After a week of bitter cold weather, followed by a foot of snow and milder temperatures, we enjoyed alot of time outdoors. The children shoveled, made snow angels, played in the outdoor kitchen and painted snow.
The past two weeks we introduced the letters E and V. The children used jewels to practice letter formation and practiced writing sight words on dry erase boards. We used match and connect boards to work on beginning sounds. We used tree cookies to match upper and lower case letters.
|Letter V formation|
In math, the children used a large mouth template and unifix cubes for teeth and played a number recognition game. After rolling the dice, they placed the correct number of white unifix cubes (teeth) into the mouth. If they rolled a number 1, they had to put in a black unifix cube which was a cavity. After the mouth was filled they carefully extracted the teeth using tweezers. During valentines week, the children used candy hearts to complete an AA,B,AA,B pattern, and used them to work on one to one number correspondence.
Seager post office was open in dramatic play. The post office was a flurry of cutting out hearts, stuffing and addressing envelopes and filling up the mail box. They decorated a valentine bag and took turns delivering their valentines to their friends.
We discussed dental health and read a funny book about a lion who wouldn’t brush his teeth, leaving him with horrible breath that kept all the other jungle animals away. In the science center the children explored dental molds and used the molds to practice their brushing and flossing techniques. We also conducted an experiment using a hard boiled egg as a tooth. The children passed around hard boiled eggs and we told them how the egg shell was like the enamel of their teeth. We asked them what would happen if we put them into Coke and left them for a couple of days. Some said the egg would get all mushy, while others said the eggs would turn color. Two days later, we checked the results of our experiment and let the children use toothbrushes and paste to try to get the eggs white again. By the end of the class period, our room had a strange smell of minty toothpaste and cracked hard boiled eggs.
|Brushing and flossing|
|Trying to make the eggs white again|
In Art, the children made winter sun catchers. Pie tins were filled with water, sunflower seeds, orange peels and apple slices and then frozen. We hung them on the bushes where they stayed frozen solid for a week and then as the weather warmed up, we watched them slowly melt, leaving treats on the ground for the squirrels. The children cut out a mouth template and brushed the teeth with toothpaste and added some glitter for extra sparkly teeth.
|Making ice sun catchers|
|Snow cone making|
|Filling up the candy box|
Ramps and tubes were in the block center for experimenting with incline planes. The children tried several methods to get their ramps at just the right angle to send their cars downward.
As a group we experimented with energy sticks. The energy stick has a sensitive circuit that can detect a small amount of electricity that travels across our skin. We joined hands to form a circle and two people held onto the energy stick. As long as everyone held hands the energy stick flashed and buzzed. We took turns letting go of each others hands and watched the energy stick stop working, as soon as we held hands again it buzzed and flashed. One student said we were like a light switch, going on and off.
No school-- Monday Feb. 19
Pjs, Pets and Pancake day-- Feb. 23
Spring tea--March 23
Enjoy your long weekend
Mrs. C. and Mrs. Walsh