WWF 8/26

Today was David’s last day at Wee Wee before moving over to the big house. We’re going to miss having him here very much, but we know he’s going to love being next door and will do great!

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Enjoy your weekend!

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Breakfast was Chex and pears. Wee sprout was carrots and peas. Lunch consisted of whole wheat tortilla with roasted red pepper hummus, apples, and mixed veggies. Afternoon snack was graham crackers and string cheese.

Link to photos: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AtTCDmdhjIulhp06Z0lm46DVWFL9XQ

Have a great night!

Amanda

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WF, 8/26/2016

Happy Friday!

It was all about team work today!

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Jackson made a creation at the wood working bench this morning. Addi stood next to him to assist him. They took the creation and headed to the art table where they requested paint! Together, they picked three colors to paint with!

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Meanwhile, Lucy and Grady worked together to put puzzle pieces together to make words! Lucy made the word ‘cake’ while Grady constructed the word ‘shoe’! Lucy ran to a teacher and said, “We can’t do this one! We have the ‘c’ and the ‘a’ but not the ‘r’. We can’t build ‘car’!”

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There were periods throughout our morning where friends wanted to listen to different stories. When a teacher starts reading, children usually flock to the reading area to listen.

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As we wrapped up our FAB for the week discussing community helpers as well as classroom rules, each group was asked, “What do YOU want to be?” We had some great answer and aspirations!

…”I just want to help.”

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Breakfast– Kashi’s Blueberry Clusters and grapes.

Lunch– Organic roasted red pepper hummus on tortillas, grapes, and cauliflower/green beans.

PM snack– Pears and pretzels.

Wee Sprouts– Green beans.

Have a terrific weekend!

-Mindy

Link to pictures: WF 8/26

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WWF 8/25

Enjoy the pictures from our day!

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Breakfast was toast with butter and cinnamon and pears. Wee sprout was peas. Lunch consisted of whole grain brown rice with chicken and cheese, bananas, and peas. Afternoon snack was wheat crackers with sweet pea butter.

Link to photos: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AtTCDmdhjIulhpwIJc31WDkds3P4Bw

Have a great night!

Amanda

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WF, 8/25/2016

Hello!

*We want to send a HUGE thank you to all of our families. We received all of the surveys with one day to spare! Awesome job!

In large group, we talked about how farmers contribute to our community. Every Monday, we get our weekly Purple Porch Co-op (http://www.purpleporch.coop/) delivery. We receive fresh vegetables and fruits for our program. We linked this to our story about harvesting. In the story, we read about different tools used to harvest along with learning about farmers!

We made a web and ideas started shooting out left and right. A pretty detailed list of food was made and friends talked about how farmers help US!

“We always go to the farmer’s market and get food that’s good for us.”

“Farmers grow cucumbers which you can make into pickles.”

“My mom said that cows drink milk and make milk!”

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Here are a few pictures from the rest of our day!

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Breakfast– Homemade oatmeal pancakes and cantaloupe.

Lunch– Organic brown rice with chicken and shredded cheese, bananas, and fresh broccoli.

PM snack– Whole wheat bagels with butter.

Wee Sprouts– Fresh broccoli.

Have a lovely night.

-Mindy

Link to pictures: WF 8/25

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WWF 8/24

We had a great morning outside!

Sonya loves to run her fingers through the sand and find hidden pebbles. She often brings us what she finds and puts the pebbles in our palm. Franklin and Emma wanted to share what treasure they unburied today, too!

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The slides were a popular spot for the Wee and Wee Wee friends today. Our friends love these slides and they all do a great job of climbing back up to the top using the rocks and steps.

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The log house is another place where our friends can climb. They love to climb into the window. Soon they’ll be big enough to climb up the sides like the older kids!

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Breakfast was Kix with bananas. Lunch consisted of English muffins with marinara sauce and cheese, carrots, peas, and cantaloupe. Afternoon snack was wheat crackers with string cheese.

Link to photos: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AtTCDmdhjIulhpp5G-6KU5QU9Wk01A

Have a great night!

Amanda

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WF, 8/24/2016

Good Afternoon!

**We want to thank all of the families who have turned in their surveys thus far. Just a reminder, if you haven’t completed the accreditation survey that you received Monday, please do so by Friday! Thanks Smile.

Today is Daniel’s last day here at Wee Friends. For the past several years, we had the privilege of watching Daniel grow in every aspect of his life. We are so excited to hear how his kindergarten year goes. Thankfully, we’ll just replenish our ‘Jorza’ quota with his younger brother, David, next week! Good luck Daniel! We’ll miss you!

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Miss Melinda played several songs on the piano this morning. As she played, friends sang along. Children had to really use their listening ears to see when the singing part started! We sang the ABC’s, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Mary Had A Little Lamb.

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Play dough was requested this morning so Jackson and Addi cleared the table and got out the tools, play dough, and trays for their peers to use. The newest thing is to take the rolling pins and roll the play dough as thin as possible.  

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We’ve been using the chalk a lot this week! When we have the chalk out, we’ve been reminding our friends where we CAN draw in the backyard: on the cement and on the chalkboard!

Lucy said, “I’m making a pink mommy and a purple mommy. Pink and purple are my mom’s favorite colors.”

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Addi used many colors to draw a flower with her chalk. To shade in the flower, she took the tips of her fingers and rubbed the chalk in.

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The rain came in so we headed inside. We were very good about finding quiet activities to partake in since lunch was just a short time away. The reading area was utilized as well as the habitrail area to build with many different materials.

