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Three Day AM TWT Class News 5/13/22

May 11, 2022
By The Hummingbird Team

Weekly News: Recap and Preview

Class: 3 AM TWT – Hummingbirds

Recent News:

· BOOKS - We read Mr. Seahorse by Eric Carle as we practiced our observation skills in finding the hidden fish and learned how different daddy fish take care of their eggs. In Swimmy by Leo Lionni we discussed how some types fish swim together in “schools.” We also read No Ordinary Fish by Anne Lawrence to hear some fascinating facts about sharks.

· ART – We painted on easels, used garlic presses and scissors with playdough, and made watercolor paintings with eye droppers.

· MUSIC – We danced to “The Pirate Song” by Tom Hunter.

· SCIENCE – We learned how sharks and fish are buoyant and why they do not just stay on the bottom of the ocean. Fish have swim bladders that have gas inside and sharks have very oily livers to help them float. We tested this by putting a water bottle with no air bubbles in a tub of water, and it sank. Then we put a bottle of water with an air bubble in it and a bottle filled with vegetable oil and no air bubble and saw how they floated in the tub.

· ACTIVITIES – We fished for magnetic sea creatures and identified the letters written on each sea creature we caught.

Week of 5/17-5/19

Theme: Sea Life

Dramatic Play: Ocean

Highlights:

· The Dramatic Play Room is still the ocean with a submarine, shark cage, boat, seashells to dig for in a sand table, oxygen tanks to wear on our backs, toy sea creatures to play with, etc.

· Tuesday (5/17) will be WATER DAY! Please send your child to school with a swimsuit on under their clothes, water shoes, and TWO towels. We are going to get thoroughly wet, muddy, and soapy on the playground as we splash into our last week of school.

· Wednesday (5/18) we will have a silly spaghetti day.

· Thursday (5/19) will be our last day of school.

We hope you have a fin-tastic weekend!

Lily, Janet, and Pamela

Three Day AM TWT Class News 5/6/22

May 04, 2022
By The Hummingbird Team

Weekly News: Recap and Preview

      Class: 3 AM TWT – Hummingbirds

Recent News:

BOOKS - We read What Ocean Creature Am I? by Nicholas Harris and Martin Camm to introduce some of the fascinating creatures that live in the ocean. We also read Swimmy by Leo Lionni and discussed how some types of fish swim together in “schools.”

ART – We painted with bubble wrap and fish stamps, drew with crayons on paper then did a blue and green watercolor wash over the top to make it look like it was in the ocean, and made bracelets with beads and pipe cleaners with our mommies.

MUSIC – We worked on our songs for Mom’s Day.

SCIENCE – We compared how different items floated in salt water compared to fresh water, discovered that the items floated better in salt water, and talked about how the ocean is salty and easier to float in than lake, or river water.

ACTIVITIES – We practiced our scissor skills by cutting along the lines of the “lollipop people” in order to give them paper legs to walk. The straighter lines did more normal walks while the zig-zag lines made for some very silly walks.

MOM’S DAY – Thank you so much to all the moms who helped make this day special for our Hummingbirds! The children had been really looking forward to singing, dancing, reading, and playing at school with their mommies.

Week of 5/10-5/12

Theme: Sea Life

Dramatic Play: Ocean

Highlights: 

The Dramatic Play Room is now the ocean with a submarine, shark cage, boat, seashells to dig for in a sand table, oxygen tanks to wear on our backs, toy sea creatures to play with, etc.

Tuesday (5/10) we will learn about how some sea creatures take care of their eggs.

Wednesday (5/11) we will have Music with Ms. Ruth, and Spanish with Ms. Mary.

Thursday (5/12) we will learn many amazing facts about sharks.

Tuesday, May 17th will be Water Day!  Please send your child to school with a swimsuit on under their clothes, water shoes, and TWO towels.  We are going to get thoroughly wet, muddy, and soapy on the playground as we splash into our last week of school. 

We hope you have a marvelous Mother’s Day!

