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!
We have had so much fun learning about shapes, straight lines, curved lines and letters the past few days. We also are beginning to learn about dots in anticipation of National Dot Day on September 17. The girls are learning what they can create with just one dot. Here are some pictures of our centers and what we learn while we are working in them.
The girls are learning about straight lines and curved lines and the letters they can make with them.
Skills : letter recognition and relationship skills
We were being creative and using only 1 dot to make a picture.
Skills:expression and motor skills
In this center we used dots to count.
Skills: decision making, one to one correspondence and number recognition
In this center we worked with playdough and dots.
Skills: creativity and fine motor development
This center was to color either inside out of the dot or outside of the dot, whichever they chose.
Skills:relationship skills, shapes, fine motor skills and creativity
We are enjoying your daughters each day. They are all making friends and learning the other girls names. We work on sharing and listening skills each day along with being a good friend. Enjoy your weekend and ask your daughters what they have enjoyed the most about our first weeks of school.
We have had 5 great days with your girls. We have met our library teacher, our movement teacher, our Spanish teacher, our creative drama teacher and our Chinese teacher. The girls have walked to the lunchroom and have enjoyed eating with the big girls. We have been on our playground, even though it is very hot. Your girls have enjoyed our centers in the room and are learning how to share and be a friend to everyone. We are learning everyone"s name and about ourselves. Here are some pictures of your girls during the day. Have a great weekend and enjoy your girls.
Here are some pictures of our girls during the day.