Friday, September 30, 2016

Mrs. Kort and Mrs. Charity MWF 3 plus Knoch Knolls September

September 14th- 30th 

Hiking to the "Man Tree"

Hiking with the 4's Class Buddies

Collecting materials for self-portraits

Welcome to preschool!   Our class has spent time getting to know each other, making new friends, learning classroom rules, hiking and exploring.

In language arts, we read “Five Green and Specked Frogs”, "The Foolish Tortoise", "Cloudette",  "Ten Apples in the Tree" and "Animal Boogie".   We began our year learning the letter A, what names and objects begin with the letter A and reading books about Ants, Apples and Animals.

Playdough Alphabet Mats

In science, our class explored the habitats around Knoch Knolls.  We learned about what animals live in the forest, river and pond.   We even had a special visit from our resident box turtle, Shelldon.  Ms. Angelique, Knoch Knolls Nature Center Director, brought Shelldon to our classroom and we discovered what turtles eat, how they protect themselves and how their shell feels.
A visit from Shelldon the turtle
Following patterns to create birds
In math, we began working on one-to-one correspondence by counting and placing red, green and yellow pom pom apples in a tree.   Our class also focused on number recognition by finding the numeral on ponds and counting the number of pond creatures  (different types of turtles and frogs) to place on the corresponding pond.  We began patterning using miniature plastic green and red apples, squirrels and leaves.  Our class continued patterning by creating and matching parts of birds - wings, tail feather and heads.  The children also counted apple seeds in an apple and played a counting game with dice then place that number of seeds in an apple.

Apple Orchard

Our dramatic play this month has been an Apple Orchard where the class ran the orchard store selling everything from baskets of apples to apple cider.  We also began talking about community helpers in anticipation of our fire truck visit next month.   Our class dressed up as a firefighter, mailman, construction worker,  nurse, doctor, chef, airline pilot and police officer.  

Watercolor painting

Creating Nature Self Portraits
Glue works best
In art, our class collected many varieties of plant and flowers to use to make a nature self-portrait using the items found.   We also collected acorns on another  hike and used the acorns with a marble painting technique on acorn cut-outs.   Our class had to use their skills to balance and roll the acorns through the paint  covering the acorn cutout.

Apple peeling for applesauce

In our exploration of apples, our class operated an apple peeler to peel apples for applesauce.  We also did a taste test to see which apple was the tastiest….red, green or yellow.   Green apples won!

Cloud dough
Sensory Pond Exploration

At the sensory table, our class explored many different varieties of bugs in paper “grass”, creatures in a pond and cloud dough to scoop, measure and form into shapes and, of course, apple “pies”.

We look forward to more exploring and learning in October!

Mrs. Kort and Mrs. Charity

Dates to Remember
Monday, October 10th         No Preschool.  Columbus Day.
Monday, October 17th         Firetruck Visit to Knoch Knolls
Friday,  October 21st           No Preschool.  Parent/Teacher Conferences
Monday,  October 31st        Halloween Celebration.  Wear your costume and decorate a pumpkin.