Friday, January 20, 2017

Mrs. Kort and Mrs. Charity T/Th 3's Knoch Knolls - January Beginnings

January 9th – 20th
Family Snow Day

 The winter break seemed to go by so quickly and our class adjusted very well back into the classroom routine.  Many thanks to the moms, dads and grandparents who brought treats.   You made our Family Snow Day a great success.

In language arts, we began the new year with letters J and B.  Our class read Read:  “Jamberry”, “Sheep in a Jeep”, “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on A Bed”, “Pete the Cat and his Groovy Buttons”  and “A Visitor for Bear”.  Each day our class works on forming and writing the letter of the week as well as tracing their highlighted names.   

Counting Candles
In math, the class continues to focus on one-to-one correspondence by counting mini snowman and matching to the correct numbered snowman.   During the next week, the class counted out birthday candles to the corresponding numeral on mini-birthday cakes.   We also focused on AB patterning using colorful plastic bugs and learning what bug would come next in the pattern.

Fine Motor Skills Cutting Jellyfish Tentacles

Painting with Pine Needle Barnches

Bubble wrap prints
In art, our class appreciated using nature paintbrushes (pine branches) to paint a snowy night.  To reinforce letter retention, we made paper bag jellyfish using watercolor bingo dot markets as well as continue to refine our scissor skills by cutting the bottom of the bag as tentacles.  We decorated the letter J with jewels and the letter B with balls, bugs and even a beach.  Our class also worked on painting prints using bubble wrap.

In the sensory, we discovered tiny plastic blocks to create many towers, measured and poured bubbles and experimented by mixing cornstarch and shaving cream to create “model magic”.

Measuring and pouring bubbles
Mini block play

Experimental mixing cornstarch and shaving cream

In dramatic play, our class held a birthday party.  It was wonderful to watch cooperative play and how well the children set the table, decorated and served the cake.

Our class was able to hike for a few days the past two weeks.   We observed the river water rising and used our listening skills to hear the water rushing underneath the bridge.   We inspected many raccoon tracks near the base of the bridge as well as deer prints.  On the days our class stayed inside, they still got their wiggles out with gross motor activities.   We used the parachute to toss fake snowballs as high into the air.  Good thing we have high ceilings!  The class loved the new bowling set during Letter B week.  The children also always enjoy using their imaginations to pretend to be “Little Fish Sleeping on Their Rock” as well as “Going on a Bear Hunt”.   They also worked on their math skills counting as they jumped to  the “ Jumping and Counting Song”. 

Parachute Play with "snowballs"
"B" is for Bowling

Creative Play
Dates to Remember
Thursday, February 9th – Valentine’s Celebration during classtime.
Tuesday, February 14th - No preschool.  Teacher Institute Day

Mrs. Kort and Mrs. Charity