Monday, April 16, 2018

Ms. Ashly and Ms. Sabine Seager Pre-K M-Th

Crossing the tree trunk bridge
Follow the leader

Seager   Pre-K

Thank you to all of our special guest that attended Spring Tea. We were so proud of all the hard work the children put into that day to make it so special. 





The weather over the past two weeks has been ever changing. One day the children were so excited to see snow that they began singing  the songs from Family Snow Day back in December. The next day the sun was shining and the weather was warm and they were singing Mr. Sun. Please continue to dress your child fro the weather. The Pre-K were so happy to spend our past few days outside exploring and finding new places to have an adventure.




Creating seashell art

Making a sea creature

















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At the art center, the Pre-K had many mediums to use to create an ocean picture.  Many of the Pre-K used seashells as stamps to make their picture look like the beach while others used our sea life stamps to create an underwater scene. They also used finger paint this past week to make a weather picture. Many of children made pictures of themselves going to beach on vacation.

Writing about the weather of the day


Practicing Scissor Skills




















The Pre-K children worked on their scissor skills by cutting zig-zag , dotted, and curved lines. They also practiced cutting different shapes and curves. The Pre-K also worked on their pre-writing skills by drawing pictures of what the weather was for that day and would do their best to sound out each word on their own. They were so excited to write about the snow!


In math center the Pre-K worked with different types of scales. They used noodles to watch the scale go back and forth and to make it balanced. The Pre-K continued to work on number recognition through the roll the dice activity. They rolled the dice and found that number on a rainbow.



The Pre-K explored seashells. They were excited to tell us about the differences they discovered in each of the shells. The Pre-k made rain gauges in science center. We discussed what rain gauges are used for and how we read them. They added a piece of tape to it so we can measure the rain in inches. They also added some pebbles to the bottom so that it wouldn’t blow away. We can’t wait to hear how much we got this past weekend!



The Pre-K enjoyed playing with ocean animals in water and in shaving cream. They told us that the animals were swimming in the warm ocean and then in the snow. The Pre-K made cloud dough this past week. They practiced measuring out 4 cups of flour and ½ cup of oil with the assistance of the teacher.




Ms. Sabine and Ms. Ashly
Important Dates:  May 3: Parent/ Teacher Conferences
                             May 23: Graduation

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


Seager   3’s


Thank you to all of our special guest that attended Spring Tea. We were so proud of all the hard work the children put into that day to make it so special. 



In art center, the preschoolers created their own shell art by dipping the shells into paint and stamping them on paper. Some of the preschoolers wanted to create their own shells by using a paintbrush or finger painting one. The preschoolers also created their very own weather scene which included snowy days, sunny days at the beach or a picture of them walking to the park at school using finger paints.



The preschoolers continued to work on their scissor skills by cutting zig-zag, dotted and curved lines. They were so excited to show off their skills to us. The preschoolers worked in their journals using stamps of ocean life. They also drew pictures of a day at the ocean and what kind of animals they may see there. 



In  math center, the preschoolers worked with different types of scales. They used noodles to watch the scale go back and forth and finally balance. They discovered quickly that they could weigh other items.The preschoolers continued to work on number recognition by doing a roll the dice activity where they rolled the dice and found  the corresponding number on a rainbow.




The preschoolers explored seashells. They were excited to show and tell us about the differences in each of the shells. Since the weather cooperated, we did a lot of exploring outside. They were excited to find rocks of different shapes and sizes. They also  pretended they were at the beach finding shells.



In the sensory table the preschoolers enjoyed playing with ocean animals swimming in water and shaving cream. They also enjoyed playing in cloud dough. 


The weather over the last few weeks has been unpredictable to say the least. One day the children are playing in the snow and the next they want to take off their coats. Please continue to dress them for the weather. The children are doing a great job sticking with the teachers during our hikes so we are able to explore new trails. 


Ms. Ashly and Ms. Sabine
Important Dates:  May 3: Parent/ Teacher Conferences
                     May 22: Last day of school

Sunday, April 15, 2018

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



Spring Tea was a wonderful day. We enjoyed sharing our new favorite songs and spending time together. We loved our songs so much that we continue to sing “Spring is Here” when we walk outside.



A spring snack outside!

Over the last two weeks focused on the letters U, Q and R. It was challenging to think of words that start with Q and U. R, on the other hand, was quite easy for the Pre-K children to brainstorm words. We continued to focus on rhyming with the children. Their favorite activity was I’m a Little Teapot. During this activity the children shout out the last rhyming word.  The children also matched two pictures of objects that rhyme. Since they have became such wonderful rhymers, we tried a rhyming bag where some of the cards had picture and others just words. They had to find the two that rhymed. Sounding out the words was challenging but as usual the children are always up for a challenge and never cease to amaze us.

Everyday we read new books that follow our letter of the week. During U and Q week the children really enjoyed "The Very Quiet Cricket" and "Queen Dog." The Queen Dog ruled her family until a baby came along! The children thought the illustrations in the book were so unique and beautiful, so it was the perfect time to discuss how a book is made. We talked about the author, illustrator and that their names are on the front of the book.

