Thursday, January 10, 2019

January - The Polar Bear

Happy New Year! Here are a few notes from our week of Polar Bear fun!

We continued with our Songs, Verses & Movement for classroom routines.

Circle Time


We had several children still traveling for Winter Break and Zac wasn't feeling well, so we kept today simple and didn't yet fully get into our polar bear activities. We read The Tomten and the Fox and looked at the Nature table, which I had set up with a scene from the story. We microwaved a bar of original Ivory soap for each child (2 minutes in the microwave.... magic) for "snow" sensory play. I also introduced my new board games, Stone Soup by Peaceable Kingdom (a fun twist on a memory game) and Kayanak by Haba (which goes with our polar bear theme). They were both a big hit!

Thank you to the family who gifted the Stone Soup game to our classroom!


Natalie sewed our little polar bear finger puppet several years ago when Zac was born. She was thrilled that I was using it in the classroom, and Suzanne Down's poem and puppetry suggestions were perfect with our story. She suggests using a "soft rainbow colored silk draped over your shoulder" as the aurora borealis background to the scene, so we did and it was just lovely. I like the playstand-canopy-sized Giant Rainbow Playsilk from Sarah's Silks.


We had so much fun playing different instruments and moving around the room like a polar bear, listening and responding to the tempo of the music as it changed. And, of course, today was also Stone Soup Day! Here was our list of group contributions to the Stone Soup this week:

red onion
yellow onion
collard greens
venison bone broth

Thank you for all of the vegetables, and a special thank you to Miss Aliya for the homemade venison bone broth! The children loved its rich flavor.

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