It has been a great year in our class. The girls are wonderful, the parents have been great and the girls are ready for JK. Hope you have a great summer and I will see some of you at camp and the others next August.
We had a great end of the year party in PK. Thank you to all the moms, dads and grandmoms that came. We shared our year's work in a portfolio that the girls had made and were so eager to share with their family. Our class video was a moving picture of the year that brought some of us to tears and the girls loved it. Even though it was hot we all enjoyed picnicking on the the playground and wearing our sunglasses and blowing bubbles. It has been a great year for us with your girls. It has been a special class and we have appreciated all the support we have received from the parents this year .
We have talked about many cycles of living things these past few weeks. While talking about the cycles of plant growth, lady bugs,and butterflies, we have had the wonderful support of great stories through author Eric Carle. :"The Tiny Seed", "The Grouchy Ladybug", and "The very Hungry Caterpillar" have brought to life the life cycles of all these things. The girls have done some tissue paper art much in the same style of Eric Carle, planted seeds, and, this past week, enjoyed many centers and activities about the life cycle of butterflies. We have also read many other Eric Carle books for enjoyment. This week we are busy preparing something very special for our moms who mean the world to us!! Enjoy the pictures.
Skills worked on:
-Three part patterns
-Life cycles of living things
-Fine motor/cutting, painting, playdough
-Creating art through various mediums
-One to one correspondence of numbers 6-10
-Letter and number recognition
-Counting to 30
After the Lower school girls cheered us on during our Trike-A- Thon event last week they invited each Pre-K class to the Innovation Lab to participate in a project they had been doing on scooters! The girls got to first see a presentation on the smartboard with the 4th graders and Mrs. Stover. Then they joined the girls in small groups at the dry erase tables to draw their own scooters.. The big girls then used their computers to send the creations to the 3-D printer which actually printed the scooters out in plastic form piece by piece. The Pre-K girls then had to figure out how to connect all the individual parts together to form the scooter. It was amazing to watch this process and the girls were so engaged and excited. We even got to bring the plastic scooters back to the classroom and they took them apart and put them back together more times than we could count! It was a great introduction to what lies ahead in creativity for these girls and a great technology and early engineering activity. We can't wait to visit again!! Enjoy the pictures!
,The girls did a wonderful job today participating in our annual Trike-A-Thon event! We have been discussing the event and the reason it was so special to the children at St. Jude hospital for the last few weeks in chapel and the classroom. They have been so excited about bringing their bicycles, tricycles,and scooters to school for the fun of riding with their friends, and for the sick children at St. Jude. They understand that the money will help purchase new toys, books, and, most importantly,provide medicine and research for these children to get well. We even had snow cones on the playground after lunch for a job well done! Serving our community can never be instilled to early. We are very proud of the girls and appreciate all the support as parents each of you have shown. Please enjoy the slideshow and look for more pictures and details on the Hutchison Facebook page.
The Pre-Kindergarten Bee Project was a very successful venture for our students. They learned about recycling, sustainability, and the process of gardening. In addition, they worked collaboratively to create an object to depict our theme. This project was unique to Hutchison because we are known as the “Honeybees” throughout the Memphis community. The availability of our garden and farm located on our campus is another unique aspect of our project. Our horticulturist, Meggan Meakin, has guided us with an informational talk and video about bee pollination, the creation of honey, and the planting of biodegradable milk cartons for the garden. The girls learned that planting in these cartons, collected from our dining hall, could be an example of recycling and repurposing materials. The girls loved the idea of providing flowers for pollination and nectar to create honey in our bee hive at the farm. The project they chose to create was a “giant bee” to use additional milk cartons to learn STEM skills of measuring, estimating, and counting the number of cartons they would need. They made plans to collect the cartons, to construct the project, and to produce a video documenting our project. Finally, the girls actively planted the flowers in the garden space and determined the materials needed in order to produce healthy, vibrant flowers for the bees.
Recycling of everyday materials taught valuable lessons in sustainability of our earth while repurposing containers we use every day. This process and project also encouraged the importance of recycling in their homes while eating and drinking healthy and nutritious foods and beverages.
