ECP Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2012

For Valentine’s Day, we learned 5 love-themed songs and sang for our loved ones at our annual Valentine’s Day tea party. We also made valentine crowns, playing with chocolate playdough and pink slime, and painted lots of hearts with brushes, marbles, and our fingers.

At family meetings we’ve been talking about love and families, reading stories like the Inuit tale “Mama, Do You Love Me?” One morning we asked the children “what do you think love is?” Here are a few of their responses:

–“Helping people if they get hurt, do stuff for them if they can’t do it, like help them lift something.”

–“Love is to kiss and hug momma and daddy.”

–“When you love someone, you give them flowers.”

–“Love is like when you’re in nature.”

One day we brought in a dozen owl pellets that a parent collected in her backyard for the children to dissect with tweezers. We found lots of tiny mice bones, and we had a handy bone reference chart out so we could match them. The children really enjoyed discovering jaw bones and parts of the skull. We’ve also been visited by a friendly corn snake named Mickey and a sugar glider this month.

The sensory table was full of colorful, translucent “Orbeez” for a while. The children really enjoyed playing with these slippery, bouncy water beads. Over the course of one day, we watched them grow from teeny tiny hard beads into marble sized balls that hold a thousand times their weight in water!

We’ve been lucky to have such warm weather this winter, and we’ve been spending lots of time outside playing mud pie kitchen and “Alvin and the Chipmunks.” We’ve been riding bikes a lot as well. Some of us have even graduated to riding the two-wheelers recently. While we are excited for spring, it sure would be nice to have at least a few more opportunities for sledding and snowmen. We shall see…

Happy Valentines Day from the ECP!

Chris

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