Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mrs. Kort and Mrs. Busch Knoch Knolls T/TH 3's February 9th-17th

February 9th – 17th, 2017

The past two weeks were busy with our Valentine’s Celebration and finished with beautiful hiking weather!   Our class loved decorating their valentine's mailboxes and delivering their valentines to each other.
Ready for valentines!
In language arts, we read “The Hungry Caterpillar”, “The Day It Rained Hearts”, “Mouse’s First Valentine” and “Eating the Alphabet”.   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 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 also especially enjoyed exploring shapes using their fine motor skills to manipulate rubber bands on our geoboards.
Matching a broken heart
Creating a masterpiece with shapes

In science, everyone created their own volcano from playdough and cups.  Our class scientists combined baking soda and vinegar to observe the lava foaming and bubbling out!

Erupting volcano

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 and decorated our valentine’s mailboxes.

Spin Art valentines
Decorating mailbox bags
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.

Cutting and lacing skills
Valentine rice and hearts
Playdough candy
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 each child chose to be either a patient bringing a pet to the doctor or was the doctor and nurse in the clinic.
Picking up the mail to deliver
A busy vet clinic

Mrs.  Kort and Mrs. Busch