It has been a great year with your girls. We have enjoyed every minute with them. Here are some pictures of the picnic. Looking forward to our last week with the class!
We are busy reinforcing our skills and renewing our memories of the past year. Here are pictures of the experiences we have been working with this week.
We were using letters to spell words on the magnetic board. Skills used: left to right progression, letter and sound recognition
Skills used: small motor control, copying and left to right progression
Drawing bugs - Skills Used: recalling information, small motor control and creativity
Skills used: creativity, recalling information, making connections and fine motor skills
Working with natural wood products. Skill used: collaboration, problem solving, creativity and inventiveness
Have a great week!
We were so glad to have our moms in the classroom this week and enjoy drawing with your girls. We are also glad you got to attend some of our special classes and see how the girls enjoy Spanish and music. Here are some pictures from that special day.
As our class has been planting flowers and checking on them each day the girls had some questions that we tried to answer this week.
Question Asked: What makes the soil healthy?
How does it get that way?
Many of the girls are familiar with gardening from their experiences with their parents and grandparents at home so they all contributed with remarks such as fertilizer, coffee and spices.This led us to talk about the bugs that like to eat in our gardens and how we prevent bugs from eating everything. This led us to discuss that worms live in the gardens and that they are good because they eat the bugs that eat the plants in our garden. So this week in our tactile center we have worms. The girls have loved watching them and picking them up with the pinchers without SCREAMING. We learned about the parts of the insect and the girls can sing you a cute song about the head, thorax and abdomen.
These are some of the centers we worked in this week and the skills learned-
Observation, creativity, small motor with cutting and glueing
Our flower shop is designing, creativity and sharing.
Our light table is investigating and observation.
Painting our bugs with recall information and small motor skills.
Lego building is a skyscraper with imagination, creativity and collaboration.
Our plants have finally gotten big enough to go in the ground. We found a place on our playground where we could plant them and watch them. We added some dirt and mixed it all in and made our beds. We planted them, watered them and now all we have to do is watch them grow and bloom. The girls did not like to get their hands dirty, but finally decided to "dig in" and then had so much fun.
Here are some of our centers this week that the girls have enjoyed.
Working with clay helps develop our small motor skills and encourages creativity.
Working with wire develops problem solving and critical thinking.
Writing and drawing with pen and ink encourages recalling and observation skills.
The girls have learned so much about flowers and how they affect our environment. After planing our seeds with our farmer we asked questions about what they wanted to know about flowers and plants.
Questions Asked: How does a flowers grow and what makes it grow?
What are the parts of the flower?
How do they help our environment?
We researched the answers and our center work this week reinforced our answers.
Researching our questions-
The girls making and creating their own flowers for our class -
Girls creating their own flowers -
The girls enjoyed learning the songs that they sang for the Music program. Thank you for coming because they were so excited! Here is a slide show of the girls at the program and their families as they returned back to the room.
What a great day we all had here in the Early Childhood Building! The girls loved riding their "wheels" and raising money to help other children. They were so excited the whole day and it was nearly as much fun to cheer our other friends on as they rode as it was to ride ourselves.
The girls had so many questions last week as we planted our seeds and read the book about the colors of the rainbow. They asked:
Where does a seed come from?
What is a bulb?
What is a seedling?
How do you make a rainbow?
Can we make a rainbow?
We have researched on how the rainbow actually is made in the sky and the 7 colors of the rainbow in their order. They can tell you when to look for the rainbow in the sky and when it is there and why it is never there very long. All of our centers this week have been on colors and flowers and even our journal writing was about rainbows. The girls have enjoyed working with the colors and learning the answers to their questions.
Designing the rainbow at the easels -
Skills used: creativity,recalling information, observation and collaboration
Cutting rainbow flowers -
Skill used: small motor control
Researching the answers to our questions about the rainbow -
Journaling about the rainbow -
skills used : recalling information, small motor control with writing and coloring, identifying letters and sounds
Our finished pictures of the rainbow flowers -
Our class enjoyed the Lois Ehlert book "Planting A Rainbow" so much we spoke with our farmer for help to give us an idea for a project. She suggested we wait until this time of the year to plant so the plants would mature enough by May to plant at our farm. The girls of course love rainbows and flowers so they are especially excited about what they can contribute to the farm. Mrs. Riddle, our farmer, invited us to her inside office to plant zinnia seeds. We planted the colors of the rainbow in soil land containers. She has a grow light that we put them under until they mature. The girls plan to check on them each day as we go to lunch and water them. After they mature we plan on planting the plant in the garden at the farm.
Skills Learned During the Beginning of this Project: collaboration
observation of seeds
vocabulary words and meanings
We have many more activities in the weeks to come to reinforce this project. Stay tuned!
Our girls have learned so much about themselves and their family during this study. They enjoyed learning about their friends in the class and how they were different and alike. We have loved hearing about everyone's family and their traditions. It was great to learn about each house and what they enjoy doing in their home.
Skills Developed: observation, recalling and small motor skills in drawing and coloring
Working with clay - Skills developed: creativity, gross motor skills, observation and recalling
Skill Developed: name recognition, fine motor skills with writing
Dramatic play center: role playing, sharing, story telling and collaboration
Easel drawings - Skills developed: small motor in painting, creativity, and recalling
Lego center - Skills developed: collaboration, sharing, building and story telling
We hope you all have a great Spring Break and we will see your girls back on March 20.