WF, 1/19/2018

Happy Friday!

In large group, we read ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ which lead us to count the syllables in each of the animals that were a main focus in the story. When we were almost done, a kindergartener said, “Hey! There are three animals so far that have two syllables!”. Hippopotamus was a challenging word for our friends as we really had to focus to find all five syllables in the word.

K.RF.3.2: Orally segment words into syllables.

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Our ‘Music Garden’ class started this morning lead by Miss Melinda! It’s a fifteen week class that eight of our children are apart of. The fifteen week class will focus on all aspects of music.

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While the Music Garden class was going on, the rest of our friends occupied themselves with various activities.

Anna and Maddie matched uppercase letters to lowercase letters using the cardboard box activity. Afterwards, they worked together to find the syllables in several words using clip cards. Anna was having difficulty with the three syllable words so Maddie helped her by showing her how she counts syllables.

K.RF.2.4: Identify and name all uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

K.RF.3.2: Orally segment words into syllables.

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The art table was also transformed into a play dough exploration center this morning where things from poisonous worms to hot dogs were created.

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“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

-Albert Einstein

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Breakfast– Rice cakes with peanut butter and PPC kiwi.

Lunch– Turkey or ham on whole wheat bread, PPC banana, and PPC broccoli.

PM snack– Mozzarella string cheese with goldfish.

Wee Sprout– PPC broccoli.

Have a fantastic weekend!

-Mindy

Link to pictures: WF 1/19

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WWF, 1-19-18

Good Afternoon!

Today, we started our morning by looking at a book or building with the magnatiles with a friend.

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Emma and Mack said, “ta da” as they each proudly stood tall on top of their blocks.

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We enjoyed working on our fine motor skills as we drew with our markers.  Emma and Mack went another step further by adding science as they each painted over their marker drawings with water to see what happened! They found out that their colors bled out on their papers.

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Breakfast: Toasted whole grain wheat bread with sunflower butter and fresh PPC banana.

Lunch:  Grilled turkey and cheese on whole grain wheat bread, fresh cherry tomatoes, banana and broccoli.

Afternoon Snack:  Goldfish crackers and mild cheddar block cheese.

Wee Sprouts: Broccoli.

We hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Rebekah

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WWF, 1-18-18

Good Afternoon! We hope you enjoy some of the pictures from our day.

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Breakfast:  Whole grain Cheerios and fresh PPC banana.

Lunch:  Whole grain brown rice with turkey, banana and corn.

Afternoon Snack:  Graham crackers, mozzarella cheese stick and banana.

Wee Sprouts:  Corn.

Have a wonderful night!

Rebekah

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WF, 1/18/2018

Good Afternoon!

The circle table was full of different counting manipulatives this morning. Chloe took the people counters and lined them up in a straight line while counting them with her index finger while Lucy specifically used the bears. She counted them as well while incorporating her own A-B-A-B pattern.

K.NS.4: Perform one to one correspondence tasks.

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Lucy extended her patterns into four rows while focusing on different colored bears to complete her pattern.

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We explored various wonders throughout the environment.

A three year old child used the light coming in from the back door to make various hand puppets on the refrigerator door. He moved his fingers and hand various ways to see how the reflection would change on the refrigerator.

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Grady and Max noticed that when they moved the sensory pillow that we have in the habitrail loft, the sequins made shiny lights throughout the environment. They each took turns moving the pillow around to see where the lights were going to show up.

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Today, it was the 48 piece puzzles that challenged us. A couple of our friends are transitioning from 24 piece puzzle to ones that challenge us a little bit more!

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Breakfast– Kashi Blueberry Clusters and PPC kiwi.

Lunch– Brown rice with shredded turkey, PPC banana/clementines, and PPC green beans.

PM snack– Triscuits and sunflower seeds.

Wee Sprout– PPC red pepper and green beans.

Have a fantastic evening.

-Mindy

Link to pictures: WF 1/18

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WWF, 1-17-18

**First reminder: Wee Friends will be closed on Friday, February 16th for conferences. We will be sending out pre-conference forms in the next couple of weeks so that we can get the schedule set! Thanks!

Good Afternoon!

Our friends started the morning off making their own music on the xylophone. They enjoyed tapping the different keys with the mallet and hearing the different sounds of the keys.

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We brought some snow inside for a sensory activity. The friends were given different size scoops to use in their snow.  Aggie brought a ball in to roll around in hers.

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Emma and Mack helped Miss Marty get our painting activity ready. Miss Marty also turned it into a science experience.  She added white paint to the colors, then asked the question, did it turn light or dark? Emma said, “light.”

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To get ready for Valentine’s day we painted some small and large hearts using red, pink and light and dark purple paint. We all used a variety of colors and they turned out beautiful. You can find them hanging up in our classroom bamboo boards.

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Breakfast:  Whole grain Cheerios and fresh PPC banana.

Lunch:  Scrambled eggs, whole grain wheat bread,  banana and carrots.

Afternoon Snack:  Whole grain wheat crackers and hummus.

Wee Sprouts:  Carrots.

Hope you had a great Wednesday!

Rebekah

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WF, 1/17/2018

Good Afternoon!

