Mrs. Burt & Mrs. Clanton
Our study of bugs has made us love bugs instead of being scared of them. The girls have learned so many facts about bugs that they can share with you. Here are some questions for you to ask them :
How many legs does a bug have?
Do they all fly and how do they hide their wings?
Which bugs do you see more of at night, which in the daytime?
What are the parts of a bug?
What do bugs eat and where do they live?
Here are the pictures of the bugs they made and the dictation about them.
Here are some pictures of our centers where we have learned many of the facts about bugs.
This was a giant floor puzzle that was very challenging. It took us 3 days to complete it. Skills used: co-operation, hand eye coordination and small motor control
We are observing our caterpillars that have turned into a chrysalis and butterflies soon.
EVERYONE LOOK FOR BUGS!
We had so much fun finally getting to plant our zinnias in our own flower bed on the playground. We will now be able to see them bloom and to make a rainbow. Now that they are on our playground we will be able to observe and take care of them ourselves. Mrs. Riddle, our farmer brought over a second grade class to help the girls plant. It was especially exciting because some of our sisters were in the group. We have planted with one tiny seed, observed weekly under the grow light and watered regularly. They grew to about 5 inches and then we planted them in the ground. We use the words roots, stem, leaves and blooms often. Here are pictures of this project.
We are now learning about bugs and their characteristics, along with identifying bugs. More to come - new words are head, thorax and abdomen just in case you hear them singing.
Our class has been so excited about the Trike A Thon the past few days. We have discussed safety rules for school and home along with the rules for riding a bike or scooter. The girls have learned about St. Jude and the good things it does in our city to help children. We know how lucky we are that we are not sick, but have such tender feelings for those who are and have to be patients at St. Jude. Your girls were so excited to be a part of raising money to help kids. Thank you for your support both financially and coming to cheer them on. It is always a fun day for us here at school. Here are some pictures and a slide show from that day. We raised over $11,000 with pledges still coming in.
Our girls came back from Spring Break ready for Spring. They wanted warm weather immediately, which has taken a while. We began to talk about signs of Spring and all the plants, trees and flowers that begin to bloom. The girls wanted to plant flowers on our playground so we could see them when we were outside. We read Lois Ehlert's book Planting a Rainbow. Our farmer, Mrs. Riddle invited us to her classroom to plant zinnia seeds in the colors of the rainbow. The girls enjoyed getting their fingers in the dirt and planting the seed. On our way to lunch this week we went to check on the seeds and we were so surprised that they had sprouted and were out of the dirt about an inch. We plan to watch them grow each week until Mrs. Riddle tells us they are ready to go into the ground outside. Here is a slide show of our activities while planting and watering our seeds.
These are the centers that have enhanced our studies of plants and flowers. The skills developed are: cutting, creative expression, observation and small motor with paint and coloring. New vocabulary words are roots, stem, leaves and petals.
Constructive play is an important part of the PK environment. The girls learn to problem solve on what will and what won't work. They actually develop geometry skills such as gravity and balance. Our girls enjoy building in many different ways and with different objects. Here are some pictures of our class building in their centers.
Skills developed in this center: storytelling, co-operation, creativity, community awareness and hand-eye co-ordination
Skills developed in this center: flexible thinking skills, story telling and sense of accomplishment
Skills developed in these centers: physical skills, fine and gross motor skills, taking turns and sharing, development of vocabulary words, becoming self reliant and solving a puzzle
As you know we have been talking about our feelings and how we are alike and different. These are our face projects that the girls made to look like themselves. See if you can identify your daughter.
We hope you all have a safe and pleasant Spring Break! We cannot wait to enjoy spending time with them for the rest of this school year!
Our special classes are an important part of our curriculum in PK. They focus on following what we are studying in our classes and enhance the activities to make for a more meaningful experience for the girls. This week our movement class with Mrs. Parsons had an obstacle course for our girls. Not only was it a challenge, but it was FUN. Large and small motor control is an important of development in PK and we know it develops differently with the girls. Here is a slide show of their movement class this week.
Our class has extended it study of Valentine caring for each other into our emotions and feelings with our families and friends. We are learning how to express our feelings with others with vocabulary words. Our centers reflect our ways to see our differences and similarities. More to come on our emotions and feelings next time!
Our class ended the month of January with an experiment to see how cold it would have to be for it to snow and for the rain to freeze. We put jars of water out last Tuesday and in the morning when we went to check it and it had not frozen. We investigated what temperature it had to be to freeze and put the jars out again Wednesday and on Thursday morning they were frozen solid. We brought them in and all day long stuck our hand in the jar to see if it was melting. We collected information through observation. Your girls know that it has to be 32 degrees outside for the snow and ice to stick. They are now very conscious of the temperature because, of course, they want snow.
We continue to work with patterns and have the girls repeat their pattern. Repeating colors and manipulatives may be challenging and difficult to verbalize.
Our dramatic play center was turned into a Valentine bakery. The girls love to cook and eat their food. This encourages positive social interaction and language development.
Our creativity is expressed in our story telling center. The girls express themselves with their stories that have a beginning , middle and end.
We are learning how to be good friends and are sending cards that the girls create and write messages to each other. This activity emphasizes letter recognition and reading readiness along with awareness of print, as well as, social and emotional interactions along with left to right progression.
This math center is focused on counting in sequence, identifying numbers, and number placement.
Our Valentine box encourages creativity and expressing ideas.
The writing center encourages number recognition and exercises our fine motor skills.
We are recognizing the numbers and counting to show one to one correspondence.
We enjoyed meeting with you last week and to share the good news about your daughter's progress. We are eagerly looking forward to Valentine's Day in our classroom. Have a great weekend!
Our girls love to go to their special classes each week. The classes reinforce the skills that we are learning in the classroom. Our Everyday Math Program is focusing on the position words and how we can best understand them. Learning position words is developing oral language. They are contextual and often challenging for young children. Position words are best learned in context and in practice with fun activities. Here are the videos of the music classes this week.
These are great examples of our girls learning backwards, sideways, up, down, forward and round and round. You too can have fun with your daughter by using these math words at home.
Our girls came back to school after Christmas looking for snow because they knew it was now winter and they knew that snow comes with winter. So we decided to turn our room into a winter wonderland and to focus on winter art, winter stories and winter animals. Here are pictures of our centers and the skills that we are developing with them.
Skills Developed: making connections and social interactions
Skills Developed: fine, motor skills, creative expression and decision making
Skills Developed: awareness of print, making predictions and recalling information
Skills Developed: making patterns and recalling information
Skills Developed: fine motor skills, letter recognition
Skills Developed: fine motor skills, making connections and creativity and inventiveness
Skills Developed: reading readiness, left to right progression, letter recognition
Thank you so much for sharing your girls with us. We have had a great one half a year. Thank you for the many gifts and thoughts. We hope you have a wonderful holiday and enjoy your families. Merry Christmas,