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  • Marisa Ramsey

💜 Smart Start Week 20

Love is in the air! Valentine's Day is right around the corner, so we have been talking about what it means to love one another. From Story Time to Creative Movement, this week was full of kindness, friendship, and loving each other.

We started Monday morning with some play dough, building, and reading as everyone arrived. Play dough is more than just a fun activity. It's a workout for little hands! When we add a fun color to the mix and challenge our students to turn their play dough, pink for instance, they are building strength that will help them write, draw, paint, play an instrument, etc.

Our Journal Time this week focused on the letters "V" and "L". We camped out on the word "valentine" focusing on those v and l sounds.

Lena was our Circle Time leader on Monday. We talked about the month of February and how it is shorter than all the other months, we counted, and checked the weather.

Our book for this week was Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton. We simply could not start a week talking about love without reading a book that celebrates just how much parents love their children. This book is so much fun and a great book for parents and children to read together. (Spoiler Alert: there is singing involved!)

Monday's "Question of the Day" had each child thinking and sharing about what love is. Be sure to check their answers in the above photo!

Valentine's Day is the perfect catalyst for learning about sending and receiving mail. Everyone loves finding a letter in the mailbox from a friend or loved one! This week, we worked together to create our very own Smart Start Post Office. Everyone got their very own mailbox and we worked together to decorate this special center were each child could send and receive mail.

The Writing Center was set up with everything the children would need to write letters or make their very own Valentines. This was a busy spot, this week! Everyone got in on the fun sending loads of love to their classmates.

More Monday fun!

On Wednesday, we started the day with a Journaling activity featuring the letter "V". Ms. Debbie taught the class how to turn their V into a heart simply by adding two humps to the top. V's were just made for Valentines!

Our "Question of the Day" on Wednesday had us thinking about who we love. It was no surprise to find family and friends at the top of the list.

In Creative Movement this week we worked with the concept of choreography. We talked about how choreography means a sequence of steps and movements in dance. After doing some stretching, we learned some choreography to one of our favorite songs, "You've Got A Friend In Me".

Click here to see a video of our Smart Start Dancers in "You've Got A Friend In Me".

During Center Time, we learned what steps we needed to follow in order to send a letter through the mail. We talked about names, addresses, envelopes, and stamps. In the Writing Center, we designed our own beautiful stamps and glued them on before taking our mail to the Smart Start Post Office.

The Art Center had students creating hearts inspired by artists Dine and Kadinsky!

Each week we are reminded that children are not junior artists. They are the real deal! They are bold, creative, expressive, and create pieces full of joy and life. All these lovely pieces will go home with students at the end of the month in their February Journals.

See you next week!

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