see who can send their car down the slide in time to hit Simon’s car that is going up.  If you ask them how the car landed, they are very descriptive with the number of times it turned over and what things it jumped over before landing.

Sebastian, Margot and Bash each took turns chopping the pumpkin up.  It had begun to rot, so I took it outside.  It was a process they all enjoyed.

Inside, kids were creating tools for firefighters.  Lex made a ladder, Gus made a water supply with a hose in it, and Bodhi made a mask with an air hose to breathe through.

My thanks to Angie and Tony for all of their help today!

Thursday, April 4 - What We Did Today!

Today was picture day, and the kids did great.  They were excited to see the Smile Bus and almost all of them had their picture taken.  There will be a couple missing from the group photo though.

This took up most of our, mainly my, day so things were a bit disjointed.  I forgot my camera, so the time I was able to see what was going on, is missing photographic evidence. 

Josh had many of the kids over the class time working on collages.  I think collages leave room for kids to process colors, shapes, designs, and everything else used in the art creation.  Unless the kids are trying to copy the adult, this will be a definite “kids only” work.

Playdough was as popular as usual with many kids creating at the “bakery”.  There were cookies, cakes, and cupcakes being shared with Ayo and me.

The fire fighters were busy for a while, putting out fires in the loft.  Baker and Knox were working on their car – the stereo – when Baker tells Knox to go get some oil.  I asked Knox if he knew where the oil was, and he headed straight for the fridge in the kitchen and pulled out three bottles.

We had snack all together as once the pictures were finished, it was well past snack time.  The kids seemed to handle this well and sat all together at the long table chatting and passing snack to each other.

My thanks to Josh and Ayo for all of their help today!

Wednesday, April 3 - What We Did Today!

Today was picture day, and the kids were so excited they lined up at the fence waiting for their turn!  They were great.  They even did a super job setting up for the outside picture.  As I was escorting the kids to and from the bus, I didn’t see much of their interactions, but I can tell you what was available and the little I did see. 

At the art table, there was needle work.  I hard some plastic needlepoint like sheets, yarn, and plastic needles.  The kids could do anything they wanted on the canvas.  Lisa helped them to thread their needles and they did the rest.  Great fine motor skills.

The water table is still set-up with spray bottles to look like fire extinguishers and four pictures of fires on the bottom of the table.  Many kids had a chance to squirt out the fire and then refilling their bottles, they would start again. Hand-Eye coordination.

The bakery was in an uproar (or at least I was) when the new play dough was so gooey it wouldn’t even come out of the bag.  The bakers and I quickly added some flour to the recipe and kneaded it into the gooey dough.  Baking can be a messy business!  Problem Solving skills.

The science area is set-up with some paleontology materials – bones, brushes, books, and magnifying glasses.  There was also an unusual cone for other scientist types to check out.  Discovery, Questioning, Problem Solving.

The dramatic play area is now a fire station with coats, boots, and helmets at the ready for the first fire call.  I few of the kids tried out the area and had the opportunity to put out fires with our hoses!  Imagination, Creativity, Team work.

My thanks to Lisa and Violet for all of their help today!

Tuesday, April 2 - What We Did Today!

Today the kids came in as if they had been here all of last week.  They jumped right in working together in groups, joining others and leaving some.

At the art table, we had an explorative project.  There were squeeze bottles of red, yellow, and blue paint and a tray of various objects to move the paint with.  For some of the kids, the exploration was in squeezing the paint onto cake or pie pans, watching as the colors swirled together making new colors.  For others, it was manipulating the paint with the sticks, rollers, corks and/or any of the other “tools” on the table.  The last step was to make a monoprint with the paint.

The bakery was set-up with vanilla dough, rolling pins, cutters, tart pans, small pie pans, and other bakery tools.  Once they created a bakery treat, they put it in the oven and waited a minute or, on occasion, two for the donut, cookie or cake to be finished.

The water table is set-up with pictures of fire and bottles painted red to represent fire extinguishers.  The kids used the extinguishers to put out the fires by aiming the bottles and squirting the pictures.

Cordelia dictated her family story to me today and we were able to finish, publish and read it to the class.  We also read a story about the Smile Bus, our photographer’s studio.  I talked them through the process of getting on the school bus with me, having their picture taken, and then having a class picture taken.  If your child seems to be showing some concerns, be sure to remind them that I will be with them the entire time.

The loft is now a fire station with hoses and outfits.  Not too many kids tried this out today, so I will be interested to see if it catches on.

