Early Childhood East

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Happy New Year and Welcome back! The children were so excited to see one another and share how their winter break was. The Early Childhood classrooms started 2021 out with movement and art! The West classroom explored the aerobic step and bouncing on an exercise ball while the East  classroom practiced balancing on a beam...
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Holiday activities are filling the shelves this week in Early Childhood!  Children created candy cane bead decorations and made paper chains on the art shelf.  In Practical Life, wrapping and delivering a “gift” to a friend was a well-loved work.  Also in Practical Life, we decorated a sugar cookie by spreading frosting and choosing colorful sprinkles,...
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We continued our study of December Holidays this week as we explored the traditions and customs of Kwanzaa. Children made kinaras, played mancala, strung color beads of Kwanzaa, and practiced weaving a mat. The Early childhood classrooms also introduced the holiday of Christmas. Children learned about the story of the birth of Jesus and were able...
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We welcomed the beautiful first snowfall of the season this week!  Students worked with putting on their snow pants, mittens, and snow boots.  What wonderful, real-life practical work!  Along with studying the changing seasons and weather, we also introduced work exploring the holiday of Hanukkah.  The children practiced putting candles in a real Menorah, and...
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  Early childhood lessons this week included many works in Practical Life.  The students cut velcro fruits and vegetables using a wooden slicer and cutting board.  We also rolled napkins, used a turkey baster, and sorted silverware.  All of these works strengthen and lengthen concentration as well as refine fine motor control.  They are helpful...
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What beautiful November weather we had this week! We enjoyed some extra outside time while the days were still nice! Early Childhood introduced our first Food Preparation work on plucking grapes! Children plucked grapes off a vine and then had the chance to eat them! This activity was done safe and Covid-friendly! The classrooms switched...
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Early Childhood students had a busy week of work!  Our Geography shelves were full of work exploring our place in the world, studying Me, My Home, and My Family.  We begin this unit learning about the uniqueness and diversity of pets, homes and families around the world.  We also introduced voting to the students!  We...
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We are feeling the spirit of Halloween this week! Students enjoyed many festive activities including drawing a face on a pumpkin, pounding golf tees into a pumpkin, spider web marble art, and a spooky mystery sensory bowl! On Wednesday we celebrated our Harvest Party and carved a jack-o-lantern! The children voted on what shape the...
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    Beautiful fall weather inspired many works in the classrooms this week.  Each class continued working on tweezing sunflowers, some even the mammoth variety!  We then utilized these to create sunflower art.  We continued with our rotation of science units and completed apple art, and tree art as well.  In the East classroom, students explored...
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    Early Childhood continues to explore colors; adding secondary color work to the art shelf. The red rods were introduced this week; another visual discrimination work about long and short.  We enjoyed lessons on tweezing sunflower seeds as well! The East classroom worked on table scrubbing, a large motor, multi-step practical life work involving care...
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