May Under The Sea

Ahoy!

We made a big splash this month by suiting up for a trip into the deep! Throughout the year we showed an increasing interest in creatures, currents, coasts, and all things aquatic! This was the perfect time to dive right into an ocean theme complete with animal, seashell, reef, current, and coral concepts. We reached all areas of science, literacy, math, and social studies. We SHORE are experts now!

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We started off the month playing, singing, dramatizing, and creating our favorite sea creatures. Things got even deeper when we explored some species we had no idea even existed thanks to an expansive sea study. We crafted and created our own creatures using modeling clay and reference pictures. I was so happy to see some students taking on some challenging and unusual lurkers from the midnight zone!

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The sensory bin turned us into marine biologists as we explored the ocean floor! We didn’t expect to find our names drifting about on seashells! We worked independently to spell out our names as well as other inventive ocean words. How cool to have a touch tank at school!

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We shelled out our attention during our seashell week where we classified, graphed, fossilized, and categorized! We even held a real starfish that had washed ashore on the beach!

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We set our sights on the outrageously colorful and immensely interesting coral reef. The plant life, animal influx, and breathtaking scenes were something we couldn’t wait to recreate! We learned all about habitats and even customized our own by picking and choosing the animals who resided in them!

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We came up for air a few times this month in celebration of making May memories! We held our annual Garden Social, took trips to the ice cream shop and Transit Garden, saved the day as Superheroes, as well as paid tribute to our Mommies on Mother’s Day.

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What an incredible month! See you all next time in June!

Yours,

Erica

Cycling Through April

~April is a rainbow month with sudden springtime showers~

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And that’s the truth! With such an introductory wash, we turned our frowns upside down by embracing the wonders of water! "Drippy" the raindrop filtered through and engaged us in a watered down version of the water cycle. What a wet and wild ride!  We didn't focus too much on those fancily-worded stages but more so on the sequence and actions that allow the water to cycle. Our songs for the unit reflected the cycle, they were sung over and over again!

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The water cycle allows for so much science content being that it is remarkable and natural science at its finest! We learned that water is an awesome element to help lead investigations and carry out science experiments. We created our own water cycle using a plastic baggie, set up our own cloud sensory using some super soft materials, and even tested out water droplets on different surfaces to see how they reacted. We used words like absorb and resist to describe our observations. Our cloud in a jar and water droplet experiment mesmerized us visually! We don't mind some raindrops after all!

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To mirror our ever-changing growth and development, we focused on metamorphosis and the life cycle of a butterfly next! Nothing says spring like the dance of a bright and cheerful butterfly in search of a sweet flower. I was thrilled to hear that during our discussion a lot of ladybugs knew about the transformation of caterpillar to butterfly. We honed in on some specifics like the cycle stages, caterpillar patterns, and other fun facts. Of course our dress up and art further reinforced this topic!

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You can’t think of spring without the increasing appearance of baby animals hatching, crawling, and buzzing about the land! We learned that spring is an ideal time for baby animals to be born because there is more food available to them with new buds and growth of plant life. Throughout the week we participated in baby/adult match-ups, turned ourselves into fuzzy creatures, and learned new vocabulary for babies. A pup is a seal and a kid is a goat? The sillier the better as we always say!

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We couldn’t discuss springtime without the associated holidays of Passover and Easter. We used some holiday staples to talk about the traditions and games we take part in during this time. One thing is for sure, they both have some yummy food involved!

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We missed Earth Day due to our spring break, but in its honor we learned all about what it means to recycle and help our planet Earth. Of course it’s never too late to celebrate and do our part to help planet Earth thrive! We were introduced to "Wasteful Wally", a friend who was so quick to toss recyclable items like plastic and paper into the trash! We respectfully corrected this behavior and taught him a lesson all about recycling! Now we can call him "Wonderful Wally! We engaged in a school-wide cleanup, used some natural elements for writing practice, and sorted ways we can make the Earth happy using visuals. The takeaway was we can make a difference by forming and exhibiting environmentally friendly habits each day!

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That’s it for April! Stay tuned for our May post!

-Erica


Mad About March!

There’s a wocket in my pocket, Dr. Seuss!

