Saturday, February 17, 2018

Mrs.C. and Mrs. Walsh Seager 4's Feb.16

                                                           February Fun

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.  

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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.  


Special delivery

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

Ms. Linda and Ms. Heather ~ Three's Plus ~ Knoch Knolls~

Finally!  Snow made it to Naperville and the kids have been loving it!  Naturally, with nearly twenty inches on the ground, snow does make its way into those boots and sometimes gloves become wet and ice covered.  However, even when fingers and toes become chilly, the children continue to play and discover.  As always, they have been enjoying the snow covered play equipment.  Moreover, the snowy hikes have been interesting as they discover animal tracks along the way.  Just watching and waiting for "heron"to catch a fish is captivating for all of us!  And on Valentine's Day, we showed our love for all of the animals in the nearby woods by feeding them a heart-shaped treat made from oats. The children took turns throwing these treats as far as they could!

So much snow!
"Heron caught a fish that day!"




















As you know, the kids have been enjoying rhyming through songs, stories and fingerplays.  Not only have they been putting this language development to good use by expanding on writing skills, but they are expanding through conversation as well!  Each morning, they take the time to trace and/or write their names.  We extend on this by writing letters, numbers or shapes that may be new to them.


Writing in salt!
During play and especially in blocks, the children converse about how to create.  While zoo week was underway, they talked about how to make bridges, ramps and habitats for the animals so they can be "happy and not fight" reported one kiddo!


Zoo Block Creations
In Math, they have been making great use of the classroom scale which compares heavier vs. lighter.  Also, they used unifix cubes to compare zoo animals as tallest vs. shortest.  Lastly, games involving dice is of great interest to most of them as it helps with number recognition and counting skills.

Measuring rice on Valentine's Day!
Measuring and weighing zoo animals.













As usual, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow again this year and so did the kiddos!  We experimented with shadows using flashlights in the science center and under the table.  New to our classroom is a variety of "flashlight books" that are almost magical as hidden pictures show up on the pages by shining a flashlight on it!  Also, the children experimented with color mixing during Valentine week.  We prepared some colored hearts, put two together and made predictions about what color will appear once the hearts melted together.  Then we poured the new colored water into the snow during our time outside!

Shadow books under the table!
Making shadows with flashlights.
Melting ice hearts to make purple!

Creativity shines in this room!  When given the opportunity to play freely, we witness their fast-developing strengths in social skills.  During zoo week, they were provided with stuffed animals and doctor kits and items for caring for the animals.  Obviously not all of them have been to the the vet or know how to care for animals properly, but they all used their own experiences to understand that living creatures need food, water and maybe even a shot!  They have all been to the doctor's office themselves, right?  They were able to use those experiences to create their own play scenarios!

Caring for the animals and each other!
Mid-February calls for Valentine fun!  Thank you so much for providing Valentines as the children enjoyed stuffing them into the paper plate mailboxes they made in art.  This was the perfect week to play "post office" in the dramatic play area.

Checking the mailbox!
Writing letters and stuffing envelopes!





















Thank you for reading!

Ms. Heather and Ms. Linda

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

Mrs. Sandy and Mrs. Nicole
February 5, 2018 to February 16, 2018


Love is in the air in the 2's room. We have been busy decorating our valentine mail boxes, painting with paint ice cubes and passing out Valentines. They really enjoyed passing out their cards to their friends. We talked about how it makes our classmates feel to get something special from a friend.
                       
Love is in the air! <3 
My friend is going to love their valentine!
Painting with ice is "COOL" : )

Wow! I never drew with cars before.       
In our sensory bin, we have been experimenting with colors. We had test tubes full of colored water and we found out that when you mix two colors together you can make a new color. Using pipettes we were really working hard on our fine motor skills. In the previous week we stretched our imagination with trucks and sand.
        
WOW! The water changed color. 

                         
In our dramatic play, area we are using our imaginations and our little hands to work with construction tools. Working on their fine motor skills while having fun too. The previous week we had a doctor's office and the kids took very good care of all their patient's.

Can we fix it? Yes we can!

Hammering away 



   
Babies first check up.

We have a  lot of Dr.'s on hand

In the gym, we were working on gross motor and jumping from one mat to the other without stepping in the hot lava! The lava kept getting bigger & bigger so the jumps had to get bigger and bigger. The kids did a great job and had a lot of laughs too.
   
