We enjoyed a beautiful day exploring nature. The children are learning to take turns being the morning meeting leader. At our morning meeting, we sang two songs: Peter Peter and STAR Song. We also made a poster for being STAR helpers, for our classroom. (See Conscious Discipline for more information). We will have all the children’s names on the board. They seemed very excited to be a STAR (Stop, Take a deep breath, And Relax). One of our friends brought dead honey bees and honeycomb from home to share in a morning meeting. They all looked at it and had group discussion about how bees help us by pollinating plants.
The children enjoyed playing at the water table with sand and sea-shells.
Many of them went pretend fishing at the mud puddle and some of them were looking for the frogs under the logs and they found one. They also harvested tomatoes from our garden today. We will make spaghetti sauce with them tomorrow.
Chorus Frogs finished their scuba diver craft. They seemed very happy to be scuba divers and talked about how they want to explore the ocean.
Peeper Frogs made bee crafts with construction paper. They put all bee body parts together with glue and decorated it.
Green Tree Frogs acted out the daily life of a bee. Some of them made bee hives and some of them collected nectar and helped pollinating flowers.
Some of them gave a warning “I will sting you” buzz.
Dragonflies reviewed a Huntley Meadows map lesson and used it to follow our trails using numbered trail markers. They looked at the compass to review directions. They saw spider webs, turtles and they heard frogs.
They drew in their journals and enjoyed a beautiful nature walk together.
It was another fun day of exploring at the Frog Pond!
~ The Frog Team ~
One of our outside projects today was to make little planes out of sticks and string. When we were outside in the Yard a lot of the Tadpoles took trips to the brush pile to gather sticks with Ms. Angelica and Ms. Sadeka.
On the way, they stopped by the Butterfly Garden for a visit. While they were there they found so many flowers and insects. But the most exciting thing they saw was a hummingbird! They watched it fly among the flowers until it flew away.
After we gathered enough sticks the Tadpoles helped carry them to the yard so that we could start making planes. Each of the Tadpoles picked at least two sticks to make their airplanes and we used yarn to tie the sticks together. One of the Tadpoles felt the ball of yarn and said that it felt like a giant caterpillar!
The Tadpoles used their planes to fly all over the yard and talked about the places they were going. Many of them took trips to the beach, mountains, or even the jungle. But they also decided that their creations were not just planes. A few of them were birds. One Tadpole said that hers was a Pteranodon!
Over the weekend more vegetables ripened in our garden. Some of the Tadpoles spent time exploring the garden with Ms. Sam. They found beans, cucumbers, and a few tomatoes. They ate a few of their discoveries, but saved most to eat them for snack later. We really enjoyed the slightly cooler weather and spent time riding the bikes and cars and cooking by the sandbox.
The Jumpers had a great time playing games and exploring Toad Mountain with the Frogs. They spent a long time playing chasing games. They took turns chasing each other around the mountain and through the tunnel. Later one of the Frogs was very excited and said that he had something he really wanted to show us. He took us to the giant puddle and showed us some frog eggs. The Jumpers were intrigued and ask the Frog class questions about the frog eggs and how they got there. The Frogs were happy to share their knowledge!
~ Tadpole Team ~
Some Tadpoles were very excited to help Ms. Angelica make pupusas for us to try at snack time. They tried the dough and the cheese before they started rolling it out. They were all very helpful while they were rolling and flattening the dough. It seemed as though some of them had made tortillas before, but maybe they have just had a lot of practice with playdough. We look forward to trying them at snacktime.
We spent a lot of time outside taking turns to visit the goats with Ms. Sadeka. We got to say hello to Max while he was sitting and soaking up the sunshine. We gave Henry a pat on the back while we was eating and later while he was getting a drink. We fed leaves and clover flowers to Gizmo and watch Frida use her foot to scratch an itch. It is really fun to visit each of the goats and get to see their personalities. While were in the goat yard we tried to remember the names of some of the chickens. We also looked in on some of the chickens who were sitting on nests in the chicken coop.
In the Tadpole Yard there was a lot of different dramatic play today. A few of the Tadpoles were having a picnic with Ms. Abby in the one of the little houses. Some were sitting on top of the tunnel and said that they were riding on a train. They really wanted to ride the train to the zoo. A lot of the Tadpoles spent a long time in the sand kitchen. They started a restaurant or food stand. If one of their friends or teachers was sitting close by they would ask what they wanted to eat.
At Toad Mountain the Jumpers all enjoyed trying out the new obstacle course that the Frogs made. They used the balance bean while walking between two logs, hopped across the tires and ended by crawling along the slide. They all tried going through it with the Frogs multiple times. They also helped to change it to make it more interesting each time.
The Tadpole Team
Happy Friday Frog Families!
A week that started with such t-shirts and shorts, ended with the return of poofy jackets and snow suits as we had many snow sightings out at the Mountain. The day included many games, old favorites like Hungry Hippo and Fire in the Forest and some new games like one Ms. Bani made using marbles as balls and cups as goals to slide them into!
One of the peeper frogs brought in a feather to show her group, and Mr. Mark let their lesson flow right from that. They looked at feathers from the chickens we have in our yard, and then they played a chicken game! The chorus frogs and Ms. Megan headed outside to play a game called, “Freeze, Freeze, Run!” When she said run they got to run all over goat alley until she called out “Freeze!” and they had to freeze on the spot. The cricket frogs meanwhile made beautiful cherry blossom trees, which is perfectly timed for the cherry blossoms that will soon be blooming. The green tree frogs role played as different community helpers as they called in the police, and firemen for different incidents.
