Sunday, November 13, 2016

Mrs. C. and Mrs. Walsh Seager 4's. Nov. 11


We had our first day of being inside the classroom the entire morning. We had planned on going out but  it down poured  just as we were getting ready to leave.  We read a couple of stories and sang along to our favorite Pete The Cat books. We used  rhythm sticks to tap and count along to rhythm stick music.

  We took our left over pumpkins out for the animals to enjoy.  We walked into the woods to the spot where we placed apple peels and cores just a few weeks earlier and left 2 pumpkins.  We went back 2 days later to see if there was anything left.  The class decided they wanted to try to cross a couple of boulders and a log to get to the other side of the ravine. We went downhill with just a few tumbles. Everyone crossed the stream, but then faced a rather steep climb back up.  Lots of tired legs that day. 
Excited to make it across the stream
A steep climb back up the hill
The children scooped leaves into overalls and a shirt to make a rather plump scarecrow named  Happy.

Letters O and L were the letters we worked on for the first 2 weeks in November.  We added the words “on” and “like” to our growing list of sight words.  The children worked on their letter books, and wrote a simple sentence using sight words.  The class published their second class book entitled “ My Pumpkin”.  The book consisted of  Zombie pumpkins, hungry pumpkins, sad, happy pumpkins and a squished pumpkin.
Letter books
Pages for the pumpkin book
  We discussed the climate that oranges grow in, looked on a map and noted the states where they are grown.  The children took turns at using the juicer and we all enjoyed fresh squeezed OJ during  snack time.  We asked the children if they thought an orange would sink or float. The skin of the orange has lots of little air pockets that  acts like a life jacket and  keeps the orange afloat.  We  peeled the orange and it sank to the bottom with the peels still floating on  top of the water. We used the hallowed out orange halves to make bird feeders and filled them with sunflower seeds.

We talked about opposites and used the picture cards to match opposites words.

The library shared space with the listening center.  Friends could sit together and sing along with music or listen to a story. We use our listening center a couple of different ways.  Sometimes the book is in the middle and when they hear the “bing” they turn the page.  Other times it is interesting to watch  the children as they sit and intently listen to the story.  Without pictures to look at, they are each able to create their own illustrations in their mind.  This week’s book was “Bear Snores On".  A bear in a cave misses out on  his animal friends having a party while he is fast asleep.  When the story was over, we asked them what kind of bear was in the story, some said" a brown bear, black bear or a polar bear.  Some children thought their caves were in the forest, and others said in an igloo on ice.


On the light table the children used clear legos and magnetic tiles. Later in the week we added leaves.  The glow of the light table adds a whole new element. The legos took on a different look with light beneath them, colors are more vivid, and the veins in the leaves are easy to observe.  

Locks and keys were used for eye hand coordination and for matching the shapes of the keys.  Lots of patience was needed as keys were tried over and over again in the different locks.  Lacing football shapes provided some fine motor work.

In small groups we played lego math, creating simple addition and subtraction problems. We took turns rolling the dice to add legos to our piles and rolling the dice to subtract legos.

 Seager supermarket was open for business. A variety of standards are  met by participating a dramatic play. To work on eye hand coordination and  fine motor, the children cut and glued pictures of food items from the newspaper. They took their list to the market and shopped.  Cooperation, role playing, and  taking turns in the supermarket increases their social skills. While shopping for a box of cheerios, pringles and toothpaste it allows them to  identify or “read” the familiar print. Math also played a role as the children grouped and classified boxes as they put items in the pantry or back on the store” shelves. When you child says they just played in the super market today, it was play with a purpose.
Dates to remember:
Nov. 16---no school
Nov. 21--last book order for the year due
Nov. 23-26---Thanksgiving break 

Have a great weekend
Mrs. Walsh and Mrs. C.