The month of February will take us to a study of the love we have for our families, homes, and ourselves! We will look forward to great discussions about how we are alike , how we are different, and developing an awareness for what it means to be a great friend. We will compare our families and homes in all kinds of ways to see just how different and alike our families and homes are. We are excited about this study that creates a special feeling for each little girl and how unique she is in this world.
With our "dusting of snow"on Friday,the girls returned to school talking, with excitement, about their snow experiences. We made some "real"snow for the tactile table and the girls are having fun creating winter scenes and stories. One of the activities they enjoyed the most were having snowball fights with their families; so, we decided to create snowballs in the classroom too!We spread the clay on our table and each girl made a round snowball (using lots of fine motor practice! )We then painted each snowball with white paint and covered them with a glitter that sparkles like real snow. We will hang them in the windows along with our watercolor winter trees and feel like we are in the middle of a beautiful winter wonderland,We love our "snowy look" and the feel of winter.Of course, we cant have winter without wearing warm mittens. Our "M"activity helped us learn about "pairs" of things and we painted mittens and traced the letter "M" to reinforce recognition and sound of the letter. The letter "H" is also reviewed this week as we made a sign telling us where a hospital would be located,
Our Benchmark Phonics program continues each week helping the girls to recognize and hear rhyme. The activities are fun, and we hope you are enjoying the activities we are including in their yellow folders for support in the literacy skills we are working on in the classroom.. In journal writing we are working with sight words it,and, the, and is. Sight words are part of our daily "morning message" to the class and the girls are beginning to incorporate these words when writing in their journals. The girls writing of their names and the work we are seeing in their journal writing continues to develop as the girls gain maturity and development in their writing skills.
When returning to school after the holidays, the girls observed many things about how the weather had turned cold, the leaves were no longer on the trees, and that many trees on our campus were still green. These trees, we answered, were called evergreens and would remain green all year long. They asked to do another drawing of a winter tree to add to our seasonal tree in the hall. On our walk to lunch one day we took along magnifying glasses to closely examine a winter tree to make observations in order to watercolor these trees when we returned to the classroom. When asked the question "what might we see on these trees when the temperature gets really cold?", they responded "snow". So using cotton, our fine motor skills continued to develop as we tore and glued cotton to create our winter trees to add to our seasonal tree in our hallway.
Our seasonal exploration continued with a wonderful conversation about the season of winter. The girls were asked the following questions:
-What are some observations you are noticing about the temperature outside? Is it cold or warm?
-How do the clothes we wear change with winter weather?
-What are some activities we might do in the winter season?
With these questions in mind the girls responded that we must dress to stay warm, and that we could build a snowman if it snowed! They also commented that if the lake froze like an ice cube, we could go ice skating on the Hutchison lake! This conversation led to creating our winter scene of snowman and skaters gliding across the lake.
Creating individual snowmen was lots of fun after discussing that this would be an activity that could only happen in the winter. The girls were asked to create their own snowmen given lots of different materials to choose from to complete their snowmen with faces, and warm winter scarves and hats.
-Fine motor, drawing and cutting
They were also very excited about creating their ice skaters; choosing the colors, tracing and cutting each individual part, and, using oil pastels, they drew each individual face, calling attention to the details of their face including eye color, eyebrows, mouth, noses, and matching the color of their hair. The skaters were then glittered and decorated to complete this winter activity. The skaters were certainly dressed for the cold weather with warm sweaters and earmuffs!
-Fine motor; drawing and tracing, cutting
-Observation and awareness of a winter activity
We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break! We were very excited to see the girls this week and continue our Pre-K themes and skills. We look forward to our winter activities, including our observation of seasonal change. Our tree will take on a winter look as we work on snowmen and other winter related centers and exploration during the next few weeks. We will also incorporate a study of how we travel from place to place on land, water, and the air. The signs we see all around us and the importance they play in our every day lives will also be a part of this study. The skills we continue to work on this quarter are one to one correspondence of numbers 6-10, three part patterns, number recognition, fine motor, and sequencing an activity in order from beginning to end. Literacy, including journals, creative storytelling, and letter recognition will also be emphasized. in more depth this second semester. The girls have come in "ready to go" and we are excited about all the enthusiasm they are exhibiting. As we get started, please enjoy seeing some pictures of our centers and activities for this week.
3 part pattern
One to one correspondence and number recognition