WWF, 1-12-2018

Good Afternoon. Here are some of the pictures from our day for your enjoyment!

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Lunch:  Shredded cheddar cheese on whole grain wheat tortilla quesadillas, fresh PPC apples and corn.

Afternoon Snack:  Goldfish crackers and cheddar block cheese.

Wee Sprouts:  Corn.

Have a great weekend!

Rebekah

Link to pictures:  https://1drv.ms/f/s!AtTCDmdhjIulibVeU-XWnO9l4aToOw

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WF, 1/12/2018

Happy Friday!

**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!

Here’s a few pictures from our short day!

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Breakfast– No breakfast today Smile.

Lunch– Peanut butter on whole wheat bread, fresh apples/PPC banana, and frozen mixed veggies.

PM snack– Cheddar block cheese and pretzels.

Wee Sprout– Cherry tomatoes and fresh carrots.

Have a lovely weekend!

-Mindy

Link to pictures: WF 1/12

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WF, 1/11/2018

Good Afternoon!

**Please clear out your child’s art cubbie at pick up today. Thanks!

In our pre-k/k group, we’re going to be asking a very important community helper to do a job for us: getting our package across the Atlantic Ocean to Lulu in Germany! Lulu, a Wee Friender who just moved away, will be our pen pal for the foreseeable future. Tomorrow, we’re going to start writing her letters or drawing her pictures. When we’re done, we’re going to put them into an envelope and send it to Germany!

Today, we read ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’. In the story, the crayons write letters to Duncan explaining why they’re upset. We took a look at the layout of several letter examples in case we wanted to write a letter to Lulu! Word is..we have a special card coming our way too! We’re excited to receive mail! Smile

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.

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Our sensory need was fulfilled this morning as children explore the moon sand in the sensory bin. Several utensils were used to manipulate the moon sand including spoons, tongs, bowls, and measuring spoons/cups.

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A painting opportunity was made available this morning at the art table. Children used small paint brushes to move the paint around the paper.

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We have flourished this week, getting back into our regular routine.

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Breakfast– Kix and fresh apples/pears.

Lunch– Brown rice with shredded beef, fresh apples, and fresh carrots.

PM snack– Sunflower seeds and graham crackers.

Wee Sprout– PPC cherry tomatoes and fresh carrots.

Have a great evening!

-Mindy

Link to pictures: WF 1/11

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WWF, 1-11-18

Good Afternoon!

Emma and Mack worked on their social skills as they worked as a team to work on their alphabet puzzle. What great teamwork!

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We enjoyed feeling the different textures of the stepping stones with our hands and feet as we used a variety of different movements, crawling, walking and running to go across them.

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Breakfast:  Whole grain Cheerios and fresh PPC pears.

Lunch:  Whole grain brown rice with shredded beef, pears and carrots.

Afternoon Snack:  Pretzels and PPC banana.

Wee Sprouts:  Carrots.

Have a great night!

Rebekah

Link to pictures:  https://1drv.ms/f/s!AtTCDmdhjIulibUOlQdmOl8mv8NYJQ

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WWF, 1-10-18

Good Afternoon!

Mack was the oldest friend here for the majority of the morning, so he spent some time working on his letter and color recognition as he was putting puzzles together. When our friends get at the age and stage of understanding the concept of colors, numbers, shapes etc.., we work on different strategies to help them work through their understanding. For example, Miss Marty asked Mack to find all the yellow numbers, red numbers etc. This is one strategy that works well with our friends and they enjoy it.

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Rose worked at moving the beads across the curvy lines on the abacus cube. She was also very interested in the Goodnight Moon book as well as pulling the cars back and watching them go forward all by themselves as she made car sounds.

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Emma and Mack enjoyed some imaginative play together as they chose an outfit to wear or to take with them in the basket on their trip.

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Aggie and Daniel worked on their social skills and hand-eye coordination as they took turns putting the balls into the permanence box.

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Breakfast:  Kix cereal and PPC banana.

Lunch:  Sunflower butter on whole grain wheat bread, PPC banana and broccoli.

Afternoon Snack: Blue corn chips and mozzarella string cheese stick.

Wee Sprouts:  Broccoli.

Have a great night!

Rebekah

Link to pictures:  https://1drv.ms/f/s!AtTCDmdhjIulibNyue1SOcskjDnzPg

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WF, 1/10/2018

Good Afternoon!

**A last reminder: We need every child’s updated shot records by this Friday (January 12th) to be in compliance with state laws. Directions and the address of Wee Friends is attached to the paper that’s hung in the science area. Thanks for everyone’s cooperation!

In our pre-k/k group, we read ‘Friendship Day’ followed by explaining the important jobs of various community helpers. Children looked at the outfits each character was dressed in to figure out what community helper we were going to be talking about. After we came to a decision, friends shared their thoughts about what that community helper did that helped us or the community in general. A large group member asked, “What would happen if we didn’t have doctors?!”. This started a conversation about what we would do if some of these important community helpers didn’t exist!

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.

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I’ve attached a short article about kid spelling or inventive spelling. Research in the article links inventive spelling to children learning how to read. “What we’ve found over the years is there seemed to be something with kids who are doing invented spelling on their own that’s really helping them learn how to read,” said Ouellette in an interview. “I’d say it’s like the missing piece” in early literacy instruction.

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“Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count. Childhood is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace which is right for each individual child.”

-Magda Gerber

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Breakfast– Whole grain oatmeal with honey and PPC pears.

