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  • Melanie Patric

Music, Trains, and Coloring...

At last! Today I was able to capture a few moments of our music time without too much of a fanfare! It's always a challenge to video the children without them becoming more interested in the recording device than in singing along, and you'll see from the angle of the video that I had to do a sneaky rush job... but hopefully you'll see how happy and engaged the children are as well!

We sang lots of classic children's songs, but focused most on "I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly."

After music time, the children and I took a little while to play pretend. We had a great time using trains and coming up with scenarios in which we helped friends and practiced manners.

The big kids also had a chance to take on the role of teachers as they helped the littles learn the proper way to use trains on the assembled tracks.

The last activity in our morning lineup was coloring. Most of the time I refrain from asking the children to draw something specific- form drawing skills start to surface around age three, and before that, drawing and using art media is more about the process than the product for children. With that in mind, we all used crayons and had fun exploring a range of colors. I encouraged use of greens, pinks, yellows, purples and other "springtime" colors.

After naptime, we read Are You My Mother and Lost In the Woods. We talked a bit about how important our mommies are and different ways they take care of us. It's touching for me to hear how much the children love their mommies and daddies!

See you tomorrow!

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