Friday, December 29, 2017

Mrs. Busch & Ms Brittany - Knoch Knolls - 3's - T/Th

Mrs. Busch & Ms Brittany - 3's - Knoch Knolls - T/Th

Walking in a winter wonderland!
We sure have had a wonderful time inside our winter wonderland classroom and enjoying the crisp, fresh air outside!

Literacy:
We have been working on recognizing the letters "M" and "W" along with the previous letters we have talked about.  Look around and see if your child can identify words and their beginning letter sound!  Our Mystery box has been full of winter surprises such as; mittens, a winter hat and water.   We read some great stories during circle time and with our amazing parent volunteers, thank you!
Writing table

Art:
Decorating snowflakes, creating bird feeders,  painting our special snowmen were just a few art pieces we created this month!
Snowflakes

Math:
Roll the dice and design your snowman and add the "marshmallows" to the hot chocolate have been just a few of the fun ways to work on our number recognition, counting and one to one correspondence.
Math table

Science:
We engaged our senses, made predictions and observations before, during and after our mint candy, water, vinegar and soda experiment.  We are turning into quite the little scientists!

Sensory:
We got the chance to play in the snow in our classroom!  Well,  snow made from oatmeal, shaving cream and glitter of course!  Demonstrating our teamwork skills while building marble run routes in the sensory table was a great time!  
Snow!

Dramatic Play:
We loved ice skating while drinking hot chocolate in our winter wonderland!  Taking care of our babies and working in the kitchen are always a favorite.  We are really working together to build different homes for animals using blocks, magnatiles and legos.  
Ice Skating

Music/Movement:
We did a great job learning and practicing our family snow day songs!  It's fun to add instruments, colored scarfs, movement and music into all parts of our morning!  We even had an instrument parade outside at the park...brrrrrr it was a bit chilly!  Taking classroom hikes while using our senses to observe nature is one of our favorite things to do!
Heading outside!

Thank you so much for joining us for our family snow day!  We love having you as part of our classroom!  Enjoy a wonderful winter break!
~Mrs. Busch and Ms Brittany


Mrs. Busch & Ms Brittany - Knoch Knolls - 4's - M/W/F

Mrs. Busch & Ms Brittany - 4's - Knoch Knolls - M/W/F

Family Snow Day!
Walking in a winter wonderland!
We sure have had a wonderful time inside our winter wonderland classroom and enjoying the crisp, fresh air outside!

Literacy:
We have been working on recognizing the letters "M" and "W" along with the previous letters we have talked about.  Look around and see if your child can identify words and their beginning letter sound!  Our Mystery box has been full of winter surprises such as; mittens, a winter hat and water.   We read some great stories during circle time and with our amazing parent volunteers, thank you!

Art:
Decorating snowflakes, creating bird feeders,  painting our special snowmen were just a few art pieces we created this month!

Math:
Roll the dice and design your snowman and add the "marshmallows" to the hot chocolate have been just a few of the fun ways to work on our number recognition, counting and one to one correspondence.

Science:
We engaged our senses, made predictions and observations before, during and after our mint candy, water, vinegar and soda experiment.  We are turning into quite the little scientists!

Sensory:
We got the chance to play in the snow in our classroom!  Well,  snow made from oatmeal, shaving cream and glitter of course!  Demonstrating our teamwork skills while building marble run routes in the sensory table was a great time!  
Snow!
Dramatic Play:
We loved ice skating while drinking hot chocolate in our winter wonderland!  Taking care of our babies and working in the kitchen are always a favorite.  We are really working together to build different homes for animals using blocks, Magna tiles and legos.  
Ice skating!
Music/Movement:
We did a great job learning and practicing our family snow day songs!  It's fun to add instruments, colored scarfs, movement and music into all parts of our morning!  We even had an instrument parade outside at the park...brrrrrr it was a bit chilly!  Taking classroom hikes while using our senses to observe nature is one of our favorite things to do!
Hanging our bird feeders outside
Thank you so much for joining us for our family snow day!  We love having you as part of our classroom!  Enjoy a wonderful winter break!
~Mrs. Busch and Ms Brittany

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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



Seager Park 3's!

We hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving! We heard about all the great memories that were made with family enjoying great food! The Preschoolers have been learning about kindness these past couple of weeks and how we can be bucket fillers by spreading kindness to our family and friends.   
 



In dramatic play last week, the preschoolers took care of babies and cooked up a big fest for their friends. Many of the preschoolers even invited us over to enjoy what they made! This week we turned dramatic play into a school. They preschoolers pretended to be teachers and lead their students in activities.


In the writing center, we worked in our journals. The preschoolers took the lead on being creative in what they were drawing and telling us about this week. Many drew pictures of their favorite things. Others began  trying to write out “their letters.”.
  


In math, we filled buckets with the same colored bears. With the teacher, we counted to 10 and then challenged them to count to 20.Last week we  worked with a counting and matching puzzle.

 

At our science center, they preschoolers enjoyed building different things out of magntiles and placing them on the light board. they had fun watching  their creations shine!



In art center,we had the 3’s draw a picture of them doing something kind or showing what kindness is. Many drew pictures of themselves sharing their toys with their siblings but other told us that kindness was being nice “to the peoples.”
 
In our sensory table, the preschoolers enjoyed playing in water with heart and circle shaped cupcake holders, cranberries and measuring cups. They used their imagination to create yummy cranberry treats or pretended to sink the cranberries.

The weather has been so nice that we have been getting out every day. We enjoyed taking a special hike to the park and on the way we explored changes in the trees as we go from fall to winter. The preschoolers also worked on gross motor activities such as kicking the soccer balls with friends or through goals or playing catch. The 3’s really enjoy being outside and exploring!