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To give some background on our March theme, March 2nd is Read Across America day or more commonly known as Dr. Seuss' birthday. Don't we all wish we could celebrate our birthdays for longer than just one day? Well, we can, and we did! In honor of Dr. Seuss , each week we picked a new book to base our activities on and ended the week dressed to impress with the instating of Silly Thursdays! We can always count on Dr. Seuss books to invite super silly, tongue twisting,  ridiculous rhyming and amazingly amusing learning experiences! I'm so happy that most of the ladybugs were already familiar and had an interest in these stories. Some friends even joined me in reading out loud! Whatever your style may be, I think we can all agree these books are splendidly entertaining and have great underlying messages such as acceptance, inclusiveness, identity, and the power of imagination just to name a few!

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We kicked off our month with the sneaky and self-proclaimed "dangerous" book "Fox in Socks" to put our tongues to the test. If there's one thing that's certain we have officially become rhyming masters! As you may know, the book features a plethora of rhyming pairs on each page. We spent so much time sorting out rhymes! Rhyming and rhythm is the basis of our circle songs, chants and other preschool reminders. We were ready for the task!

 Socks were another theme we tried on this week. Did you ever think such a mundane item could be so educational? Welcome to Ladybug! We explored some funky socks that "Fox" left behind and helped sort them by color, pattern, and size. We counted up all these pairs to make it into a multi-faceted math lesson!

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Our next book selection  was none other than "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss. Though extra silly, this book has a wonderful message about finally letting our guards down and trying something new. You never know- you might love it! We brought in some real spatulas and sorted letters onto corresponding plates with this new and exciting tool. This activity brought about teamwork when we actually flipped eggs back and forth on our pans!

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Though we placed emphasis on the color green, we couldn’t help but include all the colors to marvel at their individual and unified beauty. Check out our rainbow art and colorful science experiments using milk, dish soap, and food dye!

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Everything comes full shamrock- I mean circle. After a shamrock hunt, in celebration of St. Patrick's Day, we cracked up some green eggs just like Sam-I-Am! I loved watching the ladybugs eyeball the concoction with doubt, disbelief, and for some a hearty appetite! It's so funny how color can effect our palette, but it definitely makes eating all the more interesting!

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We also spent time with the infamous "Cat in the Hat". We love the mischievous nature of the book and the creativity we can apply here in preschool! This book was the inspiration for our silly hat day, name practice, rhyming pair games, Thing 1 and Thing 2 art, as well as our take on a popular party game “pin the hat on the cat”. Everyday is a party in preschool!

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“One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” has an abundance of crazy creatures but we decided to make the most of the title. We graphed, sorted, munched, and even FISHED during our wacky homage to this story. What a delicious and playful way to spend the day!

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Other sub-units included March’s ever changing weather patterns and analogous “in like a lion, out like a lamb” saying. We loved “roaring” and “baa-ing” back and forth while marching to the beat! We also took time out to celebrate “International Women’s Day” and the Spring Equinox! Goodbye snow, goodbye sled, goodbye winter - spring’s ahead!

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Time flies when you are having fun. See you all in April!

-Erica

Out Of This World February!

Reach for the Stars!

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…. BLAST OFF! We were over the moon to learn that our February thematic unit was to be set in outer space! We were so fascinated with our January travels, especially the rocket ship mode of transportation that could send us among the stars. With our interest so highly piqued, it was only right we take the investigation further - much further! Watch us as we float and fly as the planets pass by!

First thing’s first, we needed to prepare for our trip. We studied the life of astronauts through literature, crafts, and even dramatic play! Who knew astronauts could write upside down? We had to try it out for ourselves!

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Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon!

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There were so many questions we had about the moon. Is it a planet? What are those craters? Is it really made out of cheese? We went into lunar mode and studied phases of the moon, moon rocks, and the surface. We tested out the impact of asteroids on the moons surface by dropping them into a model surface. A fizzy science experiment resulted in homemade moon rocks exploding before our eyes into a glittering pile of liquid! We were so thrilled to have learned so much about the Earth’s pet rock!

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In other solar system news, our galaxy contains 8 planets! Yes 8, but the ladybugs could not and would not let me exclude Pluto from our lineup. What a lesson in preschool inclusivity! We sang, danced, created, and played in true preschool fashion. Their artistic masterpieces were out of this world!

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We ended our journey across the universe with constellations. Constellations shine bright, have imaginative properties, and work together to form something spectacular. We have more in common with constellations than we think!

We practiced constellation patterns, even turning a few into letters! Our Starry Night Art used unlikely and different mediums such as Q-tips and toothbrushes but came out absolutely stellar! Our constellation viewers were made by pushing holes into paper and shining a flashlight through the other side. We were in awe of our constellations that showed up on our bathroom ceiling and walls!

