Thursday, November 16, 2017

Miss Ashly and Miss Nicole's 3's Seager T/Th

Last week we enjoyed welcoming our families into our classroom for our Halloween event. All the preschoolers enjoyed showing off their costumes. This was a great segway into our new unit about families and friends.











The preschoolers enjoyed telling us about their families and some special things that they do at home. Many of the 3’s told us that they really loved going to grandparents houses because of all the special things do they do for them, like making them pancakes or giving them donuts. We also talked about friendship. Over the last two weeks we have partnered up the 3’s with different friends in the classroom when we went exploring on our hikes. They really enjoyed being with new friends in the class.


In our writing center, we worked in our journals. The week of Halloween we drew a picture of our pumpkins that we craved at home. Many preschoolers decided to draw all their candy inside the pumpkin or themselves in the pumpkin. This week in our journals we had the preschoolers choose what they wanted to draw. Many wanted to try writing their letter (first letter in their first name) and others wanted to draw a picture of their families.

In our math center, we worked on matching colors by linking the monkeys together. With the teachers assistance, they tried to count the monkeys. We also worked on peanut butter and jelly math.
                     
At our science center, the preschoolers got to use the magnifying glasses and mirrors to look at our eyes. We looked to see what color everyone had. This was a teacher lead activity so the teacher would say I have blue eyes and the students would look to see what color their eyes are. Many thought it was funny to have the same colored eyes as the teacher.


In art, the preschoolers learned about mixing colors to make a new color. We took the primary colors red, yellow and blue and showed them how mixing two of these colors together will make a new color. They thought it was the best! The preschoolers also made family trees. They drew what a tree looks like to them, then ripped paper for the leaves and finally added their family pictures as the final touch.
   
Water has been in our sensory table. The children enjoyed finding out if an object would sink or float in the water. 





                                                    

In our dramatic play area has been filled with many different community helpers. We had out the dress up clothes and the tools sets. The children have been fixing everything in the classroom.
                                                 

Miss Ashly and Miss Nicole



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Ms. Nicole & Ms. Ashly Seager Pre-K (M-TR)

Pre-K

Seager

Firefighters, construction workers, and police officers, oh my! The Explorers have happily hopped into November learning about community helpers, friends, and family. From making family trees to pretending to build houses, the last two weeks have been a bundle of fun as usual.

Students examine their eye and hair color using a mirror.
Building a "super duper tall tower"




















LANGUAGE ARTS
We have been focusing on fine-motor in the Writing center lately. The goal is to gain strength and dexterity in their finger and hand motions. Fine-motor abilities are part of the initial process in ensuring students are successful in learning to write.Additionally, we have taken these two weeks as a time to review both sight words and letters we have learned since the beginning of the year. The only new sight word is the word "like", which has allowed us to create sentences such as "We like to go out."





 MATH
The math center has been focusing on counting, recognizing numbers, and noticing patterns within numbers. Last week, we had a table with linking "counting bears". The students count the bears and match up their hands as they line the bears up. This past week, the students made "PB&J sandwiches" out of paper pieces of bread, jelly, and peanut butter. They had to match the numbers and dot patterns in order to create a sandwich for each plate.


SCIENCE
With a classroom discussion based around family, we focused science on noticing our similarities and differences in physical characteristics. We have discussed eye color and hair color between classmates, family members, and friends. It turns out our Explorers mostly have blonde hair and pretty even split between blue and brown eyes. Additionally, we have explored some different textures. The image below shows students playing with Oobleck, a mixture of cornstarch and water that makes for a strange cross between a liquid and a solid.



















BLOCKS 
Last week in the block area, the students were able to explore ancient Egyptian pyramids and ruins. This week, they have been playing with community helper figurines.





















SENSORY TABLE
The sensory table has water in it! Students have been practicing their fine-motor skills here as well with rubber ducks and turkey basters to suck up water, and cups of all kinds to fill. The water has been a big hit with the kiddos.

ART
Students who choose to venture to the art table have had the opportunity to mix different paints together to see what colors they will get. Red and Blue mixtures have been a popular choice among the explorers (you'll never guess what the end results were...) Additionally, this week each child made their own family tree! This was one of our favorite projects so far!! Thank you to all the parents and family members who contributed their beautiful family photos.


Student mixes blue and yellow paints to get green.





















 DRAMATIC PLAY
In dramatic play, students have had the opportunity to dress up as firefighters, construction workers, and police officers. We've seen many houses being built, fires put out, and "bad guys" getting "in trouble". Our community helpers are making sure Seager is safe for everyone!

 

 SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL
The most interesting part of being in an early childhood classroom is watching the students make their own discoveries and learning from each other. Perhaps my favorite moment from the last two weeks was when one student struggled to get his coat on properly, a group formed around him and instructed him step by step on how to get his coat on. One student was overheard saying "Watch me put my coat on so that you can see how I do it." We are extremely proud that these students look out for one another.


OUTDOOR & OTHER
As the weather dips into the brisk lower digits, we still love going on our hikes! This week we took partner hikes, encouraging the students to pair up with someone new. In the field, we play a game where you have to follow the instruction to find your new partner. For example, students scatter and then wait for an instruction such as "Find your partner and go back to back!" or "Find your partner and give them a high five!" There was a little bit of hesitation, but the end result was wonderful. Students all made a new friend or two by the time Thursday came around. Additionally, we have been using our walks as a time to practice rhyming! A new hit in our classroom is Down By the Bay. The students love trying to come up with a rhyme for the "Have you ever seen a _______" segment.


Bonus!






 
Who are we? EXPLORERS!
What do we do? EXPLORE!


