Over the past few weeks, we began noticing some children had taken a liking to creating paper bows during Indoor Exploration time. This bow making consisted of a two step process; first folding or crumpling the paper in the center, making two triangular sides, and second, securing the center with a pipe cleaner or tape. In the Reggio mindset of respect for the children’s creations and ideas, we thought about ways to continue and enhance this avenue of design for the children. Thanks to some wonderful DIY tutorials on Pinterest and YouTube, we found a simple, yet somewhat challenging method of creating ribbon bows. Using two dowel rods and some scrap wood, we easily assembled a bow maker.
Ms. Harpole has been visiting our classroom each day, often during Snack, Indoor or Outdoor Exploration. During Snack she works with the community shoppers to pass out the snack using Spanish words. We have learned that the graham cracker bunnies we love so well are called “conejos” and when we would like more water, we ask our neighbors for, “Mas agua, por favor!” See below for some Spanish vocabulary and pronunciations that we have been using in the classroom.
por favor (pohr fah-BOR) = pleasegracias (GRAH-see-ahss) = thank you
de nada (deh NAH-dah) = you're welcome
yo quiero (yoh kee-YER-o) = I want (to/it)
tú quieres (too kee-YER-es) = You want (to/it) (can be a question also)
el vaso (BAH-soh) = glass
el plato (PLAH-toh) = plate
la cesta (SEHS-tah) = basket
la servilleta (sehr-vee-YET-ah) = napkin
el agua (AH-wah) = water
la leche (LEH-cheh) = milk
la piña (PEEN-yah) = pineapple
la naranja (nah-RAHN-ha) = orange
la galleta (gah-YEH-tah) = cracker/cookie
el batido (bah-TEE-doh) = milkshake/smoothie
el queso (KEH-soh) = cheese
el melón (meh-LOHN) = melon
We visited Fulton River Park again this Friday with the JK and SK classes. We are excited to announce that each Friday after our All School Morning Meeting and Snack, the entire school will head to Fulton River Park together for some great outdoor time. A few friends took on the roles of pusher and swinger at the park on Friday. Anticipating the correct amount of wait time and rhythm needed to keep a steady swing builds visual spatial skills as well as our large upper motor muscles.