Lily, Janet, and Pamela

Three Day AM TWT Class News 4/29/22

April 27, 2022
By The Hummingbird Team

Weekly News: Recap and Preview

      Class: 3 AM TWT – Hummingbirds

Recent News:

BOOKS - We read Wooly Sheep and Hungry Goats, The Chicken or the Egg?, and Smart, Clean Pigs all by Allan Fowler as we learned about the animals and their products.

ART – We made symmetry art with yarn, did spin art in salad spinners, and painted with cut celery and bell peppers.

MUSIC – We worked on our songs for Mom’s Day.

SCIENCE – We learned how fabric and yarn can be dyed to make various colors using plants grown in the garden. We created and tested our own dye using red cabbage. We discovered that red cabbage makes a purple dye when it is boiled in water. However, if we changed the pH levels of the dye we created different colors. When we made the dye more acidic by adding lemon juice, we got pink dye. When we made the dye more basic by adding baking soda, we got blue dye. We were very surprised to see the colors change so drastically!

ACTIVITIES – We practiced our hand-eye coordination by completing sheep lacing cards with wool yarn.

CREATURES – We got to pet the chicks before they went back to the farm. It has been so much fun for everyone to watch the chicks grow! We also released our worms from the sensory table out into the garden on the playground.

Thank you to the O’Neil family for donating six astronaut helmets to the Acorn in honor of Imogen’s 5th birthday!

Week of 5/3-5/5

Theme: Sea Life

Dramatic Play: Ocean

Highlights: 

The Dramatic Play Room will transform into the ocean with a submarine, shark cage, seashells to dig for in a sand table, oxygen tanks to wear on our backs, toy sea creatures to play with, etc.

Tuesday (5/3) we will begin our study under the sea.

Wednesday (5/4) we will have Music with Ms. Ruth, and Spanish with Ms. Mary.

Thursday (5/5) at 10:30am we will have Mom’s Day!

We hope you have a great weekend!

Lily, Janet, and Pamela

Three Day AM TWT Class News 4/22/22

April 19, 2022
By The Hummingbird Team

Weekly News: Recap and Preview

Class: 3 AM TWT – Hummingbirds

Recent News:

· BOOKS - We read Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino in preparation of Mom’s Day, Had a Little Rooster by John M. Feierabend to celebrate the chicks hatching, and Thanks to Cows by Allan Fowler to discuss all the different dairy products we can make thanks to the milk we get from cows.

· ART – We worked on some surprises for Mom’s Day. Then we all laughed when we attached rubber gloves filled with white paint to the bottoms of chairs and poked holes in each of the fingers, so we could “milk the chair cows” in the art room.

· MUSIC – We danced with beanbags to “The Beanie Bag Dance” by Greg and Steve.

· SCIENCE – We put a couple drops of food coloring into a tray of whole milk then placed a cotton ball dipped in dish soap in the center. The food coloring started moving all around making what looked like beautiful rainbows, butterfly wings, and tie-dye according to the children. The food coloring allowed us to see the movement of the dish soap molecules racing around trying to bond to the milk fat molecules. We also learned about the anatomy and care of plants. Then we planted our own seeds. We will watch the seeds’ growth over the next couple of weeks.

· ACTIVITIES – We sorted a collection of farm animals and the products they provide for us.

· We now have real chicks and worms upstairs! The chicks are so cute to watch, and we get to play with the worms in the dirt in the sensory tub.

Week of 4/26-4/28

Theme: Where Our Food Comes From

Dramatic Play: Farm and Garden

Highlights:

· In the Dramatic Play Room we have a farm and a pen filled with lots of different toy farm animals. We also have a garden made out of colored masking tape to “plant” plastic vegetables with our shovels and a Farmers Market to sell our produce.

· Tuesday (4/26) we will learn about sheep and their wool.

· Wednesday (4/27) we will have Music with Ms. Ruth, and Spanish with Ms. Mary.

· Thursday (4/28) we will get to touch the chicks!

We hope you have a farm-tastic weekend!

Lily, Janet, and Pamela

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