Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spring Schedule of Classes

Mommy and Me: Exploring Spring 18 months - 3 years
Wednesdays, April 21 - June 9  10:00-10:50 (eight weeks)
$120 materials included
Each week we will be exploring different themes such as bugs, butterflies, baby animals, etc.  Class begins with a craft and then we sing, dance, play instruments and listen to stories.

Move and Groove Through the Alphabet: Kindergarten Readiness 3 1/2 - 5 1/2
Mondays, April 19 - June 7 2:00-2:50  NO Class April 26 and May 31 (six weeks)
$100  materials included
Each week students will be working their way through the alphabet as they develop skills necessary for kindergarten.  They will be working with letters, sounds, rhyme, and basic math through art, games and music.

All Classes are held at the Talega Swim and Athletic Club
Here is a sample of a craft done by one of the children in the Mommy and Me class.

What To Do With All the Plastic Easter Eggs?????

It is not even Easter, and we have a bunch of plastic eggs littering the house from various egg hunts we've been on so far.  Here are just a few fun games you can play with your child to put the eggs to good use.
1. Take an empty egg carton and number the spots with a permanent marker from one to twelve.  Then take 12 eggs and number them from one to twelve.  Have your child match the eggs to the correct number.
2.  To add on to the egg carton, have your child count out beads to match the number written on the egg and place them inside.  Only do this activity with children who won't put the beads in their mouth!!!  Then ask which egg makes the most noise when you shake them.
3.  SORT the eggs by color, size or design depending on the type of eggs you have.  Then count to see which color has the most or least.
4.  Put beads or beans inside the eggs and tape them shut.  You now have egg shakers.  Put on some music and shake your eggs.
5.  Make cotton ball animals to put inside your eggs to see what will hatch.  Glue paper eyes and ears to the cotton ball and put in the egg.
6. Write the letters of the alphabet on both parts of the eggs and break the eggs apart.  Have your child match the letters to make an egg.  You can put a capital letter on the top and the lower case letter on the bottom for more of a challenge.
7.  Fill the eggs with various small items around the house (buttons, sand, pebbles, rice, coins, etc) and have your child shake the egg and then guess what is inside.
8.  Put the eggs in the bath tub and see what your child will do...
Do you have any fun ideas to share????

Have a wonderful, eggstra special Easter!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sun + Rain = RAINBOWS

After singing Mister Golden Sun and If All the Raindrops, it seemed only appropriate to celebrate the weather with RAINBOWS!

Have fun singing this song with your child as they use their rainbow streamers to create the shape of a rainbow.

Rainbow, rainbow
Rainbow 'round me.
Rainbow, rainbow
Rainbow 'round me.

The grass outside my window
Is green as green can be.
Fiddle dee dee
Outside my window, 
The grass is as green can be.

Rainbow, rainbow
Rainbow 'round me.
Rainbow, rainbow
Rainbow 'round me.

The car outside my window
Is red as red can be.
Fiddle dee dee
Outside my window, 
The car is as red can be.

Continue the song using all the colors of the rainbow.
It is a fun way to teach colors and it encourages your child to become more aware of their environment.

The following song helps you to remember the colors in a rainbow:

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.
These are the colors in a rainbow.