May 14- 18
We have wholeheartedly enjoyed seeing the adult ladybugs evolve but now it's time to let them go. We released them into our garden on Friday. We zoomed onto Zz with zoo play using many materials and we created our own animals for our zoo, check the hallway bulletin board. If I Ran The Zoo was our inspiration. Zz also let us cut, draw and stamp zigzags and we tried crayon rubbing the word zebra but that skill is tricky, ask us. We continued to try new things in Moving On unit and wrote about one new idea for the summer. We reviewed rhyming and sorting just for fun. Chapel had us compare Jesus' church to one whole body and we are one part of that and Ms. Livvy told us EACH piece is important, we all need each other. Gym had us moving with challenging stations for our whole body balance and stretching that's for sure. At library we talked about butterflies as other classes are getting ready to release them soon and heard a great story about a butterfly. Finally we got to pick out library books for the last time, oh my.
May 7 - May 11
We hope you enjoyed your special Mom breakfast as much as we did preparing for it. The gifts, the poster, the songs and the pics, you are loved! We tied this event into the Big Day concept of Moving On. We talked about how we felt in September versus now and how we've changed, it was a great discussion. Many centers this week involved saying "I did it" or "I can do it" and try again. We also highlighted the letter Yy with yarn play, yellow painting and reading the word "yes". Chapel focused on the story of Lydia, and how she was confident to tell others about Jesus. We've been observing Ladybug Land and can identify all 4 stages of life so we illustrated that in our journal. Now we wait as the pupa rest then shed their skin! Gym took us outside again where we played whole group games such as Red Light Green Light, What Time is it Mr. Fox? and Duck Duck Goose. All of these emphasized waiting, taking turns and not always getting picked. Library taught us a great lesson about being determined in Tiny and the Big Dig. Finally and most importantly.... Happy Mother's Day to all, it is a gift to teach your child and we're grateful you share them with UDCNS
Apr 30 - May 4
We wrapped up April illustrating a favorite planting song in our journals, while also practicing songs for Mom! Reviewing the U V W and X singing X-ray man song a lot, completing the directions on the umbrella paper and valuing our friends words when we had a conflict. Ms. Livvy had us sing "Following Jesus wherever He may go" so we understood how Peter healed by believing in Jesus. We spent a good deal of time in the garden and partnered with the 3s class to show them how things grow and they planted some more seeds!. Ms. Linda has us practicing Moving on songs already and gym took us outside to the back field for some great group play, We illustrated our spring poem partnering with a classmate to illustrate one line at a time. With all this lovely weather, library reminded us to unplug (see the author's explanation) and to be like humpty After the Fall.
We enjoyed all of our discussions and art surrounding the four seasons. We made patterns with seasonal pics and word webs too, it was challenging. We enjoyed X watercolor print and sang "Do You Know The X-ray Man?" We reviewed feeling identification and tied to doubt in chapel as we learned of Thomas not believing unless he sees. Finally Spring Fling was a blast even though it was inside, we hope you enjoyed some if not all of the interactive stations!
We fixated on weather this week by journaling it and acting it out from google images. We talked about how weather affects our feelings, how we dress and identified activities we do because of it. Wind was a big focus since it starts with Ww and we made it with our bodies! We designed windmills, and saw how wind moves by blowing paper with straws. We also made some watermelon art and began a surprise project for Mom(don't ask us about it). Gym we played duck duck goose, we are pros at waiting our turn and cheering for others. Chapel had us think about the Emmaus story and how we would feel if Jesus walked by in the hallway, check our bulletin board. Finally in library we heard a story that highlighted gravity and we had just been exploring that on the playground with woodchips, sometimes the learning really just comes together!
We began our full week looking at the sky and seeing clouds, sun, moon, stars and more. The story of Little Cloud by Eric Carle inspired some cloudy paintings, more to come with our name clouds... The letter Vv had use eating vegetables for snack, even a veggie pizza! We painted with veggies and tied that in with last week's theme of how things grow and took it to the school garden outside to weed the beds, prep the soil, and finally plant the seeds, how exciting. Here's hoping they sprout soon but it's hard to wait. Mrs. Condeelis read The Dandelion Seed to help us review how a seed grows. Other V fun included creating playdough volcanoes, driving various vehicles on the carpet and making vase art. Chapel talked of the lost sheep story and reminded us how God loves each one of us.
