Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mrs. Sandy and Mrs. Nicole

Mrs. Sandy and Mrs. Nicole
May 15, 2017 to May 23, 2017

On the last full week of school our class went bird watching. The kids had a chance to climb into a life size bird nest. They sat with other feathered friends and looked for eggs to hatch and match the colors. We made binoculars and went bird watching. We talked about the birds colors and matched birds that were alike and counted how many of each kind we had.   

"I see an eagle"  "Hey I see 2 yellow birds"
                          
Hide and Seek has become very popular in the gym. They are very clever with their hidding spots. Each finder has to count to 10 before they find their classmates. 

I bet you can't see me  : )

We found you!
                           
At our craft table we made sun catchers out of glue and food coloring. The children are getting really good at using the pipettes and working on their fine motor skills.


             
  We made our very own tambourines and made some great music with them. We were also able to play with some special instruments this week, a guitar and an accordion. We discussed how the air in the accordion being pushed out and pulled in was making the music.   
Making music is fun!

            
Our last day of school was our BEACH PARTY!!   We played in the sand, chalked on the ground, played hop scotch, swung on the monkey bars, played a bean bag game and much much more.....

It's like we are at the beach.
more summer fun with chalk.
    
Hopscotch & monkey bar.

A picnic snack for our last day of school.

Thank you for sharing your children with us this year. It has been such a pleasure teaching them and watching them grow. What a year we have had! They started the year shy, timid and maybe even a few tears but they are ending the year confident, independent, and ready for 3's pre-school. We hope you stop by for a visit next year, so we can see those smiling faces. Have a great summer!
            
We're glad we were your teachers,
We've come to care for you so,
We can't believe the end is near,
We hate to see you go!
Remember all the fun we had,
and all the things we did,
but most of all remember
You're a very special kid!

 Mrs. Sandy and Mrs. Nicole

Mrs. Sandy and Mrs. Nicole

Mrs. Sandy and Mrs. Nicole
May 15, 2017 to May 23, 2017

On the last full week of school our class went bird watching. The kids had a chance to climb into a life size bird nest. They sat with other feathered friends and looked for eggs to hatch and match the colors. We made binoculars and went bird watching and found all kinds of birds in our classroom. We talked about the birds colors and matched birds that were alike and counted how many of each kind we had.
  

"I see an eagle"  "Hey I see 2 yellow birds"   

At our craft table we made sun catchers out of glue and food coloring. The children are getting really good at using the pipettes and working on their fine motor skills.
             
  
  We made our very own tambourines and made some great music with them. We were also able to play with some special instruments this week, a guitar and an accordion. We discussed how the air in the accordion being pushed out and pulled in was making the music.         
Making music is fun!

        

Our last day of school was our BEACH PARTY!!   We played in the sand, chalked on the ground, played hop scotch, swung on the monkey bars, played a bean bag game and much much more.....
It's like we are at the beach
more summer fun with chalk.


Gym fun with some hopscotch and monkey bars.
     


      







A picnic snack for our last day of school.
Thank you for sharing your children with us this year. It has been such a pleasure teaching them and watching them grow. What a year we have had! They started the year shy, timid and maybe even a few tears but they are ending the year confident, independent, and ready for 3's pre-school. We hope you stop by for a visit next year, so we can see those smiling faces. Have a great summer!
            

We're glad we were your teachers,
We've come to care for you so,
We can't believe the end is near,
We hate to see you go!
Remember all the fun we had,
and all the things we did,
but most of all remember
You're a very special kid

