Learning about Oscar

At Circle Time today, we learned a poem

Here is a rabbit with ears so tall. (hold up index and middle finger on one hand)
And here is his hole in the ground. (make hole by cupping other hand)
When a noise he hears, he picks up his ears (extend index and middle finger for ears)
And hops in his hole in the ground. (place fingers from bunny hand into hole )

After the poem, we read a a book to learn some wild rabbit facts. We learned that a rabbit's ears can twist towards the direction of a sound. A rabbit's nose twitches to help it smell different scents. We learned that rabbits live together in tunnels called warrens. Rabbit's use their front paws to dig the tunnels and their back paws to move the earth out of the way.  To help us remember our new facts, we pretended we were rabbits! The Ladybugs held their hands on top of their heads for rabbit ears and  turned them to hear a sound.  We tried to twitched our noses, but this resulted in a lot of closed mouths moving with a little movement from the nose. Digging pretend tunnels was more successful.




Snow and Trains!

Way back in January, the ladybugs decided they wanted to learn about bears and trains. They chose to do bears first, and on clear days in between snowstorms at the end of February we heard a train in the distance "choo-chooing" during our afternoon class. Tracks were brought in the class and the wooden trains, and the ladybug track designers went to work. At first, some children relied on other builders to elaborate designs but as time past, all the ladybugs learned if they wanted a track built sometimes you had to rely on your own skills. The Ladybugs also had the opportunity to work on sharing and cooperation skills when choosing trains and playing beside friends. At Circle time, we read many books about trains, practiced our counting skills by counting train cars, we pretended to be a train as we chugged down the hallway and into the meeting room. We practiced our scissor skills as we cut out train cars and proudly hung them on the wall. We ended our train study by having a train ride in the room. The Ladybugs bought tickets and boarded the chair train. The conductor collected the tickets and drove the train to his/her destination of choice. Each child got a chance to be the conductor and pick a new destination. "All ABOARD!"  All this occurred during countless snowstorms and many adventures outside in the snow. So now the snow has melted, and signs of spring are starting to appear, we are looking for a new topic to explore. Perhaps, soccer?


A Beary Good Time!

In December, the ladybugs expressed interest in bears and I promised them after the winter break, we would have some fun with bears. So upon our return in January, we began reading lots of books about bears, and discovered that bears live in dens, have cubs in the spring, eat fish, insects, honey and they eat lots of food as they prepare to hibernate in the winter. We read, It's the Bear by Jez Alborough, which inspired us to have a teddy bear picnic! Judy even sang us a special teddy Bear picnic song.

We crumbled dark paper to make dens and caves for our bears. Then we ripped blue paper to make rivers so they bears could catch fish to eat...

The children have been enjoying the new play dough pushers and play dough  scissors and the new art center. We also brought out the trains when requested by the children and perhaps this may be our next topic of exploration.

Go Ball!

The Ladybug Class has been bouncing, smiling, and bonding over balls!  It started with a ball track toy that the Ladybugs would play with for twenty minutes at a time! Two balls were provided with the ball track, so only two children could play with at one time and each child could only have one ball. The Ladybugs learned to just take one ball and if they grabbed the second, a protest was sure to occur! Each child learned to share in their own way: some children would only use a certain ball, others would grab the first ball that fell to the bottom of the track and leaving the second for the other child, one child always grabbed two balls but promptly held out the second ball to their friend. The children learned how to cooperate with each other, peacefully play and have fun. Rita and I were proud of our Ladybugs!

Having seen their enthusiasm for the ball track toy, long cardboard tubes and ping pong ball were brought out. The cardboard tubes were taller than the Ladybugs, and we quickly learned to always keep one end on the floor for everyone’s safety. Balls started rolling all around the room and our quiet class started talking! “Go Ball!”… “Look, it rolled across the room!”… “Ball stuck!”…“The green ball is under the table.”

To expand on the ball theme, we painted with golf and ping pong balls in a large box. Two children sat beside the box and had to work together to make the balls roll across the paper. Also, we observed that the golf balls rolled quite easily and the ping pong balls got stuck in the paint.

This week, each child brought in a ball to share. On Tuesday, we had a spirited time in the meeting room exploring the different ways balls move. On Thursday, we talked about the different things balls do: bouncing, rolling and what we do with balls: throw, catch, hold, and squeeze. To expand on the bouncing and rolling discussion, we playground rolled ball in trays of paint and dropped the balls off the side of the porch. Each child enjoyed walking down the stairs and then chasing after the ball, and carefully walking the stairs with ball in their hands(this skill is easy for adults but proved to be a challenge for the little ones.) You can imagine and smiles and squeals of delight this event caused!

So our study of balls has helped us practice our social skills, promote sharing, help us to find our voices, work on balance and gross motor skills, and explore art beyond our painting easel. And you thought balls were just for bouncing and rolling!

A New Year of Friendship Begins



A very warm welcome to our Fairville students and families!  

The program at Fairville incorporates the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. Children are nurtured in body, mind and spirit by experiences that speak to their physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and creative development. Fairville children are taught conflict resolution and peacekeeping in the manner of Friends.

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