GHosts, Goblins, & Pumpkins!
Thanks & have an awesome weekend,
GHosts, Goblins, & Pumpkins!
What a crazy week of weather we've had, its almost as if we skipped right over Fall and went straight into Winter! Even though it might have been cold, we still spent the week learning about and celebrating the Fall holiday we call Halloween. We started off on Monday by talking about things that are real and things that are make believe. We identified different monsters or creatures that we read about our variety of spooky and silly story books and pretended to talk and walk (or fly) like them outside on our playground. We worked a lot this week with identifying and counting numbers and seeing how many we had in all. We colored Halloween pictures by following a number code that told us what color to use, and made our very own pumpkin patch and counted how many pumpkins we saw. In art each student cut out the letter H and used it to make a Halloween haunted house full of monsters, bats, and cats! We also started our Spookley the Square Pumpkin crafts today to go along with our story and movie that we will watch on Monday. It is a cute tale of a square shaped pumpkin who not only saves the day but teaches the other pumpkins that its ok to be different. We also spent the week exploring pumpkins. We used different words to describe both the inside and outside of our class pumpkin such as big, cold, bumpy, hard, squishy, and slimy. Each student got a chance to scoop out some of the inside of the pumpkin and watched with excitement as the teachers carved the face they described (Look for a picture in our photo gallery!). We also had a group of nursing students visit our classroom and teach us all about staying away from things that are not safe for our bodies and to ask before we eat any Halloween candy. We look forward to next week with our Class Halloween Party on Tuesday!
Thanks & have an awesome weekend,
October 20th, 2017
For the past couple of weeks in our classroom we have been studying all different kinds of community helpers we can find in the places we live. From mailmen to doctors, and policemen to construction workers we have learned about the jobs they do and why they are so important to the community. We practiced reading our Community Helpers reader together and then colored the pictures. We also pretended to be dentists and counted teeth in our big red mouths. We discussed the different tools you might find for the different jobs and made our very own tool belts to be helpers in our own neighborhoods. Heading into fire safety week and our big Fire Station field trip, we saved firefighters for this week! Just like other community helpers, they are the ones who help citizens if there is an emergency. We talked a lot about different kinds of situations where we might need a firefighters help and practiced dialing 9-1-1 on our play phone. We also practiced what to do if our clothes were ever on fire and took turns showcasing stop, drop, and roll. To help prepare for our field trip today, we also spent the week talking about the gear and equipment they have to wear and use in order to stay safe in fires. During centers we practiced finding things that were the same and different on our fire station worksheets, and also sorted fire extinguishers based on their sizes. In art the kids made fire house dalmatians that remind them to stop, drop, and roll. We will also finish up our 9-1-1 projects and send them home sometime next week. The Fire Station field trip was a huge success and all of the kids had a great time getting to explore. Remember to check out the picture gallery for some awesome photos of our visit!
Have a fantastic weekend!
September 29th, 2017
Another week in Pre-K 3 has come and gone. We were all so happy to finally experience some more fall-like weather this week and definitely took advantage it. As we began our theme of Fall for the next 2 weeks we started with a discussion of things we might see, hear, and do in Fall. Stemming from our knowledge of Apples last week and how we learned that they have seeds in the middle, we connected how trees have seeds and nuts called acorns that also grow on trees. We talked about how squirrels like to find these things and store them in their cheeks while they find the perfect spot to dig and bury them for the winter. We also talked about how the leaves begin to change color and fall from the trees, as the weather begins to turn cold and windy. On Tuesday we read the book, "We're Going on a Leaf Hunt" and talked about positional words such as over, under, through, and across. We then walked around our school and went on our own hunt to find leaves of different shapes and colors that we could use for our art projects throughout the weeks. We continued our work with process art as we used leaves and different materials to create our painted leaf outlines and will do when we create our leaf man next week. We also did work this week in Math with counting, sorting, and distinguishing different sizes, and learned all about the Letter B! It was a great school spirit week with fun had by all! We will end today with our school pep rally.
Just a reminder, there is NO SCHOOL next Friday, October 6th. It is a school improvement day.
September 22nd, 2017
I hope everyone is staying cool and comfortable in this late season heat! Even though the weather does not match our new Autumn season, we continued on in Pre-K 3 and started our unit on Apples. We started off the week discussing what we know about apples. Many of the students we quick to tell us that they can be green, red, or yellow. Others told us you can buy them at the store with Mom, or that they come with leaves and stems. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we cut open an apple and examined some of the parts including the skin, flesh, core and seeds. We then tasted a couple of different apples: Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, and Gala. We practiced using new vocabulary words such as sweet, sour, tart, juicy, and bland to describe the taste. As a class we then created a graph and took turns voting for which apple we like the best. Granny Smith and Golden Delicious tied for first! And to top off our week of apples, today we made some homemade apple sauce. We first discussed some safety rules about having a crock pot in our classroom and explained how it can get very hot in order to cook the food. Then each student got a turn to help add the apples, water, honey, and cinnamon. Our room smelled wonderful throughout the day and the kids couldn't wait to taste what they had made. We also used apples this week to make fall trees by using the apples as stamps, and made a paper apple man. We learned a new song about apples to the tune of B-I-N-G-O, and practiced counting and reading sentences.