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February may be the shortest month of the year, but that doesn’t mean it was packed with any less action! We incorporated celebrations for holidays such as Groundhog’s Day, Chinese Lunar New Year, President’s Day and of course Valentines Day. Everyone was ecstatic about giving and receiving these special sentiments of love through valentine cards. I loved leading this holiday with acts of kindness and pure friendship!

Heart Match-ups

Heart Match-ups

Delivering Valentines!

Delivering Valentines!

President March!

President March!

Fan making

Fan making

Vday Sensory

Vday Sensory

Coin Sorting

Coin Sorting

Groundhog Puppets

Groundhog Puppets

Heart Math

Heart Math

Feather Writing

Feather Writing

Thanks for reading. See you in March!

Best,

Erica

January Explorations!

“It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey!”

All aboard! We traded in our preschool classroom and spent the month of January flying, driving, directing, and exploring all over the world! Our month was divided into sub-units that brought a new travel themed focus each week to enhance our curriculum. We are now geography experts, adventure seekers, landmark lovers, direction know-it-alls, transportation fanatics, culture masters and travel enthusiasts! Come along for the ride as we reverse back to the beginning.

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We were back on the map immediately after winter break as we engaged in map activities of global proportions! It was so fun to try our hand at mark making, letter searching, and shape molding all the while soaking in so much content. We couldn’t carry out our map unit without an obligatory treasure hunt! We trekked through our room in search of this mystery “X marks the spot”. We now know treasure comes in many forms!

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As we deepened our understanding of where these places lie on the map, we also decided to study some of the important landmarks the world has to offer. The most exciting part was that many of them were here in our home state of New York! We had a blast recreating some of our favorites through architectural design, negative space, 3-D layering, movement, and STEM based building. It's fair to say the Statue of Liberty and Big Ben served as favorites! The conversations were so meaningful as many friends have seen, studied, or heard about these particular structures before. I even made the meaningful connection by showing the ladybugs pictures of my own personal travels abroad! 

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Once we saw some unforgettable sights, we needed to get our modes of transportation into gear! Our activities helped categorize different vehicles while also incorporating alphabet recognition, shapes, and other concrete ideas. Our ABC parking lot was a big hit as the ladybugs had to match the car to its corresponding spot. I loved watching the teamwork unfold with this activity! We got crafty with some preschool recreations and were put to work in our bulldozer themed sensory bin! We really dug this hands on station!

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We paused our vehicles to spend time learning about the inspirational message and humanitarian that was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We didn’t think one day was enough time to truly commemorate his teachings, so we spent the week singing, creating, and displaying acts of kindness in true preschool form. The introduction of this hero left a real impact on our school!

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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Ladybug Airlines! That's right, the preschool-run airline made a comeback this year with a new set of staff and frequent flyers! The dialogue, role playing, and acting is priceless as the children re-enact everything they've seen or heard about airports. The children prepared for the big trip by creating passports, packing up their suitcases, and seeking destinations through collage based art. This dramatic play center was definitely a highlight!

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We concluded the month with a meaningful souvenir show and tell where we took the stage to present about past trips with close family and breathtaking sights. The journey doesn’t end here. See you in February!

Bon Voyage,

Erica

Decem-BRRRR

It’s Here!


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We have been waiting patiently for the wonder of winter to arrive! Winter weather means cozy clothing, sweet treats, snowy studies, and plenty of messy fun. This is what preschool dreams are made of! Luckily we chronicled our whole month to look back on so you can experience our winter wonderland too!

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We can’t think of winter without it’s finest, fluffiest, and frozen component. Snow! Snow provides endless sensory activities as well as inspiring art projects. Our snowman art was snow-joke. We used a plethora of different mediums such as shaving cream, marble process art, and even marshmallows! Preschool has never been so cool!

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We included STEM based building in this unit as well as fake snow investigations using a mixture of ingredients. We loved the way our snow dough came out and will be recreating this recipe in the future!

A highlight of our month came in the form of pajamas. That’s right, we dressed the part to make our own preschool pajama party! We brought a cuddly friend from home to share the preschool experience and a cup of hot cocoa. What a memorable and warm way to kick off our winter month!

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We spent time learning about what the holidays really mean and the traditions behind this joyous time of year. Our Chanukah and Christmas units opened our eyes to new vocabulary, exciting songs, and of course preschool role play! From menorah making to Rudolph prancing, we loved every minute!

