Friday, November 11, 2016

MWF 4's with Mrs. Melby and Mrs. Hristov November 11, 2016

Thank you to all that made it out to our short but very sweet Halloween program.  It was great to see you and have a chance to talk with you.  The children worked very hard and they did great.  We were so proud of them as we are sure you were as well.

Halloween 2016

During these two weeks we covered the letters C and K.  In dramatic play these weeks we played in the puppet show and the kitchen.  In this center you will find the children doing things that are so very important for them.  There they role play, socialize, take turns and share with one another.  They are practicing skills that will help them for a life time.
providing meals for one another

In Science, we carved our class pumpkin and watched as it erupted through the face that we carved.  We combined vinegar and baking soda and observed as the pumpkin foamed through it’s mouth and it spewed out.  
scooping out the insides of the pumpkin
Carving our class pumpkin

In Language Arts, we practiced writing our letters and worked on their sound.  We journaled about our Halloween costume and drew a picture of it.  During circle time we read books like If you give a mouse a cookie and Mouse paint. We also read a poem about colors.  We continued to work on the concept of rhyming words when we picked out words that sounded the same.  After, we all voted on our favorite colors and we graphed the results.

Reading a poem about colors.  Picking out the rhyming words.

Voting for our favorite colors
Blue wins!

In Math, we practiced counting when we put the appropriate amount of people in the cars.  We sorted coins by size and color and talked about the differences between the coins.  When we played the kite number clip game we practiced one to one correspondence and number recognition.   The children not only worked on their fine motor skills when they worked with the locks and keys they had a great time doing it too.  They really enjoyed finding the correct key to fit and unlock each lock.  Just like the adults at home.
Counting people in cars

Practicing our number recognition, counting and one to one correspondence

In art we were very busy.  We  used pipettes to create fall trees on paper towels, painted with puffy paint to make our very own cookie,  and used combs to paint at the easel, made crowns,  and worked on color blending just like the story mouse paint. During K week we painted as we blew through straws.  We observed as the paint moved across our paper when we blew through the straws.  We also painted with kool aid, created contact paper kites, cut and collaged our letters of the week, printed keys, and much more.  It was such a fun week full of many activities.
Color blending primary colors
Wind painting

The children are so busy having fun they don't even realize that they are learning.  Everyday they grow so much.  They are a wonderful group of kids and we feel blessed to have such a class.

Looking ahead:

November 16, 2016 - No school - Teacher Institute
November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break
December 9, 2016 - Parent / Teacher Conferences

Just wanted to remind you to send you child with a coat. We do stay outside for a couple of minutes during pick up and drop off.  In addition, even though it is getting cooler out we may still take walks to the park before the deep freeze sets in and we have no choice to stay inside.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.

Mrs. Melby and Mrs. Hristov