This morning we continued have fun with the “P” sound. During our morning transition activity, some of the children glued pumpkin and honey locust seeds onto the letter P while others traced the letter P in sand with their fingers. Your children also looked at items that begin with the “P” sound. Some of the children used our wooden Shabbat set. Working with Merav, your children practiced the prayers, lit the “candles,” and cut the challah. We also started to learn a new Shabbat song called, “The Dinosaur Shabbat Song.” We will have our sign-up sheet for Shabbat during our parent teacher conferences. Some of your children worked in partnership with the knobbed cylinders helping each other, laughing, and exhibiting the joy and satisfaction upon completion. It was also wonderful watching Emma help her Morah with the sound cylinders!
During our walk this morning, we found honey locust trees with seed pods still attached to the branches. We also noticed smaller pine cones than the ones we have in our classroom. We brought some of them back and will examine the similarities and differences on Monday. While we were walking, one of the children noticed a plant that was in a clay pot on the side of a brownstone. We stopped to look at the size of the leaves. I even commented that they were the largest leaves we have seen so far! We then heard a voice from above! The owner called down to us (he was on the second floor) the name of the plant: Elephant Ears. On the same block, your children noticed a rose bush. We spoke about the thorns and even found one remaining yellow rose. They also see the letters on trucks, awnings, and store front windows.
During work time, some of your children used shaving cream on plates. I encouraged them to try to make the letter P. They also, on their own, made an “O,” a “face,” and a “circle.” We hear the “P” sound connection during lunch when some of us were eating pizza! The books that we read today were, “Too Many Toys,” by David Shannon and “Cloud Dance,” by Thomas Locker. We also re-visited the book “What is This” by Antje Damm. During quiet reading time, some of your children found a warm spot in our classroom by the door leading to the outside play yard. Before dismissal, we had the opportunity to work cooperatively with a bean bag. We needed to make a circle, pass the bean bag to the person next to us, and listen to the instructions (going fast, slow, or stopping).