Friday, May 11, 2018

Ms. Patti and Ms. Meg M-Th Knoch Knolls Pre-K


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

Soup anyone?

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

Upcoming Events:
May 22nd  Teddy Bear Picnic
May 23rd last day of preschool and GRADUATION!!








Ms. Patti and Ms. Meg T/Th Knoch Knolls 3's


Warmer weather is here at last and the three’s class is so happy to be outside. They all love to explore and discover nature.


Our new Circle Time Chairs

The first two weeks of May, we discussed the letters A and I. The children enjoyed thinking of words that start with these letters. They were especially excited when it was their name and it was written on the big easel. In Language Arts we started the month reading the story, “Hey Little Ant”. It was a great story all about little ants all around us who don’t want us to step on them!. We loved singing “The Ants go Marching” as we stomped our feet marching around on the sidewalk outside. During I week, we read books about insects. Our favorite was “Bee Book”. Did you know bees have five eyes ?  We discussed all the different types of insects and we shared books with great pictures. For Phonemic Awareness we continued to work on rhyming. We sang some rhyming songs like ”I’m Bringing home my Baby Bumblebee.”

Books outside are fun!

Working on something special

In Math, we worked on patterns with unifix  blocks.  We used black and yellow to make a  bee pattern. We also worked on counting. The children counted little apple pom poms and counted the holes the worms left after they ate an apple.  During I week, we used our outdoor sensory table and  measuring cups and buckets to fill up everything we could find.        

Unifix blocks Math

Let's measure together!

In Ar,t we had many opportunities to express our individual creativity.  We created whatever we wanted with egg cartons and paper rolls. One warm day we even brought out paint brushes outside and painted the building with water. It was fun to see the paintings one minute and the next they evaporated away. During I week we have been working on a special treat for the end of school.    

Painting Knoch Knolls

Let's make something with these!



In Science, we conducted an experiment with honey on a plate to see if any ants would like to have a treat.  Before we came inside we checked and saw many ants so excited for a yummy treat.  During I week we found many insects in our room. We looked at preserved ones on our science table and later we went on a hunt to find some outside.

Making a letter A  in honey for the ants.

Looking at bugs on the light table

We really enjoyed playing with our new outdoor sensory table. We worked together to fill it up and we found tubes, cups and even squirt bottles to play with. The table has levels so we discovered we could send things “downstream” to our friends. We all got a little wet but it felt great in the warm sun.

In Dramatic Play we found a basket of puppies to cuddle and take care of. We worked together to feed and play with them. During I week we made all types of yummy food in our outdoor sink. Grass and mud soup looked yummy!    

Outdoor Easel!

Would anyone care for some soup?

In the following weeks we will be talking about the letter G and reviewing letters, singing songs and enjoying our beautiful outdoor classroom. The end of the school year is coming soon and we have enjoyed being a part of your child’s first preschool experience.

Picking beautiful flowers


Ms. Meg and Ms. Patti   

Dates to Remember:
May 22nd  Last Day of Preschool and Teddy Bear Picnic










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




Ms. Nicole and Ms. Sandy 2’s Plus T/TH



The children love the dramatic play area. It is a great place for them to practice their social skills and begin to engage in group play. We began May having an Ice Cream Shop in the classroom. We talked about our favorite ice cream flavor. The children had fun making ice cream cones and sundaes. Once the ice cream shop was closed, we setup a puppet show and bird nest. The children had fun having the puppets dance and talk to each other. They had a good time playing in the nest pretending to be birds and live in the nest.


What kind of ice cream would you like?
Look at my bird?







We love putting on a puppet show!
At the sensory table, the children had fun looking for magnetic pieces hidden in the rice with magnetic wands. They also enjoyed finding pictures of birds hidden in the beans. We asked them to try and match the colors of the birds and the size of the birds.The class had fun building with blocks in shaving cream.


What size bird did you find?

Shaving cream is fun!












At the art table, the children planted grass and watering it. We also made binoculars to use when we went on a bird hunt. The children loved drawing with chalk on black paper.Paint continued to be their favorite mediums in art. They enjoyed painting popsicles, painting their hands to make hand-prints, and making designs with their painted hands.


How long till the grass seed grows?
Look at my popsicle!








Chalk shows up nice on black paper.

Look at my binocular.
Magnifying glasses are so much fun. We used them to investigate bugs with and explore the room. The things they noticed with the magnifying glasses were amazing.They had fun building with the pegs on the pegboard and counting how many pegs they used.

What bugs do you see?
Watch what we can build.









It is hard to believe the school year is almost over. Here are some important dates to remember:



Last Day of School and the class beach party is  May 22, 2018.









Ms. Nicole and Ms. Sandy 2's Plus MWF May 11,2018





Ms. Nicole and Ms. Sandy 2’s Plus MWF



The children love the dramatic play area. It is a great place for them to practice their social skills and begin to engage in group play. We began May having an Ice Cream Shop in the classroom. We talked about our favorite ice cream flavor. The children had fun making ice cream cones and sundaes. Once the ice cream shop was closed, we setup a puppet show and bird nest. The children had fun having the puppets dance and talk to each other. They had a good time playing in the nest pretending to be birds and live in the nest.

Look at our puppets!

What would you like on your ice cream?









Look at me I'm a bird.

At the sensory table, the children had fun looking for magnetic pieces hidden in the rice with magnetic wands. They also enjoyed finding pictures of birds hidden in the beans. We asked them to try and match the colors of the birds and the size of the birds.The class had fun building with blocks in shaving cream.


What color bird did you find?
Look how the blocks stick together.


Rice is fun!


At the art table, the children planted grass and watering it. We also made binoculars to use when we went on a bird hunt. The children loved drawing with chalk on black paper.Paint continued to be their favorite mediums in art. They enjoyed painting popsicles, painting their hands to make hand-prints, and making designs with their painted hands. 

How long till the grass grows?

Look at my popsicle!

Look what we can make with our hands.









Chalk shows up so nicely on black papper.



Did you find a bird?
Magnifying glasses are so much fun. We used them to investigate bugs with and explore the room. The things they noticed with the magnifying glasses were amazing.They had fun building with the pegs on the pegboard and counting how many pegs they used.

Watch what I can make.

Look at all these bugs.

It is hard to believe the school year is almost over. Here are some important dates to remember:

It's fun having lunch with friends.

Last Day of School and the class beach party is May 21, 2018