WWF, 2-21-18

Good Afternoon!

This morning we enjoyed playing with our farm animals. Pascale enjoyed pointing and talking to our fish.

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We enjoyed playing with the balls within our own skill level.  Zoe crawled to her ball, while Aggie carried her ball around the habitrail area.  Mack practiced his throwing and catching skills with a teacher.

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A friend requested the permanence boxes.  We worked on our hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as we placed our balls and coins into their boxes.  Mack even decided to cover up his box with our colorful dancing scarves.

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Breakfast:  Chex cereal and fresh PPC banana.

Lunch:  Scrambled eggs with shredded cheddar cheese, whole grain wheat bread toast with butter, fresh PPC blueberries and corn.

Afternoon Snack:  Whole grain wheat crackers and mozzarella string cheese stick.

Wee Sprouts:  Corn.

Have a great evening!

Rebekah

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WF, 2/21/2018

Good Afternoon!

**With the snow gone (hopefully for good!), we are going to try and spend as much time outside as we can. Next week especially looks fantastic! Please make sure your child comes to school with appropriate shoes/boots and coat along with hat and gloves if needed. Thanks!

In pre-k/k group today, we continued to learn about the characters ‘Frog’ and ‘Toad’ in two short stories that we read. In both stories, there were several references to certain months as well as activities that occur specifically in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

After we read both stories (which again were humorous!), we took several daily activities and sorted them into three categories: morning, afternoon, and evening. When we were done, several children commented, “Morning won!”. We talked about how many activities were in each category. Lucy and Maddie both said, “Afternoon and evening have the same: three!”.

Every day, we explore the calendar after our story and activity. Children are aware of what’s on a calendar but today, we discussed what a month looks like on the calendar: a full page. We used February as our example!

K.M.2: Understand concepts of time, including: morning, afternoon, evening, today, yesterday, tomorrow, day, week, month, and year. Understand that clocks and calendars are tools that measure time.

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Our journal experience today was engaging and allowed us to get our thoughts down on paper. We wrote our letters, drew a river that was flooding (using recent personal experiences), and an extensive map.

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Children gravitated toward the light table as we worked with many different manipulatives: rocks, shells, colored counters, and gems.

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The last thing we explored was blue and red counters and we quickly realized they had letters on them! Elijah and Lucy excitedly found their letters and made their name.

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Breakfast– Whole grain oatmeal with fresh oranges.

Lunch– Scrambled eggs with shredded cheese, whole wheat english muffin/bread, PPC banana, and PPC broccoli.

PM snack– Refried beans with blue corn chips.

Wee Sprout– PPC broccoli.

Have a fantastic night.

-Mindy

Link to pictures: WF 2/21

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WWF, 2-20-18

Just a friendly reminder, if you haven’t already returned your re-enrollment forms, they are due by this Friday, February 23rd.  Thank you.

Good Afternoon! We hope you all had a great day. Enjoy the pictures.

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Breakfast:  Kix cereal and fresh PPC banana.

Lunch:  Refried beans and cheese on whole grain wheat flatbread, fresh banana and mixed vegetables.

Afternoon Snack:  Toasted whole grain bagel with cream cheese/no nut butter.

Wee Sprouts:  Mixed vegetables.

Have a wonderful evening!

Rebekah

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WF, 2/20/2018

Good Afternoon!

We never close the art table. It’s always a choice from when we wrap up breakfast to the time we start to clean up for the day. There is rarely a time during the day where the art table doesn’t have at least one child exploring.

Today, children showed interest in the mixing of colors. So, after creating a color wheel with primary and secondary colors, we talked about the mixing of colors and the end results we get when mixing primary colors.

The choices we offer throughout the day are open-ended, engaging art experiences. There is no model that we have children follow. Children are free to create whatever they wish. It’s about the experience and process NOT the end product.

I’ve attached a few articles revolving around process art and why art is so important in these early childhood years as well as ways to integrate art experiences at home.

http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/the_art_of_creating_why_art_is_important_for_early_childhood_development

https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/tyc/feb2014/process-art-experiences

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Ruby engaged in markers this morning at the art table by starting to color in the outside with various colors before filling in the middle with the same colors. She had a clear end goal in mind and the materials we offered allow her to continue her process art.

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Lucy drew four different drawings before putting them together using labels as tape. After taping her drawings together, she wrote four names on the back: her own, mom, dad, and her brother, Elliott. This was completely a process driven art experience for Lucy.

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“We do not need to teach creativity, but rather inspire it’s daily practice.”

-Diane Darrow, Teacher

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Breakfast– Kix and PPC mango.

