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    Imagination Hour:
    We had a delightful time in Imagination Hour today! We began with prayer and introductions and then read through Psalm 8 and practiced verse one a couple of times. (Just FYI, we are going to be working on Psalm 8 for the entire year- unless they memorize it before then! ha!) We listened to “The Blue Danube“(Johann Strauss) which we will continue listening to for the remainder of this block. Next we read “A House is a House for Me” before moving onto the imagination stations. There were two stations today, a dollhouse and accessories and a collaborative fall collage painting. It was fun to see them engaging at both stations and fun to see which students flocked to each station! I”m really excited to spend the year with them. 🙂 There is no homework for this hour- but I did tell them they can bring in some small leaves or sticks (or other small autumn-ish objects) to add to our collage next week. All for now! Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.
    #2042
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    Imagination Hour
    We had a delightful hour together again today. We read through Psalm 8 again and practiced saying a couple of verses from it; I was pleasantly surprised by how much they remembered! We read “The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge” (which, in hindsight, was actually a little long- I had to read pretty quickly toward the end! haha!) and then had 3 stations to chose from including our collaborative art project (which is coming along beautifully!) a Lego bridge-building station, and a station to imaginatively build bridges with various size popsicle sticks and cups of different sizes. We also listened to The Blue Danube again as we “worked”. It was fun to watch them use their imaginations to come up with ideas. Our room is so quiet during this hour- it’s really amazing to me how easily they can slow down, relax, and be thoughtful about what they’re doing. I’m trying to take a lesson from them! Thanks so much for sharing them with me.

    #2055
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    Imagination Hour
    We had a delightful hour together again today. We read through Psalm 8 again and practiced saying a several verses from it; we will continue to work on this together as the year progresses! We read “The Elevator Man” today and then had 2 stations to chose from including our collaborative art project (which no one was terribly interested in today) because station # 2 was an empty refrigerator box!! It started out as an Elevator (complete with a beautiful “Elevator Man” hat fashioned by Mrs. Graves!) and also functioned as a jail and later a clubhouse after we laid it on its side! 😂 We listened to The Blue Danube again today as we played. Our room was definitely noisier today, but I think they had a great time!

    #2074
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    Imagination Hour
    We had a fun hour together again today; I really look forward to spending time with all of your kiddos on Mondays! We read through Psalm 8 again and practiced saying a several verses from it; we used BIG hand motions as we worked on it too! I’m very excited with how much of it they can already say. We read “The Little House” by Virginia Lee Burton and had 2 stations to chose from including our collaborative art project (which no one was terribly interested in today) and station # 2 which was a “build your own structure” station with toothpicks and marshmallows, which also doubled as a marshmallow EATING station. 😂 I was informed that marshmallows are sticky and that gumdrops would work better. Noted! haha!

    We listened to The Blue Danube again today as we played and talked about how the Danube was one of the rivers they found on their maps during memory work this morning. Mischa was very impatient today, but no one seemed to mind. They are all so patient and sweet with her! Have a delightful week with your sweet pre-grammar students.

    #2086
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    Imagination Hour
    Spending time with your children again today was just lovely! We read through Psalm 8 again and practiced saying the WHOLE THING today, complete with our BIG movements; it was fun! We read “We Were Tired of Living In a House” and followed up with time to work on our art project or construct a marble track! It was great fun for me to see them all working together to build functioning tracks. The marble track seemed to be a big hit, so we might do that one again sometime. 🙂 We listened to The Blue Danube again today as we played (I just let it play on repeat) and they even had some questions about the music we were listening to! <3

    #2090
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    Imagination Hour
    Spending time with your children again today was just lovely! We read through Psalm 8 again and practiced saying the WHOLE THING today, complete with our BIG movements; it was fun! We have reached the point in memorizing where they know almost too much of it to repeat it back to me, and instead want to just try to say it along with me! Funny to listen to! But we will get there! We read “The Pumpkin Patch Parable” and followed up with a few fun stations. Today we had geo-pumpkins with tees and loops and log geo boards to encourage mathematical skills in a creative way. It was fun to see the patterns they came up with! Our collaborative art station featured a nice big pumpkin and paints for pumpkin painting. I enjoy observing them at the art station because each of them tend to work at that station in a methodical and tranquil sort of way. Since this is our holiday block we listened to selections from The Nutcracker today as we played. It was a terrific day!

    #2115
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    Imagination Hour
    Spending time with your children again today was delightful! I love having time to listen to their stories and watching them learn through their play.We reviewed Psalm 8 again and it’s coming along quite nicely. I’m betting that I’ll have to come up with another piece of memory work for them before the year is out. And that’s an AWESOME problem to have! We read “Katje the Windmill Cat” today; this is a sweet story about a cat who saves a baby from a flood. It’s actually based on a true story from 1421 when a dike broke in South Holland causing a major and rapid flood. Our stations today included some yummy smelling play-dough and an assortment of stones and sticks for open-ended creating. It was fun to see them “working” on their creations. We also began work on our Christmas-themed collaborative art project which will be a tessellating tree display. Today we decorated trees using chalk pastels; in the coming weeks we will continue to decorate trees, but with different media each week. I hope this will give your students an opportunity to see how different media can create variation within the same project. We got a good start on our trees this week though- and many thanks to Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Fowler for their help cutting them out! Since this is our holiday block we listened to selections from The Nutcracker today as we played. It was a terrific day!

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    #2131
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    Imagination Hour
    Today was SO FUN! We reviewed Psalm 8 again and worked on our BIG motions.  We also read “The Most Thankful Thing”– it is a very sweet dialogue between a  mother and child about what the mother is most thankful for. Ask your kiddos what the “most thankful thing” was!  Our stations today included a return of the yummy smelling play-dough,but this time accompanied by glass beads for open-ended creating. It didn’t get much attention though because we also played a neat game called “Tall Tales” in which each participant receives an equal number of pieces to create and tell an off-the-cuff story! It’s really fun and a great way to practice vocabulary, story telling, and some early public speaking skills. They must have enjoyed it because they made me promise to bring it again! haha!  We also worked on our Christmas-themed collaborative art project which will be a tessellating tree display. Today we decorated trees using fine-tip markers and in the coming weeks we will continue to decorate trees, but with a different media. I hope this will give them an opportunity to see how different media can create variation within the same project.   Since this is our holiday block we listened to selections from The Nutcracker  today as we played. It was a terrific day! 

    #2135
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    Imagination Hour
    I love this “class”; these kiddos are so much fun! Today we started out a little bit differently. We have been listening to selections from The Nutcracker this block, so today we used the book “Can You Hear It” to listen along with The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. We listened for the tiptoeing of the Christmas Fairies coming out of their hiding places and the dances of the bigger fairies played by the bass clarinet. It was fun and I am hoping to do this a bit more after the new year too. We read “Room for a Little One” and “Snowmen at Night” thank you to Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Fowler for saving reading time! Finally we had a few stations including tessellating tree painting with watercolors, Christmas village pieces with snow, and the return of the fantastically popular “Tall Tales” game. It was a great day!

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