Friday, December 15, 2017

Ms. Nicole and Ms. Sandy 2's Plus MWF


Mrs. Nicole and Mrs. Sandy
December 4, 2017 to December 15, 2017


December has flown by! It has been a busy two weeks discovering the different types of snow. Okay, there is only one kind of real snow but we had fun playing with pretend snow. Our dramatic play area was hit with a blizzard. The blizzard was snow made out of pillow stuffing. The children had fun shoveling the snow, making snowballs, and throwing the snow. After the snow was all done being shoveled our dramatic play area became an igloo. The children enjoyed going into the igloo and playing.

We love having a snow ball fight!
Playing with snow is fun!

Practicing shaveling.
Playing in the igloo and painting on the easel with a water bottle.


We had even more snow in the sensory table! We used shaving cream to make snow. The class enjoyed playing in the snow with polar bears.


Polar bears are lost in the snow.



To go with our cold weather, we had a hot chocolate game. The mugs of hot chocolate had a number written on them. The children had to put that number of marshmallows on the mug. They had fun playing the snowman game. What is the snowman game you ask? The snowman game is when you count the number of buttons on the snowman, then look for a hat that has the matching number on it. Once you find the correct hat, you place it on the snowman.


This snowman has a lot of buttons.



How many marshmallow go on your hot chocolate?



















We have also been busy painting wooden snowman and coloring mittens. They also had fun making a melted snowman.



Melted snowman.
Painting the wooden snowman.





Glitter is fun!

Hope you have a nice winter break and stay warm.

Mrs. Nicole and Mrs. Sandy


Putting the snowman back together.
Having fun with classmate.












Dates to remember:

Family Snow Day                                        December 20, 2017

No School Winter Break                             December 22, 2017 –                                                                                         January 5, 2018

Class resume                                             January 8, 2018
No Preschool Martin Luther King Day       January 15, 2018




                                                             

Ms. Nicole and Ms. Sandy 2's Plus T/TH,



Mrs. Nicole and Mrs. Sandy
December 4, 2017 to December 15, 2017



December has flown by! We have had a busy two weeks discovering the different types of snow. Okay, there is only one kind of real snow but we had fun playing with pretend snow. Our dramatic play area was hit with a blizzard! The blizzard was snow made out of pillow stuffing. The children had fun shoveling the snow, making snowballs, and throwing the snow. After the snow was all done being shoveled our dramatic play area became an igloo. The children enjoyed going into the igloo and playing.

Practicing shavoling snow.

Snow ball fight!





Playing in the igloo.
Trying to stay warm.
















We had even more snow in our scenery table!  We used shaving cream to make snow. The class enjoyed playing in the snow with polar bears.
Look at me. I have snow on my face.

Look at me!






Looking at the ice bergs.


To go with our cold weather, we had a hot chocolate game. The mugs of hot chocolate had a number written on them. The children had to put that number of marshmallows on the mug. They had fun playing the snowman game. What is the snowman game you ask? The snowman game is when you count the number of buttons on the snowman, then look for a hat that has the matching number on it. Once you find the correct hat, you place it on the snowman.
How many marshmallows do you have on your hot chocotate.



We have also been busy painting wooden snowmen and coloring mittens. They also had fun making a melted snowman.

Decorating our mitten.



Making a melted snow man.
Painting wooden snow man.























Hope you have a nice winter break and stay warm.



Mrs. Nicole and Mrs. Sandy

 












Dates to remember:

Family Snow Day                                         December 21, 2017

No School Winter Break                             December 22, 2017 –                                                                                            January 5, 2018

Class resume                                              January 9, 2018



We love play dough!


















                                                             

Ms. Linda and Ms. Heather ~ M/W/F Three's Plus ~ Knock Knolls

Brr!  It’s cold out there these days!  However, the children have been enjoying the great outdoors regardless of the temperature.  They have been excited about the small amounts of snow and ice we have found.  Just imagine the excitement to come when some “real” snow arrives!

Making the stump colorful!


The children continue to expand their language abilities while working on rhyming and syllable awareness with songs like “Down by the Bay” and “Ten Little Fingers”.  It has come to our attention that they all seem to be developing a new appreciation for reading by forming small groups themselves while sharing books.  They seem to be enjoying story time more as well!

Happily reading together!


We have also been exploring positional words like on, under, through and between as they took turns finding places for the gingerbread person.  It was fun and enriching!

Run as fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread man!