My thanks to Ali and Michelle for all of their help today!

Thursday, March 21 - What We Did Today!

Today we were missing two kids, leaving us with only 10 and three adults.  Taking that into account as well as the fact that this class takes care of itself, I had a lot of opportunities to hang with the kids.  There were many different conversations which I don’t always get to have.  It was great!

Lisette was able to write her book, My Family, and we read it at last circle.  Both Lisette’s and Harlan’s books are on display in the library.  Pick one up and read with the author, they love to let you know all about themselves.

At the art table, Amber was working with the kids creating hats for spring.  They were amazing.  Several of the kids were sporting their hats once they had dried.

The bubbles in the water table brought up some great conversations.  James was working hard with the metal ring as he was attempting to create a dome bubble on the surface of the water and also a “bubble mirror” in the ring.  Lisette reminded them that they could put their hand through the bubble while it was on the ring, so many kids were attempting this, not always with success. 

Working at the bakery, the kids were making cookies, pies and cakes.  Cordelia made two cupcakes, one for an adult and one for a kid.  Seyi started with heart shaped cookies, rolling out the dough, sometimes blending the dough to make it wide enough for the cookie cutter, and then baking them in the oven.  Elliette was working on a cake.

Oliver, Baker, and Alex were outside for a while though I didn’t get out to see what they were up to.  June and Harlan, after creating their bonnets, dressed up and headed for the box.  Alex and June had already told me where to cut some windows, and now, Harlan and June decorated the inside with pillows, helmets, and musical instruments.  They were rocking out at one point, enjoying the space and their music.

My thanks to Amber and George for all of their help today!

Wednesday, March 20 - What We Did Today!

Today the kids were comparable to a hurricane.  Well, not really, but close.  The energy a lone could have heated the entire neighborhood (once I figure out how to harness it!)  I would like to think it was due to the first day of spring or possibly the sun.  I will know more on Friday.

First circle was tough.  We had tight quarters with our giant box in the circle area which did not help hands to stay in laps.  Then, trying to get it quiet was near impossible.  Songs didn’t work, hands in the air didn’t work, finally we tried volcano breaths which also left much to be desired.  So, we cut it short and moved on.

Outside was a busy place when Jake first headed out.  Sebastian, Bash, Gus, and Rowan were playing the Yeti game, but lately, Sebastian has been the Yeti which has given the helpers a break.  It is not easy to be a Yeti in a preschool.  Simon and Liam were testing gravity while running their cars up the slide and into the structure.  This had to be curtailed a bit when they began flying over the structure and landing very close to others.  River, Bash, Sebastian, and Rowan were digging in the sand box and began using the water.  This brought many kids over for a bit before snack time.

The art table had few visitors.  There were any number of flowers, leaves, beads, ribbons, feathers and other miscellaneous tools for making spring hats.   As kids checked out the art table, they noticed the play dough bakery and headed right over.  There are so many great things that play dough offers the kids, I can’t imagine not having it.  The water table has been collecting soap to make bubbles with.  The favorite tool is still the metal ring although there is a tube that is a close second.  There was a family living in the dramatic play area.  Gus was the only one to decide what to do with the large box.  He told me that he wanted it to be a tunnel house.  He showed me where he would like the window to be, then padded the tunnel with pillows and added items to make it more of a home.

My thanks to Nathaniel and Jake for all of their help today!

Tuesday, March 19 - What We Did Today!

Today the kids floated through the classroom doing various things for about 45 minutes before heading outside for the glorious sunshine.  Once there, they were building a pathway that they then practiced walking on.  They noticed that it was wobblier on the dirt than it was on the green turf.  I asked why that was and Cordelia said because of the rain.  Now, if you take that at face value, you might say, “but it’s not raining.”  But if you think several steps ahead, you may say, “because of the rain the dirt is uneven or bumpy, so the wood is not flat like it is on the turf.”  Aha! 

Inside, I was able to help Seyi with the writing of her book.  She did a great job!  We will read it when her family is parent helping.  Get those pictures in or email them to me and I can print them out for you.

The art table was a project using yarn and liquid starch to create a design.  At the play dough table, a lot of bakers were cooking away creating all sorts of goodies.  The water table has soapy water and lots of bubble blowing equipment.  One of the favorite pieces is a metal ring.  As it is pulled out of the water, it creates bubble on top of the water like a dome and it has bubble solution in the ring itself.  By the end of the day, there was so many suds, I couldn’t find any of the equipment.

