Mrs. Burt & Mrs. Clanton
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,
Your girls are so excited about the Christmas season. Our room is being decorated and we are cooking and singing holiday songs. Our centers have been focusing on the skills we have been working on since school started. The girls enjoy center work in our room and are always eager to complete their work. Here are some examples of our centers and the skills that we are developing.
Skills Developing: creativity, painting and small motor practice
Skills Developing: number recognition, counting and one to one correspondence
Skills Developing: two part and three part patterns
Skills Developing: small motor control, recalling information, problem solving and visual discrimination
Skills Developing: creativity, small motor control and painting
skills: design, creativity, collaboration, problem solving and recalling information
Chavah's mother came to read to our class today and shared with the girls their holiday celebration, which is Hannakah. She told us about the Menorah, and the dreidel. Chavah shared with the girls some apple balls that they eat during Hannakah, along with chocolate coins.
We have had a wonderful two weeks talking about pumpkins, Plymouth Rock and all the things we are thankful for. Today was so much fun showing our grandparents all our work and what we like to do at school. We are thankful for a lot and especially for our parents, grandparents and our school. We hope you have a nice holiday with your family and here are some pictures of our day today with out grandparents.
Mrs. Clanton and I are thankful for your girls.
We have been discussing the season of fall and of course pumpkins go with fall. The girls visited the farm earlier and our horticultrist showed the girls where she had planted seeds in the summer for us to have a pumpkin patch this fall. She invited us back often to see the progress the seeds had made. The girls wanted to know how this was going to happen so the focus of our pumpkin project was to investigate how the pumpkins grow. We read the Big Book Growing Pumpkins and began to learn about them.
On our first trip to the pumpkin patch we saw a lot of vines and big green leaves that were all over the garden. Someone noticed that there were beautiful flowers growing in the vines and leaves and with a closer observation we saw that at the end of the flower was a tiny round ball which was going to be a pumpkin.
On our next trip we were so excited to find big pumpkins. Some were green and some were orange. Mrs. Riddle explained that that the green ones were not ripe yet and would not be ready for harvest until they were orange,
We were able or select one green pumpkin and one orange pumpkin to bring back to our class to compare. We cut the tops off each of them and observed the differences. Everyone got to put their hands in and clean out the seeds and we discovered how the green pumpkin was hard to clean out and that the seeds were not very big yet.
We did observational drawings of our pumpkins - first with a pen and then we water colored our work. We all feel we know so much about pumpkins and how they grow.
The girls are so excited about Fall, Halloween and pumpkins. Thanks for sending in pumpkins for us to weigh , measure and sort. We have been making faces in the play dough and matching our tangrams to fall pictures. We turned our dramatic play area into a farmer's market with pumpkins and other fruits and vegetables. They get to select their items and take them to the cash register to check out. We even have a stroller with a baby if you need to bring your baby. We are working on a spider book with numbers that go up to 10, but we know for sure that a spider only has 8 legs.
Here are some pictures of our centers and the work the girls are during at school.
Matching tan gram shapes
Skills: recognizing shapes and colors
fine motor skills
Animals that prepare for fall.
Skills: making connections
reason and logical thinking
We compared and observed the pumpkins we brought.
Skills: making predictions
observations and asking questions
The girls used orange wire to create and they all made pumpkins.
Skills: small motor skills
Our dramatic play center is a Farmer’s Market.
Skills: making connections
positive interaction with classmates
Our tactile table is full of Halloween and fall objects.
Skills: fine motor skills
We made masks out of playdough.
We enjoyed meeting with you during conferences and telling you how great your daughters are. Hope you all have a Happy Halloween!