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  • Marisa Ramsey

Smart Start Week 18: What a Wonderful World

Theme: We live in a Wonderful World!

Letters of the Week: V & W

Books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, I Wonder by Kari Anne Holt, The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin, and Llama Destroys the World by Jonathan Stutzman

Play Invitations: Alphabet Soup, Jack and the Beanstalk Puppet Show

Creative Movement & Music: Alphabet Movers, Vivaldi's Four Seasons listening experiment, Maracas (vegetables as instruments), Letter W movement (walk, wave, and wiggle)

Visual Art: Stamping celery roses, Wacky Picasso Faces

Discovery Center: Bean sprout experiment, planting rainbow chard and rainbow carrots, dandelion wishes

Monday and Tuesday were all about the letter V. We talked about the difference between fruits and vegetables and did some cooking in the Home Center. We played with different vehicles in the Building Center and went looking for letters in the Sensory Center. During Creative Movement and Music we listened to Vivaldi's Four Seasons and tried to decide which piece represented each season. We also learned about maracas and how they were originally created using vegetables, beans, and seeds combined to make a musical instrument. Visual Art had us printing with vegetables. Just wait until you see the beautiful art our students created using celery! In the Discovery Center, we enjoyed a Jack and the Beanstalk puppet show and then planted our own "magic beans". You can see those growing in our windows.

Wednesday and Thursday were full of wonder. We jumped off of the letter W as we danced, wiggled, and made wishes. We learned some new sign language and sang along to Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World". We examined dandelions and learned how the wind has an important part to play in the spreading of seeds. We planted some rainbows (carrots and chard) and talked about how gardeners are really good at waiting. Our Visual Art experience was inspired by Pablo Picasso. We used geometric shapes along with exaggerated facial features to create wacky faces.

We will see you next week! Get eXcited because X & Y are up next! See you soon!

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