Welcome back to a short but happy week as we focused on 2020. We talked about the calendar, read the word January, wrote the new year number and talked about what we'd like to do in the new year, check the hallway.
We had a great Pre-K gym class using a snow theme (pretend) to move our toros on scooters, throw snowballs and walk in deep snow! We heard the story Side by Side and thoroughly enjoyed our STEM lab exploring volume, magnets, sink/float, number sequencing, motion and building with various materials, it's great partner work with the other Pre-K and the learning is ALL hands on!
Special note: BIG NEWS for Penny, she's going to be a big sister!
It's the final week of Advent for us! Chapel went ahead and talked about Jesus being born and we sang about it in the pageant. We LOVED giving that gift to you a tad early. However, we hope the other gifts stay under the tree until Christmas. To help with that countdown we made a 5-day chain to help us count to Jesus's birthday, it's hard to wait especially when we don't have school to distract us. We also made birthday cards for him and talked about what we would give to baby Jesus. My younger 2 sons visited that day, a gift for me, and shared time eating munchkins and hot chocolate along with reading to them and they heard the final practice songs of the pageant! (see pic below).
Along with finding Elfie daily, we are advancing the Christmas story at chapel to the part where Mary travels by donkey to Bethlehem. We built stables and enjoyed The Christmas Baby as we made our manger. J is for Jesus and we learned how the candy cane tells us at library time. We are practicing hard for our pageant and making special gifts for you, shhhh! We met up with the 2s to create some lovely Christmas trees to keep the holiday spirit alive throughout the school. Finally, science continues to enthrall us are we experienced two more stations, check out the pics and ask us about what we've learned.
We got into the Christmas spirit at once decorating our classroom just the way they wanted, phew! Mrs. Vega read The Great Reindeer Rebellion to keep the fun rolling. We focused on angels and how they deliver God's messages then we wrote about what we would say.... (check the hallway). We loved hearing The Country Angel story that tied in nicely here. We tackled the letter Ii carefully with igloo building, table "ice" hockey and ice cream math games. We also read small words like "if" "it" and "is". Add a letter sound in front and a whole new word happens, early readers are erupting here.... We also read more Laura Numeroff stories If You Give A... then made up our own class stories building it orally, it was silly fun.
Happy Thanksgiving! We had 3 days of fun and we focused on giving thanks and then we feasted with our PreK friends. Making muffins was fun along with some painted turkeys, thankful writings and silly turkey stories, gobble gobble
Letter Hh brought hopping in the hall and in gym class, sorting of candy hearts, making handprints, cutting out paper houses and hearing a great story Ms. Jane read There's No Place Like Home. We also began memorizing our home address! We wrapped up our community unit by focusing on how things move using science kits with ramps, wheels, and pulleys, while also talking about routes to get to places I think we understand and value GPS a bit more now. We heard the story of Baby Moses at chapel and wove a basket to reinforce that special story of how he was saved. Last but NOT least, we filled our class bucket so we're voted and are going to have a donut party at snack to celebrate!
Gg is for grandparents and we were thrilled to have them visit and share the story of Abraham at chapel on Tuesday. G worked our guessing skills, it's tricky. We also made gingerbread cookies to eat that went with our Ninjabread Man story and the candy art we made for our room. Our community unit focused on community jobs and you should hear what we want to be when we grow up to help our community. Mrs. Vega read a great book, see the link below that inspired us at centers to just add glitter to our gray paint we made. Gym had us racing relays inside since it was chilly, and the newly renovated science lab was tons of fun to visit. We mapped out our stations and worked in partners to move through all kinds of learning. Finally, we connected with Mrs. Deane's 2s and taught them how to build even bigger towers, it was great.
Nov 4- 8
We opened our next BigDay unit of Our Community as we identified places in our community. We made an unique mural of a Pre-K community with custom buildings, it's posted in the library! We compared 2 stories about trips to the library, it was great cognitive work (ask us about Lola and Froggy). We used our imagination a great deal as we "drove" around to various places and built buildings with domino blocks too. We even wrote about how we can help in our community, it's impressive. We also fffffffocused on letter Ff with feather sorting, fish games, goldfish snacks, feelings bingo and fire engine play. Chapel had us listen to Jonah and the whale and remember to listen to God, it can be hard but we don't want to learn like Jonah did that's for sure.
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