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Mothers Day

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A fingerprint flower.

Today Teacher Gail planned a couple of things to help our kids get ready for Mothers Day. First, they made cards, forming flowers out of fingerprints. She was even able to coax my own son into doing it (he usually steers clear of the art projects, alas), which I appreciated! Then, after a mighty snack of enormous strawberries and crackers, we headed outside. The kids took turns planting flowers in cups–decorated with shiny stickers, always popular with the two-year-old set–for their mothers (and there were actually three grandmothers, plus a grandfather, in our class today! We love to meet everyone’s families.).

It’s hard to believe the co-op is almost over for the year! Springtime is such a fun time of year to explore with our little guys.

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Eggs

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Eggs are fun!
Eggs are fun!

With Easter near, our activities this week were centered on eggs. First, Gail had a table set with several different open-ended play options: putting little fluffy chicks into plastic eggs, picking them up with different kinds of tongs, and sorting them by color.

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One of our buddies checks out Sweet Pea.

Next, a parent brought in one of the family’s chickens! We watched Sweet Pea peck at seeds and mealworms, and the kids learned to stay very quiet so that she would come near enough to pet her soft brown feathers. We even got to take one of her eggs home to enjoy for breakfast tomorrow!

Reading is fun!

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Gail displayed our lists of books from the read-a-thon on the bulletin board in the classroom.
Gail displayed our lists of books from the read-a-thon on the bulletin board in the classroom.

We had Literacy Night this week as one of our educational seminars. It was a great time to hang out with the families–we had pizza plus a wide array of salads (not to mention a Martha Stewart–worthy fruit pizza. Wow, it was pretty!). There was also a book exchange, and my family came home with four great new ones that have not left our nightly rotation since.

Since March was also Dr. Seuss month, we had a Cat in the Hat theme for our read-a-thon. We listed all of the books that we read during a week, and then Gail posted them so that we could see what our buddies were reading lately, too. Here were a few favorites:

  1. A to Z My Stars
  2. Archie and the Pirates
  3. The Cat in the Hat
  4. Go, Dog, Go!
  5. Goodnight Moon
  6. Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
  7. Hello Freight Train
  8. I Took the Moon for a Walk
  9. King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub
  10. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
  11. Planes!
  12. Where’s Waldo?

Breakfast day!

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Breakfast play food: pancakes, eggs, baguettes, and a frying pan to cook it all in.

This week our theme was centered around sleeping: the kids wore their jammies and brought their favorite stuffed animals. One of the parents set up a big tent with blankets, so everyone could get cozy and read bedtime stories. And instead of our usual snack, we had breakfast! On our day, we made amazing waffles to go with delicious blueberry syrup, bananas, strawberries, and sausage. The kids filled up their plates over and over again!

Going to the grocery store

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Two cashiers work hard to ring up their customers' food.
Two cashiers work hard to ring up their customers’ food.

Last week Teacher Gail set up a little grocery store, stocked with tea, crackers, tomatoes, orange juice, and more–the shelves were full of our favorite foods!

The group took turns loading up their grocery carts and hand baskets before lining up at the two cash registers–the one with a beeping scanner gun was very popular. Each customer pulled their money out of the purses and wallets and loaded up the cloth bags with their treats.

Peace on earth

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Decorating a felt Christmas tree

This week’s co-op day was practically perfect. The kids put ornaments on the felt Christmas tree and played in the rice table in the first part of the morning. After sharing some raisin bread for a snack, Gail read a story and the kids made some neat Christmas tree artwork with tinsel. Everyone had fun!

We even managed some staffing sessions, where half of the parents go into another room and talk about new developments in the kids’ lives and other topics, like what we do for holidays and how we manage travels. It’s a good way for us to share solutions to challenges that we’re having, as well as a chance for us to get to know each other better–co-op is about kids, but it’s also a community that has to be built.

Artwork!

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A young artist makes good use of negative space.

Our activity today was to make real art! The kids painted canvases large and small, so that we could have some of their fine art hanging on our walls at home. (And bonus! we made the mess of painting at co-op, which is well equipped with dropcloths, smocks, and an an array of paintbrushes.) We have a new family on our day, a fun addition to our group of friends!