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Sister Mary Phillips

                                    February 2017

What we did for the month of January...
Food Colouring and Water
The children have been exploring with colour. They also have been experiencing dramatic play, potions and mad scientists. They are learning fine motor skills, pinching the base of the eye droppers. Physics, squeeze eye dropper to let the air out, placing the eye dropper in the water and letting go of the eye dropper to suck up the water. Then pinching the eye dropper to release the water. Children are also learning risk and responsibility. Children are playing with all glass tools. If a glass over flows they clean up their mess.

Magnetic Blocks!
Top left photo you see Everett, Kaitlyn, Mackenzie, Michael. V and Ryder work as a team to complete their structure. Kunal right top photo made himself a fortress. 
Bottom Left corner Leah was so proud she asked another student to take a photo. 
Michael. M bottom right corner wanted to build a tower taller than himself. He called his tower the Trump tower.
  1. Problem solving. Sometimes it is intentional: “I want to build X. How do I do that?” Other times it is in-the-moment: “To go higher and add to one side, what can I use?”—Peter Pizzolongo
  2. Imagination. Children can follow their own plan, or they can share a friend’s vision and work together to create something they never dreamed of.—Karen Cairone
  3. Self-expression. Blocks offer many ways for young dual language learners to explore, express themselves, and demonstrate what they are learning across languages.—Karen Nemeth 
  4. Mathematics. Important concepts and skills are practiced and strengthened through block play, including length, measurement, comparison, number, estimation, symmetry, balance.—Kristen Kemple
  5. Continuity and permanence. Block play engages spatial sense and motor abilities; it can be a solo or a group effort; block creations can stand for an indefinite period of time.—Lawrence Balter 
  6. Creativity. Blocks and other loose parts can be moved freely by children, to be combined and recombined in countless ways.—Angela Eckhoff 
  7. Science. Blocks offer opportunities to test hypotheses and build scientific reasoning.—Gayle Mindes
  8. Self-esteem. Children discover that they have ideas and that they can bring their ideas to life by creating, transforming, demolishing, and re-creating something unique.—Holly Bohart
  9. Social and emotional growth. Blocks help children learn to take turns and share materials, develop new friendships, become self-reliant, increase attention span, cooperate with others, and develop self-esteem.—Kathleen Harris
  10. Development in all areas. Block play requires fine and gross motor skills. Blocks enhance children’s problem-solving abilities, mathematics skills, and language and literacy abilities. And constructing “creations” builds self-esteem and feelings of success. —Linda Taylor 

Exploring with different materials.

Social Skills: Watching others to see what the next steps are. Asking for help or even helping others.
Physical Skills: Fine Motor cutting, gluing, squeezing, and holding. 

Intellectual Skills: There is also a great deal of problem solving and concentration which happens as children learn to take what is in their head, and put it onto paper. In the early years they need to ask themselves basic questions like will this glue be strong enough, if I cut here will it fit, or how can I stop the paint from dripping? In solving these problems they learn about the creative thinking process.

Creative Skills: Exploring with imagination. Thinking of what they can build and using the materials in the class to create it.

Emotional Skills: Being able to regulate themselves if they are frustrated that their creation is not working the way they wanted it to. Being excited that they created something to the best of their abilities. Empathy, making something for someone else to make them feel good. 

*Thank you to all the parents who remember to text/phone when you child is sick!!*

*Also please remember extra clothes to put on your children's hook for messy activities for example snow, water, mud, rain play. If your child does not have these change of clothes, they will miss out on the messy activity.* Thank you to those who have extra clothes.

Dates to remember:
February 10th and 17th Full day of Out of School Care!
Closed for February 20th Family Day
February 27th-March 3rd closed for teachers convention

Mac Island Child Care

p. 780-790-YMCA (9622)

Boys and Girls Club

Thank you,
Have an amazing month
Lacey and Bernice