The IIs are Happy and They Know It

May 3, 2019


The IIs are known for their constant block play.  It is an integral part of their curriculum. However, what many do not know, is that the IIs have other classes. They often read stories together, practice learning numbers, shapes, and the alphabet, and even have Yard after school ends for the Middle and Upper School and the rest of the Lower School. Before Music on Tuesdays, the afternoon group of IIs has Work Time. During Work Time the IIs play with clay. 

“I’m thinking about making a ship,” said Millie Fan as Sara Hance, IIs Group Teacher, and Eden Gattullo, the IIs Assistant Teacher, worked alongside the IIs. “Millie made wings,” said Sara to Eli McPike. 

“I’m thinking about making a big wheel,” said Millie. She then explained that the wings and the wheel that she made were for her make-believe airport. 

“Can you make a limousine?” Io Holl asked her classmate, Gabriel Chang. 

“What shape is a limousine,” Sara asked the IIs. 

“Stripes,” called out Io.

 “Don’t touch mine. I’m playing,” said Anya Patel, addressing her classmate, Gabriel. Eden stepped in, to help the two of them resolve the minor conflict. Even though they have been together for some time, it is still difficult for IIs to work out their issues amongst themselves.

 The IIs then realized that Work Time was almost over and as they looked at the clock, they started to shout out the numbers that they saw. 

“What numbers do you see,” Sara asked, addressing all of the IIs. 

“2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,” said the IIs in unison. As Sara swept the floor for clay, the IIs went over to the sink to wash their hands and clean up the classroom for Music.

 “I’m trying to push these books in,” said Millie as she wedged Goodnight Gorilla and Dump Truck into the bookshelf.

Daniel Tortoledo, Music Teacher, started off Music class by asking the IIs to close their eyes and say what instrument they thought he was playing. “A harmonica,” guessed the IIs correctly. 

“Hands,” said Anya, guessing correctly. 

Daniel then sang them a song about growing plants. “Why do you think that I sang that song?” he asked the IIs. 

“Because we grew seeds,” said Remy, referring to the grass they had planted earlier that day. By planting their grass seeds, the IIs learned about different organisms and how things grow. They can relate this to their own development as they get older. 

“If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet,” said Daniel. The IIs slammed their feet as hard as they could, eventually drowning out the strums of Daniel’s guitar. While singing the song, Daniel sped up and slowed down the tempo as a way to direct the IIs’ movement of their bodies. “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands,” he sang. The IIs made the sound of their hand claps more slowly and quietly to match the sound of the guitar.

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