Our journals continue to grow! We added a new page "When it rains?”  We wrote and drew our ideas for a rainy day. We were surprised that many of the children love a rainy day and they also had excellent ideas to write down. 

Our class was so excited our name frogs came out of hibernation. The funny thing was that they had their last names on them! Now the children have to find their last names on the frogs and then hop them over to the name pond.

We found our last names on raindrops. 

Rhyme bag fun. 

In Math, we continued to work on counting. Their favorite activity was playing Wash My Underwear.  The children had to count and fill a laundry basket with funny different colored underwear.They hoped that they didn’t spin the spinner to the bubbles which made them put all of them back in the wash.  We also counted using a new umbrella activity with little raindrops to count and put by a colorful umbrella.

During R week we played bingo together and instead of using chip number markers we used cotton balls that we pretended were rain clouds.  We graphed if the children liked rain. It was surprising that so many children liked rain.

A fun new game!

Counting raindrops!


The science table was full of many new things to explore and new experiments to conduct. During U and Q week we found seeds and seed packets. Some of the seeds were tiny and some were big. We had to feel the seed packets and guess which seed went with what. Magnifying glasses helped us look very carefully at the different seeds and we organized them in egg cartons.  During R week we made a rainbow with paper towels and food coloring. The paper towels soaked up the food coloring and made many different shades of the colors of the rainbow.  

We made a rainbow!

In Art, we painted with many different items during Q and U week. Q-tips and utensils made some beautiful effects and wonderful paintings to take home and share. We made our very own quilts with little fabric squares and glue. The children made many different patterns and designs. 

We painted rocks during R week.  We also made our very own rainbows with tissue paper and cotton balls for clouds. Everyone created exactly what they see as a rainbow in their mind. We had a great time finding our last names on raindrops and the children decided it would be fun to paint them. We have noticed that the class is now very interested in the work of others. They give such warm and kind compliments.

In our open art area the children continue to find stencils to try. Spring is here so now there are flower and bird stencils. Stencils strengthen fine motor skills by requiring the children to manipulate the writing utensil in a required direction.

Making our quilts.

Tissue collage rainbows.

At our Sensory Table, we had a flower garden with green rice (grass), beans (seeds) and fabric flowers to plant underground.  The children really enjoyed scooping up the rice and planting entire rows of spring flowers. The sensory table is a great place for the children to work on their fine motor skills. After the flower garden, we placed straws in the sensory table. the children practiced their cutting skills. It was great fun to cut them and watch them fly across the room.


What a beautiful garden. 

Dramatic Play is always super in our class.  A flower shop opened up and the line to buy flowers was long! The children delivered beautiful bouquets to everyone in the classroom.  You can really see how the children have developed and changed; they truly listen to others ideas, organize and play together.

During R week an ice cream shop opened up and there was so many different types of ice cream to order and enjoy. The children found  money to count and they worked together to decide how much a cone with many scoops would cost. Surprisingly the popsicles were priced very high and the class did not sell many!

The flower shop is open!

Working together to scoop ice cream. 

Our outdoor classroom is changing right before our eyes. We see spring flowers coming up and birds singing to each other.  We stop to look at all the flower buds. We are very careful not to step on them. The children like playing the “Race the River”where the children throw pine cones in the river and try to make it all the way to the other bridge before the pine cones goes underneath it.

We love our nature center!



Ms. Meg and Ms. Patti

Dates to Remember:
Crazy Hair Day: April 19th
Parent Teacher Conferences: May 3rd ( No School) 

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



Spring Tea was a wonderful day. We enjoyed sharing our new favorite songs and spending time together. We loved the song "Tooty Ta" so much that we still ask to sing it all the time. 

A beautiful spring day!

The class continues to do phonemic awareness activities. The favorite activity is  “I’m a Little Teapot.” During this activity, the children shout out the last rhyming word. Rhyming in our class is always fun. We love to make up silly rhyming words and to listen for rhyming words in the daily book we read.

Everyday we read new books to the children that follow the letters we are focusing on that week. Two of their favorites are" The Very Quiet Cricket" and "Queen Dog". The pictures in the "Queen Dog are so amazing that we were able to use them to talk about what an illustrator does in a book. While reading "Little Cloud", the children helped name the shapes that the cloud became.

Our class is so excited that our name frogs came out of hibernation. Everyday we practice recognizing our names. Now, we  are also writing them.

Working on our letters!

We found our names on these raindrops!

In Math, we count everyday. One day we counted bugs. Another day we counted raindrops.  Our favorite counting activity is a new game called "Wash Your Underwear". It is so silly. In this activity the children count the underwear and sill up a laundry basket. Graphing is another was we count and compare numbers. The ask a question and the children answer it. This week the question was "Do you like rain?'. 
A fun new math game!

