Sunday, April 22, 2018
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Happy Easter to all of our SMART START families and friends. We are overjoyed having had the privilege of celebrating the holiday here at school. We hope you enjoy reading about and seeing what your little Easter bunnies have been up to. Let's hop to it!
Festivities began as we gathered in our outdoor classroom to collect eggs from Charlotte and Caroline-a sought-after chore! Knowing that these eggs would be used during arts and crafts made this task all the more appealing. Decorating Easter eggs is a traditional activity that both children and adults love to participate in.
Our dress-up area was filled with Easter dresses, bonnets, bunny ears and other accessories. Additional props for dramatic play included Easter baskets, bunnies, ducks and our classroom rabbits. Our animated group was delighted fashioning Easter attire while posing for the most adorable snapshots and engaging in pretend play.
Concentrating pupils gathered around the table to play Easter Egg Memory Match. The object of the game is to correctly form pairs. Our young learners challenged their reasoning and problem solving skills as they distinguished between color, shape, similarities and differences. All are winners here at SMART START!
Easter books lined our bookshelves as students learned about this holiday independently and with friends. Books portrayed the meaning of Easter, traditions and fun tales about the famous, Easter Bunny. During circle time with Miss Francesca, peers shared memories from home and what they hope the Easter Bunny might bring!
Although a bit challenging, all embraced our Easter inspired language arts lesson. Each had their own chalkboard and different colored egg shaped chalk. Young learners practiced writing, particularly the letters in their name and seasonal words such as, egg and hop. They are making great strides with letter formation and sounding out site words. We are very proud of our pre-readers!
The Easter Bunny made an early visit and delivered a special gift. Harriet, a sweet black bunny is now a part of our SMART START family! Friends were ecstatic as they took turns holding and welcoming her. We hope Harriet loves her new home here at school and role as classroom pet!
Tea time friends gathered together for a special Easter tea party. The table looked beautiful decorated with Easter lilies and stuffed animals. Pinkies were held high holding tea cups, while imaginations and conversations took place over pretend tea, cookies and lumps of sugar.
Easter celebrations continued as SMART START dancers performed the Bunny Hop. They wore bunny ears, formed a line, tapped their feet and hopped along as Easter music filled the classroom. In addition, friends played two classic games, "Bunny, bunny, hop", a twist on, "Duck, duck, goose" and "Easter Bunny Says, a rendition of "Simon Says." "Hippity, Hoppity, Easter's on it's way."
Our budding artists were eager for the anticipated egg decorating! Each had a container filled with paint and a brush to paint eggs and a carton. Once this process was complete, the eggs were placed in the plastic egg shaped holder to dry. Other decorations added to both the eggs and cartons included: gem stickers, glitter, flower tape and tissue paper. All were proud to bring their hard work home.
Preschoolers worked diligently during mathematics by counting bunnies and chicks on our felt board. Students excelled at this basic addition and subtraction lesson- festive fun!
The Easter Bunny hid many eggs throughout the school for our annual Easter egg hunt. Dressed up in holiday apparel and a basket in hand, the children searched. Once all the eggs were found, friends gathered to open their eggs. They ate the Jellybeans inside while reminiscing about this egg-citing experience!