Mrs. Sweezey

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On this particular day, after some rain and mild weather, we decided to take the kiddos for a little nature walk to distract them from the watery mess of the swamp.  As we walked we made some observation and spotted various nature items that were covered in this green fuzz.  "That's moss!!" Dax shared.  We laughed as we decided the moss was pants for the trees.

Oh the things to see.

Posted: December 8, 2017

As we enter a new term of school, we continue move forward and practice our Zoo-phonics daily.  Zoo-phonics teaches us our letter sounds and letter recognition in a fun, hands on way.  Weston has really taken a liken to our magnets, particularly the small ones with the Zoo-phonics animal cards on them and in this beauty of a clip, he is sitting with Mary-Dale reviewing them and having a blast.  Great work buddy :)

Posted: December 8, 2017

It's beginning to look a lot like Xmas!!!

Posted: November 30, 2017

This week we began a new afternoon tradition of having a hot chocolate and sock party when we come in from outside, just before it's time to go home.  The weather is slowly beginning to be consistently cold, which means our time spent outside will change a bit.  We will continue to dress as warmly as possible to make sure we are comfortable, however the amount of time we spend outdoors may vary.  We are still commited to getting outside everyday, even if it's just for 10, 20, or 30 minutes.  

It was a particularly chilly Monday afternoon and we made our way inside a little earlier than usual.  To help the kiddos warm up, we put the kettle on and enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate and cookies.  To make the experience even more cozier, we sat around in our sock feet as well, and then got ready for the bus when we were nicely thawed.

Posted: November 30, 2017

The warm temperature on Wednesday caused the ice to melt and made quite a mess in the woods, so instead we took a walk down to the river to throw rocks and of course, crush more ice :)

Posted: November 30, 2017

Last week we had some rain and some areas of our forest space was flooded.  Thankfully some cold temperatures froze the ice and the kiddos had a blast crushing it.

Posted: November 30, 2017

Posted: November 28, 2017

In the recent weeks, our outdoor classroom has had a lot of changes.  Besides the seasonal changes, the grounds crew has visited us again to help clean up our forest space and make us a hiking trail!!  In this video I take you for a walk through the woods and talk a bit about the changes and the benefits for playing outdoors.

Thank you EGFN and the grounds crew!  Mrs. Sweezey's K4 class appreciate all your hardwork and are grateful to you for making our environment clean and safe to play in :)

Posted: November 17, 2017

Fine motor skills is the exercise of the tiny muscles and movements in our hands and the coordination of our hands and fingers with our eyes - all skills that are important with reading and writing (and much more).  Fine motor skills require a lot of practice and children can often get easily frustrated and discouraged when forced to put pencil to paper before they are truly ready.  Mary-Dale and I make sure that we provide the kiddos with many fun, hands on activities where they can manipulated small objects, like Lego, play-dough, puzzles, and this Geo-board that Silas is playing with - to build those muscles!

Posted: November 17, 2017

Today was an indoor day and some of the kiddos were busy-bees in the block center.  In this clip you can see that the kids added some personal design elements to their structure - pom poms, leaves, and pipe cleaners.  Beautiful.


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