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Our Winter Wonderland wouldn't be complete without a Winter Village replica! Our magical ice skating rink and hot chocolate pop-up warmed our hearts right away! The ladybugs rose to the occasion when it came to running the ticket booth, refreshment stand, and of course ice skating the day away.  Watch out Bryant Park, you have some big competition.

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We concluded our month with a winter celebration complete with song, dance, and our loved ones! We couldn’t wait to spread cheer and feel the warm reward of giving meaningful gifts. We made celebratory gingerbread houses and indulged in some holiday themed goodies. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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We hope you have a wonderful holiday and break with your loved ones. Thank you for the most special gift of all, the opportunity to teach your amazing child. Happy New Year, we will see you back next month!

Warm Wishes,

Erica

Falling Into October

BOO!

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We spent the past month picking precious pumpkins, analyzing appetizing apples, and looking at lovely leaves! Who knew fall could bring such a wealth of educational areas all within these anything but average autumn aesthetics!

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We jumped right into Week 1 with the ever so sweet apple. We used apples as a form of measurement as well as to exercise our taste buds with a blind taste test. The process was a blast and the ladybugs couldn’t wait for their turn to guess which apple they were chomping. We brought this activity back to a circle time discussion where we had voted on our favorite apples. It’s so much fun to revisit their previous answers and reform thinking due to a new perspective! We also placed focused on letter “A”, had our hand at admirable apple art, and even went forth with “urban” apple picking. Picking out your own apple comes with great responsibility, we held onto these apples all week and used them for name recognition, building and stacking, and the infamous experiment “What do you think, will it float or sink?” This questions always has the best follow up responses and really gets our brains bouncing!

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We followed up with a leaf study thanks to mother nature’s glorious display. This everyday sight turned into a preschool treasure! We were picking up leaves on the regular to categorize, sort, and color coordinate. We made some other un-be-leaf-able conclusions about leaves which reinforced colors, shapes, and textures. We were encouraged to find otherwise hidden veins and spines under the illumination of our light table, explore negative space using paint, work with leaf shading, and delve into sensory exploration with our fall themed bin. The leaf works of art blew me away! We learned special songs that had us dancing in the breeze and floating through trees. Lucky for us we’re still experiencing fall foliage and still learning every day!

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Pumpkins and Fall seem to go stem in hand. We dug into another study and recorded our findings in our very scientific Pumpkin Journals! Like apples, we picked our own pumpkins and held onto them for a week of learning. We ventured out and formed a fruitful bond for the rest of the week! The "pumpkin patch" was a great way to kick off our pumpkin study and pique our interest in this festive staple! After investigating, we even brought out rulers to apply a value to the strings that we strew across the mini pumpkins. We even compared apples and pumpkins from our previous knowledge during circle time discussions. After much anticipation, it was finally time to cut open the class pumpkin. What would be in there? Ice? Worms? Goo? We took to the sensory bin to really get the scoop on this fine fall fruit and of course added some extra textures to mix with our newfound seeds! Pumpkin slime anyone?

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Without further ado, it was time to celebrate the most sought after holiday of our school year! You may have heard our calendar rhyme citing “it’s now Halloween”, but I stood corrected every day until our countdown was finally over! Check out all the Halloween fun complete with ghosts, witches, bats, spiders, and none other than the infamous SpOoKy LaDyBuG! That silly bug got an earful after the preschoolers told her to stop the funny business! We secretly couldn’t wait for our next classroom scare…

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Our Halloween party was such a success! Thanks for joining us on the frightful night!

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Thanks for reading! See you next month in November!

-Erica

September Smiles!

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I am delighted to announce we have just concluded our first month of preschool! The ladybugs and I had an awesome time jumping, hopping, and skipping right in with our theme of Community. This is a special topic that really focuses in on your preschooler and all the communities that they belong to, including the new school environment. The purpose behind this topic is to recognize and assert connections with others by looking within ourselves, family life, and the outside world community. Your preschooler is an exceptional member of all of these diverse communities and we want them to know that!

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We established our sense of self through emotion and puppet play as well as discussed our biggest support system, family. We also looked to our bigger- picture surroundings to discuss the grand scheme community we belong to here in Brooklyn along with all the helpers who make it so extraordinary. To us, building self esteem and assigning appropriate integration is imperative within the first month in a new and uncharted atmosphere such as the classroom. All in all, it was a fantastic month!





All about me week is a great way to bring us closer through discussion and play. We graphed our emotions and feelings, assessed similarities and differences in our physical attributes as well as our likes and dislikes, and tied in name recognition and the letters that form our names. We had a wonderful time creating meaningful and memorable learning experiences while getting to know one another!

