",,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!
The girls continue to love comparing themselves and we are now talking about how special our families are as we begin to compare our families and paint the homes we live in. We are still reinforcing Pre-k skills by painting, creating faces, playing rhyming games, working hard in our journals, and working with our i-pads to help us with letter and number recognition. Enjoy the pictures and specific skills we have included in this week's learning.
Storytelling at the light table
Story telling with characters
I pad work with letter recognition