"Brush your teeth, brush your teeth, brush them twice a day!" The Ladybugs have been singing that song all week, as they have learned the importance of taking care of their little teeth. In addition to talking about dental health, we focused on the color green, the letter G, and counting from one to five.
The Ladybugs painted with dental floss and green paint on Tuesday and were surprised to see how the thin string left such interesting patterns on paper. We gathered a box full of green items from around the room and read Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox. We finally got to visit our garden after all of that rain last week! We were happy to discover tiny green sprouts where we planted our carrot and spinach seeds.
On Wednesday, we painted with toothbrushes and colored a huge piece of white paper with green crayons. In chapel, Pastor Amy taught us to take good care of the body God gave us so that it stays strong and healthy. The Ladybugs also enjoyed playing with feathers in our sensory table and brushing our baby dolls' teeth!
We constructed pretend toothbrushes out of card stock and white felt on Thursday, and we read The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist. Mrs. S's music class didn't disappoint that morning, when we shook egg shakers and belted out our favorite tunes, as well as a new one about dental hygiene, of course!
This week we were happy to fill up our "Who is here today?" chart, because all of the Ladybugs are healthy and back together again! Thank you, Jamie, your snacks were a hit this week.
Please remember to turn in your child's Summer Palooza registration form, as well as your child's enrollment paperwork for next year. Enrollment will soon open to the public, and we want to be sure your child has a spot at Grace Garden next year!
Next week, we'll don our boots and hats while we learn about cowboys and celebrate Texas's birthday. Have fun together this weekend, and we'll see you Tuesday.
Ms. Shannon and Ms. Tammy
What a week of friendship and love!
The Ladybugs kicked off the week in a huge way with a Valentine's Day celebration on Tuesday. One by one, each Ladybug put valentines in their friends' bags. They were so proud to give a special gift to each of their friends! The children helped set the table for our red lunch: they helped spread the table cloth and hand out our place mats, plates, napkins, and utensils. We enjoyed the longest lunch of the year with happy conversation and lots of "mmmm"s and "more please"s!
On Wednesday, Pastor Amy helped us continue the theme of love during our chapel time. She taught us that we can wear invisible clothing of kindness, just as Paul wrote in one of his letters. We "tried on" these invisible socks, shirts, and pants of kindness and sang a new song about love.
The Ladybugs also made self portraits, by gluing eyes, noses, and lips to a circle on paper. We made puzzles out of the Ladybugs' photos, and the children did a super job putting together the faces of their friends. On Thursday, we made collages out of magazine cutouts, showing friends and families sharing time together.
We talked a lot about treating our friends kindly, using gentle words and hands. We have also been focusing on covering our coughs, wiping our noses and washing our hands, and keeping toys out of our mouths. We have been trying our best to keep our room clean and your kiddos healthy. We sure have missed our sick friends...we hope you are feeling well soon!
Thank you so much, parents, for all of your beautiful valentines and for donating such delicious items for our lunch. We just love our class!
If you have not already, please return your Summer Palooza form to the office, so that Kym knows if you would like your child to attend Grace Garden's summer camp program this June. Thank you! We are excited to get plans underway for what will surely be a fun way to spend our early summer days.
We will see you all again on Tuesday, when we will begin our unit on dental health.
Have a terrific weekend!
Ms. Shannon and Ms. Tammy
We were feeling the love in the Ladybug room this week, as we focused on Valentine's Day, love, and friendship. We also talked about the letter E, the color red, and the number4.
The Ladybugs started the week by learning the heart shape. On Tuesday, the Ladybugs dipped heart cookie cutters in red and pink paint and stamped them on white paper. We cleared some space in the garden and planted spinach and carrot seeds. We explained that valentines are special cards for the people we love by reading Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! by Laura Joffe Numeroff. In this book, Mouse works hard making valentines for all of his friends. We explained that we will be doing the same thing next week!
The Ladybugs painted red letter Es at the easel on Wednesday. Pastor Amy taught us about the Paul's letter to the Corinthians--she had two Caterpillar students clang noisy cymbals to demonstrate what life is like without love. She then had two more Caterpillars ring sweet bells to show how beautiful life is with love. After chapel, we taught a finger play called "One Little Valentine" and a song, "Do You Know My Valentine", the words to which you have in your folders. Our friend Jude also showed us the hand sign for "I love you"!
On Thursday, the Ladybugs decorated "mailboxes" out of red paper bags, which they will use next Tuesday for our big valentine exchange. We sang about love in music class with Mrs. S, and we made a heart shaped bird feeder for our back porch. We Ladybugs do love watching the birds outside our windows! We also read the silly book Max's Valentine by Rosemary Wells.
Please remember to bring two things Tuesday morning: your child's valentines and the item you are donating to our Red Lunch. There will be no need to send a regular packed lunch that day!
We sure hope our sick Ladybug friends are feeling better soon. We really miss you!
Next week, there will be more hearts, hugs, and kisses, as we celebrate Valentine's Day and continue our talks about love and friendship. Have a great weekend together!
Ms. Shannon and Ms. Tammy
It was more long necks and pointy teeth for the Ladybugs this week, as we continued our unit on dinosaurs. We also focused on the color green, the letter D, and the number 4. On Tuesday, the Ladybugs spent a lot of time at the easel, painting and coloring with green. They discovered that many dinosaurs were green, and that dinosaur starts with the letter D! The Ladybugs used markers to color coffee filters, on Wednesday. We sprayed them with water and watched the colors bleed together. In chapel, Pastor Amy talked about what traits God gave each dinosaur to help it survive on Earth. She then taught the children that God gave us the abilities to talk and love, which help us happily survive on Earth. We took a brief departure from dinosaurs to talk about Groundhog Day on Thursday. The Ladybugs made shadows on the wall with flashlights and then fashioned little groundhog puppets out of popsicle sticks and pom poms. We also played a game with shape cutouts. We placed the shapes on the floor and asked the Ladybugs to stand on a certain shape. The Ladybugs loved this and are really coming along with their shape recognition! In music, we sang our usual tunes, as well as our new favorite, "We are the Dinosaurs Marching!"
Thanks, Jude, for the delicious, healthy snacks this week!
Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and planning is underway for a festive red lunch and valentine exchange on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Please sign up to bring a red food item to our party. Also look for a class list in your child's folder, which will help you and your Ladybug prepare cards for their pals.
The Ladybugs will actually learn all about Valentine's Day next week as we begin our study of love and friendship. Have a super weekend together!
Ms. Shannon and Ms. Tammy