Pastor showed us how the tomb was empty so now we know Jesus is alive even thought we don't see him. We celebrated in two big ways. First, we posted a cool color cross to our Easter bulletin board. Second, we prepared and ate rice krispies snacks as we watched the marshmellow (Jesus) melt into endless rice crispies, sticking to everyone we could think of, a great visual of His unending love. The letter Uu let us draw and eat under tables!! We began talking about how plants grow and planted some lettuce seeds indoors. We postponted our outside garden work until next week when snow MUST be gone. Gym brought fun partner games like wheelbarrow races and back-to-back ball carries. It was hard and fun at the same time. Library highlighted garden stories. We also enjoyed Pirate Love Underpants so much we designed a pair of our own for our class bulletin board
With snow interrupting 2 days, we plowed through the best we could! We prepared for Easter making lovely 3-D baskets for the hallway. Our snacktime was special with all of Pre-K having a last supper of bread and grape juice to "remember Jesus" and we created a last supper table for our bulletin board with the foods we would share with Jesus, read our offerings. We know Lent is almost over so we celebrated with an egg hunt finding lettered eggs and a small sweet treat! March seemed to finish off with lamb weather winning on OUR chart but overall we know there have been many lion days as well. Enjoy the week off with your family and friends and know we'll return joyous that Jesus did something more amazing than the cross sacrifice.
We enjoyed talking about taking care of ourselves and we LOVED to play first aid using stethoscopes, needles, thermometers bandaids and more. We wrote about how we can stay healthy and it's posted on our door. We began talking about healthy foods as well to broaden the concept. We played with toothpicks in a variety of ways, painted with toothbrushes, danced with tap shoe dancing (lmore videos coming had some tech issues again) and we built great train tracks along with some competitive tic-tac-toe games. We heard at chapel how Jesus who is so popular now, rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and we sang "Hosanna" then made the first part of our Easter 1-2-3 mural, check it out. We snuck outside a little though it's cold and we enjoyed the serpentine stations at gym that really got our heart pumping. Library celebrated those mischievous leprechauns with a story of how they visited Gingerbread Man's school. We had a similar experience in our class, check out the pics!
Mar 5 - 9
We began talking about our 5 senses. Aside from the snow day and delay we were able to get in some senses activities like guessing art, sound walk, blind building, and drawing in salt and sugar in addition to the sound band we marched to on Friday, it was loud! Ms Linda had us doing windy songs with scarves for this March weather, it was fun The letter Ss let us trace stencils, sort buttons, move magnets in sand, slither on the rug and have scooter races in gym! We briefly heard about the miracle of the loaves and fishes and sang a great song about it. With Donuts with Dad rescheduled, we had to shelve our "SuperDad" gift until next week, but it's super. Our lion and lamb weather days bring about great discussion and hope for spring weather soon. Finally, in library we followed with Duck on a Tractor and we worked on making inferences from the story, great brain work.
Feb 26 - Mar 2
We focused on the arts this week, playing instruments for music, using dress ups for drama, and painting for art. We made puppets and used our imaginations to tell funny stories. We also learned about impressionism and made various dot paintings. The letter Rr had us painting rainbows with watercolors that we mixed, spelling our name in rice, rhyming with -it, -in, -op word families, and playing with rescue heroes and felt characters to making some amazing adventures in our minds. We reviewed patterns with shapes and heard about Harold and the Purple Crayon and made a story of our own. We checked in on our lenten work as we wrote about who we pray for while more handprints on Jesus have been generated. Chapel reminded us another miracle Jesus performed on a sick man that was brought through the roof by his friends, what faith they had! Library introduced the story of Duck on a Bike with more duck adventures next week. Gym had us running relay races, what fun, we've really got the format down now then we enjoyed playing with the rainbow parachute with "rainbow popcorn balls" to toss around. Finally, we tried ranch dressing on carrots for snack, yummy and congrats on those who tried it for the first time.