Songs of earth and trees,
New discoveries each day.
Jumping, laughing friends.
The above haiku sums up the major highlights of our circle times and overall work time in the classroom each day this month.
Not only is April a celebration of poetry, the earth, and time spent with family and friends, but it was yet another month that passed quickly in the infant room. Each day our friends in Ambarino discovered new works and made more connections about the world around them. These connections are happening in the blink of an eye and each infant is consistently working on so many new things!
Everyone is talking and babbling a lot more. During circle time, you can hear the infants “singing” along more to songs and throughout the day talking more with their friends and teachers. At times there can be several conversations going on at once among our youngest of friends. Our older friends are also using so many more words to communicate in the classroom about what their friends are doing and what they see going on in the room. Some of our most popular works this month have been ones that are put and take works where our friends can open and close the lid before getting the items out.
In celebration of Earth day, we read Haiku Baby by Betsey Snyder and I Love You, Sun I Love You, Moon written by Karen Pandell and illustrated by Tomie dePaola. We even sand a song about the earth rotating around the sun. The “Apple Tree” song has been a constant hit and some of our older friends are even starting to do some of the hand motions to it. It is also a good song to help incorporate math by counting down from three to zero as the apples fall off the tree.
We also started to put a personal touch on a special gift that will be revealed next month. So far it has been a very colorful and interactive adventure. We can’t wait to share it with you!
In May we will put the final touches on our special colorful gift before sending it home. The infants will also be working on stacking and knocking down towers of blocks with our older friends and giving our younger friends the opportunity to work with blocks they can touch and feel. We will read new books about farm animals and colorful cars. One of our new books we will be looking at is all about a certain caterpillar. We will also talk about farm animals and the different sounds they make. And of course, there will also be new put and take works to explore.
Enjoy the longer days and the nice weather when it sticks around to take advantage of!
El Salon Ambarino Lead Teacher