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In large group, we switched our focus from firefighters to police officers! We saw that not all police officers ride in cars! “I’ve seen a police officer on a bike before!”

We compared the police officers to the firefighters are talked about yesterday. “We still need to pull to the side of the road when we see a police officer!”

There was a conversation that was started by a friend about how police officers help our community. “They help when there’s an accident!” When talking about community helpers and how they help us, we’re taking prior knowledge and building on that!

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Breakfast– Whole grain oatmeal with honey and grapes.

Lunch– Homemade English muffin pizzas, PPC cantaloupe, and green beans.

PM snack– Blue corn chips and refried beans.

Wee Sprout– Cucumbers.

Have a lovely night!

-Mindy

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WF 8/24

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WF, 8/23/2016

Good Afternoon!

Our welcome activity this morning was of the fine motor variety! This open ended activity calls for ice cube trays and colored gems.

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For our younger friends, it focuses on basic fine motor skills, placing or transferring gems into each given slot in the ice cube tray.

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Our older friends took it one step further by sorting the gems by size or by shape. Addi and Rosemary were having a conversation about the different colored gems. Rosemary said, “This one is smooth.” I asked if there were any pointy edges. She responded, “No!” which is where Addi chimed in and took a gem in her hand and showed Rosemary, “See? Right here. This pointy part of the gem. That’s no smooth.” Interactions like this between peers allows for deeper understanding and makes learning more meaningful!

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The art area was buzzing this morning as children occupied the art table as well as the art easel. Daniel displayed his plane drawing skills while Calix worked on cutting paper using scissors. Elijah continued with the fine motor trend as he made his first official piece of art at the easel.

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The top of the climbing house was a popular spot this morning. Elijah made it to the top all by himself on just his second day! He kept saying, “I’m not going to fall!”

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In large group today, we continued to concentrate on our FAB for the week that talks about community helpers. Our focus today was firefighters! As a group, we had a lot of background knowledge including the following:

“They get cats out of trees!”

“They stop fires.”

“When we see a firetruck, we have to stop and go to that side.” (as he’s pointing to his side Smile)

We built on this knowledge by reading two different stories that taught us more about what firefighters do on a daily basis. Here are a couple of things that we added to our previous knowledge:

-Firefighters live at the fire station sometimes!

-They HAVE to wear specific firefighter gear when they go to fight a fire.

-They’re heroes. (Real life heroes though, not pretend like Spiderman and superman.)

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Breakfast– English muffins with no nut butter and grapes.

Lunch– Turkey and cream cheese on flatbread, PPC pineapple, and cherry tomatoes/cucumber.

PM snack– Triscuits and cheddar cheese.

Wee Sprout– Peppers.

Have a great night!

-Mindy

Link to pictures: WF 8/23

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WWF 8/23

Enjoy the pictures from our day!

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Breakfast was Whole Grain Cheerios and apples. Wee sprout was peas. Lunch consisted of whole wheat flatbread with cream cheese and turkey, pears, and peas. Afternoon snack was toasted whole wheat bagels with sweet pea butter.

Link to photos: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AtTCDmdhjIulhphXy8q9dFUwXrVQ6g

Have a great night!

Amanda

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WWF 8/22

Today was a great day filled with walks through the garden…

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Rocks that were shoveled and scooped…

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Cooking for and with friends…

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And happy phone calls!

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Breakfast was whole wheat bread with butter and bananas. Wee sprout was corn. Lunch consisted of whole wheat pasta with black beans, pears, and mixed veggies. Afternoon snack was pretzels with string cheese.

Link to photos: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AtTCDmdhjIulhpd2u9lYMGB69Zuxng

Have a great night!

Amanda

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WF, 8/22/2016

Good Afternoon!

Hope everyone had a terrific weekend!

***At pick up tonight, please see a teacher as we have an important document that each family must pick up. In September, we are up for our re-accreditation. Each family has a survey that they have to fill out and we’re asking that these surveys be returned to us NO LATER than Friday, August 26th (this Friday). There is a sheet attached with directions. Please ask if you have any questions! Smile–Thanks so much.

Today, we welcomed our newest friend, Elijah! He flowed seamlessly into our classroom this morning and enjoyed exploring the environment.

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This week, we’re going to be focusing on the following FAB’s:

Social Studies: K.2.1 Give examples of people who are community helpers (inside the classroom and outside the classroom) and describe how they help us.

Social Studies: K.2.3 Give examples of classroom and school rules and explain how each helps us.

Today, we talked about our class in general. Throughout the morning, we referred to the sign in message when we needed to move our bodies. There are some ‘rules’ that we have to follow in order to keep the class safe. If friends needed a little extra activity, we had them go to the habitrail where they can move their body around. It’s always an exciting time in the fall when the class makes the annual transition!

In large group, we read a story about doctors. We found out that many of our friends have the same doctor! There was an open discussion that was had about how doctors help our community. “He gives me shots!”, said a friend. As a group, we came up with ways that we can help our Wee Friends community. Jackson commented, “We have to help because we’re the oldest kids here!” It’s great when our older friends not only take responsibility for themselves but for their younger peers as well.

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Breakfast– Corn chex and dried apricots.

Lunch– Whole wheat pasta with butter and kidney beans, apples/oranges, and broccoli.

PM snack– Whole milk yogurt and PPC pineapple.

Wee Sprout– Carrots.

Have a great night!

-Mindy

Link to pictures: WF 8/22

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