Friday, December 2, 2016

Ms. Patti and Ms. Meg T/Th Knoch Knolls 3's

December is here and our three year olds are enjoying the new winter weather. We are so excited when new things happen in and outside our classroom.  We all watched as our outdoor classroom turned from fall to winter. We loved when the first snow fell and we could play in the deep snow.  We found out that the snow was great for packing and we made giant snowballs.  We bundled up to go for a walk to see who ate the rest of our pumpkins but they were long gone!! 

Our class made their very own paper snowballs!

In Language Arts we introduced and wrote the letter W and reviewed all the letters we have been working on.  We all love to listen to the story “There was an Old Lady who Swallowed some Snow,” how did she eat all of that stuff and then burp up a snowman?  Our favorite book was “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” We even got to play with the cute mouse after we read the story.  A book on animal tracks showed us what they looked like and then we continued to look for them in other activities too! 

Taking good care of our mouse from the story.
If you a give a kid a book, they're going to want you to read it! 

In Art we water painted on snow and it was great when we figured out what happens when we mix two colors together. The hungry little mouse from our book enjoyed our cookies that we decorated and cut out for him.  We really enjoyed making animal prints with plastic animals and paint so much that we decided to take out the ink pads and stamps to do more prints.

Making the mouse some cookies!

In Science we talked about how some animals hibernate for the winter so we looked for them in our sensory table, I hope we didn’t wake them up!  The class really enjoyed looking at the examples of animals tracks on the science table, some of them were so tiny and a lot looked like the dog prints we found when we went outside.

Looking for our hibernating animals.
Look at all the animal tracks!

In our Sensory Table we found potato flakes that we think looked like the snow that was falling. We scooped them up and found out how very little they weighed in a cup. Another day we had super foamy bubbles that looked like big snowballs and snow mounds; it was fun getting really soapy.

In Math we counted how many snowballs we could feed a snowman and how many cookies that silly mouse could eat as we fed him tons! We also added up all the color bears we used in building houses for them to live in for the winter. We are all getting so good at counting and we love to count every day when we wait to see our wonderful families come to pick us up.

Look we each have 10 bears, we counted!

As we prepare for our Snow Day party and our winter break we want to take the time to thank all our parents for coming to read to our class but most of all for sharing your most precious gift with us, your children.  Every day with your child is so special and important to us both.  
Ms. Meg and Ms. Patti

Happy Winter!

Dates to Remember:

Winter Break: December 23-January 9
School Resumes January 10
No School January 16

The past few weeks have been filled with thankfulness and fun!  We have enjoyed many parents coming into the room volunteering to read a book to the class!  The weather has been a little crazy some days but we try to go out every day!  Remember to dress your child appropriately and label their things.  When you drop them off, please put their hat and mittens in their coat sleeves if you want them to wear them outside.
Fall is fun!
We have been talking about the letters T and C.  We learned our class has more names that start with C and less that start with T (more/less).  They love to write in their journals.  They tell us about their picture and we write what they say.  Everyone was thankful for comfy clothes day!  They all got a turn at group time to talk about what they wore and why it was comfy!  Practicing writing letters is extra fun when you do it with trays full of salt!  And we learned if you have wet hands and head to the salt turns into a science experiment!  They ended up with white salty hands and many laughs!
Concentrating on journals.

Listening to 'Llama's In Pajamas'.
We love numbers!  We are thankful for our friends at school and we count them every day.  We also colored paper crayons, counted them and cut them out.  Some were cut up into very small pieces! They played a turkey number matching game.  It was fun to drive small cars into the (pretend) parking lot in correct order.  We also graphed their favorite colors.  We now have an ice skating rink in our room!  It's fun to skate with friends and do tricks.  Our skates are paper plates and they slide and make everyone smile and laugh!  It can get cold skating so we have a hot cocoa stand to help up warm up.  We share, cooperate and sell cocoa and cupcakes there.  The cash register helps to count the money.
Making a pattern with feathers and putting the
numbers in order.

Counting marshmallows.

They can do tricks while ice skating!
Science is fun!  We played with play dough that smelled like cocoa.  (But we didn't eat it!)  It was sticky so we put flour on it (which looked like snow) and it was not sticky any more.  In our sensory table we floated cranberries.  We also had frozen cars in ice and a huge ice cube.  Using eye droppers and salty water, the ice melted.  We painted with cars and ice while mixing colors to see what would happen.  Sheldon the nature centers turtle came to our room for a visit!  We learned all about him and even got to pet his shell very carefully and quietly!
We found a worm outside after it rained.  We were careful
not to step on it.

Melting the ice.

Mixing colors with cars.
We carried pumpkins outside to the bridge.  They were heavy so we took turns and helped each other carry them.  Ms. Meg threw them over the side of the bridge.  With a big splash, we watched them float down the river.  We walked along the river and watched them.  They moved faster than us.  We also went outside in our pajamas on comfy clothes day.  It was a little cold but nobody cared.  It was fun!  There is so much to do outside and so much to explore!
The heavy pumpkins float!  Most people
 predicted they would sink.

Imagination and two sticks equals a lot of fun!
As winter break is coming way to fast, we would like to look back at the school year and remind you how thankful we are for the smiles, fun and laughter your children bring us!

Ms. Patti and Ms. Meg

Dates to remember:
               Thursday, Dec. 22 - Family Snow Day (more informationcoming soon)
               Tuesday, Dec. 27 to Thursday, Jan. 5 - Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)
                                      (Class resumes Tuesday, Jan. 10 2017)