Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fairy Houses

Autumn Fairy House
Today's theme was all about Fairy Houses! We began our day with our first morning meeting. We sat in circle and learned how to greet one another by name. We sang "Hello World" as we danced in group and then read Fairy Houses by Tracy Kane

Fairyhouses.com describes fairy houses as small structures for the fairies and nature’s friends to visit. Sticks, bark, dry grasses, pebbles, shells, feathers, seaweed, pine cones and nuts are just some of the natural materials that can be used. Ranging from simple to intricate ‘Fairy Mansions’, these whimsical habitats are built by children, families, gardeners and nature lovers reflecting their creativity, joy and pride.
The simple challenge of creating a fairy house offers children a unique activity that encourages them to go outside and connect with the natural world, nurturing care and respect for the environment.

There are a few tips on how to make a fairy house. 
1. Fairy houses can be created in many different natural places like a field, woods, beach or back yard.
2. Try to find a place away from roads or busy areas. Close to the ground is best.
3. You can only use natural materials like dry grasses, pebbles, sticks, shells, feathers and pinecones are just some items.
4. Do not disturb living things like flowers, ferns, moss or leaves still on trees.
5. Try to make you house look so natural its almost hidden.
Visit fairyhouses.com to get connected to Tracy Kane and the wonderful world of Fairy Houses!

Early Literacy Station (Letter Stamps)
After exploring outside we came into play with our school materials. The girls love to see what's hiding in my school buckets. Today we strengthened our fine motor skills by using letter stamps. These stamps are smaller than an inch and require a patient pincer grasp to select a letter, ink it and stamp it on the paper. The girls are also learning how to write their own name. 

Sewing Station

Our next early literacy station took place in the sewing area. We love to sew around animals like giraffes and cats on the Playschool sewing boards. Weaving and sewing is another great activity to help strengthen fine motor skills in preparation for coloring and writing. 

We also enjoyed a fun Lotto game about animal habitats. We described each environment and discussed the animals that live in the arctic, savanna, desert, rain forest, ocean and forest. 

What a wonderful day full of learning! See you Thursday!

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