The month of February has led to many discussions as to how much we love our family, friends, and ourselves! We have written "love notes" to our friends, talked about how to be a good friend and ways we are alike and different. We have learned to celebrate each other and value not only the ways we are different, but also the ways we are alike. Young children love to talk about how they are different and similar all at the same time. Much of our discussions have centered around our physical appearance. As we looked into a mirror to closely examine our skin color, eye and hair color, and other details of our faces, the girls did a great job drawing,first with pen and ink and then water coloring their faces. They also created their own faces choosing construction paper that matched their skin color and facial features. They soon discovered how unique each of them are, and that they are different in many ways but also alike in many ways. Not only did the girls gain an awareness of their individual differences and similarities, they learned to celebrate each other as special and unique in every way.
As we say in Pre-K, "you have to be a good friend to have a good friend"! Here are some of the comments the girls thought were important to be that "good friend"!
Malia..."I would give hugs"
Smith..."I would play nicely with someone"
Eden..."ask someone to play in the blocks"
London..."share in the legos"
Rease..."play nicely with someone"
Olivia Mae..."I would give hugs and kisses"
Grace..."ask someone in a nice way to play with you"
Lele..."help someone on the playground if they get hurt"
Ari..."help Marley up the stairs"
Evan..."help Rease go down the slide"
Annie..."help someone clean up"
We are expressing our emotions in play dough.
Story telling - focusing on the differences in people.
Special classes are a wonderful enrichment to our Pre-k program and the girls absolutely love the time they get to spend with each teacher. These teachers do a wonderful job of including vocabulary, stories, songs, and music to support all that we are dong with the girls in the classroom. In music, the girls play instruments to accompany a song, listen and follow hand and body movements, and are always learning new songs about classroom studies and holidays. In Chinese and Spanish class they are learning colors, numbers, and lots of vocabulary which includes much of the same vocabulary we are introducing and using in our current study. In movement, the girls experience lots of gross motor development with all sorts of fun activities from basketball to obstacle courses requiring lots of skill and following rules as they play around the gym. We have even incorporated number recognition as we have run relays! We are so appreciative of Leandria Smith(music), Kenna Chelsoi(Spanish), Lynn Tian(Chinese), and Kelly Parsons(movement/PE. for their hard work and attention to details as they teach the girls so many wonderful things at such a young age. Thank you ladies! As always, Chinese and Spanish vocabulary are part of the Early Childhood website each week so that you are able to follow along with what is current in the classroom.
We thank everyone for the sweet Valentine treats and for remembering each of our birthdays this month. We appreciate each family, and the girls were so excited, as we were, to celebrate our birthdays with our sweet class!
The girls are so excited about all of our Valentine activities! They have been so busy making valentine cards for their friends in the card center, finding their friend's names, decorating and creating a card for a friend and then delivering the card to their cubbie. They have been engaged in decorating their own valentine bags to give and receive valentines on Thursday after the Valentines party. They have made heart bracelets while creating a three part pattern. There have been lots of new puzzles put on the shelves about family and the many things families share and do together. Finally, we continue to work with rhyming as part of our phonics program, one to one correspondence of numbers 1-10 and recognition of the letter "V' as we decorated the letter "V' using tissue paper for Valentines day. Story Workshop is ongoing and the girls are creating wonderful stories using their creativity, imagination and thinking skills.
Letter V Recognition
Working Difficult Puzzles
3 Part Patterns and Small Motor Control
Our Valentine party was a great success. We iced heart cookies, played alphabet bingo with candy hearts and were mail girls to deliver our Valentine. Enjoy the pictures of the girls at work and the slide show of our party..
Happy Valentines's Day and extra hugs and kisses to our sweet girls!
Happy Groundhog's Day
The girls have learned some new vocabulary words about the groundhog. Ask your girls what hibernate means, what a burrow is and also what is a legend.
This week we have asked the girls to draw and paint something of their choice while we continue to model the way shapes can be used to create just about anything they want to draw! We provided different painting and drawing materials to create their individual paintings and drawings including paint, watercolors, pens, and oil pastel crayons. The girls are becoming more confident in their drawings at centers, the easel and in their journals.It is a process we continue to explore and teach daily. Enjoy some of these wonderful pictures in the following slideshow!
-explores shapes of objects and uses them to create pictures
-explores different mediums used in drawing; pens, pencils, paint, watercolors, oil pastels, and crayons.
-holds drawing materials and paint brushes correctly
-uses a variety of art materials for meaningful art experiences
-responds to artistic creations