Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ms. Theresa and Ms. Susie Pre-K RCC

Letter of the week!

Happy New Year!  It is hard to believe that we are already halfway through the month of January!  The children had lots of wonderful stories to share about their winter break.  It sounded like everyone had a wonderful time!

During the last few weeks we learned about the letter I.  We talked about the sound the letter I makes and words that begin with the letter I. We introduced the snap words I, it and in.  We also added a letter I page to our journals.  We made the letter I into ice cream cone!.  We also finished out mitten class book.  We drew a picture of what we would put in our mitten and then we wrote a sentence about it. 

I for ice cream!

Snap word banana splits!

Building words with ice cream!

We play lots of fun games to learn letter recognition and our snap words.  One game we enjoyed playing during the last few weeks was a banana split snap word game.  The children would pick a snap word and then build the word using ice cream scoops that have letters on them.  It was lots of fun!

Mitten class book.

Ice cream number matching game.

We have also been reviewing the numbers 1-20.  A fun way to do this is by playing an ice cream cone number matching game.  Each cone has a number on it.  The children added scoops to their cones.  Each scoop has a matching ten frame.  It was lots of fun to build our number ice cream cones!

Preparing food at our hot cocoa stand!

Puppet Show!

Artic animals in the snow!

During the last few weeks we have been learning about artic animals.  We have listened to many books about polar bears and penguins.  We have also learned some fun songs about artic animals and even did some artic animal yoga!  We learned  how artic animals stay warm in cold temperatures.  We learned that artic animals have blubber.  The blubber helps to insulate the animals.  We did a science experiment to show how the blubber works.  We had a bowl of ice water.  We had the children put one had in the ice water without a glove and then we put a glove insulated with Crisco on the other hand.  The Crisco acts as the blubber.  The children leaned that the glove with the Crisco kept their hand warmer than the one without.  It was cool!

Blubber science experiment!

This feels cold!

Learning how a penguin stays dry!

Another experiment we enjoyed was leaning how penguins stay dry.  The children colored a picture of a penguin with crayons.  When they were done they sprayed water on the penguin.  We observed that the water repelled off of the penguin.  We then discussed that the wax from the crayons prevents the water from absorbing into the paper.  We learned it's just like how the wax on the penguins feathers repel the water and help keep penguins dry.

Measuring penguins and polar bears!

During our letter I investigations we learned that Inch begins with I.  We learned that there are inches on a ruler.  We learned that Emperor Penguins are 36 inches tall and that some are even taller!  We then enjoyed comparing our height with the Emperor Penguin.  We wanted to see who was taller.  We also learned about polar bears and how big their paw can be!  We learned that some are 12 inches long.  We then compared our feet to the polar bears paw.  It was fascinating!

Q-tip foil paintings.

Polar bear art.

We have really enjoyed painting with different mediums.  We  painted with Q tips on foil and made winter pictures. It was a fun technique and a great way to work on fine motor skills and color mixing.   We also made polar bear pictures.  First we soaked a picture of a polar bear made from newsprint.  We then took our wet polar bears and put it onto fingerprint paper.  The newsprint sticks to the finger paint paper.  We then painted the paper using blue and white paint.  We enjoyed mixing the colors to make new shades of blue.  We used our hands and paint brushes to paint the paper.  After we covered the whole sheet we let the paint set for a minute and then we carefully removed the newsprint polar bear from the painted paper.  It was very exciting to see their polar bear revealed!

Family snow day!

Drawing snap words at family snow day!

We had so much fun during family snow day!  We are so glad that you were able to join us on such a fun day!  We hope you enjoyed our play, song and craft!  It sure looked like everyone was having a great time!  It was so nice to spend time with you and visit!

 - Ms. Theresa and Ms. Susie

Important Dates:  - No School on Tuesday, February 14th - Teacher Institute

- No School on Monday, February 20th- President's Day