Thursday, December 15, 2016

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

December has begun in our Pre-Kindergarten classroom.  We couldn’t believe one day it was fall outside and the next day we had beautiful snow to go play in. We could not be more excited.  We also watched as the pond froze over and the pumpkins we left out for the animals got gobbled up by some hungry animal.  Our class has been super busy working on our letters and discovering new things on the science table.

Building houses that are warm for the winter!

In Language Arts we worked on the letter W and reviewed all the letters and sounds we have worked on. Our snap words almost fill up the board and now we are trying to make sentences.  We read “There was an Old Lady who Swallowed Some Snow,” a very silly story with an ending the whole class laughed really hard about.  The class listened very carefully as we read a story about animal prints and we were surprised about how many different kinds there are. Our favorite story was “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” We all worked really hard trying to figure out what that silly mouse wanted next!!  Our class also made a journal page of what we would give that mouse and what he would tell us he wants now, a good way to practice our writing skills. 

If you give a child a book, they're going to want you to read it!
Working on our journals.
Look at all the snap words we know!

In Art we water painted on snow, a great way to see what happens when you mix two colors. The class also made animal prints with our plastic animals and we liked it so much we made them with ink pads and stamps. Many cookies were made for that cute mouse as we cut them out (good practice) and decorated them so they looked extra yummy!

Making cookies for the mouse!
Look! Red and Blue make Purple!

In Science we talked a lot about hibernation and animal prints as most of the animals outside hide away for the winter.  We also of course really enjoyed the snow. We did an experiment to see how long we could hold a snow ball and we took very hot water outside to see the steam. Mrs. H from our nature center brought in the frog and told us all about him. She told us they sometimes get so cold they become “Frogsickles” we all had fun pretending to be frozen frogs!

Mrs. H showing us the nature center toad!
Watching hot water make steam!

In the Sensory Table we made our name frogs hibernate and we said “See you in the spring!”  One day we found potato flakes in the table and we thought they looked like snowflakes. We measured them and piled them high in a mound. Lastly we had a great big tub of whipped dish soap that we held in our hands and really enjoyed as they seemed lighter than air.

Hibernating our name toads!

In Math we worked hard on our counting and we had fun feeding the silly mouse lots and lots of cookies when we rolled the dice and fed him the number on the dice.  We counted snowballs that were in a chilly snowman, we used tweezers to pick up the snowballs, and it was good small motor practice too.

Counting cookies to give to the mouse.

As we prepare for our Snow Day Party and our winter break we wanted to thank all our parents for sharing their most precious gift, your wonderful children. We enjoy every day we get to spend with them. Thank You!!

Ms. Meg and Ms. Patti

Happy Winter! 

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