First long-term project, art studio, and school closed Tuesday

Dear Families:
We are very excited in Room 1 because we have started our first in-depth project where the children will be encouraged to study lines in artwork (and maybe beyond) and the tools that can be used to make lines.  This project was inspired by some of the observations teachers have been making in the classroom.  We will be hanging up the beginning of a documentation about this project in the hallway soon.  We can’t wait for you to see it!  You might get ideas for how to extend the learning into your own home, too.
To support the project, we are starting to take children to the art studio.  This is just down the hall by the adult bathrooms.  In the art studio, children will be working with art materials, the teachers, and children in Room 2.  Our time to go to the art studio is at 8:30 a.m.  Our drop-off period is from 8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.  We will attempt to take all children to the art studio, rotating who gets to explore lines, but children who are consistently late to school (arriving after 8:30 a.m.) may miss out on this opportunity.  We have the first time slot of the day for the art studio so that the other classrooms can also use it during the morning program.
We also wanted to send out a quick reminder that school (and entire campus) will be closed on Tuesday, November 11.
We hope that you have a great day.  It has been so warm out and tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer (they say)!  Now is the time of year for layers, for sure!
See you all soon.
-The Teachers of Room 1-

Environment and Activity Plans

Here are the latest plans for Room 1!

Indoor planning November 4

Room 1 Updates – Journals and Environment

Dear Families of Room 1:
We are happy to announce that there are new pages in your child’s journal book at school!  We keep the journal books in the back room and look at them regularly.  The new photos are so much fun!
We also have some environment changes that will be happening in the classroom:
  • ​Manipulatives: We are putting out new puzzles, a color and shape sorting activity, nesting cups, and small building blocks that have all kinds of neat things in them (like mirrors, a kaleidoscope, and more).
  • Dramatic play: We made our kitchen area into a little cafe.  We have been reading Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert, so we decided to put out vegetables, a large pot, and soup bowls.
  • Science: We added a balance and will continue to explore the fish and our growing seeds with magnifying glasses.
  • Light table: We would like to put feathers on the light table.  We were talking about how it would be nice to put different kinds of leaves on the sensory table.  If any of you are out for a walk and see nice fallen leaves, we will gladly take donations!
  • Blocks: We are going to move the unit blocks so they are more visible by the children and might be used more.
  • Art: We are planning to find a short easel for the area and add more collage items to the area.  We are talking about small pieces of paper and colored glue.
  • Sensory table: Since the children liked exploring the large dome of ice, we are planning to put different shapes of ice in the sensory table and explore them in different ways.
We have been singing “Five Little Monkeys” with a five monkey flannel board set.  This has been going well and we will likely continue that.  We have also started to dance to “Animal Action!”
We are also planning to make play dough to go with our new dough scissors.
Thank you for reading our updates.  We hope that you enjoy hearing about what is happening in Room 1.  It’s a fun place.
-The Teachers of Room 1-

Room 1 Updates!

Dear Families:


We have some fun things planned for this week.


First, it’s the week of our pajama breakfast parties!  Please stop by whenever it is convenient for you and your family between 7:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. if you would like to participate in “bring your own breakfast.”  We will have a jug of orange juice to share.  Details are here for you:


We also planned some new things for our classroom.  You can see the details on our planning sheet:


We are particularly excited about some new things we will be doing outdoors:

  • Dinosaurs in the sand
  • Music area outdoors
  • Gutters and balls
  • Pretend food by the play house
  • Big boxes in the grass
  • Rubber mallets for wooden glockenspiel


The children have also enjoyed our flannel board, so we will continue with those stories and songs.


Our Community Board is alive and well!  There are many things posted on it just across from the Room 1 door and bulletin board.  We hope that you get a chance to check it out.  There are story times, deals for local attractions, and even a reminder about the time change coming up on November 2 (“fall back”)!


Have a great Monday, everyone.  Thank you for liking us on Facebook, too!


-The Teachers of Room 1-


BCC: Families of Room 1, Teachers of Room 1, Supervising Staff of the CDC

Room planning form

Here is our room planning form for our classroom beginning on October 27th:

Indoor planning October 27