Your girls have had a great time celebrating Valentine's and showing love and kindness in many ways. Our centers focused on fine motor skills and imagination. We had a fairy garden and a story table with fun valentine objects. The girls have enjoyed painting and creating with their stories and art work. The following are pictures of our Kindness Tree and what your girls shared about ways to be kind.
Here are some pictures of our Valentine party today and some of our centers we have had fun with.
Happy Valentine's Day To You and Your Family!
We have had so much fun and learned so many facts about the winter season and the characteristics that go with it. We would love for it to snow, but maybe in February or March. We have created winter scenes, made all kinds of snowgirls, and studied the temperature. Your girls know the number 32 to look for on the class thermometer to see if it is going to freeze water or snow. Here are some examples of our centers and all the learning that had been going on.
The girls are using thei recalling skills to create their own snowman. Other skills used are cutting and coloring.
Collecting nature to make our winter scenes.
They are using their creativity and inventiveness along with decision making.
Here we are recognizing numbers and making connections to the numbers.
Here we are examining and evaluating what happens to the ice and how long it takes to melt.
Play dough helps strengthen our fine motor skills.
The girls are using their logical thinking skills to make their picture.
Our winter scene project completed.
Our interests have moved to friends and how to be kind to others and courteous. We are talking about how we are all alike and how we are different and that being different is what makes each of us special. More to come next time.
It was so great to see your girls again after the holidays. The girls enjoyed sharing their experiences and family fun with us. Most of the girls, of course, have seen Frozen 2 and Elsa and Anna have been alive in our class during free choice time.
We began to talk about the winter season and the characteristics of the season. We discussed how our clothes change when it is cold and created some hats, mittens and scarves. Of course, it was warm this week, but we are looking forward to the weatherman's prediction that it will be cold next week. Our centers focused on our benchmarks and the weather. We began our phonics program which is an important step in beginning to read and we are working on rhyming words and ending sounds that sound the same. We even created ourselves dressed for the cold and shared what our New Year's resolution are.
We are working on matching.
The girls built the White House which is 1 of our famous places.
We are working on writing our letters with straight and curved lines using our dry erase boards.
Our tactile table is making hot chocolate and they love it.
We are making Elsa's castle.
We are using one to one correspondence with numbers to 10. I
Painting and writing our name great for fine motor control.
This activity shows creativity and fine motor control.
Here is a slide show of our winter clothes and our New Year’s resolutions.
We have had a wonderful Christmas season in our class. We have enjoyed talking about Santa and what we want him to bring them. We have been cooking gingerbread girls and making gingerbread girls along with reading the many different versions of the book. We have talked about whose birthday it is and what we can do for others. We are trying to learn that it is better to give to others than to get lots of things for ourselves. We thanked our lunchroom helpers with gingerbread girls when we went to lunch one day and we made beaded candy canes to share with our JK neighbors. We made cereal bird feeders to hang on the tree on our playground for the birds to eat. We had more fun each day. Here are some pictures of our activities.
Here is a slide show of us during this holiday season. We love your girls and hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and we will look forward to seeing you in 2020. Thank you for all the gifts and thoughts that you and your family has shared with us during this season.
We hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving and we were so glad to see all our girls back. Grandparent's Day was a success and it was nice to see everyone and thanks for sharing your granddaughters with us.
We are beginning to get ready for Christmas in our class and needless to say the girls are so excited. Through our holiday oriented centers, the girls are learning so much academically, physically, as well as socially. Here are some pictures of our activities.
Decorating the tree was more fun.
We even used scoops in movement to scoop snow.
In Chinese the girls are learning winter words such as hat, scarf and mittens and acting out how to put them on.
The girls are sponge painting their candy canes.
We are working on number and letter recognition, writing our names, patterning, counting to 30 and creating our own art work. Enjoy your holiday season with your daughter.
So thankful for our grandparents!
When the weather started to turn cooler our girls had so many questions about the weather and the trees and why this happens. We read books and researched on our smart board the characteristics of the fall season. The big words that your girls know are oxygen or gas and chlorophyll. When the leaves started to fall we had more fun walking through them and watching them fall in the breeze, especially on our walks to the lunchroom. We took a nature walk, painted trees with leaves, did leaf rubbings, sorted leaves, tore up paper to make trees and leaves. Your girls know why the leaves fall!
One of our nature walks----
Sorting leaves by size color and shape-----
Creating a picture with our collected leaves-----
Using our small motor to tear the trees and leaves-----
I have told all the girls to rake leaves and jump into them when they are in a pile. We read a book about jumping into piles of leaves. Have fun!
Our girls have been reading books about markets that you go to to buy food and became interested in what else you do at a farmer's market. Many of the girls had been with their parents to select a pumpkin or to select food for their home. They wondered if we could make our own market. Our first step was to draw, color and cut out what we would like to see at a market. We used this as a backdrop for our room's market.
Our next step was to interview each girl on what they wanted to shop for at the market and these are their responses:
I want to buy corn and apples.
I like to go because I like food, especially oranges and pumpkins.
I like to go to the market because it has "super many" foods.
I like to go to buy beets because we drink the juice.
I like to go to the market to play with friends and buy bananas and apples.
I like to go to buy pumpkin for pumpkin pie.
I have never been to a market before but would like to buy food.
I want to buy pumpkins for our porch.
I like to go to the market wheln we need carrots.
Our next step was to make food out of clay and paint it for our market. We have used all the foods you sent from home also .
The girls had the most fun with the cash register and writing tickets and exchanging money for the items they sold. We learned about all the different vegetables and fruits that were in our market and how they were grown before they came to us.
Thanks to everyone who shared with us to make our market fun and teachable.!
Here are our girls as they came into the class this morning. They were all so happy and excited about the day. HAPPY HALLOWEEN to all!
As you know we have been learning about straight lines, curved lines and shapes and how to create with them. One of our songs is about a Hutchison girl and it helps us learn to draw ourselves. The girls can sing the song for you and tell you all the parts. Below are the pictures each girl made with her shapes and lines.
This activity not only showed our creativity it taught us relationship skills and reasonable thinking. The girls are really excited about fall and Halloween. They want to make a farmer's market next week that will be like some of the ones in the books we have been reading about. So more to come on pumpkins, leaves and Halloween.
We are so excited about the new and wonderful improvements to our farm, thanks to John and Katherine Dobbs. Not only is it so attractive, but it is more useful and accessible to our girls. I hope you have seen it on the Memphis news. Please drop by at any time and come have a look. Our class got to go out to the farm last week and we planted carrot seeds. We had a lesson on the different kinds of carrots and each girl selected the color carrot they thought they would like the best. Of course we got to dig in the dirt and plant our seeds. Now we are going to visit our carrots to watch them grow and mature. They should be ready for harvesting in November or December.
Pictures From Our Farm Visit:
Skills used during our farm visit:
reason and logical thinking
comparing and contrasting
We are so lucky to have this farm on our campus for our use .
We have had the most fun learning about dots and making our mark. All of our activities have encouraged our girls to have self confidence and to be creative in all their work and play. We have developed an appreciation for others and have respect and compassion for our classmates.
Our center work has helped us develop many skills. We were able to express our ideas and make decisions about our own work. Other skills we used in our centers were:
fine motor skills
number and letter recognition
1 to 1 correspondence
classifying and sorting objects
These pictures are examples of what we have been doing in our class during the Dot Day study. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did with them. Have a great weekend with your daughter!