Dear Fox Tail families,
First, thank you all so much for the gifts you gave at holiday time, both personally to Toni and me, and to the classroom. Your thoughtfulness and generosity are genuinely appreciated and the children have been loving their new materials!
Things have been productive, active and exciting in Fox Tail Cottage over the last couple of months! Our Friendship Celebration was utterly beautiful. The children thoroughly enjoyed sharing friendship bracelets and quiet hugs, as we lit a candle to honor our spirit of camaraderie. Then they had SO much fun opening up the valentines their friends made for them! The chance to make and offer valentines meant a lot to the children, and they showed their appreciation for the ones they received by taking time to thank their friends personally. It was a lovely celebration of, and practice in, Grace and Courtesy. Thanks to all of you parents, for being willing to take the time at home to have your children make the valentines they brought in. Photos to come very soon...
Here are a few story books we've read recently:
The Snow Rabbit, by Camille Garrote
Sophie's Masterpiece: A Spider’s Tale, by Eileen Spinelli, illustrations by Jane Dyer
Kitten's First Full Moon, by Kevin Henkes
The Snail's Spell, by Joanne Ryder, pictures by Lynne CherryKetzel, the Cat who Composed, by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Amy June Bates
Big Tracks, Little Tracks: Following Animal Prints, by Millicent E. Selsum, illustrated by Marlene Hill Donnelly
The Worst Day of My Life Ever! written by Julia Cook, illustrated by Kelsey De Weerd
Two of these story books, The Snow Rabbit and The Snail’s Spell, are silent picture books with no narration. It’s wonderful to watch the children’s eyes follow the illustrations, and their expressions change as their minds develop the storyline in silence…
A few of our letter-sounds-of-the-week have been: v as in violet, p as in play, r as in rock ’n’ roll, c as in cobra, and i as inIguanodon. Remember to include these in your repertoire of beginning (and/or ending) sounds in your games of I Spy! :)
Some recent whole group lessons include:
herbivore, omnivore, carnivore
inside, outside with photographs of fruits and vegetables
gradation of colors from darkest to lightest
shapes that triangles make
planets of our solar system
We have a new work added to our outdoor activities called ‘brick building.’ The bricks were donated to each Primary classroom by Michelle, the lead guide in Cedars’ Mountain Laurel Cottage classroom. Thanks, Michelle! ALL the children are making great use of them.
A very belated, “Congratulations!" to Maddox's family, who won the Fox Tail art project in the Fall Fandango silent auction. We hope they’re enjoying the children’s detailed and atmospheric group artwork in their home. Look for Fox Tail's art entry in the silent auction at the Spring Festival coming up in April! Miss Toni and I have already begun talking about some ideas and the children will begin work on their creation during the coming weeks. I just know it's going to be beautiful!
Toni and I also hope the felted art pieces the children made and offered you for your holiday gifts are still proudly displayed in a special spot in your homes. They put a lot of dedicated work into the multi-step process of handcrafting their unique wet-felted wall-hangings, which took several days to create and assemble. Every Fox Tail friend was very proud of the work they'd done: pulling wool, laying out the design, vigorously and patiently wet-felting, putting them out to dry, sewing on buttons, threading them onto the dowels for hanging, then cutting and tying ribbon to finish off their pieces before decorating the gift bag and tying them up to offer to you. Some friends even got lessons in ribbon-curling. Each child made every design choice for his or her unique creation, from wool and ribbon colors to button and thread! Completing that multi-step creative and sensory process, then seeing their work come together, and being able to offer it to you as a gift was a very satisfying experience for the children. Every step in the creation was fantastic fine motor practice and felting continues to be a work in our class. Thanks to Gitana, Able’s mom, for introducing felting to us. We LOVE it!
Look back soon for photos from the classroom of your children doing their daily, on-going individual work! :D
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