Christmas is a perfect time of year to introduce our Pre-k study of our five senses. The smell of our Christmas tree, the tasting of delicious holiday cookies, hearing the sound of jingle bells ringing and beautiful Christmas music, touching and feeling the prickly Christmas tree, the sticky candy cane or our soft, cuddly Christmas stuffed animals, all make our senses come alive during this holiday time. This week the girls have enjoyed exploring our senses and how they tell us what is going on in our world at every moment of each day. They are connecting that what they don't see they can hear, what they don't see cooking they can smell, and their sense of touch gives then a very clear sensation as to how something feels. as one student said,"if we did'nt have our sense of taste, everything would taste the same"! When another classmate picked up a pine cone she said,"this is so pricky'! With our senses, we all learn and discover the world around us. Next week, our study will continue with more discovery about our sense of smell and taste as we create a gingerbread girls, taste gingerbread cookies, and play with gingerbread playdough!
Skills worked on this week include;:
-Fine motor/painting Christmas trees, Christmas cutting
-Decorating Christmas stockings/ Math/1-1correspondence of numbers 6-10
- Christmas playdough/fine motor/rolling and cutting Christmas cookies
-Creating Christmas trees/fine motor/cuting, gluing, and using sequins to create trees
Math/Christmas tree number recognition numbers 1-10
Dramatic Play/Christmas kitchen
Journal writing/practice writing our names, drawing and dictating a story that tells about their picture.
We are busy little elves enjoying the fun and magic of Christmas! Don't you wish you were three and four again?? Enjoy the pictures of the girls engaged in many fun activities while also suporting progress in academic skills.
It was great having our grandparents here at school today and we appreciate them coming so much. Have a great Thanksgiving!
.The girls are enjoying the many activities of the fall and all the fun activities that can be done with all the natural materials we gathered on our nature walk. We have patterned, sorted and made our "Thankful Trees'. We have discussed and shared with the girls how the first Thanksgiving was a true celebration of food and friendship that has been honored and celebrated for many, many years. The traditions and blessings we feel and celebrate are important to understand and teach in a very simple way at their age and for them to have an understanding of the many blessings we share each and every day. The girls named many things they were thankful for and we have shared these, knowing you will be very proud of their sweet responses. We have also included some pictures of practicing skills including sorting and creating two part patterns using natural materials and creating our "Thankful Trees" with sticks, clay and tissue as a reminder of our blessings. Lastly, we were thankful for the 5th and 6th grade girls coming to make some hand turkeys with the girls. Whether a Pre-k girl or a middle school student, they all enjoyed working together on this fun project! We even enjoyed fresh sweet potatoes from the farm at lunch from Mrs. Riddle and a Thanksgiving story read by Mrs. Thomas at our library time. We had a very "thankful" week!
We wish each and every family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving,and special time spent with family and friends. We are most thankful for each and every family in our classroom this year. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
Colllecting and sorting materials, two part patterns
Painting our tree trunk
Our finished trees
Making our "Thankful Trees"
Mrs. Thomas, our librarian, reading a Thanksgiving story.
Mrs. Riddle, our farmer, serving our girls food from the farm during our lunch. They enjoyed sweet potatoes and salad.
Fifth and six grade girls drawing with our class
More fun with the "big" girls
What a fun morning as we watched these sweet girls interact with their favorite guys! There is nothing sweeter than seeing how much these girls love their dads and it is a treat for all of us to have this special time that we can share with these great daddies! These relationships will forever influence who these girls become and we thank each and every dad for coming to school this morning. Please enjoy the slide show as you see how special this time was. Thank you dads for making our day!!!!
SKILLS THAT WE WORKED ON DURING CENTERS
Fine motor practice
Observational drawings and small motor skills