Monday, January 30, 2012

Baby Hawks

A lot of what I generally post here are the planned activities that we do. Those activities are just a small part of our day. The children have quite a bit of unstructured free time to pretend, explore, create and play. I love to watch  as some of these play scenarios unfold. Sometimes they're funny, sometimes enlightening, but usually entertaining, and often mesmerizing and, as in this scenario, simply beautiful. My friends concocted a scenario of being mother hawks teaching their little hawks to fly.  

They used a little depression in the ground formed by our storm water erosion as their nest. Mama Hawk told the babies to "get down and stay down" so they don't get eaten. When I asked who was going to eat them, my friend, Hannah replied, "Um, the predators, of course!" 


Watching the kids "fly" around the playground, wings outstretched, wind in their "feathers", I was taken by this moment of purity of imagination. If just for the moment, they were completely free!

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Special Visitors for Pet Week in Pre-K

We've had some very special visitors in our class for Pet Week. We've been learning about pets and how to take care of them.

We had Alex the Yorkie visit...

And a Yellow Lab, Berkley...

We learned about the tack (or horse supplies) used to take care of a pony...

and got to see and smell the various types of feed that ponies enjoy.

We also met the pony who the tack and feed belonged to! Meet Midknight, the Pony!

Hannah demonstrated how to brush her pony and pick his hooves.

The children each got a turn to come up and pet the pony!

We love our pets! I am so thankful to have wonderful families that took the time to come and share their pets, especially the Marshall family, the Oldham family and the Pace family!

If you's like to read more about our Pet Week activities, check out "Pet Art" and "Pet Week Play in Pre-K"

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Pet Art in Pre-K

We made little puppy heads out of triangles this week.

In art center, some of the friends have been drawing their favorite pets.


Some friends have been very creative drawing pets they MIGHT have one day!

I don't know about you, but I've never met anybody who has a stingray as a pet!

One of the "Afterschool kids" that use my classroom left this little owl for me. 

This is a pet store. The bottle cap "wall" is "glass, because people want to see the fish, but you don't want the water to get out or they would get all wet"! Makes perfect sense to me! 

 If you's like to see more of our exciting pet activities, check out yesterday's post: Pet Week in Pre-K. We also had a special pet "Show and Tell"---look for that post later this week! 

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pet Week Play in Pre-K

Since we've been learning about pets in our class, we decided to set up a pet shop in our dramatic play center and a veterinarian's office in our science center.

We've had some great play going on in both centers!

The "doctors" are in!

Some of us like to play pretend on a smaller scale.

We have also had a lot of fun with our movement activities, moving like various pets---we even played a partner game in which each partner set was an animal trainer and animal! Seeing these kids doing pet tricks was definitely one of the highlights of my week!



We love the Hap Palmer song, "Sammy", Greg and Steve's "Animal Action" and The Learning Station's "How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?"! 
(Sorry, a link to The Leaning Station's "How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?" was not available on YouTube. I highly recommend checking it out--it includes a variety of pets!)

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