Sunday, February 19, 2012


After a couple of weeks of letter-writing, it all paid off in understanding how to deliver our valentines ("hearts" as the children called them) to each other.  Another opportunity to engage in "giving"!

We had some fun, colorful new cups to stack and sort . . .

We used the cups to sort and play with colorful ice, too!

In fact the whole week was colorful and loving!  I even caught the kids giving impromptu hugs to each other, very sweet!

Another sweet thing was receiving a handful of m & m's to count and sort!

Jane brought us all tatoos to wear on Valentine's day . . .

It took us almost a whole class session to roll out our homemade, buttery sugar cookie dough.

We also made colorful icing.

Making the cookies was like working with playdough, but better!

On Valentine's Day each child had a turn to deliver their mail and had a nice bag of Valentine's to take home.

We used our names to make a book about things/people we love.

Thursday I thought it was time to paint a lot, above, Camille sets everything up.

Predictably with our kiddos, hands and other objects in the room become part of the painting process!

Elliott and Camille REALLY got into it!

The awareness of color-mixing was fantastic.

I was going to do the same thing with our MWF group, but we had so much fun cleaning (a different sort of "messiness" - tactile experience) and it took us so long, that we didn't get around to painting.  Perhaps Monday.

Squeezing a sponge is actually good for strengthening hand muscles!

When we went upstairs to put our cookies in the oven, the T/Th group noticed a fun, green sunspot on the floor. They decided they wanted to sit in it!  We discovered the green light was coming from the pretty stained glass in the kitchen window.

The MWF kiddos got scholarly and we identified the first letter of our names after reading an alphabet story.  We then colored the letters.

Camille and Zoe found a quiet moment together.  I love that they love books!

And there is definitely something about fringe . . . !

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