Conceptualizing our faces

Conceptualizing our faces

Eyes, Ears, Mouth and Nose!

Eyes, Ears, Mouth and Nose!

My Self Portrait

My Self Portrait

All About My Letter

All About My Letter

Shadow Bodies

Shadow Bodies

Body Labeling

Body Labeling


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We also finished up a very special week talking about the people who mean the most to us, our family. This sub-unit really helped foster positive learning experiences where the children could share, discuss, and relate to one another in a more personal way. I too enjoyed hearing all about family trips, traditions, and other happenings in the home. Our ladybugs took pride in contributing to our family tree display as well as creating their own version of a family tree by highlighting who lives in the home. Every child had something unique about their family, and we love embracing it all!

Who’s in your family?

Who’s in your family?

Family Find Bin!

Family Find Bin!


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You've all done a wonderful job familiarizing our ladybugs with their surroundings- it's been proven from all the thoughtful and intriguing discussions we've had this week! 

We spent our circle time generating lists and going over some of the members in our community. This list seemed never ending some days! We were lucky enough to go on a community walk and search for important members of the community. How opportune that we found a friendly firefighter to give us an exterior tour of his firetruck! We also made crafts and sang songs to deepen our understanding of the roles these community helpers play. We’re so happy to incorporate theses community roles in the forms of sensory play, math concepts, art, and more! We had a full house of doctors, firefighters, dentists, construction workers, and anything else you can imagine!

Say Ahhhh!

Say Ahhhh!

Hurry, hurry, spray the fire!

Hurry, hurry, spray the fire!

Our very own stethoscope!

Our very own stethoscope!

Community Members

Community Members

Mail’s here!

Mail’s here!

Bubble Wrap Art

Bubble Wrap Art


PRE-K CORNER

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Our 4’s had a cross-cutting science unit with a body study this month! Head, shoulders, knees and bones! That’s right, we uncovered our body systems layer by layer and engaged in hands-on science which made it all the more interesting! We had Mr. Boney, a funny skeleton show us the ways of the body and where our organs belong. We also created our own body books with color coded sections to help us better understand what lies beneath the skin. Check out our blood model and brain surgery! I can’t wait to discuss more about the body and lead engaging experiments with this group!

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Thank you all for such an amazing start to our year. October here we come!

Yours,

Erica

Goodbye June

Congratulations Preschoolers!

 

We've mastered our ABC's, received our green thumb degrees, explored through play, and held a new job each day.

We've learned to write our names and take turns during playful games.

We understand new concepts in math, and have advanced in arts and crafts.

We love our new yoga poses, and always stop to smell the roses.

We've danced about the room to musical sounds, and love when a new pop-up shop comes to town.

We've skated on an icy rink, and found leprechaun traces in our sink!

We've checked in at the airport gates, and during cooking projects we always clear our plates.

We've created valentines, memorized Dr. Seuss rhymes, milked a cow, and to our Sensei we bow.

We've sheared a sheep, have taken great leaps, used our 5 senses, and analyzed through magnified lenses.

We've uncovered Dino-bones, and through new playgrounds we've roamed!

Dress up days were always the best, and our "Frankenstein" book was never put down to rest!

We've started fires, bargained with ice-cream shop buyers, raced in canoes, and marched two-by-two.

We've been in Super Hero mode, and have watched volcanoes explode!

We've sequenced new stories and basked in our greenhouse's glory.

We've munched on seed snacks and learned so many gardening facts!

We've made the best of friends always there for a hug, and we'll never forget our beginnings at Ladybug!

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Thank you all for an incredible year. Most of all, thank you for sharing your child with me. I hope your summer is full of laughter, learning, and love. Come visit soon!

May Dino Dig!

ROAR!

Grab your shovels! We were busy to the bone this month putting ourselves behind the brush of a Paleontologist! We mastered so many skills along the way and gained some really great dino knowledge, all the while having a tooth-riffic time. I loved watching the excitement erupt as we dug-up species, dinosaur measurements, bones, and even a volcano and lava study! 

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We started off the month introducing these gigantic creatures that once roamed the Earth. One of our favorites facts was that a dinosaur's closest living relative is a bird! The preschoolers laughed and laughed picturing a T-Rex with feathers and chicken feet! To understand more, we put into perspective their actual size. How many preschoolers can fit into one dino footprint? We didn't stop there! There was so much math we could implement using these massive manipulatives!

