From the Teachers:
January 23-27, 2017
This week in the three/four year old classroom we talked about construction. On Monday we celebrated Valentine's Day with a Valentine exchange and heart healthy snacks at our party. Students used foam pieces to build a heart as a gift for family members.
On Tuesday students were able to create their own building in the block center, they were able to use the outlined shapes on the floor for "blueprints". Students used popsicle sticks to create their own stick houses. On Wednesday we had Mrs. Burnworth visit and tell us all about architecture. She taught us that architects draw and design the buildings that construction workers use to build the new buildings. She brought in lots of pictures of different types of buildings and structures, we had a great time learning about her very important job. Check out your child's brightwheel profile for pictures. Then after Mrs. Burnworth left, we used toothpicks and marshmallows to build our own 3D structures.
On Thursday, students built their own bulldozer, and we learned that bulldozers are used to move the dirt and rocks away from the area that the building will be built. We also got to watch a few minutes of Bob the Builder where we learned about some more of the machines that are used to create buildings. On Friday, we used tools to "excavate" dinosaurs out of frozen water balloons. Students had a great time learning how to use the hammer and claw to break away the ice.
Keep in mind, there will be NO SCHOOL on Monday in observance of President's Day.
Please also remember to return the student Enrollment Forms for next year!
2017 -2018 Student Enrollment Form:
Bible stories this week were:
Birds Feed Elijah
God Cares for a Widow
Elisha's New Room
God Helps Naaman
February 20 - President's Day
WHAT CHILDREN LEARN FROM BLOCK PLAY:
1. Problem solving. Sometimes it is intentional: “I want to build X. How do I do that?” Other times it is in-the-moment: “To go higher and add to one side, what can I use?”—Peter Pizzolongo
2. Imagination. Children can follow their own plan, or they can share a friend’s vision and work together to create something they never dreamed of.—Karen Cairone
3. Self-expression. Blocks offer many ways for young dual language learners to explore, express themselves, and demonstrate what they are learning across languages.—Karen Nemeth
4. Mathematics. Important concepts and skills are practiced and strengthened through block play, including length, measurement, comparison, number, estimation, symmetry, balance.—Kristen Kemple
5. Continuity and permanence. Block play engages spatial sense and motor abilities; it can be a solo or a group effort; block creations can stand for an indefinite period of time.—Lawrence Balter
6. Creativity. Blocks and other loose parts can be moved freely by children, to be combined and recombined in countless ways.—Angela Eckhoff
7. Science. Blocks offer opportunities to test hypotheses and build scientific reasoning.—Gayle Mindes
Self-esteem. Children discover that they have ideas and that they can bring their ideas to life by creating, transforming, demolishing, and re-creating something unique.—Holly Bohart
8. Social and emotional growth. Blocks help children learn to take turns and share materials, develop new friendships, become self-reliant, increase attention span, cooperate with others, and develop self-esteem.—Kathleen Harris
TOYS FOR BUILDING
3. Wooden Block Sets
4. Wooden Train Set
5. TinkerToy sets
7. Lincoln Logs
10. Hammering Shapes Set
Psalm 127: 1-3
1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
2 In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to those he loves.
3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
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