V is for Valentine! What else??!!
During the week leading up to Valentine's Day we have been talking about how we love, who we love and who loves us. This, of course, brings alot of discussion about grandparents.
These two books have been class favorites of MINE since I purchased them a couple years ago. They are sweet stories about how Grandmother and Grandfather spend extra time with us and how that time is an expression of L.O.V.E.!
Even at such young ages our little preschooler's understand this. These two books are memorized at a very young age. They have a great pattern and meter. I would absolutely recommend adding them to your home library. Your children would LOVE it!!!
"A person's a person, no matter how small."Dr. Suess
This is such a precious quote... It reminds us that even our sweet little ones have feelings, desires, demands, curiousities that should be listened to and explored. To allow for the opportunity for ALL our little ones to participate in an activity, sometimes we have to think "outside of the box."
Normally a chalkboard would be attached to a wall. This really only allows for a couple of children at a time to utilize. This is also a very difficult skill for a one year old to master when trying to hold a piece a chalk AND color.
Think, think, think...we solved this issue by keeping our chalkboards and dry-erase boards "mobile." They simply sit out and when the children want to color, we place them on the floor. This allows for ALL our children, no matter their age or skill, to participate in chalk play. Yes, they get it ALL over their clothes, but they don't seem to mind and neither do we! After all...play IS learning!
We used these most recently to draw our letter V and L, write our names, and practice shapes, colors, patterns and coloring inside and outside of an object. Since it is Valentine's Day holiday time, we have been drawing LOTS of hearts, big hearts, little hearts, blue and green and red hearts!
Just take a look at the sweet pictures of our little ones at play on the boards...
Math, language arts, fine motor skills, and more!
"Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate."
There is nothing I would rather teach children to imitate than love... With love we are safe and able to fully express all of who we are and will become in the security of that love. We can make mistakes. We can be great. We can fail. We can grow. We can give. We can receive. With love we can teach and be taught. Love frees our hearts to be open and expressive because of it's forgiveness, because of it's strength. Love can be hurt, but thank God it can also be healed... We had a wonderful week of loving, giving, creating and expressing our love for others. Happy Valentine's Day everyone...I hope you have loved... -L
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