This month in Roadrunner...
Hope you're having a lovely week. We certainly are! We have welcomed a new student to our class, Cairo Love! He and Aadit have both joined the full day group. We now have 13 students for the full day and are loving it! We are embracing the nice weather and spending lots of time outside, although it is hard to teach about the winter themes I usually like to do when the weather is so warm! I have added pictures of snow to the shelf, and introduced how to put on a mitten and a glove which are available on the shelf for practice.
A favorite activity lately is the Snowy Day collage. We read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, we cut the character Peter out of red construction paper and used eggshells the children crushed as "snow".
Tuesday we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. whose birthday was January 17. We began by looking at photos of him marching, speaking, and being with his family. We tie MLK into the conversations we have been having all year about melanin and ancestry. We talked about how he and many others all stood up for what was right and fair. For this age group, we focus on how we can relate to Dr. King and be someone who stands up for what is right and fair. We read the book We March, listened to the song Guide Me by Ella Jenkins, and made birthday cards in his honor.
Last week we enjoyed tasting some pomegranate and persimmon, two winter fruits! Much of the class (including me) had never had a persimmon before, we loved it!
You will not need to send Valentines to school for exchanging. We will be making Valentines at school in the weeks before. That said, we would welcome any donations of V-day themed crafts supplies! Things we are looking for: sequins, stickers, doilies, beads. As usual, no licensed characters please.
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