In Math, they have been busy measuring and comparing!  Not only did they enjoy feeling blocks of ice on the science table, they were able to observe them melt and see that they were measuring smaller.  We extended this idea outside and measured sticks encouraging them to use comparative language like short, shorter and shortest and long, longer and longest. 

Comparing the length of sticks.


The science table is always changing, however they really enjoyed observing animal tracks.  Making predictions about which animal goes with a particular track (for example, the duck probably matches up with a webbed track or one with claws may be a bear) helps develop reasoning skills.

Observing animal tracks.


Who doesn’t love ice cream?  In Dramatic Play, we opened an ice cream shop and that extended into selling ice cream in trucks!  We like to see this kind of extension as it develops creative thinking and builds character. 

Here comes the ice cream truck!


More and more kiddos are trying their hand at art.  After spending some time on the drying rack, we send the art home in their backpacks.  Play-dough is another form of art as it allows them to create in 3-D!  As we explored hibernation, many children created caves using the gingerbread-scented play-dough; hiding small bears inside! 

Shh!  A bear is sleeping in that cave!


And as we often do, we enjoy celebrating each other!  They love singing “Happy Birthday” to classmates and saying “Thank You” to those who are able to volunteer! 

Smiles for our volunteer!

Some extra hands outside!

Loved listening to a story from our volunteer!

Happy Birthday!


Lastly, we wrapped up this week on a warm and cozy note!  PJ Day was fun and engaging as the children talked about one another’s bedtime attire!  Is it naptime now? 

Thank you for reading!


Mrs.C. and Mrs.Walsh Seager 4's Dec. 15



                             This is our last blog for 2017, check back in 2018 for more
                                               exciting adventures and learning.


So much to talk about and observe while eating snack by the window

In language arts, the children used word puzzles to match the letters to form simple words.  They continue to work in their letter books and practicing writing their names.  We introduced letters Q and H, working on the letter sounds and formation.  We added 2 more sight words, "to" and "can".  We read the Gingerbread Baby and  the children colored, cut, and sequenced 4 picture cards to create a Life Cycle Of A Gingerbread Baby picture book.   During circle time, we brainstomed winter words, wrote them on the belly of a snowman and created a cute bulletin board.  We are having fun clapping syllables for objects in the classroom and coming up with rhyming words while on our nature hikes.

Making words that I can read

Making our own book

Our winter word bulletin board

  Counting, matching and making pairs are just some of the way we used dominos in small group math these past 2 weeks.  Our 2 sided, wood shape puzzels are a fun way to practice shape recognition.  Pairs of students would use the sand timer to see how many puzzel sides they could finish before the sand ran down.


A rainbow of colors
 We did a candy dissolving experiment using Skittles candy.  The children chose the colors they liked and placed them in a circle on a plate.  A little warm water was poured in the middle and then we watched as the candies started to quickly dissolve, creating a rainbow of colors.  Using a magnifying glass, the children could watch the little bubbles on the candies as the color and letter S faded away.  After measuring a small rubber gingerbread man, we placed it in a tray of water and checked back during the rest of the week to see how big it had grown.  It started out 1 inch tall and the next day it was 3 inches tall.  The children thought it still would grow some more, so back into the water the gingerbread man went, and will see on Monday.


Free art is always a popular center.  Cutting, gluing, sticker peeling, crayons and markers all make for a very artistic table.    The children enjoyed the mystery letter art.  We used clear glue on a wood tree cookie to make a letter and they sprinkled glitter on the top to reveal the mystery letter.  We are also getting ready for Snow day, practicing songs, painting and getting excited for the day.

A busy free art table

I think it is MY letter

Magna-tiles are the most popular building blocks in the classroom.  They are open ended,  and allow for tons of constructive play, while experimenting with length, width, height, symmetry and angles.  They give the children the chance to design something flat or 3 dimensional, while learning about magnets and how they attract and which shapes fit together better than others.  They strengthen their visual spatial skills as well as fine motor skills.



The logs behind school have been a great way to work on balancing skills, jumping, stepping and sometimes falling from one log to the other



Relax and enjoy some time with your family and friends over winter break.  A sure cure for cabin fever is right outside your door.  As 2017 comes to an end, we wish you joyful days, peaceful nights and we look forward to seeing all your smiling faces in January.

Dates to remember:
Family Snow Day Dec. 20   9-10:30
School resumes Jan.8 2018
No school Jan. 15

                                                      Mrs. Walsh and Mrs. C.