I learned how to draw a fish. Make a big circle first then the tail. Add fins and eyes and kissy lips.
I learned that bugs have an abdomen, a thorax, and antennae, and they have 6 legs.
I can write my name now.
I didn't know how to draw a person and now I do!
I learned how to be nice to a friend - you should share and be nice even if they aren't nice.
I loved the farm. I know plants need water, sun, and soil so they'll grow.
I learned how to cross the whole monkey bars. I had to grab the other pole and keep going. It was really hard and sweaty!
I learned how to pull the carrots out when we were picking them at the farm. You have to wiggle, wiggle the leaves, and pull!
I learned how to draw a caterpillar.
I learned to throw the ball in the gym with Mrs. Parsons!
When I put the apple in the water, it went down and then up.
I love the song, "What are you wearing? " That's my favorite!
My favorite job is being the line leader!
What a wonderful year it has been! The girls have learned so much and grown up so much! We are thankful for the time we have had with them...and getting to know YOU! Best wishes for a safe and happy summer! xoxo
After creating the canvas with the beautiful ocean we had to add a little ocean life, of course! What kinds of animals live in the coral reef? What kinds of things should we add to our ocean? Another multi-step process was begun as the girls created creatures to go in our sea! We had read many of Eric Carle's books that connected us to the ocean and its creatures. We wanted to expose the girls to his technique for illustrating. They LOVED the process and created some beautiful sea life to add to our ocean!
Step 1 - painting tissue paper a solid color
Step 2 - adding another layer of color with texture
Step 3 - one more layer of prints
Step 4 - using our tissue paper to create sea creatures - the girls cut shapes from the paper they made to "build" something that lives in the sea
WOW! What a fun and creative project! I loved seeing the girl's creations! Take a look at our beautiful coral reef!
As the girls' fascination for the coral reef aquarium grew, we thought it would be fun to make an aquarium of our own. The pre-k classes joined together to work on an elaborate collaborative project that now hangs in the activity center! It is beautiful! It was a very involved process, involving many steps and lots of industrious little girls! They learned to work together AND to be patient and persistent in the process! We are so proud of them! AND proud of their AMAZING masterpiece!
CREATING THE CANVAS:
Step 1 - The girls painted the canvas with the colors of the sea...blues and greens and white.
Step 2 - The girls repainted the canvas with those same colors...
Step 3 - The girls added ANOTHER layer of color painting shapes and lines...
Steps 4 and 5 - The girls added texture with lots of glue, rocks, gems, shells, and glitter...
The canvases are ALMOST complete! How "bout some fish?!? We added another intricate and multi-step process to add a little sea life to that beautiful water!
Stay tuned to see the beautiful sea life your girls created and to see another complicated process! Look at the beautiful work of your budding artists!
Planting beets! Picking beets! Counting beets! Tasting beets!
Boy! Have we had fun at the farm this year! Our root veggie project culminated today as we harvested our last group of vegetables that we planted way back in February! The girls have LOVED seeing the whole growing process - from seed to produce! WOW!
What an absolutely fabulous experience! Enjoy the pics and videos of your little farmers!
Rocks in a river. Ice in a drink.
Some things float! Some things sink!
Test some objects in your bath.
Watch them! Now you're doing math!
We had a great time this morning testing our hypotheses about objects sinking and floating. The girls predicted what they thought would happen when they dropped their objects into the tub of water. We learned that living objects have air and that solid objects usually sink. It was so fun to see their little faces when they placed things in the water. We were surprised about a lot of things! Ask your daughter what she observed. Ask her what happened to the object she got to test.
Your little scientists are really learning and growing!
After our great success at growing and harvesting carrots, Mrs. Riddle, the horticulturist, suggested we try our hand at more root veggies! After showing us LOTS of root veggie pictures, the girls picked their favorites...Easter egg radishes, peppermint beets, and breakfast radishes. The pictures were beautiful! Would our radishes and beets grow? Would they get eaten by the geese? We were excited to DIG IN and give it a go!
STEP 1 - PLANTING!
STEP 2 - WATCHING THEM GROW!
STEP 3 - HARVESTING!
What an absolutely AMAZING thing to watch! The girls are GREAT little farmers!
And a BIG SHOUT OUT to Mrs. Riddle for ALL her great help!
The Trike-a-Thon for St. Jude is an exciting event for our pre-kindergarten girls! It is always a privilege for me to get to tell the girls about this special hospital in Memphis that helps children like them have free medicine and free doctors and nurses to take care of them! They love to hear about the precious little patients getting pajamas and toys and the best part, GETTING BETTER! We get to talk about how it makes our hearts feel really good to do something for them - something with our HEALTHY bodies!
We are so blessed! Our girls are learning to appreciate all they have and to GIVE!
I am happy to announce that the girls in the Little Hive, Pre-K and JK raised
There's a big coral reef aquarium in the lobby of our library. Each week the girls peek in to see if they can see the fish. They became even more fascinated when the fish and coral and rocks from the aquarium were in a "fish hospital" while the tank was being cleaned and repaired. They got a birds eye view of all the aquarium's content. It has become an interesting thing to watch and a big topic of the girls' conversations. The Hutchison aquarium has made its way into our classroom. And oh! The stories! These girls love the sea!
Building stories in the coral reef: writing and illustrating.
What do you love about YOU?
What are you proud that you can do?
Tell me something that makes you special!
Tell me something that makes you YOU!
The girls loved tracing their little bodies and drawing their life-size selves! They were careful to get their clothes just right. They colored their skin and their cute faces!
After we talked about how we LOOK different from each other, we got to talk about how we like different things and are good at different things, too. The girls loved telling things they were proud that they could do. These girls have a wide-range of gifts and abilities! We are proud of them, too!
What does self-awareness look like in a 4-year old girl?
The girls have LOVED talking about their families this week! We made predictions and compared our families. We talked about what we loved to do with our families and who lived with us at our house. We read a lot of books about family, too, by another of our favorite authors, Todd Parr. Check out some of his books on his website,
What do you love to do with your family?