Friday, February 3, 2017

Ms. Patti and Ms. Meg T/Th Knoch Knolls 3's

We have had a busy few weeks!  We learned about the letters J and Z.  Many jungle and zoo (stuffed) animals have joined our room!
In language arts we have been working on letters and rhyming.  We made a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree with letters on it.  The rhyme Willaby Wallaby has been said in our room MANY times and we made a classroom book using that rhyme.  It's silly because an elephant sits on each child as they turn the pages!  We also read many books about the jungle and the zoo.  We talked about how to care for animals, what they need and all the work that zoo keepers do.  And we shared our favorite stuffed animals with each other!
Checking off the list, making sure
the animals are healthy!

Zoo workers!
In math we love counting, creating and manipulating objects.  It takes a lot of concentration and often teamwork!  Seeing how many beads can fit on a string is kind of hard but well worth the work.  Puzzles are fun to take apart and put back together.  Making shapes with the geo board is tricky!  You have to hold the rubber band in one spot, stretch it and hook it onto another spot.  Sometimes the rubber bands fly away!  We also weighed animals on a scale to see who weighed more.  Play dough is extra exciting when we get to measure all the ingredients, mix it up, then play with it!
Peg board fun!

Making play dough!
In science and social studies we learned a lot about animals!  We talked about our pets we have at home and at friends houses.  And realized it takes a lot of work to care for animals.  There were animals at the science table that we counted and sorted into who lives in the water, on land and in the air.  We also learned that animals use their nose and sense of smell.  Smelly jars were grouped into smells we liked and did not like.  Some of them were stinky!  Mrs. H. our naturalist brought in Flicker the snake.  She told us all about him!  Everyone got a chance to pet him with one finger if they wanted to!  Then we found where he lives in the nature center.
Green rice looks like grass and
fun creatures live in the grass!

Carefully petting Flicker!
Everyday we have open art activities.  It is amazing to see what they make!  We have also used ink pads with animal stamps.  Paper plates and scissors can make snakes.  Water color paint, a piece of plan paper and an imagination makes not only a painting but a story to go with it!  Shaving cream smells good and anything can be drawn in it then erased with a swipe of the hand!
Fun in the shaving cream!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees!
Although the weather was a little cool some days, we had a great time outside!  We found bird nests.  Played sink or float in the river.  And as many parents have noticed, we found plenty of mud!  When you are dressing your child, remember Ms. Patti and Ms. Meg do NOT mind the mud!  Also remember to send them with appropriate outside clothes so they stay warm.  Hopefully one day we will have snow to play in too!  Inside we played a game and counted each friend as they pretended to be an elephant and joined each other on a spider web (string).  Silly!!!
15 elephants went out to play,
On a spider web one day,
They were having so much fun,
They called for another elephant to come!

How many children can fit around this big tree?

When we all jump then freeze, we can make the bridge move!
Important dates:
       Thursday, Feb. 9 - Valentine Celebration
       Tuesday, Feb. 14 - No School

Thank you parents for having such great kids!
Ms. Patti and Ms. Meg