Miss Ashly and Miss Nicole!


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

Pre-K

Seager

December has been an exciting month as the Explorers have begun to experience and discuss winter. Each day, they dive into topics such as hibernation, winter traditions, and the changing of the season. Before we venture outside, we discuss what we need to be wearing in order to be prepared for the cold weather.




LANGUAGE ARTS
There has been a LOT going on in the Language Arts portion of Pre-K. Recently, and in good spirit, the students have developed a new motivational character when we work on Language Arts in circle time. That character is the Weak Sauce Bottle. The Weak Sauce Bottle has a new face every day, and gets really excited when we make a good list of rhymes, get through out sight words together, or count all of our syllables. If the Weak Sauce Bottle thinks the students are off-task or are not helping each other, it fills up. As of right now, it has never gotten completely full! The Explorers think the Weak Sauce Bottle is hilarious, and they ask for it to be included each time we use the white board. Additionally, we have improved our rhyming skills as a class. When we first began rhyming, the students could formulate 5-8 words that rhymed. Now, they are up to 14-16 words! At the writing center, they practice clapping out syllables and writing out their sight words (if they feel ready).



 MATH
The math center has been a station for bear caves and hot cocoa since December started. During our week about hibernation, the students had to place the bears into their color coordinating caves. They were encouraged to try and count how many bears fit in each cave as well. For Winter Week, the students had "mugs" of hot chocolate with numbers on them. For each cup, the students were to try and place the correct number of marshmallows into the mug.




SCIENCE
The science center has been an interesting mixture of topics. When the first real snow fall came, the students stood at the window and made different observational statements. One day, we attempted to make slime, but instead it became a yucky, unfortunate mess. Finally, we set out magnetiles and encouraged the Explorers to make structures near the window and see how the light shined through the tiles.





BLOCKS 
The structures get more advanced by the day in the Block area. The students have incorporated cars and dinosaurs into their buildings over the last two weeks. This is one of their favorite places to work together in teams and create.





SENSORY TABLE
Sensory was a wintery mixture of cotton balls, blue marbles, blue and white tissue paper, and cupcake liners. The students pretended they were discovering treasure in the snow, or making snowy baked goods.




ART
In Art, the Explorers have had a lot of painting projects to work on. During hibernation week, the students created puffy paint caves and bears. During Winter week, they painted igloos. At the end of this week, they began working on their special craft for Family Snow Day.




 DRAMATIC PLAY
A theme in Dramatic Play has been pretending to be families and taking care of one another. The students cook for each other and take care of their sick relatives lately. The theme in dramatic play has gone back to house/kitchen, one of their favorites.



 SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL
As winter has hit us with some very cold weather, we have opened up discussions about how to take care of ourselves. These discussions particularly focus on how to stay warm. They also have turned into discussions of how to take care of ourselves in the classroom by advocating for ourselves when we are upset or need assistance.



OUTDOOR & OTHER
During our hikes, we like to rhyme and sing songs. So, we recently began adding instruments to the mix. The Explorers enjoy getting a new instrument each time and trying to play in rhythm with one another.



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

Reminders:
Wednesday, December 20th is PAJAMA DAY
Thursday, December 21st is FAMILY SNOW DAY

Ms. Nicole & Ms. Ashly

Seager 3's Ms. Ashly and Ms. Nicole T/Th

Seager 3’s


The preschoolers have been a busy bunch! We have been discussing hibernation and winter weather. Many of the preschoolers really enjoyed laughing at Miss Nicole and Miss Ashly when we thought you could wear flip flops and shorts during the winter!                                                
Language Arts:
The preschoolers worked on drawing pictures of winter in their journals. They included their dogs playing in the snow, having snowball fights, building snowman and snowflake stickers. The next step was to work with a teacher to tell us all about their picture. The 3’s also got to practice writing their names. Some of them wanted to write their names independently others wanted to copy their name after we wrote it down. They all did an amazing job trying to write each letter.                                                                                

Art:
In art the preschoolers enjoyed making puffy paint. Puffy paint is glue, shaving cream and paint all mixed together and when it dries it dries puffy. With the puffy paint they made bears and caves the bears would hibernate in. The preschoolers also made winter stamp art. They took different stamps shaped like snowflakes, clouds, suns, and snowmen to make pictures.

                                                                
Science:
We brought the outside in! The preschoolers got to explore snow in the science center. They used shovels, mittens and magnifying glasses to touch and look at the snow. Some of the preschoolers wanted to see what the snow felt like if they use their bare hands. It was great to see the reactions of how cold or wet the snow was.   
                                               

Math:
In the math center we worked on matching colors. The preschoolers took colorful bears and matched it to the same color caved. They thought it was so funny when they would hid all the bears and would ask us where all the bears went.  We also worked on counting by putting different amounts of paper marshmallows into the paper hot chocolate cups.
                                                   


Sensory:
The preschoolers loved playing in “snow.” The snow was made out of tissue paper, blue pebbles and snowflake confetti. The 3’s enjoyed rolling the tissue paper into snowballs and counting snowflakes that would make fall from the sky.
                                        


Dramatic Play:
The preschoolers had a lot of fun playing with baby dolls and making sure that they were dressed for the winter. The 3’s made sure that every baby was wrapped in a blanket and was given warm food. The preschoolers also made a feast for us to eat. They told us that we needed warm food in our bellies to keep us warm from the cold.

              




Have a wonderful Winter Break!
Miss Ashly and Miss Nicole

Important Dates:
December 21st: Family Snow day
December 22nd-January 5th: Winter Break (No School)

January 9th: First day back after break