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From the art department, our dinosaur masterpieces could have been hanging in museums next to the constructed bone displays! Our projects helped us classify the types and learn the layouts of their bodies. Duck-billed? Bird-hipped? Carnivore or Herbivore?  Though the vocabulary may be new and slightly challenging, we rose and roared to the occasion!

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Once we felt confident in our Dinosaur studies, it was time to take on the role of a Paleontologist! We got hands on with real tools and put ourselves into the field right away! We first geared up by excavating with a very familiar and cool substance we know to be ice. The preschoolers were amazed to find our baby dinos frozen in a solid block with no way out! We used scientific methods to figure out the best plan of action to take. Thanks to Olaf, we know the warmth will cancel out the cold. It was a superb idea to add warm water and watch our dinos escape the cold!

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After the ice, we were ready to take on the real thing! We took turns chiseling away hardened dirt and rock to uncover a mystery dinosaur below the surface. I loved the teamwork on this activity from the carving, to the classifying, to the assembling! Preschool lead, teacher approved fun!

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I present to you our new class pet! We named him "Rodzilla" after our favorite thematic book!

After the dig was done, it was time for some more preschool science in the form of volcanoes and lava! We already had an interest in the bubbling brew from one of our favorite songs taught to us by Teacher Cassie about volcanoes rumbling and lava flowing. Now it was time to tackle the natural phenomenon together! 

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We crafted our own volcano using air-dry clay and paint. In true preschool fashion, it had to be rainbow colors! Once the volcano was ready, our eruption was on it's way. We were mesmerized by the magma and asked for more and more explosions. We then went outside and created our own mini volcanoes in the backyard using cups. We loved this experiment with a burning passion!

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Other May events included our Cinco de Mayo Taco stand, Garden Social, SuperHero Day, and Playground Field Trip. I can't wait to see what our LAST month of school holds!

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Thanks for stomping by,

Erica

 

April Cycles

Welcome spring!

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We are so excited to be experiencing this delightful shift in weather, even in times of not-so pleasant April showers. We are reminded that for all the storm clouds and rain droplets, lush life in nature is on the way. Plants, flowers, and butterflies are soon to adorn our preschool!

To mirror our ever-changing growth and development, we started the month out focusing on metamorphosis and the life cycle of a butterfly! Nothing says spring like the dance of a bright and cheerful butterfly in search of a sweet flower. I was thrilled to hear that during our discussion a lot of ladybugs knew about the transformation of caterpillar to butterfly. We honed in on some specifics like the cycle stages, symmetry, and other fun facts!

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Busy as a butterfly! Take a look at all of our fabulous and fluttery adventures!

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We loved learning a brand new word this mont which we quickly mastered. We tackled the meaning behind symmetry! Symmetry is hidden all over our world, how did we not pick up on this concept before? We studied symmetry in insects, humans, numbers, letters, and shapes! It was a piece of (symmetrical) cake!

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At the end of butterfly week tended to our very own (indoor) butterfly garden. We planted seeds into pots while a plethora of butterfly species laid about the plants left over from our compost bin. We can't wait for real butterflies to make their way into our sprouting greenhouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, we learned all about what it means to recycle and help our planet Earth. We were introduced to "Wasteful Wally", a friend who was so quick to toss recyclable items like plastic and paper into the trash! We respectfully corrected this behavior and taught him a lesson all about recycling! Now we can call him "Wonderful Wally!

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We see recycled materials every day, but we never realized how valuable they could be in sensory exploration play! We paired plastics, papers, and metals with some shredded paper and couldn't walk away. Here are some other down to Earth activities. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Water, water, everywhere! "Drippy" the raindrop engaged us a watered down version of the water cycle, and it was a wet and wild ride! Some ladybugs pointed out how this fit right in with our theme of recycling being that water is reused over and over again. We didn't focus too much on those fancily-worded stages but more so on the sequence and actions that allow the water to cycle! Take a look at our circle time helpers truly embracing their roles!

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With such a wash at the end of the month, we knew we'd need one essential item to get us through. We created a unit within a featuring umbrellas! Here we are unifying to create the letter "U". When it rains, it pours fun! 

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The sensory table proved to be very useful in our very own rain cloud experiment. We took dry cotton balls and saturated them in our "rain" bucket. This allowed the cotton balls to take on a new color and consistency! We loved the sensation of squeezing and wringing out the clouds to create puddles and other examples of accumulation. We tested out how many times we needed to dip our cotton balls in order to fill our bowls with the rain water! Not only did this satisfy our need for sensory play; it was also super fun! We also learned water is an awesome element to help lead investigations and carry out science experiments! Our raincloud jar showed us that clouds break under pressure when they get heavy and full of water. We also enjoyed a delicious snack featuring fluffy clouds and bright blue rain droplets. We don't mind some raindrops after all!

