Saturday, February 4, 2017

Mrs. Kort and Mrs. Charity Knoch Knolls T/Th 3's January 23- Feb 3

The past two weeks have been filled with adventures outside and inside our classroom.   We had few days of hiking due to the colder weather where we discovered deer and coyote tracks in the upper grove.  We also learned about owls during Letter O week and investigated a tree with a perfect hole for an owl’s nest.   During the sunny but cold days, our class enjoyed watching two muskrats swim and dive in the pond outside our window.
Discovering a perfect location for an owl's nest

Our muskrat building his den

In Language Arts ,  our class focused on  letters O and L.   We read  “Owl Babies”, “Little Owl’s  Night”, “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed an Ocean”  as well as  “Grouchy Ladybug” ,  “The Lonely Firefly” and “Llama Llama Misses Mama”.  We continue to work on writing our name as well as learning to spell our names.   Our class also began learning their upper and lower case letters with a  matching colored popsicle game .  At the writing table, we always have scissors skills.  Scissor skills improve focus and attention as well as eye-hand coordination and builds fine motor skills.  During letter L week, our class began learning lacing skills by lacing cutouts.

Scissors Skills

In Math, our class continues to work on one-to-one correspondence counting penguins and placing them on the iceberg identifying the corresponding numeral.   We counted and matched patterns using bear manipulatives.   After counting an object on a card, we  used our fine motor skills to manipulate a clothespin to clip on the correct number.   Our class also enjoyed identifying the groundhog shadows by matching different picture cutouts of a groundhog to its matching shadow.

Groundhog Shadow Matching
Counting Penguins

In Art, we strengthened our hands by squeezing glue onto paper and then used our pincer grasp to sprinkle salt and manipulate  droppers with watercolors for salt painting.   We created owls using pinecones.   Our class decorated their own library cards to use for the library dramatic play.  We used our fine motor skills to tear and place tissue paper on contact paper to create stained “glass”  mittens.  At the easel, our class dot painted the letter L.

Salt Painting
Stained glass mittens
In Science, our class observed Mrs. Kort dissecting an owl pellet.   We learned that an owl cannot digest everything it eats so it coughs up a pellet.  Our owl pellet contained leg bones along with an upper and lower jaw with teeth from a mouse.   We also explored an owl wing and feather.
Owl Cough Pellets

In dramatic play, our class used finger puppets to create and perform many shows.   We enjoyed playing Library and using our newly made library cards.

Finger Puppet Show
The library is OPEN
At the sensory table, during Letter O week, we explored with ocean animals and blue water.  The next week, we had magnetic numerals hidden in shredded construction paper “grass”.   To continue our identification of numbers, each child found a number.  If they named the number correctly, they were given a special sticker.

Discovering and identifying numbers

We will miss Mrs. Charity and wish her the best.  We will welcome Mrs. Busch to our classroom beginning February 16th!   
A big welcome to Mrs. Busch
Dates to Remember

Thursday, February 9th - Valentine's Classroom Celebration- please sign (and not address)  valentines to share with the class.

Tuesday, February 14th - No Preschool.  Teacher Institute Day

Mrs. Kort and Mrs. Busch