I brought in one of the biggest boxes I’ve ever had.  It was someone’s sofa box.  I didn’t give the kids any direction, but I was hoping someone would think about making a rocket ship.  After hiding inside for a bit, it was left alone until Morrie decided it should be flat.  He worked very hard taking off tape and pushing on the ends.  As it finally gave way, he had created a tunnel that he crawled through and hid.  During circle, we used it to put our pillows on!

My thanks to Judy and Jason for all of their help today!

Monday, March 18 - What We Did Today!

Today in first circle, many of the kids wanted to share with the group.  Liam shared about how he backed up his team mate at T-ball practice.  Then Eliza shared a map she had of downtown Portland.  She laid the map out on the rug and showed us where Pioneer Place Shopping was located.  She told us she had gone there over the weekend.  Other kids quickly jumped in saying, “Hey that’s the tram!  I was on the tram yesterday.” Or “I was at the zoo.  Where is the zoo?”  It was so great to see them figuring out where things were by asking a friend or searching themselves.

Outside in the glorious weather, Kristen hung while various kids came and went.  There was the shooting alien game, the sweeper game, and the Yeti game going.  They were also climbing the ladder in the trees as well as the trees themselves.

Inside, I wandered while Violet was working at the art table first and later moved to the play dough with about four bakers cooking for her.  There was pizza, cookies, cake, and probably anything you might like to eat.  Turns were taken to use the oven as more and more goodies were made.

In the café, Lex was enjoying a light lunch made for him by Eliza while Addy just had tea.  Liam took the money.  As Addy moved on, Lex and Eliza went from café to house and were quickly married.  Bodhi joined them as their play became more involved.  First, they were putting out a fire, but that caused them to miss the fireworks.  Lex said we can make our fireworks and the three of them went right to work.

Gus did an amazing job building a marble run which brought other kids to the area to build as well.My thanks to Violet and Kristen for all of their help today!

Thursday, March 14 - What We Did Today!

Today we were busy making rockets!  It was so fun to stand back and watch as the kids worked through their ideas about how to create a 3-D object based on an idea or picture.  Dustin had a lot of activity at the table as one child would notice what another had created and wanted to try also.

The class seemed at first to be broken into three groups of four although the kids in each group may have changed during the activity.  For instance, while four kids were building rockets, there were four at the play dough table with Alycia.  They were busy writing their names using play dough.  This shifted a bit when members came and went.  The last I saw were bakers making cakes, pizza, and other things.  They put them in the oven and watched as the timer counted down.  A great way for them to learn how long a minute is (because, of course, each of these only needed to cook for 1 minute!) 

Over at the dry table, there were four kids at a zoo feeding the wild animals.  They were creating various scenarios for the zoo keeper to interact with the animals.  Of course, there is always how the animals interact with each other which changed based on who was creating the scenario!

At other times, the groups moved to the moon where kitties on the moon will surely be a sitcom soon.  The final part of free play for me, was working with Harlan as she wrote her book.  She did a fabulous job and we were able to read it to the class as well.  As you get your pictures into me, we will be writing your child’s book about family.  My thanks to Dustin and Alycia for all of their help today!

Wednesday, March 13 - What We Did Today!

Today we celebrated Lex’s birthday with a song and banana cake!  I was in charge of the cake with no help, when Josie took pity on me and started helping.  Bodhi joined in not too much later and the three of us made an awesome banana cake.

The loft has been turned in to the moon or space, and the kids had a great time up there.  Several crews landed and returned to earth throughout the day.  We read a bit about the rocket that NASA astronauts took to the moon and found out some of the tools they needed while in space.  Rowan, Bodhi, Molly and Josie built a rocket ship to take to our moon then blasted off.

At the art table, the task was to build something they might need if they were going to the moon.  Some kids made rockets, but most built jet packs.  I loved watching these kids think about what parts of the scrap I had on the table they would need, how they would attach pieces, and how to make it stay on their bodies.  Excellent problem solving!

Outside, Brad once again took on the beloved role of Yeti.  The kids loved it and were outside until he needed a break from being a Yeti.  At this point, they were ready to join us in the classroom.  Thank you, Brad, for keeping the Yeti alive!

Eliza and Una started out in the dramatic play (café, not space) and quickly changed their game to family.  They dressed up to go to a wedding which must have been pretty fancy as Una was wearing shoes with jewels.

My thanks to Lisa and Brad for all of their help today!

Monday, March 11 - What We Did Today!

Today we celebrated Bodhi’s 4 ½ birthday with a song and banana cake!  The cake was divine and the bakers amazing!

