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Maypole, Metamorphosis & Gardening

May first is the day we celebrate the spring thaw by wrapping a pole with ribbons, which is called a “Maypole.”  After, we went into our garden and explored, watered and ate fresh strawberries plucked from the vine.
It sure was hot out most of the week. We set up water tables, watered our garden, and added water in the sand. Pictured here are the children enjoying caring for their garden. They are eating strawberries, and observing carrot and onion flowers. Next week we will plant our corn patch and start to fill our planter boxes. The butterfly bushes and milkweed are just about to bloom.

Inside we are observing butterfly metamorphosis and counting down until May 16 when our duck eggs should hatch. Next week we will bring out the Silkworm eggs. Nature is all around us. These activities are peeking their curiosity and provides for rich conversations.

Have a great weekend! The Misses

SSCDC: Weekly Email Feb 24

Dear SSCDC Families,

We welcomed Eli to our school this week. He is the fourth child from the same home daycare. This has made it nice for him to have familiar friends. He especially enjoyed Chapel and meeting Pastor Jim.

My mother enjoyed getting to know the children during her visit. They enjoyed playing with her, especially Nolan and Avagail.

We started a Repeat Read Aloud this week called,”The Bear Snores On.” First we discuss the parts of the book. Their favorite is the “spine!!” Have them show you what that is. We discussed the meaning of the title, author and illustrator. Then, we looked at each vocabulary word and discussed the definitions. Each child held a word and looked and listened for their word to come up in the book. They placed them in a row and after we said each word and the definition again. They enjoy participating and learning. Over time they will learn through the play of participating book and print rules along with discovering new words along the way.

We had fun making paperplate art on the record player using markers on it while it spinned. Miss Caryn has started a 3-D art project that you will hear more about next wee.

For those who signed up UCSC will be here Tuesday and Thursday to conduct the study.

It was a great week. Feel better friends who have been out sick.

Have a great weekend! The Misses

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SSCDC: Week of October 10-14; Literacy

Dear SSCDC Families,

Here are a few more pictures of clouds and Dracula. It actually did rain today. We were ready with Macaroni and Cheese comfort food, and a movie,”Horton Hears a Who.”

As the day began Alexandra went into Room 4 and sat in the teacher chair to announce Circletime. All of the children came in. I asked her if she wanted me to read a story. I was the guest reader and she stayed in the teacher chair. I read, “By the Light of the Halloween Moon,” by Caroline Stutson.

A toe!
A lean and gleaming toe
That taps a tune in the dead of the night
By the light, by the light
By the silvery light of the Halloween Moon!

One by one, a cat, a bat, a ghoul, a ghost, a witch,
and a sprite reach for someone’s tapping toes.
Who could it be?

This is a perfect example of emergent curriculum inspired by the children. Meaning we did not wait until planned Circletime to hear this story we enjoyed it when they thought it was a good idea. They were so interested in this book their eyes were glued. This book builds with a new character on each page repeating the actions of the previous page. It is read in a rhythmic way. Eventually the children can join in because they learn by repetition. We encourage them to join in and be a part of the fun. This is much like, “Rattlebone Rock,” which is a favorite. This is an interactive story that is read by doing a rap. Again, the rhythm really captures their interest. Among other stories Caryn read,”Big Pumpkin,” by Erica Silverman. This story also builds with each page repeating actions of the previous page and adding the new action of each additional page. This story can be chanted or acted out by the children as an extension activity. Reading to children is wonderful but especially fun in October as they anticipate what might come up next. They really do not remember Halloween that well, or rain so their “sense of wonder” in the discovery is so fun to observe in their eyes and smiles. All books mentioned can be purchased on Amazon.

Also pictured here is Gavin feeding a carrot to Shanti the rabbit.

All children had the opportunity to use stamps on orange pumpkin paper. That is process art where they decide how it is going to look.

We look forward to seeing several of you at the Aebleskiver Breakfast this Sunday 9:00-11:30. Have a wonderful weekend.

Warmly, The Misses
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SSCDC Weekly Email

Dear SSCDC Families,

The orange Playdough has been enjoyed throughout the week. Playdough is a great way to re-direct and regulate the children’s energy. The sensory feeling of manipulating it sends the energy out of thier body through their hands and into the playdough as they us it. They focus on what they are making and become calm. It is also social as they show each other their ideas.

Spider playdough is a wonderful fine motor activity. Small plastic spiders are put in the playdough (we counted them out) and then they can pull them out with their fingers or use the children’s tweezers.

These “learning by play” activities help to strengthens the fine motor muscles in the hands as a pre-writing activity.

Warmly, The Misses

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