The girls loved seeing the ladybugs on the playground, and would often bring them to us to view. A natural part of spring is the new growth everywhere and, of course, insects of many kinds. We decided to further explore insects, especially the ladybug! Among the books we read were Eric Carle's beloved "The Grouchy Ladybug" and "The Ladybug Girl" by David Soman. We learned the following facts about ladybugs:
-they are insects
-an insect's body has three parts, head, thorax, and abdomen
-two antennae which helps them feel, smell, and know the world around them
-they have six legs
-they protect plants by eating aphids (tiny bugs that destroy the plant)
As we read the book "Ladybug Girl", the girls decided they would love to "become" lady bug girls and the creativity began. They loved making their ladybug vest and antennae crowns and were so excited to go to carpool as "Ladybug Girls"!
Five little Ladybugs climbing up a door
One few away and then there were four.
Four little ladybugs sitting on a tree,
One flew away and then there were three.
Three little ladybugs landed on a shoe,
One flew away and then there were two.
Two little ladybugs looking for some fun
One flew away and then there was none.
One little ladybug sitting in the sun
She flew away and then there were none!
Our Ladybug Pictures
We have spent lots of time talking about our moms and how special they are. Of course, with Mother's Day this Sunday, we have made some special gifts and also "interviewed" each girl about their moms. We think you will enjoy reading their answers to several questions they were asked. Just to give you a little feed back to some things we asked, these were some of the highlights! When asked what their favorite household chore was the answer was vacuuming in most cases with mopping the kitchen floor a close second! Trips you would like to take were to New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Lego Land and Paris France! What does your mom tell you each day? The girls said "to have a good day", and "my mom always tells me it is going to be a good day" and to "be good'! Great advice! Most of you like to relax by going to bed. Some favorite shows are Smurf and The Bachelor!
When asked the question, "Why do you love your mom?" here are some very sweet responses:
Malia..."She takes me to the store"
Smith..."She is nice to me and we have Christmas together. She gives me hugs."
Eden..."She gives me a band aid when I hurt my finger."
Briella..."She loves me too!"
Olivia..."She gives me hugs!"
London..."She is special, we love to play chase!"
Rease,,,"She gives me a bath!"
Olivia Mae..."She gives me hugs!"
Grace..."She gives me hugs all the time!"
Lele..."She really takes care of me, and she loves my dog!"
Ari..."She took me to Disneyworld!"
Evan..."She loves me and I love her!"
Annie..."We play together!"
They love each of you so much, and as someone said, "I love my mom because her heart makes me happy." That just about says it all!
Happy Mother's Day to each of you!
We enjoyed a beautiful day at the farm where the girls had a chance to see, feel, smell, and taste (if they chose to) the many plants and flowers that are growing there. They saw the beautiful snapdragons and got to pick blue corn flowers which Mrs. Riddle let them bring back to the classroom. They saw fresh kale, swiss chard and mint growing and loved smelling the mint! And the lemon basil was delightful with the wonderful smell of lemon. A few weeks ago we had planted pumpkin seeds in the classroom and the girls got to see how they had sprouted but were not quite ready to plant in the ground. Mrs. Riddle promised they would be ready to see this fall when the girls were in JK. A wonderful experience to understand the growing cycle and have this hands on opportunity. Our girls planted corn after they were shown how to dig a hole with their finger, drop the corn seed in the hole and then cover it back up so it then could root and grow. The girls realized that they then needed to water their planted seeds and with that, Mrs. Riddle turned on the farm sprinklers and the girls absolutely loved it! We are very fortunate to have our own working farm at Hutchison. It adds the final touch of a well rounded and diverse opportunity for the girls to experience this amazing cycle of planting, growing, and harvesting the fresh flowers, vegetables, and herbs they consume and enjoy in everyday life. "Thanks" Mrs. Riddle for a fun morning and teaching us so many things about our farm!!
Lastly, thanks to each mom for spending the morning with your daughter at our special event. Time is so short, they are growing up so fast, and these are the special times with your daughters that will always be remembered. Thank you!
Enjoy the slideshows of these two fun days in Pre-K!