While still continuing our recycling project introduced in our blog last week, the girls are learning about cycles that are happening this time of year. Planting seeds begins the life cycle of growing flowers, and this study continues this week with our many centers and stories supporting this particular topic. Author Eric Carle's wonderful story about The Tiny Seed gave us a great look into the life cycle of a sunflower seed and, at the end of the story, the cycle starts all over again! It is a wonderful story about life cycles and the girls loved hearing the story and watching the story on the smart board. We will soon plant sunflower seeds and watch them grow. We will also learn about other cycles that make us know the wonderful season of Spring is here! Please view the slide show to view our centers this week.
Skills this week:
-Recognition of letters
-Recognition of numbers 1-10
-Three part patterns
-Creativity/ painting tissue to create Eric Carle's The Tiny seed
-Fine motor/journal writing, painting and creating sunflowers using tape
-"Building sunflowers/sequencing and labeling the parts of a flower and word recognition of the individual parts of a flower, fine motor, cutting
-Dramatic play/ "The Flower Shop"
Pre-K has started a wonderful project and study that focuses on taking care of our environment by recycling materials for different purposes. "Recycling" has been a big word we have been discussing, and the girls are grasping the meaning of recycling with good understanding. In conjunction with Evergreen Packaging, a company that manufactures milk and juice cartons used in 90% of the nation's schools, our project has taken off! Evergreen Packaging is the sponsor of two school related programs that help support sustainability, education, and healthy habits of our nation's youth. We will be a part of what is called the Carton Two Garden project. The girls have chosen to collect their milk cartons from lunch each day and plant flower seeds in the cartons to later plant at the Hutchison farm this spring. Carton and all will be planted as an example of using a product designed for one purpose and recycling for another purpose. We will later add a second activity to this study called Made by Milk. In this part of the project the girls will brainstorm, collaborate, and design something that can be constructed using additional milk cartons.
Both of these programs are really engaging for the girls and the Stem-based lessons and learning will be invaluable. Meegan Meakin, our farm Horticulturist, has met and talked to the girls and has guided them in the initial planting process, while discussing recycling and planting in relation to the Hutchison farm. We are definitely recycling with a purpose! We will keep you posted through the blog as our project continues.
We wish each family a wonderful holiday weekend. Happy Easter from 14 of the sweetest bunnies we know!!
Your little bunnies are ready for Easter!
The girls are enjoying all the new Spring centers this week! They are happy, learning, and glad to be back in school after our break. The following skills continue to be supported:
-One to one correspondence of numbers six through ten
-Fine motor/cutting, coloring, painting, placement of ornaments on trees,journal writing
-Dramatic play/ "The Flower Shop"
-Sight words it, is, my, I
-Number recognition one through ten
-Three part patterns
The girls have been working hard to discern and distinguish the ways they look alike and the ways they look different. They continue to realize that they are each very unique individuals. While working on painting and drawing themselves, the girls have been asked to describe themselves as they are drawing. After painting themselves they were then asked to tell a story about the painting. As they were dictating a story, we recorded some very descriptive and fun imaginative thoughts and ideas. Story telling encourages creativity at its best! We have included a few of each activity for you to enjoy. We have also been busy creating ourselves using clay and wire. The girls then got to paint the clay pieces they had created, again paying close attention to the details of their own individual looks. They even chose a dress to finish the "look" of their own special "ME" creations.
Friendship and how to be a good friend have been special points of conversation through this study and the girls are developing a great awareness for showing kindness to their friends as we continue to have these conversations. This week we will be creating a "Family Tree" and comparing our individual families. Graphing our families will be an activity we will also be working with as a math activity.
Skills continued to be worked on:
-Fine motor/drawing, painting, playdough, working with clay
-One to one correspondence, numbers six through ten
-Recognition of letters and numbers 1-10
-Sorting by objects
-Literacy/journal writing, left to right progression, recognition of sight words it, is, and, the
reading the Morning Message, following print, letter formation in name writing and journal entries.
We had a special visit from Dr. LaLa Adams who practices dentistry. She taught the girls the proper way to brush their teeth and the importance of it. She also discussed the "healthy foods" and how they help prevent tooth decay. The girls were delighted to get a treasure from the Treasure Box and a toothbrush. Thanks to Dr. Adams!
We can't believe that we are heading into the last quarter of our year. The girls have grown in so many ways, and it is amazing to see the development and maturity each has experienced since August. We wish everyone a restful, fun, and happy Spring break. Relax and enjoy your sweet girls, whether traveling or just having a little "down" time at home!