                                   
Mrs. Sandy and Mrs. Nicole



Ms. Denise and Ms. Sandy T/Th 3's at the RCC


Dear Preschool Families,

Happy Last Week of School!!  Wow!! What a wonderful school year!!  It’s hard to believe our time together has come to an end; it feels as though we’ve just begun.  We give you back your child, the same child you confidently entrusted to our care last fall.  We give your children back a few pounds heavier, inches taller, more responsible, a little more confident, and a little more mature.  We give them back reluctantly, for having spent eight months together in our classroom, we have grown close, have become part of each other, and we shall always retain a little of each other. We have loved, laughed, explored, learned, cried and enriched our lives together this year.  Each of your children has brought such joy and happiness to our classroom.  We were so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of children and parents.  Our friends and family often laugh at Ms. Denise and I when we refer to your children as “our kids”.  They are like our own children.  They all have touched our life in such a positive way.  We wish it could go on indefinitely, but they are ready for a new chapter in their lives to begin.  Ms. Denise and I are so proud of the growth and accomplishments they have made this year!!  Thank you so much for sharing your children with us this year, we have truly enjoyed watching them grow!


Thank you also to our wonderful parents, this year would not have been a success without your support.  The children, Ms. Denise and I greatly appreciated all the wonderful books which were read to us!!  We hope you enjoyed spending time in our room as much as we enjoyed having you in class.

Have a wonderful, fun and relaxing summer!!  Don’t forget to come back and visit!!!

Hugs and Love,
Ms. Sandy and Ms. Denise


P.S.  Did I mention, that due to unforeseen circumstances, they all must repeat this year with Ms. Denise and I……… 😊

Ms. Denise and Ms. Sandy MWF 3's Plus at RCC


Dear Preschool Families,

Happy Last Week of School!!  Wow!! What a wonderful school year!!  It’s hard to believe our time together has come to an end; it feels as though we’ve just begun.  We give you back your child, the same child you confidently entrusted to our care last fall.  We give your children back a few pounds heavier, inches taller, more responsible, a little more confident, and a little more mature.  We give them back reluctantly, for having spent eight months together in our classroom, we have grown close, have become part of each other, and we shall always retain a little of each other. We have loved, laughed, explored, learned, cried and enriched our lives together this year.  Each of your children has brought such joy and happiness to our classroom.  We were so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of children and parents.  Our friends and family often laugh at Ms. Denise and I when we refer to your children as “our kids”.  They are like our own children.  They all have touched our life in such a positive way.  We wish it could go on indefinitely, but they are ready for a new chapter in their lives to begin.  Ms. Denise and I are so proud of the growth and accomplishments they have made this year!!  Thank you so much for sharing your children with us this year, we have truly enjoyed watching them grow!




Thank you also to our wonderful parents, this year would not have been a success without your support.  The children, Ms. Denise and I greatly appreciated all the wonderful books which were read to us!!  We hope you enjoyed spending time in our room as much as we enjoyed having you in class.

Have a wonderful, fun and relaxing summer!!  Don’t forget to come back and visit!!!

Hugs and Love,
Ms. Sandy and Ms. Denise


P.S.  Did I mention, that due to unforeseen circumstances, they all must repeat this year with Ms. Denise and I……… 😊

Friday, May 19, 2017

Mrs. Boyle & Mrs. Smith's 4's @ RCC MWF



Hello family and friends! We are so glad you came to join us today. We are sad to say that this is our final blog of the school year. We would like to thank all of you for allowing us to be the first stop on your child’s educational journey. You have amazingly talented and kindhearted children and we have enjoyed every moment with them. They have made a lasting impression on all of us and we will truly miss them. Although this is the end of the year we are still hard at work. We worked on the letter Q, reviewed letters A-L, learned the number 100, tested our green thumbs, cared for butterflies, and so much more. We continue to make connections with numbers and values, to explore reading, and practice being good citizens.
We have watched our caterpillars turn into butterflies and now we must set them free!

