Warmer weather is here and the Pre-K class and teachers are happy to be able to spend a great deal of our class time outdoors discovering nature.
|Look what I found!|
The first two weeks of May we discussed the letters A and I. The children continued to work very hard thinking of words that start with our letters. They loved making up silly rhymes together too. In Language Arts during A week we read stories about ants. The children also searched to find the Alphabet in the book “Alphabet City”. We read “Ten Apples on Top” and tried to balance 10 felt apples on our heads! It was a great way to act out the story we read. During I week we read many books on insects. Our favorite book was “ ABC Insects”. We discussed different types of bugs. The children were also introduced to new vocabulary words like exoskeleton and aphid. We continued to work on rhyming with the children by singing rhyming songs like “I’m Bringing home my baby bumble bee.”
|Working on one of our last journal pages|
|Matching the nature picture with the word.|
In Math, the children worked on measurement using unifix cubes. We measured the grass we had planted and then took it out side and gave it a haircut. The children then measured it again. We were able to compare the two measurements. We continued to work on counting. The children counted little apple pom poms and the holes a worm left after he gobbled an apple. During I week we measured water in our outdoor sensory table and we had to use our skills to plan the new vegetable and flower garden.
|Apples to count and sort|
|Measuring our grass before we cut it|
In Art, we had many opportunities to express our individual creativity. We made collages out of new materials we found and we even created whatever we wanted with egg cartons and paper rolls. On one of our really warm days, we brought out paint brushes and painted Knoch Knolls with water! It was fun seeing our work one minute and the next they evaporated away. We also have been busy making fun and exciting things for graduation that we can’t wait for you to see!
|Let's paint Knoch Knolls!|
|What can we make with this cool stuff!|
In Science we conducted an experiment with honey on a plate to see if any ants outside would like to come for a treat. We were surprised to see the next day the plate completely clean with a few ants left looking for more. During I week we discovered so many insects in our room. We looked at preserved ones on the science table and later we went on a hunt to try to find some outside.
|A letter A made of honey for the ants!|
|Let's check out these insects!|
The class was so excited to play with our new sensory table outside. We filled it up together and found tubes, cups and even spray bottles to fill up. We were all a little wet but it felt great in the warm sun.
In Dramatic Play, during letter A week we found a basket of puppies to take care of and we made sure to give them excellent care. During I week we played kitchen outside in our sink. The class made pine cone and grass soup…Yummy!
|Our outdoor sensory table|
It has been a wonderful year with some pretty amazing children. We have had so much fun and we cherished every moment.
|Picking beautiful flowers|
Ms. Meg and Ms. Patti
May 22nd Teddy Bear Picnic
May 23rd last day of preschool and GRADUATION!!