Ms. Nicole & Ms. Ashly

Friday, November 10, 2017

Mrs. Kort and Ms. Denise 3Plus at RCC


Wow! November already?! Time flies when you are having fun! We are definitely having fun! We watched a volcano in a pumpkin, learned a new rhyme and painted with cars, just to name a few activities. The Halloween party was one of our favorite days! It was great to see the children all dressed up in costumes and to have parents, grandparents or sitters come to hang out with us. Thank you to everyone that was able to make it!

Happy Halloween!

For Language Arts, we enjoyed listening to the books, “Crunchy, Munchy Cookies” and “Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom”. One activity that the children had fun doing was Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom alphabet matching. We also  learned a new rhyming finger play, “Ten Little Fingers”. Ask your child to recite and show you.  

Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom ABC match game


What would you like for breakfast?

A classroom favorite that also works on fine motor and prewriting skills is playdough. Not just ordinary playdough, but chocolate playdough! Believe it or not, no one tried to eat it! As tempting as it was, even for the teachers!

This playdough smells delicious!


In Math, the children used Magnetiles to create different geometric structures, such as, houses, castles and buildings. They are so creative! Puzzles are another class favorite. These past two weeks we had a scarecrow puzzle, a turkey puzzle, a farm animals floor puzzle and other exciting puzzles. You should see their faces when they complete a puzzle. They are so proud of themselves! And so are we!  After reading the “Crunchy, Munchy Cookies” book, the children played a counting game with cookies and cookie jar. They counted how many chocolate chips on each cookie. One little friend was guarding those cookies so none of them would get lost or “eaten” (they were only toy cookies, though).

Do you like my house?

Now, where does this piece belong?

1, 2, 3, 4 chips on the cookie.

One of the most exciting Science experiments we have done so far this year was the  Pumpkin-cano! Ms. Denise carved open our pumpkin and the class scooped out the pumpkin “guts”. Actually, only a few brave children scooped. Next Ms. Denise put baking soda in an empty water bottle then placed the bottle in the pumpkin. Then she poured vinegar into the water bottle. Voila! Pumpkin-cano! We heard a lot of Oohs and Aahs!

Pumpkin-cano!

Over the last two weeks, a lot of art has been happening at the easel. One day we asked the children to cut paper we had attached to the easel. This helps them gain strength in their arm and allows for greater brain development because the children cross their mid-line while doing an activity. Another activity was tracing with cat and castles stencils. The children made very creative and colorful pictures. Painting with cars sure was fun! The children were confused at first. They couldn’t believe their teachers were letting them roll toys cars in paint! Once the initial shock wore off, the children enjoyed painting with the cars.

Practicing cutting skills.

Coloring with stencils.

Painting with cars.

We have seen a lot of social and emotional growth in our class over the last few weeks.  Children are using their words, sharing and taking turns. New friendships are being formed daily. Show and Tell has been a great way for the children to interact and communicate with each other.  Also, Mr. Bear has started his adventure and will continue to go home with one child each weekend. He is looking forward to spending time with each of the children.
Hello?


Ms. Denise and Mrs. Kort

Upcoming Dates-

November 22-24—No School- Thanksgiving Break

Mrs. Kort and Ms. Denise 2 Plus RCC


Wow! November already?! Time flies when you are having fun! We are definitely having fun!  The Halloween party was one of our favorite days! It was great to see the children all dressed up in costumes and to have parents, grandparents or sitters come to hang out with us. We sang "Itsy Bitsy Spider", played games and decorated a pumpkin. Thank you to everyone that was able to make it!

Happy Halloween!



Sing the "Itsy, Bitsy Spider.

For Language Arts, we enjoyed listening to the books, “Crunchy, Munchy Cookies” and "Circles". Learning to communicate with one another is an important language arts skill for young children. Dramatic play is one of the children's favorite areas and an area where they are able to practice their oral language. While the children were playing house we hear them asking each other if they were hungry and serving food. The children love playing with play dough. They do not even realize that they are working on their fine motor skills. Over the last two weeks there was not just ordinary playdough, but chocolate playdough! Believe it or not, no one tried to eat it! As tempting as it was, even for the teachers!
Playing with chocolate playdough.

In Math, the children used Magnetiles to create different geometric structures, such as, houses, castles and buildings. They are so creative!  After reading, "Crunchy, Munchy Cookies", the children played a counting game with toy chocolate chip cookies. Puzzles are another class favorite. These past two weeks we had a Thomas the Train puzzle, a shapes and colors puzzle, a food puzzle and other exciting puzzles. You should see their faces when they complete a puzzle. They are so proud of themselves! And so are we! 
I am making a house.
Counting chocolate chips.

We are building together.

For Science, Ms. Denise carved open our pumpkin and the class scooped out the pumpkin “guts”. Actually, only a few brave children scooped.

In our sensory table, we had pie pumpkins in there with golf tees and toy hammers. The children enjoyed hammering the tees into the pumpkins.  This activity works on hand-eye coordination.
Hammering golf tees into a pumpkin.

For Art, the children painted with cars. It sure was fun! The children were confused at first. They couldn’t believe their teachers were letting them roll toys cars in paint! Once the initial shock wore off, the children enjoyed painting with the cars. Also, the children had fun painting with round objects.
Painting with cars.


Using circular objects to paint with.

We have seen a lot of social and emotional growth in our class over the last few weeks.  Children are using their words, taking turns and making new friends. Show and Tell has been a great way for the children to interact and communicate with each other.  Next week we will introduce Mr. Bear. Mr. Bear will go home with one child each weekend. He is looking forward to spending time with each of the children.

Friends dancing


Ms. Denise and Mrs. Kort

Upcoming Dates-

November 22-24—No School- Thanksgiving Break