February 2021

February 2, 2021

Message From Our Teachers

There have been many highlights this past month. One of the big ones has been interacting and observing Windy, the class guinea pig. Pet care builds upon the natural desire to share gentleness, compassion, tenderness and a sense of responsibility for another living creature. Our QPP students are very lucky to have Windy in our midst. This little animal adds a sense of wonder and added learning opportunities as well as a sense of calm in our often busy room.

A few activities we shared in the class included wheels and gears in our 3’s and gears and pulley systems in our fours. In the four year old classes we began drawing self portraits with ink on cardstock as an extension to the interesting mirror fascination that evolved from setting out mirrors and feelings cards. The opportunity to name and express feelings and emotions is so vital. Making silly faces and looking closely at personal features is a wonderful self awareness and self empowering activity. 

Clay was introduced as a new and exciting medium to create with. Music making has been popular as well as dress up and dramatic play. It was a wonderful January! 

Happy Valentines Day

Tell your valentine you love them in American Sign Language (ASL)

Credit: https://www.lingvano.com/asl/blog/i-love-you-in-sign-language/

Here’s an idea to make a quick valentine by tracing your little one’s hand.

Lunar New Year 

The Lunar New Year starts on February 12th with celebrations going until February 26th. Welcome year of the Ox.

The Ox is the second of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal. Read more about the Chinese Zodiac, and Lunar New Years traditions at: https://chinesenewyear.net/


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