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See everyone next week, in MAY!

Sincerely,

Erica

Friendly February

Love is in the air!

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Reaching our mid-year mark, our preschoolers have undergone many changes developmentally, cognitively, and personally. Thus we choose the month of February to take time to look back on the cherished friendships we've made and how we can continue to foster them while we experience these necessary transformations together. Through acts of kindness, sharing, meaningful conversation, and interpersonal connections we grow to understand one of the most important preschool (as well as lifelong lessons); what it means to be a good friend!

 

We started off the month with a lesson that encompasses both social studies and science, the ever-interesting and somewhat silly Groundhog Day! Our friends were quick to repeat the holiday as "Hedgehog Day" due to this new and unusual animal term. The good news is there is no holiday too silly or small that we won't celebrate, so we got right to uncovering the hype! We were immediately engaged with the shadow vs. non-shadow meaning so we took a morning poll and then carried out an investigation ourselves. I loved the hypothesis and explanation behind why or why not they believed a shadow would appear. For the rest of the week the preschoolers were on shadow patrol and making connections inside and out(side)!

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February (as we've learned) is the shortest month of the year, so we wasted no time getting right into our story of the month, "Rainbow Fish". The story highlights a fish who swims down a lonely path until he finds joy in sharing with those around him. These sharing experiences create long lasting friendships and Rainbow Fish learns to change his previously sullen ways in turn for happy interactions. Rainbow Fish is delighted to find that although it feels nice to have things, it feels even better to share and offer companionship! We had so much fun portraying all the characters in the story and handing out the shiny scales among our friends. Nothing fishy here, just fond and fabulous friends!

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We all have our unique characteristics and stand-out traits, but when we come together our colors are nothing short of a beautiful and breath-taking sequence, like a rainbow! We did some rainbow studies to play off our book character and examine how colors are capable of creating blends, just like how our friendships are cultivated! The colors are outstanding by themselves, but we've come to find the more colors the merrier!

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SMILE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the topic of friendships, we made a new friend who is always looking out for us, and our teeth! In association with dental health month, we were lucky enough to partner with a local dentist who came to teach us that not only should we be kind to others, but we also must remember to be kind and take care of ourselves! Thus our lesson in teeth brushing, flossing, nutrition, dentist tools, and hygiene commenced! This visit piqued our interest so much that the next day a dental office popped up in our dramatic play area. Thank you for choosing Ladybug Smiles Dental Group, the very best friend your teeth will meet!

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Can you spot the real dentists from the make-believers? Didn't think so!

 

Have you ever asked a preschooler what rules they would enact if they were President? What are you waiting for! We lead a circle time discussion with some vey creative and surprisingly presidential answers. Our President's Day lesson left us eager to be the change we want to see in the world! We walked away from this lesson understanding we have all the potential to lead and make our dreams come true! We also tied in some musical games, coin math, feather writing, and log cabin art in true preschool fashion! 

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Though only mid-month, we concluded our friend-fest with a celebratory week of Valentine's Day activities. We even had our first meaningful exchange of valentines throughout the room! The preschoolers were ultra excited to carry out this act of kindness and took a page right out of Rainbow Fish's book, it feels great to share the love! 

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Thanks for coming along for our festive and fun packed February! March is sure to be a green and glorious month!

 

Yours,

Erica 

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Our January Travels

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All aboard! We traded in our preschool classroom and spent the month of January flying, driving, directing, and exploring all over the world! Our month was divided into sub-units that brought a new travel themed focus each week. We are now geography experts, adventure seekers, landmark lovers, direction know-it-alls, transportation fanatics, culture masters and travel enthusiasts! Come along for the ride as we reverse back to the beginning.

 

 

 

 

 

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Each year we come back from our December break with stories of family, holidays, presents, and some form of travel! Whether you took a plane, train, car, or a scooter, it's all about the journey. We familiarized ourselves with maps by practicing mark making and even embarked on our own classroom treasure hunt. This helped us interpret maps and utilize our new friend, the compass! Some other content areas we studied were North, South, East, West, as well as the ever important and slightly challenging left and right.

