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.
Oct 28 - Nov 1
Ms. Linda has us singing fun fall songs and in class we sang Five Little Pumpkins. Inspired, we began examining the differences between an orange and a white pumpkin (ask us) then baked and ate pumpkin seeds for snack! Mrs. Vega read Room on the Broom at library and we just LOVED parading around in our Halloween costumes regardless of the weather. Letter Ee had us searching under eggs for candy corn, hearing Elmer the elephant stories and making lovely art afterwards. At chapel we heard how Noah saw a rainbow and remembers that God's keeps His promises so we added that to our "arkwork" displayed in the hall.
Oct 21 - 25
We read You and Me Together and followed up with more family discussions highlighting alike and different characteristics. We reviewed A-D at gym with movements and in class with alphabet bingo, live show and tell and stamp sorting art. We began our bible story of Noah focusing on listening to God and building an ark for all those animals. Music had us singing festive Halloween songs while Mrs. McDonnell read a silly alphabet review story that had animals turning into instruments! Science offered a sorting game of solids/liquids/gases, water volume observations that tested our pencil grip skills with an eye dropper and counting bears while using a scale to see more or less in action.
Oct 14 -17
We added people to our world, the best part! We've been earning pompoms daily as we show how we value people with our kind acts (donut or pizza party is the motivator!). Letter Dd brought dot art, a dog story with a donut, dancing, dinosaurs, and dominoes. Our family fun talks included writing about what we eat with our family, check it out. We reinforced that concept by hosting an imaginary feast for family at Thursday's snack. Phew, it was work to have people come and feast as we set a table, made a guest list and emailed and texted people, then shopped and cooked food. It was great teamwork for sure.
We continued creation as animals were added to our murals, it's a busy world but we're not done yet. We loved playing with animals, making their sounds and moving like them in gym class that's for sure. Library featured What Mommies and Daddies Do Best as we continued our family unit discussing how we care for each other. We hope to use kind words, do something for someone else, even select healthy foods to eat together to care for our bodies. Related, we ate clementines every day at snack, but we also made CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES on Thursday. It is always good science to make dough from scratch, identify the ingredients, then measure, see the reactions while mixing and finally bake and eat them. The story of When You Give A Mouse a Cookie (see video below) sharpened our recall skills while our pre-reading skills had us think and generate compound words. Who knew that could be so fun, sun + shine = sunshine, phew! Music had us using shakers as Ms. Linda talked about fire safety and sang about using 9-1-1 only in emergencies, it was a lively discussion. STEM lab focused on shapes and measuring this week, always good to stretch our thinking beyond what we see.
Sept 30-Oct 4
We bounced in this week with blowing bubbles, counting blue dots, playing with bugs and bears and reading books! Bb is great. We also began our creation murals putting land, water, sky and sun/stars in it as chapel continued our creation story. We also talked about our family, who's in it and who is in our extended family as well. We wrote about one member and drew a pic to go with our words, such authors! We heard about Herman the Helper and talked about how we help others in our family and community. We looked at shapes a great deal, locating them all around school and we practiced cutting them as well, it's hard. We loved getting together with the 2-year olds again to sing our A songs and put shapes puzzles together. Ms. Linda had us moving at music and we love the 5 little apples song, ask us.
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