The Sunshine Class recently kicked off NEA’s Read Across America Program! To begin, the boys and girls celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a very special visit from none other than…THE CAT IN THE HAT! Dressed in his trademark hat, this feisty feline read the classic Foot Book to our students. Thankfully, he didn’t cause any mischief in the classroom. Phew! The students then painted a beautiful mural. Instead of brushes, they used…their bare feet! Do check out our gorgeous art display in the Dramatic Play area. This week, the pupils will be exploring the timely book, The Lorax. This masterpiece touches on themes of environmental respect and preservation. During Choice Time, the children will have the opportunity to craft their own mixed media, three-dimensional Truffula trees. Very cool!
As part of Read Across America, the Sunshine Class welcomes Guest Readers into the classroom. Parents, grandparents, administrators and community members continue to visit and share their favorite selections of literature. Coming up: More small group creative writing workshops and adventures in graphing!
The Starburst Classroom has been moving and grooving throughout their days at Magic Garden! Recently, the girls and boys have embarked on a variety of movement opportunities. If you walk in and a dance party is in full swing, don’t be surprised. Just join us! Some favorite tunes from recent weeks are “Happy” by Pharell, “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake and the “Stand Up, Sit Down” song! Move it, Starburst friends!
The children have been learning to cool down and chill too. Pairing literature with this current interest, the pupils have been responding to books that center on relaxation, stress reduction and self-confidence. A current favorite is A Boy and a Bear by Lori Lite.
Lately, the Starburst Scientists have been looking very closely at the properties of magnetism. The students continue to enjoy digging their magic magnetic wands in the sand table and collecting iron shavings. Also, the kiddos embarked on a magnet hunt, locating numerous different objects that illustrate a magnetic pull. Great job, girls and guys!
Up next: The Starburst friends will delve into the topic of the human body, nutrition and health!