February 6th – 17th, 2017
The past two weeks have been filled with learning, celebration and finished with beautiful hiking weather! Our class loved decorating their valentine mailboxes and delivering their valentines to each other.
In language arts, we read “The Hungry Caterpillar”, “The Day It Rained Hearts”, “Mouse’s First Valentine”, “Eating the Alphabet” and “Dinosaur Vacation”. Our letters for each week were H and V. We reinforced learning the alphabet letters by matching the chocolate letters on the candy heart.
In math, we played the “broken hearts” game where each child has one half of a heart cutout which contains either a number or pictures. Our class did very well finding their other half to mend their broken heart. We matched “chocolate” cutout geometric shapes in a heart shaped candy dish. Our class especially enjoyed creating shapes by using their fine motor skills to manipulate rubber bands on our geoboards.
|Broken Heart Counting and Number recognition|
In science, everyone created their own volcano from playdough and cups. We combined baking soda and vinegar to observe the lava foaming out!
In art, our class decorated the letter H with items beginning with the letter and decorated the letter V like a vase. We created special spin art valentines for our families, painted symmetry hearts and decorated our valentine’s mailboxes. Each child also made a pipe cleaner heart shaped birdfeeder by stringing Cherrios on the pipe cleaner.
|Spin Art for special valentine|
In sensory, we built our fine motor strength and improved our focus by cutting multi-colored straws and lacing them with yarn to make necklaces and bracelets. Many in our class even patterned the colors. Our class also had colorful red and pink rice to measure and pour into heart shapes.
In dramatic play, we talked about our community helpers focusing on the mail carriers. Our class “mailed” letters , valentines, postcards and even decorated their own stamps to put in the class mailbox. Everyone took turns dressing up as the mail carrier. During letter V week, V is for veterinarian and the class was either a patient bringing a pet to the doctor or was the doctor and nurse in the clinic.
Mrs. Kort and Mrs. Busch
Dates to Remember
Friday, March 17th - No Preschool. Teacher Institute Day