“Oh Mister Sun, Sun, Mister Golden Sun. Won’t you please shine down on me?”
In the Infant Room, the first full week of March meant daily neighborhood walks, fellowship with the other classes and loads of outdoor activities.
The babies had the opportunity to experience lemons and limes this week. Whole limes were presented in the center of a circle with the babies surrounding them. They eagerly reached for a lime. No one hesitated to pick up this green object. They held the lime. They studied it with intensity. After their study they threw the lime down and quickly picked up another to repeat the same process. All of the infants did the same thing in regard to feeling, looking, throwing, kicking, and grasping. The final exploration was the lime going in the mouth. This was a surprise as we fully expected the mouth to be the first response to this new object rather than the last.
The next day the limes were halved and again the babies showed great enthusiasm for learning about this familiar yet different object by quickly reaching for it. They took a long hard look at it, smelled it, then threw it down. There were smiles with lots of leg kicking, which seemed to say-we like this.
The week held many beautiful days to get outside and explore the neighborhood on stroller ride walks. There were colorful flowers in bloom, people walking on the street, and wind blowing through the trees and bushes. The babies took it all in with wide eyes and smiles. Next week, we plan to continue our citrus exploration and enjoy the warm weather.
This week, the middle infants explored color and light. Whether in Ziploc bags or on the light table, our students were expose to different elements of colors. But with such nice weather, we were also able to spend a lot of our time outside eating and playing. Most importantly, we celebrated Bernadette turning one. She enjoyed eating her first school lunch on Thursday. Next week, we will continue to explore color and light through natural materials.
For our oldest, this week’s activities included window painting, chalk play, and an outside performance. While decorating the window and door, Nora and Thomas enjoyed the texture of the paint on their hands. Chalk play involved body tracing on the sidewalk; Adelynne laid perfectly still in order to get the best image. But the climax of the week was the preschool production of The Three Little Pigs. With perfect weather, our oldest infants thoroughly adored watching Willow School’s thespians. Next week, we will continue to identify body parts; begin to explore mud and clay; and practice outdoor yoga.
- Please remember to wash your hands as well as your child’s hands at arrival and pick up.
- In the morning, please leave the washcloths for our smaller infants who can’t reach the sink.
- Please ensure that your child has several changes of clothes in their cubby.
- Please bring sun protection daily (sunscreen and/or hats).
- Daylight Savings Time begins this weekend. Don’t forget to “Spring” your clocks one hour forward.