We’ve shown a lot of creativity and kindness during the month of February.  In recognition of Valentine’s Day, the children worked hard at creating unique valentines to pass out to fellow classmates during our valentine celebration.  We discussed how Valentine’s Day is a day when we recognize people who are special to us: friends, family, and loved ones. It’s also a day to show extra kindness. Our Explorers spread the love on Salem College’s campus by painting and decorating special rocks they left throughout the college for people to find. 

In Practical Life, many children sewed heart-shaped pillows.  Sewing is a wonderful activity for fine-motor development and hand/eye coordination.  Up to this point the sewing in our room has consisted of flat pieces, so the children were thrilled to learn how to sew two fabric pieces together and fill with stuffing.  We also continued to spread kindness with our carrot cutting work.  In this work a child peels and cuts a carrot, then walks around the room with a tray of the cut carrots to offer to peers.  This is an activity that not only incorporates independence and coordination seen throughout the practical life area, but also promotes grace and courtesy.  The children learn how to politely offer carrots, “Would you like a carrot?” Polite responses are also practiced with, “No, thank you” and “Yes, please.  Thank you.”  
This month we also celebrated President’s Day.  We were introduced to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, learning that they were our 1st and 16th presidents.  We noticed that quarters have George Washington’s face, while pennies have a picture of Abraham Lincoln.  The children were invited to explore a sink and float activity with the coins, seeking to find how many pennies it took to sink a plastic cup versus how many quarters were needed. We also introduced penny polishing.  With a simple mix of salt and lemon juice, the children have been delighted to make brown, dull pennies, shine again! 

In Geography, we have traveled to Japan.  We are so fortunate to have Miho Kurosawa on staff, who will be coming to talk to the children about life in Japan and showing us some origami. Thank you to all of you who have shared wonderful artifacts for the children to explore too.  In Japan cherry blossoms are a symbol of spring’s arrival and new beginnings.  Using a dropper, students put drops of black liquid tempera paint on paper and blew the paint with straws, revealing their unique cherry blossom branches.  Using pink tissue squares, the children learned how to create the blossoms by wrapping the paper on to a pencil’s eraser and dipping it in glue. The blossoms are beautifully displayed in our classroom, and we are hoping they really will bring on spring’s arrival!

We look forward to meeting with you all for our spring parent/teacher conferences.  If you have anything in particular you would like to discuss, please email me as soon as possible to ensure everything is covered during our time together. 

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