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..