Our Visit To The Farm
Our morning projects with our Moms!
The girls have LOVED talking about the beautiful ocean, what lives there, and how it really is a world of its own! We have worked on our collaborative mural for several weeks. We have added layer by layer using a variety of materials, and as our last step to completion, began to create our Eric Carle sea life to put the final touches on our project. In our Eric Carle study we have painted many layers of tissue to create our sea life for the beautiful and wonderful ocean mural. It has been an exciting project, filled with incredible art techniques, creativity, and the joy of watching the girls cultivate their creativity and curiosity about the ocean. These collaborative murals will hang in the Pre-K activity center so be sure to take a look when you are in our building. In our morning meeting each girl got to add their Eric Carle ocean art as we added the final part to our wonderfully created "The Ocean, Down In the Deep Blue Sea!"
-Learning about an author and the techniques used for illustrations
-Working collaboratively with classmates
-Expansion of knowledge about the ocean as a habitat to many plants and sea life
-Fine motor mixing many materials, painting, drawing
-Referencing many books to enhance ideas and thoughts to encourage creativity.
This is the finished ocean from PK.
The girls love creating stories together, and we thought this was a great one! We talk about authors and illustrators often so they become familiar with the job each of these titles include. This week, THEY are the author and illustrator of the following story!
"Once upon a time there was a little fish named Bobbie who lived in the ocean. There was also a BIG whale named Tank in the ocean. Along came a medium size octopus named Tank 2, but he only had seven legs instead of eight because he had cut off one of his legs with a seashell because it was itching. There was a rainbow fish in the water too. Along came a shark and gobbled up Bobbie! All of a sudden a scuba diver appeared and he was coming to catch the shark. The fish were all friends and they decided together to swim to a swim shop. They bought swimming suits and sea food at the shop. When they came out of the shop they spotted a blue pirate ship in the distance and also a red ship that had Dory and Nemo swimming in the water. Meanwhile Tank, the Octopus 2, was tickling all the fish in the ocean. Mr Pushkin, the scuba diver, had a net and he was trying to catch the sharks. All the fish were hiding in the seaweed to get away from the sharks. They were hidden so well that the sharks never found any more fish to eat. All the fish in the story lived happily ever after.
-Collaboration with classmates in creating and telling a story
-Recognition of beginning, middle, and end to a story
-Recall of information discussed
Enjoy the pictures of the illustrators of this story!!
The girls have had a busy week and have enjoyed the many Easter activities! Who ever thought that we could reinforce so many skills using colorful Easter eggs and playdough? The girls have matched letters using eggs, strengthened their fine motor with playdough and "decorating"Easter trees, sorted colorful beads on a grassy box, and sorted pastel pompoms into eggs to also practice sorting, using tweezers to reinforce fine motor. Our Easter story books helped to recognize the letter "E" as we circled for reinforcement. We had an Easter Egg number hunt in the activity center and then we arranged them on the carpet from 1-20.
Our Easter snack was delicious and prepared us for a weekend filled with Easter goodies!
One of our favorite authors, Eric Carle, has helped us learn his creative process for art work in his colorful and wonderful stories. By painting tissue with multiple layers we will then create some art of our own for our ocean murals that are still a work in progress. "A House for Hermit Crab" and "Mr. Seahorse" have been two of our favorite books to share with the girls this week. The class also enjoyed water coloring their pen and ink drawings of the beautiful fish tank outside the library.
Lastly, the girls did a wonderful job at the spring program! They worked so hard with Mrs. Smith, kudos to everyone of them!! Enjoy our long weekend!
Easter egg hunt with numbers
Working on our ocean mural
Our music program
OUR BUNNIES WISH YOU A HAPPY EASTER!.
Another busy and exciting week in Pre-K! Our highlight was riding for the children at St. Jude.The girls had such a good time while doing something very special for the children that are being treated for various cancers at this wonderful place. It is such a privilege for Memphis to be home for this incredible hospital. We feel like the girls have a good understanding of the "good" thing they accomplished by working hard to ride many, many times around the circle. It is a life lesson, learning to give of ourselves to help others. Thank you for your attendance, support, and cheering us on!
