Each week that goes by brings new, fun activities for the girls and we just love their excitement for all that we do! This week, the fifth grade girls wanted to share many fun things they had planned for our class. As part of their curriculum, the girls are asked to plan a special time for interacting with the younger students. These "Student Directed Activities" are a total responsibility of a small group of girls who plan, gather materials, and execute a planned session of fun, games, crafts, snacks and just "taking care" of our little girls. Independent of teacher direction, the Middle School girls follow a format to create creativity and responsibility for following through with this project. Our girls had a great time with the "big girls", and we thought the fifth graders exhibited strong organizational skills in their planning of this time with our class. We love to support cross division activities whenever possible in order to create a "Hutchison Family Feeling" throughout our campus. We also have included skills we continue to work on and some really great pictures from our EC picnic last Thursday. For those that could attend, we loved sharing this fun event with our families. Please enjoy these pictures of the girls working Very Hard and a slide show of them also playing Very Hard at the school picnic!
As we end this quarter, it is with gratitude that we have been able to teach each little girl this quarter. We wish each family a happy and restful Fall Break as we look forward to our next quarter with these sweet girls.
Early Childhood Picnic
We are working hard to recognize our shapes,and learning that, through shapes, we can draw pictures of many things. The girls continue to build fine motor skills, and we see their cutting and tracing skills grow stronger and stronger. We also continue to work consistently with recognition of letters in their names and recognizing the names of friends. I-pads have been lots of fun this week as we work with number recognition. The girls are "growing" in every way!
Square recognition with tracing
Number recognition and one to one correspondence
Making squares with staight lines
Number and shape recognition
Cutting and glueing shapes to make a picture
Letters in their name recognition
This week we are celebrating International Dot Day! Our "Dot Celebration" is based on the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. The Dot tells the story of a caring teacher who reaches a reluctant student in a remarkably creative way. The teacher dares a very resistant Vashti to "make her mark." Vashti's encouragement begins with simply drawing a simple dot on a piece of paper. As her confidence in her art ability builds, Vashti sets off on a journey of self-discovery, letting her creativity bloom and, ultimately, inspiring others. The girls have loved all the "Dot" activities while learning that they also are creative as we continue to encourage their confidence and "I can do it" attitudes. It has been a delightful week of fun, and we are so glad that our parents also helped us to "make our mark" as we grow and learn all that we are capable of in the classroom. We too, are inspired by their love of learning and continued enthusiasm of school as our year continues! Enjoy the following pictures of the activities and skills that supported our study of The Dot!
Creative dot pictures-
"Making Our Mark " with our parents -
Do I paint inside or outside my dot?
Number recognition and one to one correspondence with dots -
Writing the first letter of our name with dots -
Easel drawing with dots -
Drawing to blend colors -
Blending colors on the dot-
The girls love playing in the creative areas of the classroom where they can create some wonderful stories through their amazing imaginations. Here are some conversations and pictures of the girls as they play together and "build" stories that we can capture as we listen to the delightful conversations they are having with each other. The lego table and the doll house were great examples of their creative thought processing and so much fun to observe.
-Working together collaboratively
-Sharing background information
-Creativity with telling a story
Doll House Play
Smith:"Come on Evan, let's play in the doll house"! These are sisters playing together.They are having a Princess party! At the party they are sliding off the roof. "
Evan: "The dad is playing golf today so he is taking a nap.My family is playing at the party"!
Rease:"The dog is jumping off the roof to go downstairs."
Evan:"My family is dancing in the bedroom."
Smith:"It is time to get up and dance."
Evan: "It is time to go out in the yard and dance. We are having a great party"!
The Lego Table
Lele: My girl is flying and riding the horse. I'm putting my horse inside the fence.Do you want to ride with me"?
Grace:"My giraffe is leading the parade."
Lele:"My kitty is really high on the building."
Grace:"Now the man is riding behind the train."
Lele:"Can my man get on the train"?
Grace: "Here we go"!
The girls have had a great week! We continue to reinforce skills of cutting, gluing, letter formation using long and short lines and curved lines, and class discussions pertaining to routines, both day and night.
Fun times together!
The girls continue to explore the room while learning and practicing new skills. The following pictures include the Pre-K skills we are currently working on.
Sorting by color-
Fine motor - cutting and gluing straight lines-
Forming first letters of their name-
Counting game - counting dots-
Matching friends name with their pictures-
Smart board letter recognition-
Creative play at the light table-
Fine motor and shape recognition with playdough