Lunch– Refried bean and shredded cheese roll-ups, fresh apples, and PPC cherry tomatoes/carrots.

PM snack– A birthday treat: pumpkin muffins and string cheese.

Wee Sprout– PPC cherry tomatoes/carrots.

Have a wonderful night.

-Mindy

Link to pictures: WF 2/20

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WWF, 2-19-18

Good Afternoon!

Emma and Mack were playing with the babies and baskets. They were using the baskets for carrying their babies, then they both decided to use their imaginative skills and turned their baskets into hats.

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We  spent some time in the kitchen working in our journals.  We were busy making many circles on our papers.

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Mondays are an exciting day for us to look out the window to see the trash truck come to empty our trash can.  We watched as the driver used the mechanical arms to pick up our bin and empty our bin and set it back on the ground.

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Breakfast:  Whole grain wheat bagel with no nut butter and fresh clementine’s.

Lunch:  Whole grain wheat pasta with shredded pork, fresh blueberries and carrots.

Afternoon Snack:  Whole milk yogurt and graham crackers.

Wee Sprouts:  Carrots.

Have a great night!

Rebekah

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WF, 2/19/2018

Good Afternoon!

**Just as a reminder (if you haven’t already), that re-enrollment forms are due this Friday, February 23rd.

In pre-k/k group, we read a new book titled, ‘Frog and Toad All Year: Down the Hill’. It’s a book that has several short stories in it and today, we read ‘Down the Hill’. Frog and Toad exhibit a great sense of humor which elicited laughter throughout the story. After we finished reading the short story, I read aloud five main events that occurred in the story. I asked, “Which one happened first?”. After we identified which event happened first, we put the rest into the order in which they occurred. This is the first time that we read about Frog and Toad. There were several requests made for Frog and Toad again tomorrow! (good thing I bought several books! Smile)

K.1.4: Identify and order events that take place in a sequence. (2006 standard)

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We used our hands in several ways this morning: rubber bands, magnatiles, and pattern blocks.

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A child requested moon sand and spaces quickly filled up! We measured moon sand and used our hands to level it off.

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Breakfast– Whole wheat toast with butter and PPC pears.

Lunch– Whole wheat noodles with butter and shredded pork, PPC banana/pears, and PPC cucumber.

PM snack– Whole milk yogurt with PPC mango.

Wee Sprout– PPC cucumber.

Have a great evening.

-Mindy

Link to pictures: WF 2/19

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WWF, 2-15-18

Good Afternoon!

We are looking forward to meeting with our families tomorrow for conferences.  Enjoy some of the pictures from our day!

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Breakfast:  Whole grain Cheerios and fresh apples.

Lunch:  Whole grain brown rice with shredded chicken, fresh PPC pears and mixed vegetables.

Afternoon Snack:  Goldfish crackers and mozzarella string cheese stick.

Wee Sprouts:  Corn.

Enjoy your evening!

Rebekah

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WF, 2/14/2018

Good Afternoon!

We had a fabulous day celebrating the bonds and friendships that we’ve formed here at Wee Friends.

We hope you had a fantastic Valentine’s Day!

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Breakfast– Whole wheat oatmeal with PPC banana.

Lunch– Farm fresh scrambled eggs with shredded cheese, whole wheat bread, PPC banana/fresh strawberries, and fresh carrots.

PM snack– Homemade strawberry shortcake and string cheese.

Wee Sprout– Fresh carrots.

Have a lovely night.

-Mindy

Link to pictures: WF 2/14

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WF, 2/15/2018

We’re looking forward to meeting with each family tomorrow at conferences!

Here are a few pictures from our day.

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Breakfast– Corn Chex and PPC mango.

Lunch– Brown rice with shredded chicken, PPC banana, and PPC cucumbers.

PM snack– Roasted chick peas and triscuits.

Wee Sprout– PPC peppers and cucumber.

Have a great evening.

-Mindy

Link to pictures: WF 2/15

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WWF, 2-14-18

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today we did a variety of activities with our friends. 

We sat climbed in and out of our big blocks together…..

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we decorated some pink and red hearts with markers for someone in our family…

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Miss Marty styled Mack and Emma’s hair for the day…

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and we were throwing the balls around.

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Breakfast:  Kix cereal and fresh apples.

Lunch:  Scrambled eggs with shredded cheddar cheese, whole grain wheat toast with butter, fresh oranges and corn.

Afternoon Snack:  Blue corn chips and refried beans.

Have a great evening!

Rebekah

Link to pictures:  https://1drv.ms/f/s!AtTCDmdhjIulicoZjgFQSoLgfDhXzg

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