First, we enjoyed a tasty snack and apple juice...
The most FAVORITE part of the celebration was finally getting to open their mailbags they have been watching fill up for the past two weeks. We sat together in circle and opened our valentine cards from each other. The children were so polite, thanking their friends for all of the special cards and messages.
Later in the day, we enjoyed some special valentine heart coloring...
We also made decorative hearts from pipe cleaners and beads. They started by folding the pipe cleaner in half to create a letter "V" for Valentine. Next, they put bead patterns and designs on each side of the "V" and in the end turned it into a heart shape! A wonderful small motor activity. What a fun day we had!
On Monday, we read and studied a wonderful book titled My Heart is Like a Zoo by Minnesota author Michael Hall. It has beautiful pictures of animals that are all made out of heart shapes. The children are drawn to the playful text, rhymes and new vocabulary words introduced throughout. We stopped to look at each animal as we read and noticed the techniques the illustrator used to create different animals from hearts. The children were all eager to create their own animals out of hearts after finishing the story, so that is what we did! My Heart is Like a Zoo has been the favorite book to read this week and can constantly be found in a someones hands. A few examples of our creations...
The children had fun playing with the "mystery box". The box is filled with "mystery" objects and the children have to use descriptive words to explain what a specific object feels like...without looking at it! It is a great activity that allows the children to build knowledge of descriptive words and practice expressing them verbally. They LOVE it!
A few example names of our finished creations were "Music Land", "A Birthday Party", "The Biggest Bridge" and "Unicorn Land". Each child shared stories behind their projects and why they chose to create what they did and how they completed it. It was fun to hear each child verbally explain their thought process and watch them use imagination to turn a single piece of clay into something unique. This was a great introductory project to a bigger preschool project that will begin next week, which will involve the preschoolers thinking like "inventors"! Here are a few examples of their work....
The children were elated to finally reach the letter "Zz" in our Minnesota alphabet books we have been studying since January. They have gained so much information about our state through these books and made many personal connections as well. We will continue to review and learn more about our state and continue to work in our "Symbols of Minnesota" book. We hope to go exploring on our campus next week to see what is happening...it already is feeling like spring!
Dates to Remember:
Friday, February 17th- Faculty Workshop-No School
February 20th- Presidents' Day- No School
A Look Ahead:
Thursday, March 2nd- Conferences- No School
Friday, March 3rd- Conferences- No School
Thursday, March 16th- Field Trip to Westwood Nature Center
Saturday, March 18th- Sunday, April 2nd- Spring Vacation- No School
Monday, April 3rd- School Reconvenes
Have a great long weekend!