We did receive school pictures back today so be sure to look for those in your students' folder.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
September 15th, 2017
I hope everyone is enjoying what I think will be our last stretch of summer-like weather! It was a very exciting week to be a weather helper in our room because we got to discuss a variety of weather occurrences like rain, fog, wind, and using cool and warm to describe the temperature outside. This week in our room we followed the theme of reviewing our shapes! We introduced a new shape each day and talked about how many sides it is, and every day objects we see that are in that shape. We practiced tracing lines to make these shapes. We also introduced our class Ipads and played a few games that helped us identify and draw them. We practiced taking turns with the Ipads and talked about the proper way to carry them as well as making sure we are gentle with them. We will get to keep this in our room the entire year and will use them to practice shapes, numbers, and letters, and will be able to listen to stories on them too. In art we continued reviewing our shapes as each student got to create a shape pizza! Every ingredient had a specific shape and after we finished "cooking" our pizza we counted how many of each was on our plate. Our favorite class book of the week was the story of the Mine-o-saur. It is about a little dinosaur in school for the first time and is learning to share with his friends. Every student picked up very quickly that the dinosaur was not being kind to his friends and helped come up with ways that he could make better choices. I hope everyone has a great weekend and we look forward to starting our theme on Apples next week!
September 8th, 2017
Good Evening & Happy Friday!
I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend and a good start to September. In Pre-K 3 we continued on with our All About Me theme. We spent the week during reading time listening to and discussing many stories revolved around being good friends, making good choices, and feelings. Some of the class favorites included, " Rude Cakes", " Leonardo, the Terrible Monster" and " The Night Before Preschool". During our discussions, we talked not only about how to be nice and care for our friends, but also looked a lot at the pictures that went into story. We began to point out to the students how what the author writes, the illustrator draws a picture to match. We practiced doing this ourselves with our very first entry in our writing journals! The students were asked to draw a picture illustrating their first day of preschool. While some drew a picture of the school, others chose to draw a picture of them with their Moms or Dads. We also spent a lot of time on different skills this week. The students each had the opportunity to practice cutting, tracing different types of lines, and building their name by matching the written letters with magnetic ones. During our P.E. time, we are continuing on playing different teamwork/ following direction games to help continue working with rules and routines in school. In Music the students are testing out their skills at singing along and dancing to the music. The students also had their second week of Library today. Please remember to return the book to school by next Friday so that your student may check out a new one.
September 1, 2017
It has been a busy week in Pre-k 3! We started our theme of All About Me and will continue with it in the upcoming week. Along with our normal routine of Calendar and Weather at circle time, we discussed different things that make us special, such as some of us may be good singers while some of us are good dancers. Or maybe were really good at being each other's friends! We also talked about different parts of our bodies and what we use them for. Hands are for touching, and ears are for listening. Eyes are for looking, and noses are for smelling. We will tie this in with our upcoming art project where we make our 5 sense people. We also introduced rhyming words ( words that sound alike) with our story, " I Ain't Gonna Paint No More". Its about a little boy who LOVES to paint anything and everything and winds up painting his entire body. We have also been practicing name recognition a lot this week. Each morning when the students come in they have to find their stick person and add it to our classroom bucket, and in Art the students each took a turn using water colors to paint a picture. They quickly learned that as they painted their name began to appear on the page!
This week we also practiced our school wide fire drill. We talked with the students about having to quickly get out of the building while staying safe. All the students did a great job following directions and staying quiet once outside. We also went to the library for the first time this week. Each student got to check out a book and will bring it home today in their backpacks. Please take the time to read it with your child and then send it back to school by next Friday so that they may check out another one.
I hope everyone has a relaxing Labor Day weekend and will see everyone on Tuesday.
August 25th, 2017
I can't believe the first week of school is already come and passed! All of the kids did a great job entering in the morning and doing their work, working together during play time, and practicing different routines in our classroom. Throughout the week the students got to explore the room and learn how we use all of our materials. They practiced working at the sand table and playing with play-dough. During art this week the kids made their very own giant preschool person to be a part of our giant preschool parade in the hallway. They picked out clothes to dress their person in and helped Mrs. Norris cut them out. Then using markers, glue, buttons, stickers, and everything else they got to decorate the clothes and add accessories. It was a great first project to introduce our variety of art materials and got the kids creative thoughts going! Throughout all of next week we will continue to practice the rules and routines of our classroom. We will also begin our 2 week unit on All About Me activities and have our first all school fire drill practice.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend & be sure to check out the picture gallery for some class photos!
I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing summer break. We have been busy the past couple of days getting the classroom all ready for our new friends! We are excited and look forward to meeting everyone on Wednesday, August 17th, for Preschool stay and play. Please remember to bring your child's labeled supplies.