Written by Kimberly McCurnin
The Pretty Periwinkles in Kimberly’s 1/2 Learning Group had a New Year’s Classroom Party on Wednesday, January 6th. It was WONDERFUL! Children rotated from center to center in groups to engage in several different activities:
Craft: Snowman Measuring Sticks
Children reused wooden paint stirrers to create sustainable snow measuring sticks! Children enjoyed preparing and decorating the sticks to have them resemble snowmen! Hopefully we will get some snow soon so that the children can put them to use!
Edible Art: Banana Snowmen
Using bananas, pretzels, raisins, carrots and blueberries, the children created adorable, and delicious, snowmen! They decorated their plates with popcorn as the snowballs.
Community Service: Valentine’s Day Cards for Morristown Memorial Hospital
The Pretty Periwinkles so enjoy practicing philanthropy—and our Valentine Card Station was no exception! The children love to write cards for others! I often have to keep a stack of envelopes in my room just for that reason! They take it even more seriously when the cards are donated to those who need them most!
New Year’s Resolutions
We had an opportunity to reflect on some of our favorite things about 2015, such as funniest moment and proudest moment, and then brainstorm two resolutions for 2016!
Winter Relay Races
To help get us moving in the New Year, we had a series of relay races! Race 1 was a penguin race where we had to balance bean bags while waddling. In Race 2, they had to walk back and forth with a paper snowflake on their head being careful to not let it fall. For the final Race 3, children had to push a “snowball” back and forth.
Special thanks goes out to our wonderful room parents, Deb and Carrie, for all of their hard work and planning to make our party possible! We also would like to thank our parent volunteers whose enthusiasm helped make the party such a success for the children!
About the Author
Kimberly McCurnin is in her second year as the 1/2 Learning Group Teacher at Unity Charter School. With a degree from Boston University in Early Childhood Education, Kimberly is thrilled to be a member of this special, close-knit commUnity and honored to be part of such a talented, passionate staff. In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys attending yoga classes and taking advantage of the wonderful culture and arts that New York City has to offer.
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