It is a fabulous February and time for Happy Hearts! This month the Owls learned about and celebrated Black History Month, Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day. They also had fun looking for the Groundhog’s shadow. At the end of the month the Owls learned about the role of the president to celebrate Presidents Day. What an exciting month this has been!
The new letter friends for the month of February were “R” and “V” using the “Hooked on Phonics” program. The children traced their new letters on the whiteboard. Several new colors, “Red”, “White” and “Pink”, were introduced this lovely month. To reinforce cutting skills, we introduced our shape, the “Heart”. The Owls learned about Groundhog Day with a story about “Punxsutawnay Phil.” I gave the children a special homework assignment to ask their parents if the Groundhog saw his shadow. Each child was asked to draw a picture of the results of what the groundhog saw that morning. For a fun classroom activity, we darkened the room and used flashlights so that the Owls could see their own shadows. The excitement on their faces was priceless! Our story for the day was called “Groundhog Day” and we sang a song called, “My shadow, my shadow, does whatever I want.”
This month the Owls learned that when you mix two colors together a new color is created. In circle time the class had an opportunity to mix the colors red and white, to their surprise it turned pink! For art, I placed heart shape cookie cutters on the table with pink and red paint to create a collage masterpiece! The Owls also learned about the importance of friendship. The children selected a friend and created a special friendship card. To reinforce the idea of kindness and friendship the Owls participated in “Buddy Day” with the Eagles and the Robins. The children interacted with different age groups playing games, making arts and crafts and having a wonderful time.
To celebrate Chinese New Year, I showed pictures of Chinese dragons and parades celebrating their new year. The Owls worked together to create a classroom dragon and we created a parade of our own! Showing their love for their parents, the Owls created a special gift for Mom and Dad for Valentine’s Day. On Valentine’s Day the Owls enjoyed a special luncheon provided by their parents. The month ended with a discussion on pets. Some children shared pictures of their special family pet with their classmates. What a great month we had!
Have a discussion on what is a shadow? Have your child use a flashlight to find mommy and daddy’s shadow. Spend time in the kitchen with your child making cookies or cupcakes adding red or pink icing to reinforce our colors of the month.