Pajama Day!

Don't step in the hot lava!

We had a fabulous time on pajama day the kids were super cozy all day.On PJ day we also brought out playdough, it had been a while since we had it out. The whole class went wild & wanted to participate. Everyone was very patient, shared very well and had a lot of fun with their classmates all at one table : ).



                                   
Ms. Sandy and Ms. Nicole


Dates to remember:

March 1st No School teachers institute day

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


Mrs. Sandy and Mrs. Nicole
February 5, 2018 to February 16, 2018

Love is in the air in the 2's room. We have been busy decorating our valentine mail boxes, painting with paint ice cubes and passing out Valentines. They really enjoyed passing out their cards to their friends. We talked about how it makes our classmates feel to get something special from a friend.
                       

My friend is going to love this!

Painting with ice sure is "COOL"
Wow I never drew with a car before
In our sensory bin, we have been experimenting with colors. We had test tubes full of colored water and we found out that when you mix two colors together you can make a new color. Using pipettes we were really working hard on our fine motor skills. In the previous week we stretched our imagination with trucks and sand.
        
Wow the water changed colors

In our dramatic play area, we are using our imaginations and our little hands to work with construction tools. Working on their fine motor skills while having fun too. The previous week we had a doctor's office and the kids took very good care of all their patient's.
Can we fix it? Yes we can!
Drilling away.
We have a lot of Dr.'s on hand

Babies first check up.

   








In the gym, we were working on gross motor and jumping from one mat to the other without stepping in the hot lava! The lava kept getting bigger & bigger so the jumps had to get bigger and bigger. The kids did a great job and had a lot of laughs too.


                                   
Ms. Sandy and Ms. Nicole


Dates to remember:
No school 2/19 President's Day

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

February has started out to be very exciting!  With Valentine love in the air and plenty of snow outside, the children have been happy and busy.  We focused on the letters Z and V.  
Relaxing in the snow!

Our new snap words are - no, call, did and make.  To go along with learning the letters of the alphabet, we have been focusing on different phonemic awareness skills. It has been proven that children who learn to play with the language through phonemic awareness activities have an easier time learning to read. We have played a variety of games including, guess what word, I spy, and if your name starts with. Ask your child about them. They are quickly becoming class favorites.  In our journals we wrote about ‘If I ran the zoo’ and ‘I love…’. 
Checking off the animals they
found in the other room.

Drawing and writing in their journals
about what they would do if they ran
the zoo.














In Math, we are working on more, less and equal to.  We counted how many hearts our hand could hold and compared it with our friends.We are also recognizing how patterns are alike and different. Friends matched heart puzzles to each other. Tangrams were used to make animal patterns.  Animals were also grouped by color and/or similarities.  
Houses and castles were built for the
different kinds of animals.

Each heart was counted as they
carefully placed it in each
others hands.
















Everyday we encourage visual arts in our class.  There are many open ended activities for everyone to participate in.  Elephants and other animals were created using paper plates.  Stencils were traced then colored or painted.  They wrote their names on their Valentine mailbox bag and decorated it with stampers. 

In dramatic play the children acted out the various roles you may have at a zoo when we created the Pre-K zoo, With Valentine's Day fast approaching,we made a post office.  Thousands of letters and Valentines were mailed in our pretend mailbox!  Trucks were used to deliver mail.  Their imaginations are endless!
Wonderful creations were made with love!

Taking care of zoo animals requires
a lot of work.













In Science, we are working on discussing our observations on what is happening during an experiment. To practice this we conducted a gummy bear experiment. We brought snow in our room and watched it melt. Then we measured it as it was disappearing.The weather has brought great conversations and fun!  Many days when we go outside we watch a blue heron looking for fish in the pond.  We finally were able to see it eat a fish!  
Each gummy bear was put into
a different substance.  All
the bears eventually changed
in some way!

The blue heron ate his fish right
in front of us!
















Cooperation is  very important for us to learn.  We went on a bear hunt together.  As we sang the songs we used a stretchy band.  As we moved around the room being very careful of each other.  We also pretended we were elephants and invited each other to play on a spider web.  Snow was extra fun when ideas were shared and carried out.
20 elephants sharing a
spiderweb!
Working together!











We had an amazing Valentines celebration!





Remember:
Thursday, Feb. 22  - Mismatch Day
Thursday, March 1 - No School

Ms. Patti and Ms. Meg