In language arts, we learned the letter Q and reviewed previously learned letters. It is hard to believe that we finally finished all 26 letters. The letter Q was our final letter to learn. To make the sound you simply flatten your hands with your palms facing one another, put them together at the wrist, and open and shut them like a duck’s bill and make the Q sound.  The students decorated their letter Q as a quilt for their final entry to their letter binders.  They were excited to bring their binders home. We also added new sight words to our list and began creating our own set of words to bring home. Our class also worked on telling the difference between a question and a statement. They were given examples of each and asked to identify whether the example was a statement or a question. Upon completion of the lesson each student was asked to share his or her own examples. These are just a few of the things we worked on. We also read several books, played sight word bingo, wrote about rainy days, and enjoyed having guest readers in our class.
Spending time with friends and making quilts for the letter Q.



Today I drew my very best picture for our friendship quilt.

In math, the students worked on patterns, number identification, simple addition, and counting. We finally made it to 100!  The class counts to 100 everyday now, and they will continue to do so until the end of the year.  Some days we count all together and other days we form a circle and take turns naming the next number. We also played number bingo to continue working on number recognition. In this game, the teacher pulls a number and the students look for them on an oversized bingo mat. Many students are able to find the correct number when they are given the number name, while others still need to see the card that was pulled to know what they should look for.  We also worked on completing patterns with pictures, and puzzles, as well as with numbers.  The students are noticing the patterns in counting and writing numbers. We will continue to sharpen these skills for the duration of our time together.

Math Bingo can be pretty intense! I wonder who will win?

I found the missing numbers!

In Science, we learned about quails, and cared for plants and butterflies. The students learned about quails, what they eat, their natural predators, the many different species of quails, and their life cycles. They also took care of the butterflies. Each morning they quietly watched the butterflies and made sure not to startle them.  We made nectar for the butterflies with sugar and water to keep them fed. When the weather was nice enough we released the butterflies outdoors. The children were very excited to watch them fly away. Each student also tested their green thumbs by growing grass, and either flowers or green beans.  These plants have already gone home and we hope that the children will continue to care for them.  This was a great science lesson but it also taught the children responsibility.  Each day the students were responsible for watering their plants with three sprays of water from a spray bottle.  The bottles were also good for the students’ fine motor because it helps strengthen the muscles in their hands. 

Fly away little butterfly!



Art has been a blast!  The students made tissue paper ducks, drew pictures, painted flowers, and made egg carton flowers.  Out of all of these wonderful activities the thing they loved most was the painted flower. We decided to make shake up flowers instead of painting with brushes. The students placed their flowers in a box with jewels and paint. The lids were placed on the boxes and the students vigorously shook the boxes for twenty seconds. The end result is a beautifully painted flower. Some of you may remember this activity from past blogs. Our class loved the shake it up process so much that we had to bring it back for review week.  It is still a hit!


These kings and queens are making crowns.

I shook my flower so hard I created a masterpiece!
During our social studies/social emotional lessons we have been working on giving, filling buckets, and making new friends.  Making new friends at the end of the year may seem strange but by having students choose a partner to spend the day with they have gotten to know many classmates a little better.  We also made buckets in class to be filled by the other students. Each day your child is asked to write a kind note to a friend and place it in their bucket.  We teach them that kind words and actions makes others happy and fills their bucket, but their happiness fills our buckets in return. Our class has also been working on making several quilts to be donated to premature babies in a nearby hospital.  We want the children to understand the importance of giving back and filling someone’s bucket. We want them to be bucket fillers instead of bucket dippers.


We are filling buckets by making a quilt to donate to a new baby.


Toss the ball and tell us about yourself.

Our dramatic play has been a movie theater and a flower shop.  Please do not worry we did not let the children watch movies in class.  The students were given a set of pictures to project on the wall. They were also given a microphone and they made up their own stories to accompany the pictures.  Everyone loved playing with the concessions, taking tickets, controlling the pictures, telling the story, and being the audience.  It was also great to see them use their imaginations to tell the story.  Some students had so much excitement in their voices when telling the story that they even captivated the teachers.


This movie is really interesting!


The flower shop is open for business!

Thank you for joining us for our final blog.  It was great to spend the year watching your children grow and explore. It was also great working with all of you. We wish you and your children the very best. You will all be missed.

