Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pom Pom Drop

Here is a great toddler game that I re-created based on an idea that I found on Pinterest.  
You could try it too!!


Gather your paint...I like to re-use the little applesauce/fruit cups as paint cups.  

I used a sponge paint brush...

I then painted paper towel tubes each a different color.

I used a long piece of poster board....

And I attached the paper towel tubes to the poster board with my hot glue gun.  If you don't have a hot glue gun, I recommend that you get one!!  They are useful for so many projects.  The one I have is from the good ol' DOLLAR TREE!!!

Then I wrote the name of each color in Spanish to coordinate with the tubes.
Get a collection of pom poms in various colors.  Be sure that the size is right so it isn't too big or too small.

My girls had a blast dropping the pom poms down the different tubes.  They got some of the matches correct, but basically had fun watching them fall. 

\It made it even more fun when I set up clear cups under each paper towel tube so they could try to fill up the cup.  


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Spotlight on Newton - Guatemala

I spent the day in Newton last week and I had a wonderful time seeing the children go on their Imaginary Trip to Guatemala!!  Newton is fortunate to have Darlin, a guatemalan native who was able to bring in lots of props and artifacts from her home to share.

Primero, voy a compartir fotos de sus "bulletin boards" y adornos...

Marlene's Bulletin Board for Guatemala!

Curriculum Wall!!

Curriculum Wall!!

"Viajando por el Sur" Bulletin Board

Pyramid Art Project

"Nadando por Sudamerica"

"Guatemala" Banderas

"La Selva de Pre-K" Dramatic Area

"Bajo el Mar"

Since they have two small rooms that they aren't using this summer, they turned one room into the AIRPORT, and the other room into GUATEMALA!!!
Aqui esta su aeropuerto!!

El Avion!!

Los ninos estaban preparados para su viaje con sus "maletas" (loncheras)  :-)

Es importante pasar por la oficina de Inmigración!!

Kelly estaba lista con su sello

La Azafata Darlin ayudo con los pasajeros

Antes de volar, tenian que repasar las normas para el avion

El salvavidas

Mascara de oxigeno

La Azafata Kelly con sus bebidas


Ya llegamos a GUATEMALA!!!

Darlin nos dio un Tour del pais!!

Zapatos de Guatemala

Una mesa con muchos tejidos bonitos y artefactos

Mas adornos de Guatemala


Una hamaca y ropa de Guatemala

El Quetzal

Fue un Viaje extraordinario!!!

The teachers in Newton still  LOVE prepping their materials for the week in their Daily Boxes.



Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Spotlight on Brighton - Dominican Republic

The amazing teachers in Brighton have been having so much fun on their travels in the Dominican Republic!!  Check out what they have been up to over the past week!!  

With three classrooms in use throughout the summer, they turned the toddler room into the Airport, the Preschool room was turned into the Dominican Music room, and the Pre-K class was converted into the marine life room!!  It was a great, creative use of the space!!!

Alicia and Karina dressed up in the colors of the Dominican flag to introduce the theme to the class!!  It's a great way to connect with the country!!

Alicia set up a circle time outside to introduce the topic!

Alicia did some magic on her computer turning Denise into the "Capitana", and the teachers are all "las azafatas!!"  HILARIOUS and SO CREATIVE!!!  

The toddler room as the AEROPUERTO. Great place to get your passports stamped. 
During the simulation, the teachers go over all of the safety rules!!  

A trip wouldn't be complete without complimentary beverage service.  

It looks like sometimes they have turbulence on this airplane!!!  

Special visitors from the Berklee College of Music volunteered their time to come in to play traditional latin american music with the "Bandolo" and "Tiple."  Maybe you know of a parent volunteer to do something similar???

My girls went up to have a turn to play the instruments too!!  :-)  

Dramatic Area

Bulletin Boards!!

Preschool: Music room

Maru's Pre-K class Bulletin Board, flags and art project!!

They also celebrated with a 4th of July party!!

Be Inspired!!