Giraffe Class

 


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Giraffe Class Demo

 


June 15-24,2020


Good-bye to Giraffes, Hello to Summer

It has been a great pleasure and an honor to be your child’s teachers this year! We have played together, learned together, laughed and sometimes cried together. Each of your children have made our classroom a wonderful place to gather and be with each other, throughout the days we were open. Even though it has been especially hard to remain a group or a “tower”, the term for giraffes, with us only sharing time on screen or in an email, it has been worth it all, just to be with everyone. We also want to acknowledge how hard it has been for you all to make it work with our virtual preschool. We thank you all so much, for your time, your effort, and your understanding. We wish you all a wonderful summer! We are going to miss you all so much.  

Sincerely,

Jeanne, Brianna, Jackie, Margot and Carrie 


Literacy, Language Arts:

Just Grandma and Me by Mercer Mayer


“I’m a Little Fishy” (To the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)

I’m a little fishy,

I can swim,

Here is my tail and here is my fin,

When I want to have fun with my friends,

I wiggle my tail and dive right in. 


Journal Entry: “In the summer, I like to ____”. Draw a picture of fun things you like to do in the summer.


Fine Motor/Art:

Paint with tempera paint on aluminum foil. Can you make an ocean with blue and green colors?




Make Ice Cream cones. Cut out triangles, put the side without a diagonal line at the top. Write numbers on the triangles. Use tweezers to pick up the number of pom poms or cotton balls that the triangle shows and place them on top of the triangle to make your cones. 



Make your own kite: Decorate a lunch size paper bag anyway you want. Add streamers to the open end of the bag. Cut a small hole in the middle of the closed end of the bag. Cut an 18-24” size piece of string or sturdy yarn. Tie one end of string onto a stick or popsicle stick, so the stick is inside the bag. Thread other end of string through hole. The stick will keep the yarn from coming out of the hole. Grab a hold of the free end and fly your kite.  



Sensory/Mindfulness/Dramatic Play:

Erupting Chalk Ice: http://www.learnplayimagine.com/2014/05/erupting-ice-chalk-paint-recipe.html 


Make a snack: Ants on a log: celery, nut butter of your choice and either raisins or chocolate chips as the ants.


Create your own boat out of recycled materials. The Giraffes loved doing this when we talked about transportation this year. Be creative - cut up sponges, use ribbons, masking tape, styrofoam, plastic water bottles, paper towel tubes, etc. Float the boat in a big tub of water. A great activity to bring outdoors in the hot, summer sun as well!


Gross Motor/Yoga/Outdoor nature- based, Games):

Create your own yoga/calming area in your house for the summer. Put some yoga mats or towels down, dim the lights, and have relaxing music on. Can you remember some of the Giraffe’s favorite yoga poses from this year?

New Summer Yoga Poses:


Boat Pose :  


 

Submarine Pose :








Downward Dog: pretend you are a dog on a hot summer day 





Play some familiar Giraffe games outdoors: “Fishy Fishy, Cross My Ocean”, “Duck, Duck, Goose”, “Simon Says...”, “Hide and Seek”, “Tag, You’re It”.


STEM- Math, Science, Building:

Rainbow Bubble Snakes: http://www.housingaforest.com/rainbow-bubble-snakes/ 


Make a potion: Using a big bowl, collect all kinds of cut flowers, other natural items, add water, glitter,  food coloring, spices or essential oils, and then stir together. Where can you sprinkle your potion?


Paper towel tube "Sandcastle" Building: Using cardboard tubes and some scissors, cut out castle shapes out of the tubes. Have fun stacking.


“Happy Father’s Day”


Happy Summer Birthdays” To: Elise, Theo, Kellen, and Leah




EXTENSIONS


Literacy/Language Arts: In Just Grandma and Me by Mercer Mayer, they do lots of things at the beach. Draw a picture of your favorite thing to do when you go to the beach with your family.


Fine Motor/Art-Kite: While you are flying your kite, notice which way the wind is blowing your kite. Is it a strong wind that is pulling the kite, or is the wind not as strong?


Sensory-Boat: Use different types of materials to make different boats. Which material made it float the best? Did any of the boats sink?


Circle-Giraffe Picnic: On a sunny day bring a blanket outside and pretend that you are going on a picnic. What did you bring to your picnic? 


Small Group-Father’s Day: Make a card for your dad for Father’s Day. Draw your favorite thing to do with your dad and tell an adult so they can write it on the bottom of the paper.





VIDEOS FROM THE CLASSROOM
A book reading with Jackie: The Rainbow Fish


FULL DAY ACTIVITIES

 These are fun videos to learn about insects  Insects , Stages of a Butterfly and a live video of a caterpillar turning into a Monarch butterfly Time lapse of the changing of a  monarch butterfly.

Children really enjoy tracking the growth of plants and measuring a variety of things. Using a ruler or tape measure walk around and measure different items in the house or backyard. What is the longest and what is the shortest? What is the same length as their foot?

Using stones/pebbles with small sticks, make a mosaic. Take a picture and start again.


Click on the following link to view a fun packet of activities:

Activities Packet


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