Feb 4 - 8
The groundhog didn't see his shadow so we were out in the mild temps all week, yahoo! Therefore the unplanned fire drill on Monday (mechanical malfunction) went well evacuating the building as excellent school leaders, so proud. This tied nicely into the importance of listening as we heard the story of Howard B. Wigglebottom in library. We embraced using our best imagination as we started this BigDay unit that is full of fun thinking experiences (see pic). The Ten Black Dots book challenged us to use dots, we used oooorange ones, to make a picture, check them out. We also worked on letter Oo, a tricky one, yet they were outstanding with show-n- tell and created the oval art as only true artists can. At gym, we ran the track, a shape of a giant O, moving our large muscles in many ways, running, skipping, bear crawling, crab walking etc.Finally we played with recyclables and imagined all kinds of cool creations, it is inspiring to see their minds explore. Finally, ask us about the silly book titled Would You Rather..., I challenge you to reread it with them and see what you'd rather... ha!
Jan 28 - Feb 1
We completed out animal unit with books and games on animal names, how they grow and change really enjoying Dora's Eggs and we love playing find the chick game. Letter Nn had us playing with noodles play and making a nest. We had a ball putting together number puzzles. Incredible Ned was a great N story and will carry us into our imagination unit as well, ask us about it. Chapel talked about following Jesus like the disciples were called. We made footprints for our bulletin board that remind us to do that Due to snow we stayed in and made some great snow art for our Winter Fun bulletin board then we were delayed an hour the next day (guess it worked!) We tested our brain about time and played with puppets showing things happening before, during and after or yesterday, today and tomorrow. Also, we loved banging on Ms. Linda's special drum to review animals and keep the beat! (see pics)
Jan 21 - 25
We had a full 3 days focusing on bugs, letters K-M and baptism, phew! We read One Snowy Day and created awesome snowmen in our journal entry! This tied into our gym class where we built snowmen in relay race format. We also talked about Dr. King a bit more and much of the play options involved working things out with our classmates, disagreeing, finding solutions, and saying how we feel, it is NOT as easy as it sounds. We enjoyed our bugs talks, playdough creations and fingerprint art as well. We also liked graphing M&M's seeing which color won (and NOT eating them, impressive), simply counting them for math.
Jan 14 - 18
We dove into this week exploring animal habitats like the ocean (water table), the desert (sand box) and the rainforest (fake flowers and crepe paper vines), it was great imaginative and social play. We did what monkeys do and mimicked moves all week! We made magic muffins for snack adding a special mix in of their choice. We painted to music, measured many things short and long with measuring sticks, marble painted, counted marshmallows and money and matched mittens while reviewing the Mm sound! Ms. Linda's music was fun as we danced to the story Animal Boogie. Gym had us moving individually then as a group working together as we played 1-2-3 Move. Library was fun as we talked about feelings in Mother Bruce. Chapel reminded us that Jesus grew (try this fingerplay, it's longer than the one we did in school) as we do and it's important to listen to your parents! We got outside and experienced the snow getting a sense of the artic habitat, happy winter (see movement song).
Jan 7 - 11
We finished the Christmas story with wisemen talk at chapel. The art posted in the hallway to review this is precious, enjoy. We read Biggest, Strongest, Fastest and marveled at the comparisons, ask us! The class readmuch of the repetitive text in Is Your Mama a Llama? as we learned some new vocabulary for animal babies, fun. Ll had us lacing shoes (that was sooooo hard), making lollipops and playing with legos. We challenged our link skills connecting them around the tables and out the door! We played freeze dance with letters, stamped, traced and wrote them in our journals and put letter puzzles together, lots of ways to get recognition and sound without the pressure. Ms. Linda had use moving like animals then quoting Psalm 46. Gym tested our limbo skills and library story showed Jesus, a toddler, receiving the gifts!
Finally, as part of our new plans for the new year, we have been pouring our own water into our cups at snack, pretty impressive.
Jan 1 - 4
Happy New Year! We're back and in 2 days we kicked things off nicely. Letter Kk helped with that in gym class along with some of Mrs. Falconio's karate moves and silly kangaroo relay races. We read Does A Kangaroo have a Mother? which also tied into our monthly unit on animals. We're excited to learn so much about this topic!!
We began writing about what's new in the new year besides the number so stay tuned for some artwork there. Music, library and chapel will begin next week when we get back to the full 4 days. Here we go.....
Dec 17 - 21
We did it, got through the last week counting down to Christmas (4 more sleeps!) We focused on angels and shepherds as in our fingerplay. We hope our best gift, the pageant, was well received. I know we are all proud of their songs and story (sheep in particular). The other handmade gift goes under the tree until Christmas, no peeking. We also labelled our baby gifts and put them with Jesus on our hallway bulletin board. The walls got decorated with some colorful Christmas trees that will keep things festive until we return on Wed. 1/2. We read multiple Christmas stories and a special one from a mouse's point of view, ask your child if they recognize it.
Dec 10 - 14
Jj had us jumping with James and Judy in the Jj song. We also jingled a lot as we continue our pageant practices! We made candy cane cookies that actually turned into J's for Jesus, what a story. On our bulletin board we weaved a cozy blanket for Jesus and surrounded him with adorable candy canes. We have been working on a secret gift that you just have to wait for and the excitement also builds as we rip off links on our Advent chain daily to countdown to Christmas. Finding "Jimmy" our elf, is fun too. Adding another purple candle to our wreath tells us we're getting close too but it is sure hard to wait. Gym distracted us with jumping jacks, jiggling and jump rope. Mrs. Condeelis told us the story of The Stick Man, a great family story. One week to go......