Andra's P4 Class

Watching kids grow

   Oct 26

Buddy Time

Every Thursday morning, we meet with our Buddies from Elizabeth Tarno’s 5th/6th grade class. We’ve taken a fall walk, painted with watercolors, and, last week, we used leaves to make wreaths.

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We met up in our Buddies’ classroom, and listened to the directions.

 

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Next, we found places at the big tables, and collected leaves, paper plates, and glue. Then we got to work.

Sierra and Anabelle worked on their wreaths.

Sierra and Anabelle worked on their wreaths.

 

Andrew and his buddy, Abigail, worked together.

Andrew and his buddy, Abigail, worked together.

 

Our wreaths will decorate the gym for the Harvest Dinner!


   Oct 26

More apple sauce

We have continued to make apple sauce  (Julie’s and my freezers are getting mighty full!). Last week, we were delighted to have William’s mom, Nicole, come in to work with us.

Nicole worked with children as they used the food mill.

Nicole worked with children as they used the food mill.

Our classroom has a constant flow of visitors who come in, sniffing, and asking what the wonderful aroma is that permeates the basement. We’re all looking forward to tasting the fruits of our labor at the Harvest Dinner!


   Oct 14

Applesaucin’

We started making the necessary gallons of applesauce yesterday. The children learned how to use sharp knives safely, and cut apple after apple. We cooked the small pieces in my Crockpot, and noticed how wonderful it smelled in the classroom. This afternoon, children continued to cut more apples, and worked with the food mill.

Ashlyn, River, and Taber worked with Fran to cut apples.

Ashlyn, River, and Taber worked with Fran to cut apples.

Lila cranked the food mill, and Sailor and Thayer kept watch on the progress.

Lila cranked the food mill, and Sailor and Thayer kept watch on the progress.

 

 


   Oct 13

Apples!!

What a glorious day we had, yesterday, when we headed off to Randolph Technical College! Although the trees were far from loaded, we did gather enough apples to make the gallons of sauce we will take to the Harvest Dinner, next month.

 

It was fun to ride the bus together.

The children headed into the orchard.

 

 

River found a good one!

Lila found one, too!

After we picked apples, we gathered by the college to enjoy a picnic lunch in the sunshine.

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All in all, it was a lovely day. Now we can get started making our applesauce!


   May 16

Growing Up

We have spent the past two weeks talking and learning about babies. Almost everyone has brought in a baby picture and information about how big they were when they were born. With that information, we have played a very popular guessing game. Ask your child about playing “Who Is This Baby?” Better yet, check out the collection of wonderful pictures on the classroom door! We’re also putting their birth height on the measuring strips that hang outside the classroom. It’s amazing to realize that they have grown so much in 5 years!

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Fiona counted out 1″ cubes and put them together to see how big she had been on the day she was born

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Maddie looked at the inches on a yard stick to figure out how big she had been when she was born.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week, we’ll begin to focus on the things that happen as babies begin to grow into children. Each child will be working on a body tracing.

 

Isabel had to lie really, really still as Julie traced around her.

Isabel had to lie really, really still as Julie traced around her.

Soon each child will paint the body tracing so it looks just like him or her! Get ready to have some twins!


   May 04

Baby Talk

This morning, our meeting centered on a pretty important discussion about babies. We had already brainstormed what the children knew about babies (

They sleep in cribs

They cry

They need milk bottles

The can’t stand up

Their heads are big compared to their bodies

They puke

They spit up

They cause trouble like eating dog food

Today, we read a terrific book called How You Were Born. The book, written for young children,  has very interesting photographs of a baby in utero. I always change the language of the book, slightly, by saying that babies grow inside of a woman’s body, rather than inside of their mother’s body. We noticed the umbilical cord, and talked about its purpose. Everyone noticed that they have a belly button!

Some deep questions came up. Some children wondered, aloud, how the babies get inside the woman’s uterus, and some talked about babies being born. We talked about C-Sections when one child mentioned that her mother had one.

As I said, it was a deep conversation. And it will very likely continue at home!

