Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ms. Caryn and Ms. Michelle 4's MWF Knoch Knolls

Dates: February 6th through February 17th

Since the children love learning about animals so much, we decided to keep the theme going. During the last two weeks we learned about the letter V for veterinarian and O for ocean. 
Our dramatic play area was full of tiny vets checking in patients, talking on the phone, giving checkups and healing ouchies. We used our vet tools to look into our patient's eyes and ears. We weighed them on a scale and wrote it all down on our check off sheets.

Outlining the letter V for our binders

We had many visitors this week while Ms. Michelle was away, and the children loved the stories they read during rug time. One of their favorites was a Doc McStuffins book called "My Huggy Valentines." It was a great way to start talking about Valentines Day and friendship.

Listening to "Mouse's First Valentine"

Ms. Angelique brought in another animal visitor this week which you probably heard all about. His name is Tiger and he is the Tiger salamander that lives at Knoch Knolls. It was feeding time and we thought the children would enjoy seeing him eat his worm. They all laughed as he gobbled it up very quickly.

In preparation for our Valentine's Day Party, we decorated our bags and learned how to draw a heart shape. The sensory table was filled to the brim with pink and red paper that the children had to dig though in order to find many tiny hearts. This was great practice of their fine motor skills and their counting skills.

Stamping paint hearts for our binders
Our Valentine's Day Party was a blast. We played counting games, danced with our friends and decorated hearts to bring home.

Playing heart letter match
For letter O, we turned the classroom into a day at the beach. We went fishing in the sensory table and swimming  in our ocean pool. We made sandwiches, spread out our towels and wore our sunglasses. Our favorite book of the week was "I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean."

It was hard work making block sandcastles, but the children were great at it. Each one was beautiful and unique.

For art and science, we made our own coral reefs. The children sprayed their beautiful drawings with water and watched as the colors swirled, spread and mixed together.

Although it's been chilly, the children love going outside. We played at the park and went on a few short walks to collect sticks. For math, we have been discussing opposites with the children like 'long' or 'short'. They are now experts at finding and comparing sticks.

We have also been discussing 'On' or 'Off' and 'Open' or 'Closed'.

Dates to remember:
Monday February 20th: No School
Friday March 17th: No School
Friday March 24th: Spring Tea
March 27 -31 No School (Spring Break)

Special request:
Until the weather gets warmer, please continue to put hats and gloves in your child's coat. It would also be very helpful if everyone hung only their coats on the wall of hooks and placed their backpacks over by the cubbies. This will really help us speed up the amount of time it takes us to get ready to go out. Thanks so much for your help.

We really appreciate how kind, helpful and generous all of you have been this year. We couldn't have asked for a better group of people. We are so thankful for both you and your wonderful children.

Ms. Caryn and Ms. Michelle