Welcome Back!! Happy 2017!! We hope everyone had a happy and healthy Winter Break. Here are just a few photos from our fabulous Family Snow Day Celebration. Thank you for bringing in such delicious food to share. It was so much fun spending time with all your wonderful families. The children were so creative in decorating their snowmen. Each one was adorable and very unique. Thank you for all your help.
The children have been very eager to jump right back into our routine. We have had lots to talk about in language arts. So many great stories have been shared about all the fun times they had over break. For the last two weeks we have been talking about letter D and its sound. We read some silly books like "How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight" and "If You Give a Dog a Donut." Our new sight words that we have been practicing are do, did and down. We are making great progress at mastering different directions such as up, down, left, right, forwards and backwards. While learning about dinosaurs, we discussed the differences and similarities in how they look. We wondered about how they may have behaved and pretended to be dinosaurs ourselves. The children were very excited to hatch dinosaur eggs of our own made of ice.
For math, being creative and silly is fun when you get to design your own dinosaur skeleton and count its bones. We also played a Feed the Dino Game which helped us identify numbers by sight.
For art and science, we made impressions in play dough that looked just like dinosaur fossils. We decorated our letter D's with dots for our binders, and we drew many beautiful pictures.
The children really focused hard while playing Dino Match. Some of the dinosaurs look very similar with only small differences, and the children paid attention to these small details. It was great practice of their observation skills and patience.
We concluded the letter D lesson with having our own pet store and lots of dogs all over the classroom. We learned all about taking care of our dogs by feeding, brushing, bathing and walking them. We talked about dog safety and did a bit of dog watching out our classroom windows.
Letter D week would not have been complete without dancing so we clapped, stomped and shouted our hearts out during "If You're Happy and You Know It." We are pretty sure our 3 year old friends heard us all the way in the other room. We learned the robot dance from one of our very excited classmates, and wiggled and giggled all through the "Hokey Pokey."
We hope you enjoy reading our blog and seeing a few highlights of our time in the classroom. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know. We hope the children are having as wonderful a time as we are and learning a bit along the way.
Ms. Caryn and Ms. Michelle