Snow Play

We have had an abundance amount of snow the past two weeks. The temperature has been extremely cold so we haven’t been able to go out and enjoy playing in the snow as much as we would like to. But we have gone out for short periods of time on a couple of days.  The children have enjoyed trying to master the “Snow Angel”.

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They are even becoming good at snow removal from the sidewalks and their playhouse.

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Today there has been a lot of eating of snow!

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Everyone has had fun in the snow! We are expecting more snow tonight, so I believe we will be playing several more days in the snow!!

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Miss Susie

Winter Wonderland

It has been quite snowy in Virginia lately. Most of the public schools have been called off for nearly two weeks, but we’ve been trucking along at Miss Amy’s ! The children absolutely love the snow and we have been venturing out as much as possible. This is possible because each child brings appropriate clothing: snow pants/bibs, waterproof gloves, snow boots, and warm coats, and hats.

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Helping the children put on all of their winter wear is no easy task, but it’s worth it. We have a blast !

Teaching 4 and 5 year olds to sled is one of my favorite parts of winter!

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There might have been a little well a lot of snow eating !

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– Miss Amber

Out of the mouths of babes…

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A 3-year-old girl made a pair of “paper panties” This is a conversation between her and another 3-year-old girl.

3-year-old girl #1:
“Look, here are your paper panties!”
3-year-old girl #2:
“No, they are not mine! They are too big. They must be your Daddy’s!

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Another 3-year-old girl brought me a camel…

3-year-old girl: “My Dad LOVES camels!
Miss Maria: ” He does? Has he ever been riding on a camel?”
3-year-old girl: “Not since Thursday!

Wishing everyone a safe and fun weekend!

– Miss Maria

What is Love – According to a Preschooler?

What do preschoolers love or really like?
Of course they love their Mom and Dad, their families and their friends, but what else do they love or really like?…

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Most preschoolers enjoy a good snack.The children helped to make these tasty banana and strawberry muffins yesterday!

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Preschoolers are very artistic and love to draw,  paint or play with play-doh or clay.

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Using glue for collage making or just to watch the glue pour onto the paper…

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Cutting, learning about your numbers and letters and colors are also something that preschoolers quickly become interested in.

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Helping to put up the day of the week or the day’s date on our calendar is also a special activity for our preschoolers.

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Racing fast cars or getting to the fire with a fire truck or calling the tow truck, are also well loved games.

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Many of our children love to care for our baby dolls and soft animals. Some of our children have their very own soft animal here at Miss Amy’s. Pictured are Bear-Bear and Miss Maria’s raccon slippers.

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Right before lunch, the children’s narrative about what they love or really like quickly changed to food.
“I love gooey bars”! “I like broccoli.”
“I like Cheese Doodles.” “I like the normal macaroni.” “I love carrots, but I am almost allergic to them now…”

We would like to wish you all a very happy Valentine’s day! Lots of love from all the children at Miss Amy’s!

– Miss Maria

Valentine Muffins

In preparation for our Valentines Party on Friday, our 2 and 3 year old classes worked together this morning in making “Strawberry/Banana Muffins”. Miss Amy gathered some of the children to read a story first.

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After the story everyone was very eager to mix all the ingredients together. So after a real good hand washing everyone found a seat around the table. First they had to prep the strawberries and bananas, first they tried just pounding them (which most enjoyed that method). Then some used a rolling pin,  Miss Amy ask them first what it was and a one child said a “roller”.

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The recipe was discussed before the ingredients were added. They used
1 egg, bisquick, sugar, milk, oil, strawberries and bananas. When the milk was added someone said “it looks like a river”.

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Everyone had a turn stirring all the ingredients together, as it got close to being all mixed well another child said “it’s getting gooder”!

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After Miss Amy poured the batter in the muffin tin everyone counted the to see how many they had made and then they counted all the children to see if we will have enough for everyone tomorrow.

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The finished product! Yummy!

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Miss Susie

Love is in the Air!

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It’s “love week” so we have been celebrating and preparing for our Valentine’s Party on Friday. At Miss Amy’s we always like to let the children share their thoughts and ideas, at party time this is no different. Some things we can accommodate, others not so much. Here is their list for the party. Can you guess what was cut ?

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The children have been very interested in baking the past couple of weeks. So they will be baking muffins for the party. They are so excited about that! I also mixed up some chocolate playdoh for them to experiment with. They love the scent!

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We have also started on our valentines. Each child makes one valentine to put into our Valentine Box. Then on party day they each get to pick one super special handmade valentine out of the box. In preschool love is friendship, and there is a whole lot of love here ! – Miss Amber

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Play – A Serious Business.

Children play hard, testing their limits and finding new ones. They practice strength and balance, both physical and mental. They practice critical thinking. They try to figure out where they fit into society by role play. They can only fully realize their full potential by being allowed to freely explore, and in play, practice what they learn and try out different scenarios.

– Miss Maria

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“People tend to forget that play is serious.”
– David Hockney, contemporary British painter.

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“A child loves his play not because it’s easy but because it’s hard.”
– Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician.

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“Play fosters belonging and encourages cooperation.”
– Stuart Brown, M.D., American pediatrician.

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“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.”
– Kay Redfield Jamison, contemporary American professor of psychiatry.

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“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.”
– Fred Rogers, American television personality.

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“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.”
– Diane Ackerman, contemporary American author.

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“Children have always learned and created places for themselves through play.”
– Donna R. Barnes, contemporary American psychologist.

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“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.”
– O. Fred Donaldson, contemporary American martial arts master.

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“We all need empty hours in our lives or we will have no time to create or dream.”
– Robert Coles, contemporary American child psychologist.

Have a great weekend!

– Miss Maria

Sand Cakes

It was a beautiful morning to go outside to play in our sand box after our Music class. There was a lot of cake making in the sand box this morning! We had a “normal” cake, a “birthday” cake and a “tall” cake. I had two boys making chocolate in their chocolate factory. I even found several girls singing “Happy Birthday” to one of their friends, they had the table all set up for a party! Then someone was making dog food for her puppy’s. Everyone had a fun day in the the sand box!
                    “Normal Cake”

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                      “Tall Cakes”

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          The “Chocolate Factory”

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                  “Birthday Party”

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               “Making Dog Food”

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Miss Susie

We are all different

The best part of my job is getting to know the children that I teach. Each child learns at their own pace. They each have their own learning style. I have to observe them close enough to recognize that style and then put it into practice. It can be a challenge in preschool !

Many of the children in my class are still enjoying working with melty beads. I love to watch them work with these because it takes a lot of skill and concentration.

Some children make a plan before starting. They are very organized, work slowly, and typically enjoy making patterns.

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For other children the melty beads are more about bright colors and fun and less about structure . They don’t necessarily have a plan. They grab mounds of beads and see what looks right in the moment.

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Two very different approaches to the same task. It might also surprise you to learn the children pictured above are twins! Learning is different for everyone.

Here are a few other pictures of our melty bead projects. Keep in mind some of these took hours to make !

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– Miss Amber