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Mary read "Architect of the Moon" by Tim Wynne-Jones to the children; the story was about a little boy who uses his imagination and different shapes of blocks to re-build the Moon. We talked and learned about more shapes in our environment. A half circle is called a semi-circle. Pentagons have five sides. A stop sign is an octagon!

The children had a chance to visit three different art stations about shapes. Mary and the children traced the foam blocks on the big paper. Children combined different shapes to create a huge painting!

Ann and the children used yarn to do lacing with different shapes. The yarn goes up and down around triangles, circles, squares, and rectangles. The children used markers to decorate their shapes as well.

Anamaria and the children used the overhead projector to trace shapes out on the whiteboard. The children enjoyed tracing the contour line of different shaped shadows.


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