Previously, the class had been observing the leaves falling, and the squirrels collecting food and running to and from the trees. We are continuing our focus on different parts of the trees and all the beautiful gifts they provide. The children have been collecting twigs and sticks at the park to work.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry
Winter is Coming by Tory Johnston
The books discuss all the important benefits trees provide such as providing oxygen, wood, homes, apples, shelter for a variety of animals, and shade on a hot day.
The Family is Visiting for the Holidays
With the holiday season in full swing, families and friends are spending time together enjoying food, drinks and conversations.
When families visit we share our home space with them and this is especially difficult in New York City apartments.
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant is written from a child’s point of view about her family visiting. Sharing food, space and home life with visiting family members who live far away are good lessons for children.
Your Space and My Space
There is a song I learned from Cathy Guy’s class at Third Street Music School that we sing at circle time throughout the school year.
As the children are seated they sing the words below while pointing to the immediate space in front, on the side of their bodies.
“This is my place, this is my place, this is my place and this is my space.”
Children understand that they take up space physically. This song helps the children understand where their space begins and ends which is essential when learning how to work with each other.
Children are taught to respect each other’s work space and toys and to ask for what they would like to have rather than “snatching” from each other.
Children have a strong interest in all modes of transportation. Children are drawn to experiences on airplanes, taxis, subways, buses, cars, bikes and scooters. Children have been flying lately, so we will be focusing on airplanes and the airplane policies such as fastening seatbelts. Airplanes are a lot of fun for children. They like the speed at takeoff and the sense of being airborne.
I'm A Little Airplane added 8-18-98 Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "I'm a Little Teapot"
I'm a little airplane, (children raise arms at sides to shoulder height.)
Now watch me fly! (They spin one of their arms in front of them as if it were a propeller)
Here are my instruments
From down low to up high. (With their other arm, they reach from the ground to above their heads.)
First I get revved up. (Children make engine-like noises while still spinning their arms.)
Then I can fly, (Children raise arms to shoulder height.)
Lifting off the runway (They start walking forward.)
Up into the sky! (They go up on their tiptoes and continue to move forward. Let them circle a while before returning to their original positions.
Did you know that empty boxes are children’s favorite toys? Empty boxes allow the children to use their imagination and creativity to make anything they want for play.
Trees are celebrated on National Arbor Day, Hug a Tree Day, and National Love a Tree Day. All of these days celebrate the importance of trees and tree planting.
Danyce Alonzo, Educational Director for East Village Tots