Dear Little Stars Families,

The Little Stars have been enjoying their transportation curriculum while also adding some fun winter experiences to the mix. Over the past several days the Little Stars have been making their own train engines by painting small cardboard boxes and gluing on colorful plastic bottle tops for wheels plus their own photos for the engineers. They also read the book “Flying” by Donald Crews and discussed if they had ever been on an airplane and where they had gone: “to Grammy’s,” “to Nana’s,” and “to Florida” were some of the responses. Another day they read “School Bus” by Donald Crews and discussed traffic lights and their colors in English and Spanish. The teachers followed this discussion by having the children make their own traffic lights by dipping circle-shaped stamps onto plates of red/rojo, yellow/amarillo, and green/verde paint, then pressing the stamps onto their own piece of paper. In conjunction, the Little Stars have been learning how to play “Red Light, Green Light” in the gym, and a new song they are singing is “Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Light”:

Twinkle twinkle traffic light,

On the corner shining bright.

Red means stop,

Green means go,

Yellow means very, very slow.

Twinkle twinkle traffic light,

On the corner shining bright.

Some fun winter activities enjoyed by the Little Stars recently include playing with real snow in big plastic bins in the classroom – making snow people with wiggly eyes, feathers, and pipe cleaners, scooping the snow with spoons and cups, and dropping food coloring onto clear cups of snow and watching what happens to the snow and food coloring over the course of the morning. Another day the Little Stars mixed baking soda and shaving cream together on a table top to make “snow” and played with it through free play – a really wonderful tactile experience. And on another day they made a “snowstorm” by mixing shaving cream, glue, white paint, and borax together, then taking chunks of the mixture, spreading them across a big piece of blue paper, and sprinkling glitter on top. Check out this “snowstorm” displayed in the hallway outside the classroom.

And finally, this week is Love Week at the Collective as we anticipate the upcoming Valentine’s Day. If your child would like to give out valentines from home, please be sure there is a valentine for every Little Star in the class. Thanks! And to help with the distribution, the Little Stars have decorated a big “mailbox” for dropping in their valentines – you will find it in the classroom.

Enjoy the week,

Martha