Friday, February 17, 2017

Pre-k RCC Ms. Theresa and Ms. Susie


February 6th-February 16th

Happy Valentine's Day!
Love is in the air!  We have had so much fun talking about friendship and what it means to be a good friend!  We listened to many stories about friendship and Valentine's Day.  We also had lots of fun decorating our Valentine's bags and passing out our Valentine's during our friendship celebration!
We have also enjoyed learning about the letters J and V.  We talked about the sound the letters make and we enjoyed filling up our letter page with words that begin with these letters.  We also introduced the snap word jump and reviewed the snap words we introduced earlier this year.  Some of the fun ways we review our snap words are by writing the words in shaving cream and in salt trays.  We added a J page and a V page to our journals. We made jungle animals and volcanoes!  We have also encouraged the children to write letters and we made a class book called "Love is..."  The children enjoyed drawing pictures of their favorite activity with a family member and then they wrote a sentence about it.  We also continued to work on letter recognition by playing a fun jungle puzzle.
Love letters!

Writing snap words in salt!


J is for jungle!

Working hard on a jungle puzzle.

Looking for letters!

We continued to work on number recognition.  We have enjoyed playing a fun roll and write number game to help us learn our numbers.  We roll the dice, count the number and then write down the number.  Then we try to see who can fill up their sheet first.  We also continued to work on patterning, measurement,  and investigating numbers in a ten frame.  We will continue to work on these skills throughout the year.  Another fun math activity that we enjoyed was graphing our favorite vegetable.  We learned that our class loves carrots! 


Rolling and writing numbers!
We also really enjoyed two super fun science experiments.  We enjoyed making slime as a class!  It was a fun sensory experience!  We loved playing with it.  We talked about how it has some strange characteristics.  It flows somewhat like a liquid, spilling out onto the pan, but is a solid.  We talked about how it is cold to the touch.  It clings to your hands, but it is not sticky, and it is very easy to clean up.  

We also enjoyed making a volcano erupt!  We talked about how there is a chemical reaction when we combine baking soda and vinegar.  We learned that when baking soda reacts with vinegar it produces a gas called carbon dioxide.  The gas builds up enough pressure to force the liquid out of the top of the volcano, and that causes the fizzing and the eruption.  We let each child pour a little vinegar into the volcano.  They loved being able to actively participate!  They were amazed!

Erupting volcano!




We enjoyed making a snake out of a paper plate.  First, we painted the paper plate.  The children are so creative and each one was unique.  We then made the snake by cutting the paper plate into a spiral, and then we added eyes and a mouth.  The snakes looked amazing and were so much fun to play with!
We also enjoyed painting with vegetables.  It is always fun to paint with different items instead of a paintbrush.  The children enjoyed painting with the vegetables and using the vegetables to mix the different colors of paint together to make new colors.

Painting a snake.

Color mixing.

We transformed our block area and our sensory table into the jungle!  We added lots of jungle animals and the children enjoyed making animal homes.  They enjoyed picking out their favorite animal and were so creative using blocks and wood pieces to create the habitats. 

Jungle animals.

Making an animal habitat.

We also transformed out dramatic play area into a post office!   The children took turns pretending they were the mail man and enjoyed delivering mail to their friends in the classroom.  They also pretended that they were working at the post office, receiving letters and packages.  The dramatic play area is such an important area in our classroom because it encourages the kids to use their imaginations.  They also learn important social skills such as sharing and learning how to take turns. 

Can I help you?
We have had so much fun and we are looking forward to next week!  We will be learning about the letter X and we will be talking about dental health.  We are also hoping that the nice weather continues and we would like to take a walk to the park.   Have a nice weekend!
Ms. Theresa and Ms. Susie
No School on Monday, February 20th - President's Day