The girls were SO excited to get back to school and see their friends. It amazing how that short time off from school seems to return a group that feels just a little bit older and more grown up than they were before we sent them off for the holiday! They have come back stronger than ever and more curious about letters and numbers.
I love their curiosity, and I know that there is going to be a lot of growth in letter recognition as we move into this second semester.
One thing that the girls have been talking about non-stop is Frozen 2, and as the old expression goes… “If you can’t beat’em; join’em”. So we have embraced our inner Anna and Elsa and created a winter wonderland within our little Pre-K classroom. We started with a little "Let it Go" painting aka collaborative artwork.
We then used this artwork to create a back drop for building castles and homes for snowmen...oftentimes referred to as "Olaf and his family".
Skills: visual discrimination of geometric shapes
Creativity and exploration
"Come on Olaf come into your home."
"You won't melt in here Olaf."
"Snowflake-your dinner is ready. Don't worry we won't eat your carrot."
Writing names in the "snow"
Skills: Skills: Recalling information
Visual discrimination of letters
Recognizing numbers 1-13
Sequencing numbers 1-13
Stamping our names
Skills: letter recognition
visual discrimination of letters
Winter Story Telling
Skills: building classroom community
creativity and exploration
recalling information and making connections with the world
"Fairy Elsa is flying around and making snow."
"Her magic snow number is 32."
"Flutter Coldness is making presents for her family to go under the tree."
"Come and skate with me Anna!"
"My snow dog cannot come he is hibernate."
Their little imaginations are incredible and it is so fun to see them taking the stories and the information that we have shared at the carpet and incorporate it into their play. We had just talked about how the magic number for snow was 32 degrees and they made the connection hours later!
Sensory experience and exploration
Getting to feel ice in their hands was such a fun experience. We talked about ice being frozen water, the magic temperature of 32 degrees, and we got to see what happened first hand as the water slowly melted over the course of the morning.. The girls decided that our painting table needed it's own cloud like Olaf had that would allow it to stay frozen all the time despite the room temperatures.
"This is crazy awesome!"
"I didn't know ice was like magic."
"It is real magic like from the tooth fairy or Santa!"