Lunch– Shredded cheese on whole wheat flatbread/tortilla, banana, and fresh carrots.

PM snack– Air popped popcorn with butter and fresh apples.

Wee Sprout– PPC cucumbers.

Have a great evening!

-Mindy

Link to pictures: WF 1/10

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WWF, 1-9-18

Good Afternoon!

This morning we had a sensory activity with real snow. Our activity not only focused on  sensory, but math and science were also incorporated.  Miss Rebekah showed us how we could use a variety of different sized measuring scoops to make a snowman.

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We also used our sense of touch to realize that the snow was cold and then our sense of taste as we put some snow in our mouth.

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We then did an experiment with the snow by placing it in a bowl and checking it occasionally to see what would happen with it inside where it is warm. We found out that it will melt and turn into water.  When we were finished with the activity, we put all of the snow from our bins into the sink and watched as Miss Marty used the sprayer with hot water on it which showed us the same effect.

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Breakfast:  Whole grain Cheerios and fresh PPC banana.

Lunch: Refried beans and cheese on whole grain wheat tortillas, fresh PPC kiwi and peas.

Afternoon Snack:  Whole grain wheat cinnamon raisin bagel with butter and colby jack block cheese.

Wee Sprouts:  Peas.

Hope you had a wonderful day!

Rebekah

Link to pictures:  https://1drv.ms/f/s!AtTCDmdhjIulibJjs29ozrESP8DgFQ

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WF, 1/9/2018

Good Afternoon!

Several children became involved with ‘community helper’ bingo this morning. Anna, Lucy, and Maddie started off playing together, identifying different community helpers after I gave them a description prompt. A few younger friends stood by and watched as they played the game which gave them a deeper understanding of how community helpers help us.

We quickly found out that some friends had background knowledge of certain community helpers while others did not. For example, a veterinarian. Children who have pets know what a veterinarian does while friends who don’t have any animals in their house may not know this certain community helper. Friends shared their knowledge to their peers while covering their bingo board.

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.

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In large group, we read ‘The Ugly Duckling’. Afterwards, we talked about how the ugly duckling felt and how other animals words affected him. Together as a group, we made a list of classroom rules that we follow to either be a good friend or to keep us safe. After friends gave their rule example, many friends commented, “We sometimes fight…”. We talked about how it CAN be difficult to follow rules but that’s why we help each other out and all that matters is trying our best. The group widely agreed on this!

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

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Creations were made at the art table and the easel as we used various materials to make an individual piece of artwork. As David was using scissors to cut paper, an older friend came up and commented, “David, you’re doing a great job at being safe with your scissors!”

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Several younger friends sat together at the circle table to explore foam puzzles. There are a couple harder puzzles that test our patience. We passed the test! By working together, taking our time, and using our trial and error skills, children completed every foam puzzle that we have!

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Breakfast– Whole wheat toast with butter and PPC kiwi.

Lunch– Refried bean and shredded cheese on whole wheat tortillas, PPC banana, and PPC green beans.

PM snack– English muffins with peanut butter and PPC clementines.

Wee Sprout– PPC peppers.

Have a great evening.

-Mindy

Link to pictures: WF 1/9

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WWF, 1-8-18

Happy New Year! Our friends were happy to return to see all of their other friends and  enjoy playing with all of their favorite activities.

Today we worked on our fine motor skills as we worked on our puzzles, moved the pegs to trace the lines in the abacus and built with our magnatiles with a friend.

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We enjoyed looking at many books or having a teacher read them to us.

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We enjoyed the activities in the habitrail area. We used the big blocks to build a wall and the star rainbow mats to play hide and seek, went down the slide and played with all of the bouncy balls.

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Breakfast: Whole grain wheat toast with butter and fresh PPC clementines.

Lunch:  Whole grain wheat pasta with shredded chicken, mixed vegetables and clementines.

Afternoon Snack:  Whole milk yogurt, graham crackers and fresh PPC kiwi.

Wee Sprouts:  Mixed vegetables.

Have a great evening!

Rebekah

Link to pictures:  https://1drv.ms/f/s!AtTCDmdhjIulibIgh0mGAffntQahqg

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WF, 1/8/2018

Good Afternoon!

**We’ve put a couple reminders up in the front area: we need every child’s updated shot records by FRIDAY, JANUARY 12th (this Friday) to be in compliance with state regulations. If it’s easier, you can have them sent here to Wee Friends. Thank you!—If you have any questions, please ask!

Today, we welcomed Sophia into our classroom! She knew several peers from their time together at Wee Wee which makes for strong relationship connections. We’re so excited to have Sophia join our class.

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Anna joined our pre-k/k group today! On her first day, she was the song starter/mat guard, a very cherished role. We switch every week and each child gets a turn to sing a song to start off group and make sure that their peers are rolling their mats up properly as well as putting them away.

This week, we’re learning about different community helpers and how they help us. We read two books, one about police officers while the other book focused on firefighters. Afterwards, we looked at the pictures and identified who was in the picture. As a group, we discussed what tools each worker has to use to do their job well.

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.

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We spent all morning sharing stories from our holiday break as well as reconnecting with our peers.

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We hope you’ve had a great start to 2018!

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Breakfast– Whole grain cheerios and PPC clementines.

Lunch– Whole wheat pasta with shredded chicken and butter, PPC pears/clementines, and PPC broccoli.

PM snack– Whole milk yogurt with PPC kiwi.

Wee Sprout– PPC broccoli.

Have a lovely night.

-Mindy

Link to pictures: WF 1/8

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