Friday, February 9, 2018

Community Helpers

Every child picked their own fabric for a new scarf.
One child's dads and grandma came in with the sewing
machines and helped the kids use the machines.
When they weren't having their turn at the machines, the kids
tried their hand at hand stitching.

What you can't see is that the Ladybug is pushing
the pedal on the sewing machine.
All those beautiful scarves needed to be modeled!

One of our parents is a physician.  She came to class to talk
about being healthy, what she does at the hospital and how
some of those bones fit together.
We even had a staff member who was an army officer come
to class to talk about the jobs in the military.
We checked out the new school being built in the neighborhood.
We looked at the tools and machines the workers were using.
Finally, at the end of the week, we visited the fire station.
We learned about fire safety and the jobs that the firefighters do
to help us be safe.

This week we have been so lucky to have many visitors sharing their occupations and hobbies.  We have had the opportunity to learn about sewing, fire fighters, military jobs, construction workers, and what doctors do in a hospital.  The kids have loved having all these visitors and the opportunities to see what these community helpers do to help all of us.

Art Murals

The value of art in early learning programs is well documented.  It's math and science and many other subjects rolled into a fun experience.  "By sharing paints and paper, cooperating to create a group mural or other project, and assuming responsibility for cleaning up, children gain valuable social skills through making art."
(Excerpt from Early Education: Three, Four, and Five Year Olds Go to School, by C. Seefeldt, B.A. Wasik, 2006 edition, p. 166-168.)

The Seabury Art specialist exposes the kids to a new art experience every week.  Besides the social skills, science and math; the kids are exposed to art terms such as lines, prospective, depth, and patterns.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Banana Bread! Yum!

In our study of community helpers,
we learned about bakers and recipes.
We learned about ingredients,
breaking eggs and taking turns.

We made some delicious banana bread and granola bars this week in the Ladybug and Bumblebee classes.  Ms. Jenn from our middle school, who has some restaurant experience, came over and baked with us.  The kids loved the measuring and mixing and checking out all of the different ingredients.  Turns out banana bread is even better when you add chocolate chips! (and the hats help too)

Last posting of the year!

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