Monday, February 20, 2017

Making Colours

Instead of filling jars with paint for the easel myself,
I encouraged the children to create their own colours.
They loved mixing the colours.
I predicted we would have a lot of grayish brown colours
but instead there were many shades of purple.
After mixing they moved the jar to the easel to paint.
When it was empty someone brought it back and created their own colour
then repeated the process.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Deciding What to Build

We had planned a city bus trip a couple of weeks ago but with
all the snow we received the trip had to be cancelled.
Since that time I had started thinking about introducing fire fighters
to our program.
But I wasn't sure if the children wanted to move on from the bus idea.
To see where their interest lays I did a survey.
The children had to pick between building a bus or a fire truck.
A couple of pages later the tally favoured a fire truck.
This morning we dug out a big box and started to transform it.
This is a really wide box so we will be able to have two drivers.
I know this doesn't represent a real fire truck 
but it's important to meet the needs of the children
and driving a truck is a high interest.
We pulled out some equipment to begin the play.
Next week we will decide what colour to paint the truck.
We will also visit a real fire station and learn more
about a fire truck.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentines for Our Grandfriends

This morning our grand friends were coming to visit.
The children were invited to make a card to give to them.
Hearts, doilies, sparkly gems and confetti
encouraged the children to create.
The grand friends arrived while we were in gym so they watched us play.
Then we enjoyed story time together where we shared our songs
and a story.
Before the grand friends left the children handed them their 
Valentine cards.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentines Collage

Everything pink, red and white today.
Small, large, sparkly, soft, smooth...
lots to explore.
When I was planning this activity I worried that it would 
be one big mess as the children discovered what was in each basket.
I was impressed that they took their time and carefully
chose each item they wanted to use.
I like that some children brought other elements to the table.
This child picked a different coloured paper and used paint.
Hope you had a fun Valentine's Day.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Buddy Letters

Last week during our visit with our big buddies they shared a story with us.
They read The Jolly Postman and Other People's Letters.
They we wrote Valentine letters to each other.
We soon learned that many of our big buddies did not know their full address.
A casualty of technology possibly.
As they were busy making their cards I took pictures of the buddies.
With their card, the photo and Valentine card their envelopes were stuffed.
Will they arrive at their homes by Valentines Day?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Fairy Lane is Snowed In

We have been hit pretty hard with snow this past week.
Some of you are thinking "yes Maureen it is winter"
but we live on the rainy west coast of Canada
where we rarely see snow,
except on the mountain.
This is my place.
From Saturday to today almost two feet of snow.
I managed to walk over to Fairy Lane during the week
and it looks far worse there.
Their tiny little homes buried, some just peeking out.
Not a single sign of fairies in the Lane.
No teeny foot prints or wing dustings.
I hope their snug and cozy inside.
Not like this little guy buried up to his chin.