Thank You,
Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Boyle

Important Dates: Please Note Graduation Time Correction

May 24           Graduation (Students should be dropped off at 8:30 am. The program begins promptly at 8:45 am. Everyone is welcome to attend!)






















Monday, May 15, 2017

Mrs.Kort & Mrs.Busch-T/TH

Mrs. Busch & Mrs.Kort - T/TH

We have had a wonderful first two weeks in May!

In Language Arts we focused on letters "I" and "X".  We worked on tracing our letters, matching letter sounds and pictures on ice cream cones and matched upper and lower case letters using butterfly wings.




 We had a great time inspecting insects on our light table using magnifying glasses too!  We also worked on matching photographs of x-rays on the light table.  Quite the scientists we are!


Examining X-Rays

In art we got a little messy with our insect stamping!  We even got to smear some paint with our fingers.  We also painted our own hands with white paint to make an x-ray print on black paper!  Using droppers, Karo Syrup and water color paint was a fun project done on the easel.

      
Making X-Rays
 
Drip Drop Painting


The sensory table was quite a hit the last couple of weeks!  We searched for insects in "grass", showed our friends and buried them again.  We also mixed bubbles in water using whisks and then practice pouring with small containers.  We added some squirting animals into the sensory table and did a wonderful job squirting in the table!


     
Bubbles
 
Digging for Insects


We are really working on our fine motor skills as we laced letters and designed with rubber bands on the geo boards for math.  We sorted transportation manipulatives and of course practice number sequencing and pattering each day with our calendar.




It was so much fun being ice cream shop employees and customers in the dramatic play area!  We loved using cotton balls, ice cream cups, spoons, the cash register and menus for the full effect of an ice cream shop! 

Ice Cream Shop!



We got to go outside a couple of times and really enjoyed painting with water, playing freeze tag and using our stretchy band!  We do love playing with our friends in the "Monkey Room" too!  Heading up the kitchen for snack and creating fruit butterflies was a great change of environment.



We appreciate each of you taking time to meet with us at parent-teacher conferences as it means a lot to your kiddos!   Mrs. Busch & Mrs. Kort

Mrs. Busch & Mrs.Kort - M/W/F

We have had a wonderful first two weeks in May!

In Language Arts we focused on letters "I" and "X".  We worked on tracing our letters, matching letter sounds and pictures on ice cream cones and matched upper and lower case letters using butterfly wings.
Letter Matching




We had a great time inspecting insects on our light table using magnifying glasses too!  We also worked on matching photographs of x-rays on the light table.  Quite the scientists we are!
Investigating X-Rays 


In art we got a little messy with our insect stamping!  We even got to smear some paint with our fingers.  We also painted our own hands with white paint to make an x-ray print on black paper!  Using droppers, Karo Syrup and water color paint was a fun project done on the easel.
Stamping with Insects


The sensory table was quite a hit the last couple of weeks!  We searched for insects in "grass", showed our friends and buried them again.  We also mixed bubbles in water using whisks and then practice pouring with small containers.  We added some squirting animals into the sensory table and did a wonderful job squirting in the table!
Bubbles!


We are really working on our fine motor skills as we laced letters and designed with rubber bands on the geo boards for math.  We sorted transportation manipulatives and of course practice number sequencing and pattering each day with our calendar.
Geo Board Creations


It was so much fun being ice cream shop workers and customers in the dramatic play area!  We loved using cotton balls, ice cream cups, spoons, the cash register and menus for the full effect of an ice cream shop! 
We all scream for Ice Cream!


We got to go outside a couple of times and really enjoyed painting with water, playing freeze tag and using our stretchy band!  We do love playing with our friends in the "Monkey Room" too!  Heading up the kitchen for snack and creating fruit butterflies was a great change of environment.
Fruit Butterfly
Outdoor Fun!

We appreciate each of you taking time to meet with us at parent-teacher conferences as it means a lot to your kiddos!   Mrs. Busch & Mrs. Kort