Welcome back to room 119’s blog. We hope everyone is getting a chance to enjoy these unusually warm temperature days. This blog discusses things we have completed during the weeks of January 30th -February 10th . Our focus has been on the letters O and U, and the numbers 16 & 17. We continue to have the children come in, find their name, and write it. We have also have added simple questions of the day. This is a question that mostly requires a yes ☺ or no ☹ response, but some lately are allowing for extended fun with writing on the white board after they answer the question. The children love this new routine!
|Books are so interesting and funny!|
In language arts, our letter focus has been on the letters O and U. These letters are special since they are vowels, and they have two sounds. We have marked all the vowel letter cards in class with a blue star sticker to help them remember these letters have two sounds. We have taught the motions for the short vowel sounds. The letter O actions are with your index finger pretend to turn a light switch on and off, and saying sound for O. The U actions are with both hands in fists on top of each other. Keeping one hand steady and raising the other as if you are trying to open an umbrella, and saying the sound for U. We enjoyed playing alphabet bingo, letter sorting game, making an octopus and umbrella, and practicing writing the letters O and U. We read so many books as a class, but have also been noticing an interest with looking at books independently. While they are not reading the words on the page, they are enjoying looking at the pictures and sharing them with their friends. Some of the books we have read together in class are The OK book, Opposites, Clara and Clem under the Sea, Bad Kitty, Underground, The Umbrella, Up on Daddy’s Shoulders, and One Big Pair of Underwear.
|O is for Octopus!|
|U is for Umbrella!|
Art is always a favorite in our class! We made ocean aquariums, built snowmen, painted octopi, made toilet paper roll drawings, painted with pom poms, decorated bags for our Valentines, and began making frames. Our class loves working independently in art creating their own masterpieces. Pom pom painting and making our ocean aquariums helped the kids work their finger muscles to strengthen fine motor tasks such as coloring with a pencil and cutting with scissors.
|Who knew Octopus painting can be so cool?|
|We like to build snowmen!|
In math we continue to work on patterns using blocks, dump truck math filling our trucks with number of blocks that matched the card that was drawn, tweezers sorting with pipe cleaners, and a building a tower game. Our favorite activity was building a tower game where the kids rolled a dice that only has the numbers 1,2, and 3 on it. As they roll the dice, they had to count the number of blocks from the center pile, add it to the tower, and continue taking turns trying to get to the number 10 or higher. They enjoyed taking turns with this game, along with counting together as a group and measuring their towers with their classmates. Our intention for this game was to emphasize counting and making sure the one to one correspondence concept is understood. Kids often count because they have memorized the number words but sometimes do not understand the one to one correspondence. We will continue to play games like this with simple numbers to really reinforce the value of the numbers.
|Color sorting math is entertaining!|
|Dump truck math is fun, especially when you are winning!|
In science, we continued exploring with magnets, created an ocean in our water table, explored making shadows with flashlights with our hands and then different size cut outs trying to make larger shadows. We also explored rainbow reflection patterns and created our own as well, and had fun learning and doing two experiments on how penguin stay dry and warm. We did two experiments with regards to penguins. The first one we did had two pictures of penguins and colored one of them with crayons. The crayons wax represented the wax on the penguin’s feathers. We then took a bottle of water and sprayed it on both pictures to show that the colored penguin had wax to protect him and repel the water away to keep the penguin dry. The crayon wax represented the wax on the penguin’s feathers that also repels the cold water and helps keep them dry. The second penguin experiment was the blubber glove experiment. This experiment was a bag of blubber (shortening) that protected the children’s hand from the ice-cold water and helped keep their hand warm and dry.
|Students exploring and expanding on our Rainbow Reflections Experiment!|
|Rainbow Reflections are fun!|
|Wax on Penguins feathers helps keeps them dry!|
|Blubber keeps penguins warm!|
|We like exploring the Ocean.|
For our social and emotional we read a book titled On Monday when it Rained by Cherryl Kachenmeister. It was a great book to discuss emotions as it was about the bunch of emotions a little boy went through during his week. The pictures in this book are fantastic and helped us continue to talk about emotions. The kids had a lot of fun trying to make faces that matched the little boy’s emotions in the book.
|This is what our surprised faces look like!|
|Good friends listening to each others' stories about when they were sad.|
Our two weeks of dramatic play were very popular activities. We continued to play with our dollhouses, but moved the dollhouse items to our water table. We discussed how important it is to wash and clean our toys and to be responsible members of a community. We discussed how, if we all pitched in and helped, it would lessen the burden. So we turned our water table into a washing station. We had an assembly line where the kids took turns washing and drying the toys. They were amazed at how much fun cleaning can be. They were so good and efficient that they were asking for more things to clean. We also turned our dramatic play into The Red Dragon Chinese restaurant. The children loved making noodles, egg rolls, and fortune cookies. While most of the time there are limits to how many people can participate in dramatic play, there were plenty of jobs to be done in the kitchen. The kids used their imagination to create new roles for anyone who wanted to join the dramatic play to avoid disagreements. The conversations were awesome!
|Playing house is popular!|
|Everyone is hard at work!|
|The Red Dragon Chinese Restaurant is open for business!|
|Learning to limbo is hard but fun!|
Please note that the new volunteer list has begun for the spring. If you haven’t already taken a look, please feel free to sign-up for a day.
Mrs. Boyle and Mrs. Smith
March 23, 2017 - Spring Tea
March 23, 2017 - Spring Tea