Our study of babies will continue over the next few days, and then we’ll focus on children growing up and becoming four- and five-year olds. It’s very exciting!


   Apr 26

Spring

I had so hoped for more spring-like weather after vacation, but, after all, this is Vermont. I suppose, most years, we still have snow on the ground, left over from winter.

The children did a lovely job sharing their Vacation Adventures through illustrations on the morning message, and then verbally at meeting, yesterday. We heard about trips to various beaches, toys played with, and visits with extended family. It was really nice to be all together after the week apart.

We made a batch of “slime” and it was very popular during work time.

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We mixed equal parts of white glue and laundry starch. It took a lot of mixing, but finally became stretchy Slime.

It was cold and so stretchy!

It was cold and so stretchy!

 

Other children were delighted to work with blocks.

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Or manipulatives

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It felt as if everyone was greeting old friends after a long absence. And I guess it was!


   Apr 06

Circus!

The circus is coming! The circus is coming!

Our class has been very excited about the up-coming circus performance. We will join the other preschool and kindergarten class in the circus parade. We met with Kevin, of Circus Minimus, on Monday, and spent time talking about, and acting out various circus animals.

Kevin took us all into the gym. The children walked in a line, holding onto each others' shoulders.

Kevin took us all into the gym. The children walked in a line, holding onto each others’ shoulders.

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When we got there, everyone took of their shoes and we made a huge circle.

The children talked about elephants, crocodiles, lions, and one more surprise animal. Then they acted them out.

 

They stomped like elephants, and swung their trunks.They even trumpeted!

They stomped like elephants, and swung their trunks.They even trumpeted!

 

 

Dahlia showed everyone how a crocodile opens its mouth.

Dahlia showed everyone how a crocodile opens its mouth.

 

Eli and Maddie showed their tiger claws.

Eli and Maddie showed their lion claws.

In the classroom, the children have been making a huge circus tent out of construction toys. Soon, we’ll think about things to help everyone look like circus animals during the performance.


   Mar 07

Tea Time!

What a wonderful first tea time we had together on Friday!

Thank you Mazie and Ryder for the delicious tea time treats.

During worktime, each child made a place card which will be used all year.

Bodhi and Xander decorated their place cards.

Bodhi and Xander decorated their place cards.

Everyone worked with Fran to make PB&J or bread and butter sandwiches.

Eva and Fiona worked with Fran to make sandwiches for tea time.

Eva and Fiona worked with Fran to make sandwiches for tea time.

Six children set the table.

Max, Fiona , and Mazie were three of the children who helped to set the table.

Max, Fiona , and Mazie were three of the children who helped to set the table.

The table was beautiful when it was set!

The table was beautiful when it was set!

We all sat down and waited until Fran was ready before we enjoyed our tea.

We all sat down and waited until Fran was ready before we enjoyed our tea.

 

Now we’re looking forward to our next Tea Time!

 

 


   Feb 10

Preparing for Tea Time

It’s that time of year, again; we’re getting ready to start the wonderful experience of Tea Time.

Every year, when our class has settled into the routines, has become a cohesive group, we introduce the special time. Tea Time is a lovely way to learn about being polite, using manners, enjoying a party, trying new foods, being gentle, and enjoying the company of our friends.

Last Friday, we looked at some of the things we’ll use for Tea Time.

We saw the tiered tea caddies that we'll use to serve savory and sweet treats.

We saw the tiered tea caddies that we’ll use to serve savory and sweet treats.

 

 

We talked about taking gentle care of the special cups, saucers, and other dishes that we’ll use.

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Maddie practiced pouring water from a tea pot. After vacation, we'll have real (herb) tea, so we need a lot of practice!

Maddie practiced pouring water from a tea pot. After vacation, we’ll have real (herb) tea, so we need a lot of practice!

Grady poured water.

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IMG_0685IMG_0689Tomorrow, we’ll learn how to set the table.

There’s a lot of preparation for tea time. Everyone will have a chance to supply a sweet treat and a savory treat, and we will be cooking in class, too. At the end of the year, we’ll have a tea party and all of the parents will be invited!