 

 

 

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Once we had our directions down, we decided to study some of the important landmarks the world has to offer. The most exciting part was that many of them were here in our home state of New York! We had a blast recreating some of our favorites through architectural design, negative space, 3-D layering, and STEM based building. It's fair to say the Statue of Liberty and Big Ben served as favorites! The conversations were so meaningful as many friends have seen, studied, or heard about these particular structures before. I even made the meaningful connection by showing the ladybugs pictures of my own personal travels abroad! 

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Once we saw some unforgettable sights, we needed to get our mode of transportation into gear! Our activities helped categorize different vehicles while also incorporating alphabet recognition, shapes, and other concrete ideas. Our ABC parking lot was a big hit as the ladybugs had to match the car to its corresponding spot. I loved watching the teamwork unfold with this activity! We got crafty with some preschool recreations and were put to work in our bulldozer themed sensory bin! We really dug this hands on station!

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All this movement inspired a science experiment we fittingly named "what do you think, will it float or sink?" to go along with our boat study. The wheeled vehicle exploration had our gears turning in a similar direction with a roll / slide experiment. It's so interesting to get different perspectives on what the outcome will be!

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It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Ladybug Airlines! That's right, the preschool-run airline made a comeback this year with a new set of staff and frequent flyers! The dialogue, role playing, and acting is priceless as the children re-enact everything they've seen or heard about airports. The children prepared for the big trip by creating passports, packing up their suitcases, and seeking destinations through collage based art. This dramatic play center was definitely a highlight!

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We were up, up, and away as we said goodbye to January.  I had an amazing trip with everyone. Luckily the journey doesn't end here! See you next month in February!

With love,

Erica 

 

All About DecemBRRRR

FREEZE!

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It seems every year that when the temperature goes down, our excitement soars! We could not wait to carry out investigations among our preschool winter wonderland and take away new knowledge. From fashion forward choices to real snow exposure, we had a super chill month!

 

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First things first, in order to prepare for winter we have to dress the part! Our story "Froggy Gets Dressed" had us role playing, sequencing, and laughing our mittens off with a very silly plot twist involving underpants.  We were sew into this clothing unit that we were inspired to design some of our own pieces, limited preschool edition!

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We couldn't carry out the month of December without the coziest attire of all - Pajamas! Take a look at our round-the-clock fun in our number 1 outfit choices! We even brought in some cuddly stuffies from home to introduce into our preschool routine. They day was spent crafting, sipping, reading, and bouncing around in our parachute!

 

 

 

 

 

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It seemed like the snow took forever to make it's debut at Ladybug Preschool. In hopes of bringing on the cold, we engaged in a snow unit! We constructed and deconstructed snowman with shapes, counted snowflakes, pieced together snow puzzles, uncovered some frozen mystery objects, and had the time of our lives getting "snow" messy during sensory writing. The best part? All done within the warmth of our classroom! 

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Our Winter Wonderland wouldn't be complete without a Winter Village replica! Our magical ice skating rink and hot chocolate pop-up warmed our hearts right away! The ladybugs rose to the occasion when it came to running the ticket booth, refreshment stand, and of course ice skating the day away.  Watch out Bryant Park, you have some big competition.

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We also spent some time taking into account what these special holidays mean actually mean to us aside from desired presents and sweet treats. We wanted to show our appreciation for our families and close friends by showcasing our talents in our winter celebration! We also experienced the warm reward of generous gift giving by making one of a kind creations for our loved ones. We even practiced kindness towards animals by making them yummy bird feeders during the winter months! Thank you for attending our celebration and giving me with greatest gift of all, the opportunity to teach your amazing child.

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Peace, love, and happiness to everyone in the upcoming 2018 year. I can't wait to see what new adventures it brings!

All my best,

Erica 

Our November Harvest!

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We are so thankful to have had such a great month of November. We spent time down by the barn in preparation for our Thanksgiving Harvest at the end of the month. We studied the farm animals, practiced growing our own produce, and even got hands on when it came to the farmyard chores! Mooove over Farmer Brown, we've got this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An oink, a moo, a cock-a-doodle doo! Who's in the barn playing peek-a-boo? We mastered these very vocal farm animals through crafts, math concepts, match-ups, movements, and more! We even learned some special Spanish vocabulary that helped to reinforce this topic. We were curious to understand that aside from their telltale noises the animals have some important and essential roles on the farm, which brings us to our next adventure....

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Our classroom went WiLd! Casey the Cow and some silly silky sheep wandered over to our school for some hands-on play based-fun! We've never been more ready and eager to help! You can see us shearing and milking like true professionals. Here at Ladybug, we bring the farm to us!

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