The science table was full of new things to explore and new experiments to conduct. One week we found seeds and seed packets. Some of the seeds were tiny and some were big. We had to feel them and guess which seed went with which packet. Magnifying glasses helped us look carefully at the different seeds. The next week,we made a rainbow with paper towels and food coloring. The paper towels soaked up the food coloring and made many different shades of the colors of the rainbow. 

Let's count and weigh the bugs!

Look it's a rainbow!



The children love art. During open art, the children create many things using whatever we have in the bin such as paper streamers, glitter paper and ribbon. At other times, we have different art activities for the children to experience at a table. The week the children painted using utensils and q-tips. They also made their very own quilts using little fabric squares and glue. The variety of patterns and designs were amazing to see, We made collages with cotton balls and painted raindrops that had the children's name on them. 

Making a quilt!

Clouds make rain, and rain starts with the letter R!

In the Sensory Table, we had a flower garden with green rice (grass), beans (seeds) and fabric flowers to plant underground. The children enjoyed scooping up the rice and planting entire rows of spring flowers. The sensory table is also a great place to work on fine motor skills. After the flower garden closed we placed plastic straws and scissors in the sensory table. The children enjoyed cutting the straws and making them fly. They did not even realize that they were working on their cutting skills.

Planting flowers together!

Cutting straws is so much fun!

Dramatic Play is always super busy.  One week it became a flower shop. The line to buy flowers was long! The children delivered beautiful bouquets to everyone in the classroom. Dramatic play is a great time for the children to work on their sharing  and listening skills. After the flower shop closed, ice cream shop opened. There were so many different types of ice cream to order and enjoy. The children found play money to count and they worked together to decide what to buy.

Welcome to our Flower Shop!

Our outdoor classroom is changing right before our eyes. We see spring flowers coming up and hear birds singing to each other. We are super careful not to step on the new flowers. We can't wait to see the flowers.  Everyday the children see and discover new things. 

We love our nature center!


Ms. Meg and Ms. Patti

Dates to Remember:
Crazy Hair Day: April 19th
Parent-Teacher Conferences: May 3rd (No School)

Ms. Brittany and Ms. Kim 3's at Knoch Knolls

Ms. Brittany and Ms. Kim 3's at Knoch Knolls



Welcome back! We wanted to thank all of our special guests for coming to Spring Tea. The children worked very hard to make the day one you would cherish.

As a class, we have been brainstorming characteristics of all the different seasons.  Spring has shown all of its true colors in one week; enough snow to make a snow man, sunny warm days that allowed us to have majority of class outside and even thunderstorms!


Enjoying our surprise reader! 

Our first week back from break we spent time in Language Arts discussing classic stories that we all love so much!  If You Give a Pig a Pancake and Laura Numeroff  and Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss  are just a few that we celebrated.  We worked on alliteration and came up with some of our very own book titles. For example, "If you give Ms. Brittany a Balloon" was one of our book titles. Be sure to ask your child what was the title of their book.. 

Even Thursday's can be Wacky! Not just Wednesday's!!

In our sensory table, we enjoyed making pretend pancakes with flour and sifters.  We also had fun searching for rhyming words in a Dr. Seuss themed table.  Our favorite of all was our spring cleaning table: soap, water, sponges and some of our favorite toys!
A fun, wacky and backwards day!

Our young scientist really enjoyed predicting, observing, and then even touching a color experiment.  Every member of the class took turns guessing what they thought would happen when we mixed red vinegar and vegetable oil.  To our surprise the colors retracted!  

Scientists at work!
Art has been quite busy.  Some friends painted their feet and made fun prints on paper.  One of the best days at art was making spring skies with water colors.  Students came up with everything from blue skies and sun to chameleons and Komodo dragons playing together.  To strengthen our fine motor skills, we our own circles, cut them out all on our own and then marble painted them!










In math, we continued to work on counting as well as the concept of more and fewer.  We read, Five Tough and Tiny Seeds and discussed the idea of taking one away at a time.  We continued to work on patterns and number identification.  One of our favorite games to play was Guess the Number.


The children love writing. They were busy adding to their journals.  We have added rainbow names, picture stories about their favorite season and spring stampings.  Our alliteration book covers were so fun to create.  There was a lot of thought put into each book cover.  The kids really thought long and hard about what would be fun to read about, and then how could they create it!
Having fun with alliteration!

Mother Nature sure has had some fun the past couple of weeks.  One day everyone came in with their snow gear and the next no jackets!  Nevertheless, we have loved everything this Spring has thrown at us.  When it snowed the class worked together and built a snow person! When it was warm we pushed one another on the swings! We hunted for spring and did a sun dance. Please continue to send snow pants when needed and lighter jackets when those are appropriate!  




Reminders:
Conference sign ups are out.  Conferences are Thursday, May 3rd.
Tuesday, April 24thbring your favorite zoo stuffed animal to school.
Thursday, April 26th Beach Day! Dress like you are going to the beach.  

Thank you and Happy Spring,
Ms. Brittany and Ms. Kim