YK has made a splash into spring weather this week! The boys have been discussing and exploring various types of spring weather in particular; thunderstorms, tornadoes, and rain showers! Thursday was an extra special day for the boys. The weather permitted the boys to put their rain boots and raincoats on and venture out into the rain shower! By playing in the rain shower it gave the boys the opportunity to learn about where the water we use comes from, that rain comes at different rates of intensity, wind affects the direction of rain, that water seeks its own level, so puddles collect in holes and slanted ground, etc. We encouraged them to jump into the big muddy puddles, this not only in a fun way to develop gross motor skills but the boys were also experiencing cause and effect and properties of the water through this simple activity. The boys had such fun, and yes, they did get muddy and wet, but luckily, God created us all washable! We sent home their muddy/wet clothes so be sure to send in more extra clothes because we will be getting back out into the rain showers any chance we can get!
Here is a little blurb form Senora Watson on what the boys have been up to in Spanish class!
“It’s springtime, or “La Primavera” in Spanish. The YK boys have been learning about “La Primavera” and we have been practicing talking about what the weather is like during this time of year. We have been practicing the song called “Que Llueva, Que Llueva” (“Let it Rain, Let it Rain).
Also, the boys have been learning about “Partes de la cara” ("Parts of the Face”), and we talked about amazing things we can do using our body parts.. I read some books to the class to practice our vocabulary. We played some games, and we sang the song “Mi Cuerpo Hace Musica” (“My Body Makes Music”). We used Mr. Potato Head to practice and recognize some body parts.
Spring has officially sprung in YK! We have begun our spring unit and this week the boys focused on spring plants. We set up our fun YK flower shop so the boys could take flower orders and put together beautiful bouquets! Another fun center included a sensory bin filled with seeds, dirt, and shovels that the boys loved getting their hands dirty in! Since our focus, this week, was on spring plants a fun plant we studied was the Venus Flytrap. Before we begin to dive into our study on topics, we love to get the boys to start thinking and making predictions by asking questions about the subject. This week before we began to read about this mysterious crazy looking Venus Flytrap, we asked the boys what they think it likes to eat which helps spark that interest and start those meaningful discussions. The boys have been working very hard on some special crafts that they cannot wait to show off next Thursday for family night! We are also asking that you bring in next week a rain jacket and rain boots for your son to keep in his cubby. In the next few weeks we will begin to explore the weather, and when the chance arises we will be braving it outside in the lovely spring rain showers!
A few reminders, PDS has started the March Mania auction. The YK boys have donated some lovely process canvas art that is up for auction! Next Thursday, we will also be hosting family night from 5:30-6:30. We hope to see everyone there!
Caution! Fun is being had in YK! The boys just finished their construction week and had a blast! We were busy making edible mud, exploring construction tools, creating blueprints and making those blueprints reality with our block station. This was also an excellent time for the boys to get out into our courtyard into our mulch pit with our oversized construction trucks! This week is always a favorite because it gives the boys more opportunities to explore, build, and tinker around. So much learning is happening in our block center. As the boys use their creativity and pretend to be architects or construction workers they supporting development across the board. We took the time this week to focus on structured block play. We discussed how construction workers build from blueprints put together by architects. We practiced this method by creating our blueprints and then using them to create in our black center. Research shows that structured block play can enhance cognitive flexibility. This is the ability to shift your focus from one relevant stimulus to another quickly. Construction play has also been linked to engineering skills, mathematic skills, stimulate creativity, divergent problem- solving, and spacial vocabulary.
This Friday the boys had the chance to participate in our EC STEAM day! This was all put together by the fantastic Cindy Brock and had the help from our awesome YK parent volunteers! The theme was Dr. Seuss, and the boys had a blast! Just a few reminders for next week, Wednesday the boys will dress up as their favorite community helper, Thursday will be our last day, and the boys are allowed to dress down in blue and red, and Friday will start our spring break!
Another exciting week this week in YK as we continue our Community Helpers unit! This week the boys studied dentists, and it has been one of our favorites so far! Dental health may begin at home, but it's up to educators to also make a point of focus in the classroom. We spent the week discussing why dental health is important and teaching the boys the best ways to brush and floss their teeth, which will help in the prevention of cavities and other dental health issues. Many of the boys were able to talk about their positive experiences of going to the dentist for the first time recently that helped support those meaningful group discussions! At the end of the week, Dr. Kepler, a YK parent, and a local pediatric dentist came to talk to the boys. He brought his special dragon with a set of teeth, a huge toothbrush, and pictures of healthy and unhealthy teeth for the boys to examine. Our boys are in a perpetual state of discovery and curiosity about the world. We feed that with our lessons and class experiences, but nothing beats real-life examples of what they’re studying! Having guest speakers come to talk during our Community Helper unit, has been so fun and so beneficial for the boys. Here is a quick excerpt from Senora Watson on what boys have been up to in Spanish class the past month!
During February, the YK boys continue learning about winter and the clothing that’s worn during the winter. We’ve played a game called “Que hay en mi Maleta?” (“What is in my suitcase?”) to practice our unit vocabulary and to review the colors they learned before. We also sing songs about winter and how to dress for the cold. Our next unit will be “Partes del Cuerpo” (“Parts of the Body”).
Next week, the boys will be participating in STEAM day on Friday! They are allowed to dress down for Friday! We hope you all have a fantastic weekend!