The Bears continue to surprise and amaze us at every chance they get – we now have a room full of crawlers and walkers! The little ones have been working so hard on a variety of skills - friendships have blossomed, routines have been mastered, and the room continues to be filled with silliness, laughter, and so many new words and dance moves. We are so proud of all of their successes, and how eager they are to practice and learn throughout the day.
The Bears are have just finished up a unit on Emotions, which quickly turned into a class favorite. The week started with the kids making silly faces, color sorting with stress balls, playing in a calming lavender sensory table, and building a “happy or sad” Mat Man with wooden pieces. The kids also got to participate in an “emotions photo shoot,” where they practiced different faces for the camera. We turned the pictures into a flip book full of the Bears classmates showing different emotions!
During circle time, the Bears read the book “My Many Colored Days” by Dr. Seuss. They worked on recognizing feelings and colors, and matching the characters in the book to the same pictures hanging from the ceiling. The book also paired gross motor movements and sounds to their emotions, so we practiced howling when mad, jumping when happy, and buzzing like a bee when excited! Our art project also correlated with the book, and the Bears got to paint with whichever “color” they were feeling that day in the same art-style of the book.
By the end of the theme, the Bears were starting to recognize their friends’ emotions and tell their teachers and friends how they were feeling. We feel so honored to be able to watch how their excitement with learning develops, and find out what other surprises and successes are in store for us this year. We can’t wait to see how much more they grow and learn!
- Therese Marucci, Lead Teacher