This has been a long, but very exciting week at the Pond! As stated in an earlier email, we have two new frogs in the class! To see our class expand and to be so inclusive was very special. Almost every morning during breakfast we would talk about ways we could be helpful to the new frogs, and ways in which the frogs had already been helpful. They were very excited to report how they had taught the frogs new games, invited them to play, or showed them where certain things in the class are found. While the older frogs were excited to have an opportunity to be leaders in the classroom, the younger frogs have been very happy to welcome some of their old Tadpole friends into the class 🙂
All in all, it’s been a fun day and a very exciting week! Wishing you all a very happy (and relaxing) weekend 🙂
All the best,
During another exciting day at the Pond, our Tadpole Classroom began preparations for the garden… unseasonably warm, but we are responding by observing and playing in the dirt.
Enjoy our photos!
Today at the art table, the children created art with the shredded papers and glue. They spread glue and put the shredded papers on it.
In the back room, the children played tumbling on the soft mat and danced with the music. Some of them pretended wooden blocks were microphones and sang. Some of them built with the building blocks.
In the Front room, the children built roads with the waffle blocks and drove their toy cars on it. Some of them were busy cooking. We also did baby doll circle time our little friends really enjoyed it. Baby doll circle time provides one an one time, connections, relationships, loving and caring.
Outside the children watched the birds. We saw many cardinals and chickadees. We also saw vulture flying and imitate the vulture. Some of them ride cars and tricycles on the sidewalk and some of them had great time walking on the balance beam. They also feed the goats and made goat call.
The Jumpers went to the Toad Mountain to play with the Frogs. They dug in the dirt pile with shovels and some of them made pretend apple pie at the table while others played a hide and seek game.
The Tadpole Team
Hi Frog Families!
We have had a beautiful, muddy day at the Pond! This morning was spent using the giant waffle blocks to build several trucks and a motorcycle or two. Later several frogs transformed into monkeys and climbed all over one of the trees in the yard while other frogs chased each other all around as they pretended to be bears.
The Peeper frogs traveled along the Pipeline trail, with Science Sarah and Ms. Rebeca. Upon their return they reported sighting birds, a dog, and a whole bunch of mud. Many frogs were excited to announce that they had gotten stuck in the mud and needed to be rescued by one of the teachers.
The cricket frogs had a great time wrestling and dancing on the wrestling mats in the front room. As they took turns wrestling they each developed their own techniques and of course they all had some stellar dance moves to show off. Meanwhile the chorus frogs played a migration game with Ms. Bani, and they had a blast flying across the room as different animals.
The green tree frogs led a bear hunt around the classroom as they crossed rivers and meadows. Thus, the imagination and energy around the classroom was in full swing!
After lessons, Mr. Mark reports there was a bunch of fun restaurant play at Toad Mountain. Some excellent chefs quickly prepared a feast of carrot and ginger soup, and spaghetti and meatballs. As they ate their meal they discussed their pets and how they have to be sure to also feed them.
We are all looking forward to what the rest of the day holds!
The Frog Team
This Morning we had some beautiful aromas wafting throughout the classroom thanks to Ms. Kim and the Green Tree Frogs cooking up a storm; they made rice pudding! They used brown rice grits, milk, butter, cinnamon, sugar, raisins, and a pinch of salt. It seemed to be quite a hit as the Green Tree Frogs sampled it (the rest of the children will have it at snack). As the children made the rice pudding, they loved the texture of the rice. In order to make the pudding they took turns measuring out the different ingredients. After they finished making the rice pudding, they did a taste test and Frog Chefs decided they needed to add more cinnamon.
While Green Tree Frogs were cooking, Chorus and Cricket Frogs did space activities. Cricket Frogs made rockets with Ms. Rebeca and talked about how rockets blasted off and where they last blast off to. A couple of the children mentioned wanting to go to the Moon, but soon enough all of the children wanted to blast off far into our Solar System.
Chorus Frogs went into the backroom with Ms. Bani and enjoyed experimenting with flashlights. At first Ms. Bani was trying to teach about how we are able to see the Moon because of the sunshine rays that are reflected back to us. But soon enough Ms. Bani let the kids become their own planets, shining the flashlights onto different parts of the room.
Peeper Frogs made family posters with Mr. Mark. Some of the children cut and glued photos of their families and other children drew their family members.
We were impressed with how the children drew their family members, some without any help.
Lastly, we just wanted to mention that some teachers did see some snowflakes on the way to school this week, so we thought it was only fitting to sing Frosty the Snowman at Morning Meeting.
Today at Morning Meeting Ms. Megan shared about a caterpillar that the children had found at Toad Mountain. Ms. Kim and the children used field guides to try to determine which caterpillar it was but were unable to determine it. Nevertheless, it was exciting and the children learned researching skills.
Afterwards Peeper Frogs went to Huntley Meadows with Ms. Bani and Science Sarah. Their goal was to make it to the wetlands so that they could see the beaver lodge that the beavers had been working at. It is the lodge that is near the first bench, and it is quite a project! Once they got there, Science Sarah read them a book about beavers.
Cricket Frogs were so excited to know that the Thanksgiving Lunch is only one day away. They were all doing decorations, making Thanksgiving wreaths with Ms. Rebeca.
Chorus Frogs visited the goats with Mr. Mark. We noticed that Frida and Gizmo were both asleep so we let them bask in the sunshine and instead pet Henry and Max (well, Max was also busy gobbling a piece of pumpkin). We also did our Feeling Buddies lesson inside about what to do when Anger “Gets a Hold” of us.
Green Tree Frogs played grocery store with Ms. Kim. They pretended to drive to the store and park. They also took turns shopping and weighing vegetables. They really enjoyed bagging the groceries and pretended to swipe their grocery cards to pay!
Enjoy the weekend!
~ The Frog Team ~