Our mural building continues as the girls add "layers" of the ocean. Painting, adding objects and glitter and swirling it everywhere on a huge canvas has been a fun and creative project going on as the girls work in small groups during playground time.
Finally, we have planted some pumpkin squash seeds in our room to then transfer to the garden at the farm. When we come back next fall they will be full grown and a great lesson in planting and growing will become a reality for these soon to be JK girls!
Enjoy the slide shows of each activity!
We had fun at the Trike - Thon.
We continue to create our ocean with different layers.
We are planting seeds for our garden.
We had a popscicle treat for raising so much money and riding our wheels for St. Jude..
",,The girls have loved brainstorming about the "deep blue sea' and we have many fun and interesting projects and activities going on in the classroom! The story "The Tickle Octopus", by Audrey and Don Wood, is a story about a grumpy family that just can't seem to laugh and have fun. That is, until, the tickle octopus reaches out with his eight arms and begins to tickle everyone and things begin to get really silly and happy! The story inspired us to write our own Tickle Octopus stories and get out the clay to make our own Tickle Octopus! Since these two activities are taking a while, the girls will be bringing this project home next week.
Our next activity is a collaborative project with all three classes of Pre-K. As a group, we are painting large canvases with colors the girls thought most reflected the colors they saw in the ocean:blue, green and white. As we played on the playground, the girls were taking turns in small groups to paint the ocean as they see it! We will continue to add "layers" of paint and other materials to create a beautiful ocean look. We are not quite sure what they will look like in the end, but the girls are loving the creativity and working together!
We also went to the library to visit the beautiful fish tank they have loved watching each week during our library time. They were very quiet as they drew with pens what they were seeing. (the fish hide if they hear a lot of noise and the girls quietly did their drawings so the fish would appear). These drawings will now be colored with oil pastels and water colored with a blue wash and we are excited to see how they are going to turn out.
All of these activities are requiring lots of thought and concentration, fine motor development, working collaboratively with classmates and lots of creativity and critical thinking skills going on! Enjoy the pictures we are capturing as they work and discover "Way Down Under In The Deep Blue Sea!"
Observation and observational drawings
Creating our octopus
Collaborating with our friends to create the ocean
As we walk to the library each week, we pass a beautiful fish tank right outside the library door. The girls are absolutely intrigued by the beautiful tank filled with beautiful fish and living sea plants. It has, for sure, got them thinking and interested in making some more connections about life in the sea. So this week we have introduced many activities to further make some "connections" about life in the ocean and what they may find there.. They have loved the many areas of the classroom where they can explore and create with many different materials to "wonder" about the many different questions they have about the creatures of the deep blue sea! Some of the questions they have wondered about are:
What do sharks eat?
Where do fish swim?
Why do whales have a blowhole?
What do dolphins eat?
Why do dolphins dive?
Why do sharks eat people?
What do fish eat?
We hope to deepen the girls' interest and curiosity as we explore to find the answers to these questions and anything else they may be "wondering" about life in the deep blue sea!!
We love our families so much and the class had a fun time painting their own homes and including a family picture. We graphed family sizes and found out that most of us have four members in our families. This is a great math activity for the girls to be able to "read" a graph to gain information. When asked why they love their families so much the comments were:
Malia..."they take me to McDonald's and I love french fries"
Smith.."I like to sleep with them and they play with me"
Eden..""they make me eat breakfast"
Briella.."they love me and help me ride my scooter"
Olivia.."I love mommy, daddy, Emerson and Elizabeth"
London..."they always play with me and they make me pancakes"
Rease..."they give me hugs"
Olivia Mae..."they take me to eat and get ice cream"
Grace..."we go on trips to New Orleans"
Lele..."they are nice to me and my dog loves me."
Ari..."they are my best friends"
Evan..."we go shopping for clothes and to the paint store to pick out paint"
Annie..."they play with me and be silly with me"
From our "class family" to each of you, have a wonderful and restful Spring Break! Enjoy the slide show of their homes!!
REMEMBER TO PLANT YOUR TREE WITH YOUR DAUGHTER!
Enjoy Your Spring Break!