Our question of the day was “Would you like to be an astronaut?”  Only Una, Bodhi and Liam answered yes.  During circle, we read a book called Roaring Rockets which showed us a chick, a mouse, and a rabbit going to space.  It mentioned and we talked about gravity boots, the Lunar lander, and fuel tanks.  This seemed to bring more interest to the possibility of becoming an astronaut.

From there, several kids went straight to the art table to build rockets.  Gus and Margot jumped right in with their ideas.  Simon wanted to know more before attempting to build.

Cheryl was outside with about eight kids the entire free time.  Some of the kids were continuing their game of shooting aliens, while others had begun new games.  Liam was digging a hole in the garden.  He must have dug at least a foot and a half.  Bash, Sebastian, and Gus were throwing a very bouncy ball until it disappeared then they shifted to a chase game.  River was cleaning off the turf so others wouldn’t trip!  Margot was adding large blocks of wood to the slide so that she could slide into them.  This became the game of choice soon after, and with kids sliding down, knocking the large blocks off, they had to rebuild them for the next child to slide into giving them some heavy work to do which was much needed.

In the dramatic play area, Eliza, Addy, and Una were dressed up and eating in the café.  I think to them it was a house and they were playing family.  Josie and Molly joined in above the loft as alien and friend.  Evidently, Josie was turned into an alien while she was playing outside.  Molly told her she was her friend and would take care of her.

All in all, these kids are doing great!  My thanks to Rachel and Cheryl for all of their help today!

Friday, March 8 - What We Did Today!

Today we talked about scientists.  Simon was the only one who answered our question with a yes about a paleontologist.  I asked him to tell us what a paleontologist did, and he explained that they dig up and look at old buried bones.  I asked the kids what other kinds of scientists they knew about.  Someone said Biologists, but that seemed to be the extent of their knowledge.  We talked about Chemists and Trisha brought up astrophysicists.  Liam mentioned astronauts and after that our discussion ended.  We will be talking about different scientists throughout our job discussions, so if you have a specific scientist that you would like us to talk about, please let me know!

Outside, Trisha had from five to eight kids mainly shooting alien bad guys.  The kids had built shooters with the tubes and began shooting.  I wasn’t there at the start so I’m not sure if it naturally went to shooting at other things or if Trisha helped to steer it that way.  When I came out, there was already an elaborate story regarding bad aliens who were shooting out the sun.  Rowan explained to me that they needed to shoot the sun until the color changed back to yellow and they had to keep the aliens from shooting at the sun at the same time.  Creative, not forcing an agenda, and everyone having fun?  Seemed okay to see it through.

Inside at the art table, we continued with our project using tape on matte board to create a negative image.  The difference was that rather than chalk, we used tempera to paint over the tape.  The kids were bummed when they found out they couldn’t take the tape off until the paint dried, but they quickly adjusted.

The dry table still has the chicken feed, but instead of the tubes for pouring there was a stand of trees and some wild animals – lions, tigers, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, and hippos.  I like watching how they make everything work together and the stories they come up with around the animals.

My thanks to Trisha and Kristen for all of their help today!

Thursday, March 7 - what We Did Today!

Today we celebrated Morrie’s 5th birthday with a song and strawberry cake.  There were seven bakers and from what the class said, it was a great cake!

Jess and I started working on book jackets and even though I forgot several things, we were able to get through 5 ½ of them.  Please remember to bring in 8 pictures of your child’s family, 4x6 is the best size.

Several of the kids were up in the loft pirate ship shooting cannons.  They seem to be enjoying themselves and not bothering those that didn’t want to play, so I didn’t stop the eventual guns that showed up.  For me, guns are about responsibility.  The kids are expected to check with others before shooting their guns nearby.  If the guns scare a child (or an adult), they can’t play guns around those people.  In this game everything went fine.  The kids have been building their guns from the tubes in the manipulation area, but if there weren’t any tubes, they would find something else.  This is a natural and age appropriate game that allows them to try out ways they can take care of themselves and others. 

The warm water in the water table was a draw for many of the kids.  Some because they like to blow bubbles, but also the feel is very calming.  Alex built a ship that was also a submarine and spent enough time testing it in the water that I’m sure his hands were pruny!  Lisette and others also joined in.

Our new guineas are getting along so well together, I haven’t had to do any disciplining.  Four of the kids held three guineas for a while, feeding them carrots and petting them.  All were very gentle, even the guineas.

My thanks to Jess and Michael for all of their help today!