After reading ‘Curious George Goes Camping’, our pre-k/k group looked around the science area for several items. When a child called out an item, we worked as a team to figure out how many syllables that word had. The first several words that we came up with were either one or two syllable words.

I asked the group to look around the room to find an item with three syllables. After a few seconds, Lucy shouted, “calendar!”. We also were able to write ‘butterfly’ under the three syllable section! Before going over the calendar, a friend commented, “We found more one syllable words than anything!”.

K.RF.3.2: Orally segment words into syllables.

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Puzzles challenged us.

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Magnatiles and trio blocks allowed us to use our imaginations.

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“It shouldn’t matter how slowly some children learn as long as we are encouraging them not to stop.”

-Robert John Meehan

Breakfast– Whole grain oatmeal with banana.

Lunch– Scrambled eggs with shredded cheese, whole wheat bread, PPC clementines, and fresh cucumber/carrots.

PM snack– Blue corn chips and refried beans.

Wee Sprout– Fresh cucumber/carrots.

Have a fantastic night.

-Mindy

Link to pictures: WF 1/17

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WF, 1/16/2018

Good Afternoon!

Lucy interacted with syllable clip cards this morning. She used two methods to figure out how many syllables were in each word; the clapping method and the hand-under-the-chin method! She commented, “Fish only has one syllable but if I called him ‘fishy’, he’d have two syllables.” She used her knowledge of syllables to help her younger friends in large group.

K.RF.3.2: Orally segment words into syllables.

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In large group, we read ‘Ladybug Girl and the Best Play Date Ever’. After, we reviewed what syllables are. Grady and Anna both asked how we figure out how many syllables are in a word so Lucy took it upon herself to explain. Once we were all on the same page, we separated our class into two groups: names with two syllables and names with three syllables. For each name, we double checked our self by using BOTH methods; the hand-under-the-chin method and the clapping method. At the end, many friends shared their observations: We have way more friends with two syllables in their name as opposed to three!

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Salt was the focus of an experiment that we did this morning. Miss Kim and several friends gathered around the art table to discuss why we use salt on the sidewalks during the winter time. Lucy shouted, “So we don’t slip!”.

In one bucket, we painted ice cubes with paint INCLUDING salt while the other bin of ice cubes was just painted with regular paint. Our end objective was to see if the paint including the salt made the ice melt faster.

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The rest of the morning was spent at the art easel, at the art table where we sorted animals based on their habitats, and creating our own patterns! It was an active, engaging morning.

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Breakfast– Whole grain cheerios and banana.

Lunch– Hummus on whole wheat flatbread, banana/clementines, and fresh carrots/cucumber.

PM snack– Whole wheat bagel with peanut butter and block cheddar cheese.

Wee Sprout– Fresh carrots/cucumber.

Have a great evening!

-Mindy

Link to pictures: WF 1/16

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WWF, 1-16-18

Good Afternoon!

Today some of the children were interested in the balls and requested to play catch with Miss Rebekah. We were working on our hand-eye coordination and our throwing and catching skills as we tossed our balls back and forth with Miss Rebekah.

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After Emma and Mack were through playing catch, they both decided to take their balls over to the shelf and do an experiment to see how far each of their balls could roll down the shelf. They each found out that their ball would only make it halfway down the shelf before it stopped or rolled off the edge.

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We then all went into the kitchen to work on our fine motor skills as we drew in our journals or on a piece of paper.

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Breakfast:  Kix cereal and fresh apples.

Lunch:  Hummus on whole grain wheat flatbread, fresh PPC banana and peas.

Afternoon Snack:  Toasted whole grain cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese.

Wee Sprouts:  Peas.

Have a great evening!

Rebekah

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WWF, 1-15-18

Good Afternoon!

We would like to give a warm Wee Friends welcome to our new friend Pascale and her parents Oscar (Enrique) and Yesenia! We are so happy to have you joining us.

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This morning Mack requested the pegs and peg boards. He worked on his hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as he stacked the pegs in his boat.

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We spent some time looking at our favorite winter stories and other books.

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The friends were busy playing with the balls, climbing, moving the pegs on the abacus board and driving the cars in the habitrail area.

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Breakfast:  Whole grain cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese and PPC banana.

Lunch:  Whole grain pasta with red beans, corn and PPC pears.

Afternoon Snack:  Whole milk yogurt and graham crackers.

Wee Sprouts:  Corn.

Have a great night!

Rebekah

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WF, 1/15/2018

Good Afternoon!

Children used their background knowledge of letters to match uppercase letters to lowercase letters. Younger children watched as their older friends completed the activity, gaining knowledge by watching their older peer. Franklin saw several letters that he knew, stating, “Here’s an ‘S’ for Sophia!”. Most of the children who did this activity noted the letters in their name or in a friends name.

K.RF.2.4: Identify and name all uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

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Our class had a great start to our week! We hope you did too!

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Breakfast– Whole wheat bagel with cream cheese and banana.

Lunch– Whole wheat pasta with kidney beans and butter, clementines and banana, and fresh carrots/cucumber.

PM snack– Whole milk yogurt with pumpkin flax granola.

Wee Sprout– Fresh carrots.

Have a wonderful night!

-Mindy

Link to pictures: WF 1/15

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