With the weather getting warmer our sparrows are definitely spending a lot more time outside, morning and afternoon. We are getting bigger and stronger every day, we use our bodies a lot more to climb, run, push, and certainly have a lot more energy to burn. We have also taken the opportunity to enjoy a couple of picnic lunches and several snacks outside in our playground. We have had lots of fun with coloring and painting; we made different designs out of tape on a piece of paper and put the paper in a bag full of bright colorful paint. We squished the paint all around with our hands which is great for our sensory skills and it made beautiful artwork that we got to hang in our classroom. We did a lot of coloring, using crayons, markers and chalk on all kinds of paper such as big paper and coloring pages. They love it and it helps with their fine motor skills.
This month we enjoyed activities for different themes. We had an egg hunt on our playground; we hunted for brightly colored eggs and put them in buckets. We planting seeds for basil, tomatoes and lavender; we have been watering them and watching them grow very slowly. We even have a lady bug “house” now, there are baby lady bugs that we have to give water to every other day and we are so excited to watch them grow as well. We spent time visiting with our Hummingbird friends next door and listening to a couple of our favorite stories. We have plans to have a “buddy day” with them again before the end of the month.
Hi Parents! In the classroom we have been seeing a lot of “big body play”. Our little ones are growing so fast. They have mastered walking and are getting the hang of running and balancing. They love to work their big muscles. They are more physical in their play and interactions. For example, they will pull each other down and lay on each other. While this is typical development for their age, we as teachers and parents need to direct their energy to a more appropriate activity. In the classroom, we encourage them to play next to each other, share their toys, hold hands and be kind and gentle. To avoid confusion between their two different environments, parents should also redirect rougher, more physical behavior to more appropriate activities that will also provide for big muscle use.