Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground
How did you get so big and round?
Once you were a seed so small!
Now your like a giant ball!
Today we took a stroll through the fairy forest, enjoyed practicing balance on the balancing logs and jumped off the logs! Great fun! Our friends are enjoying serving themselves their second, third and sometimes fourth serving of lunch! They have big appetites and are always interested in food! Snack is a very popular word amongst this crowd!
Lap games are an important part of connecting with young children. We have been playing many lap games In the Saplings class, including an old favorite, Ride That Horsey.
Ride a little horsey
Down to the town
Ooops, little horsey
We all fall down.
(Let child fall through legs)
There have been eruptions of giggles as the children delight in this play with their caregiver.
We have been working on phrases such as more please, thank you as well as singing our mealtime blessing. The children love the fire fairy dancing atop the candle during lunch. Our oldest friend, Max, served everyone...
Fresh baked bread is a yummy treat,
Filled with love and warmth and wheat,
Knead the dough and let it rise,
And soon you’ll have a big surprise,
From the water, flour, and yeast,
Grows a golden, delicious feast.
5 Lil’ Squirrels
5 Little Squirrels with acorns to store 1 went to sleep, and then there were 4.
4 Little squirrels hunting acorns in a tree 1 fell down, and then there were 3.
3 Little squirrels wondering what to do one got lost, and then there were 2.
2 Little squirrels tossing acorns for fun 1 got tired, and then there was 1.
One little squirrel playing in the sun he ran away, and then there were none.
Our little "squirrels" have been busy collecting the falling pecans and opening them any way they can, with the most popular way being with rocks. They have had a great...
It's been a busy few weeks and an absence from consistent blogging. Technical issues for me [read user error, here] finally resolved and I'm back to the grind.
It's hard sometimes to capture what the children are doing without being intrusive. At times, there a beautiful things happening that you just have to jump in and capture. The Saplings are always busy and often a blur, they don't slow down for anyone. There are a few exceptions, like when you are wearing a cat mask and say, "cheese".
This age is so much fun. They are constantly discovering new things, eating us out of house and home...
Summer camp has been busy working on making their own rhythm sticks with Ms. Kristin, creating campfire story rocks with Ms. Leona and learning some fun old school jump rope rhymes. I enjoyed listening to them sing with Ms. Christiane today. They are learning to sing in rounds and sing different parts as if in a choir. They are loving it! Of course they are working up voracious appetites and in general playing hard! Life is good when you are 5, 6, 7 and 8! Summer time is the best!
Jump Rope Rhyme
Cinderella, dressed in yellow
Went upstairs to kiss her fellow
Made a mistake
In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?
The children are definitely enjoying Spring! Ask your child to recite the nursery rhyme, Mary, Mary Quite Contrary or retell the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children have also enjoyed the Apple Tree finger play along with the poem, The Earthworm. Many of our Treehouse and Sprout friends can retell the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears with great excitement and a little bit of drama added in! They soak up the information and their rote memorization is quite impressive.
The earthworm, while his home deep burrows,
Walks underground and makes deep...
Many parents have requested sound clips of some of the regular songs we sing with the children. I stepped out of my comfort zone to record the songs for you. We will try to get a few with the children singing with us. For now, this is me singing away in the privacy of my pantry! As soon as I figure out how to post the clips through Wordpress, I will get them up! In the meantime, enjoy some pics from this past week!
The children have enjoyed sensory trays that included magnets, pouring water, scooping beans and rice along with drawing with beeswax crayons.
We have noticed voracious appetites...
Over the next two weeks, we'll be talking caterpillars, butterflies and transformation. Below is a song that we'll be singing. We'll also be felting butterflies and having fun exploring these beautiful creatures.
The fuzzy caterpillar curled up on a leaf.
Spun her little chrysalis and then fell fast asleep.
While she was sleeping, she dreamed that she could fly.
And later when she woke up, she was a butterfly.
(sung to the tune of I Had a Little Turtle)