Early Childhood West

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Early childhood has been working on closing our classroom community.  We have been polishing our wooden work, scrubbing tables and chairs, and cleaning our cubbies.  This extension of our practical life work allows the children to practice skills learned all year as well as build a sense of community as we work collaboratively in our...
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Early Childhood began the week with making Friendship Pins for friends and teachers in the classroom. This is a special end-of-the-year work that uses fine motor skills and concentration! This work is also rooted in kindness and courtesy, as the children make then give these memorable tokens of friendship. Additional lessons in the Early Childhood...
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Early childhood smelled amazing this week as the classrooms began a culminating food prep:  making cinnamon bread!  This practical life activity entails measuring, scooping, pouring, whisking, kneading, and stirring.  After each child participates in preparing his or her own personal loaf, the bread is left to rise and finally baked to perfection.  East students enjoyed...
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The West classroom also introduced Slicing Mini-Cucumbers and Straight Pins in a Strainer in Practical Life. Bell Matching was also introduced, allowing children to hear tonal differences and subsequently match the sounds. In celebration of Earth day, Earth finger paint was added to the Art Shelf. Color Box 5 Grading was added to the Sensorial shelf...
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We hope you had a wonderful long weekend!  To celebrate Earth Day, each child planted his or her own grass to grow in the classroom.  We will tend to it daily and watch as the seeds grow into grass right before our eyes!  The children also celebrated with Earth Day art exploration. In the East...
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Early childhood continued in the food preparation curriculum this week with egg slicing.  Students used tonging skills to choose an egg, crack and peel it, then use the egg slicer.  Finally, students could enjoy eating!  Also in practical life, students polished a wood and covered eggs with tissue paper. Additionally, we studied and explored birds...
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What an exciting week at MSBG as we welcomed so many grandparents and special visitors! The Early Childhood classrooms were a buzz and the children had the opportunity to demonstrate their lessons and share their work. Thank you to all our guests that shared in our special week. The Early Childhood West classroom introduced Food Prep and...
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Kindergarten students had the opportunity to go to Campus Pollyeyes on Tuesday!  After a tour of the kitchen, we had the chance to see the preparation of the dough and what it takes to make each pizza or breadstick.  Students were invited to make their own pizzas and experience the consistency and texture of each...
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  The West classroom is also celebrating Spring through Art! Children are practicing their pre-writing skills to hold a fork, dip into colored paint and create spring flowers. To expand on our interest in our Africa unit we are making a rain forest. The children are reinforcing their fine motor skills by pin punching small...
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We celebrated the first day of Spring this week with food preparation, making dirt pudding!  Students began with using a mortar and pestle to crush Oreo cookies for the “dirt”.  A few days later we prepared chocolate pudding then used our practical life skills of spooning, scooping, and tonging to create the treat. The East...
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