Our first official day on the "snow mountain." It is so worth the plowing bill!
|"Simmmbbaaaa! Helppp Meee!"|
|Our Hanukkah Sensory Bin|
Potato Latkes are a traditional food served during Hanukkah.
Focusing on the number 8 and counting 1-8.
|Sammy Spider lives in the home of the Shapiro family. Although Sammy is not Jewish,|
he learns all about the holiday by watching from up above on the ceiling. There are
also more Sammy Spider books for the other Jewish celebrations.
|From the book "The Story of Hanukkah"|
|Playing Dreidel is a great way to practice using those fine motor skills.|
Children feel a huge sense of accomplishment when their practice pays off.
|Somebody was very proud of their discovery.|
|She thought I couldn't see her eating the ice. She kept peaking around the corner at me.|
|Frozen mud, even better!|
|Trying to break ice.|
|This will work better!|
|I have no idea what this was all about. It went on for about ten minutes. Very serious conversations going on.|
|In case you are wondering if this ice "plate" ever left his sight, it did not.|
|Just when you think its a bucket full of muddy freezing cold water....|
|...turns out to be hot cocoa!|
|Checking out books|
|The children were able to create their own individual maps of our town. We used a lot of positioning words when transferring the locations on our big map to the little maps. (Across from, next to, behind, above etc...) It was amazing to see how many of them remembered exactly what every building on the map was intended for. Some of them added now features to their own maps as well.|
|The maps I provided them with, which is a duplicate of our big map.|
|Looking at the big map and using our memory to figure out where everything went.|
|Our Completed Group Time Map|
|While they watched and guided me, I taped paper trips to the floor to recreate the roads from our map.|
Then we added the railroad tracks through the town.
|Taking a break from all this hard work.|
|We had a lot of fun brainstorming what we could use from the classroom to create each|
destination on the map. My favorite is the slide and monkey bars from the dollhouse for the playground.
|I wrote out the labels and read them to them as they stuck them around town. I had intentions of having them rewrite the labels the next day to replace mine, but the town didn't last that long. :)|