Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mrs. C. and Mrs. Walsh Seager 4's March 17

                            Using kaleidoscopes one sunny day and shoveling snow the next.

Our dramatic play area became an art studio for 3 days. The children chose from a variety of art mediums  to express themselves. They were able to paint with finger paints and water colors. They drew with oil pastels and chalk and water. They created three dimensional sculptures using clay, Styrofoam, wooden beads and pipe cleaners.  Some of the children even made their sculptures on a mirror and watched its reflection. It was great to discuss their observations.  To help them gain a better understanding of observation we had them make an observational drawing. we encouraged them to ass as many details as possible.  Their paintings were all unique.  The children have also been working on their spring tea gift and room decorations.

Molding clay on a mirror
Observational drawing

The second week Seager Pizza Restaurant had a grand opening!  There were so many roles to play; customers, waiters, pizza makers and those taking phone orders, all kept the restaurant flowing.  There was a brick oven for baking the pizzas and a self-serve drink machine offering lemonade, grape juice and orange juice.

Cooking the pizza

Self-serve drink station

The children used  their imaginations to play archaeologist using the mummy playset.  There were tents, sleeping bags, little coolers, shovels, treasure chests  and mummies  to unearth.  

Letters K and R were the letters we focused on.  In small group, the children did letter searches and played find the missing letter game. Someone shared a kite from the letter bag, so the children drew kites in their letter books and practiced writing the letter K. We also enjoyed playing a game on the dry erase boards.   Each person took a turn slowly writing a letter, number or sight word.  The rest of the group had to try to guess what they were writing before he/she was done. The children are getting very good at their sight words. Not only do we work on them during small groups, but everyday  before snack we go around the circle and each child is shown a word and they have to tell the rest what it is, sometimes getting a little help from a friend. The children have mastered writing their first names.  Some can write their last names, but all can recognize them.  When they start their day in the morning, they now just take a lined piece of paper and write their name. 
What letter is missing ?

The Science center is a great place for exploration. The children worked very hard on matching the correct key with the correct lock. They also practiced sorting by using the recycling game. All the children love trying to build a coaster, It is fun to watch them engineer their own coaster and listen to their observations and discoveries. 

Recycle sorting
Our class loves to collect rocks, so we always have containers of them in the science center.  We took out the scales and did lots of weighing.  Funny how the children seem to remember which rocks were the ones they collected!

In Math, we continue to use Unfix cubes to  make a pattern, order numbers, compare sets and mae number towers.

Upon arriving to school one morning,  the children noticed green footprints leading to our classroom and a note on our door.  The note was from some silly leprechauns who said  they had been in our classroom the night before and they thanked us for letting them play and make a mess. The note said that they left some gold coins hiding in the room for the children to find.  The children rushed in to find the  classroom chairs  tipped over, shelves were a mess, the toilet water was green  and there were tiny green footprints every where.  After finding the pot of gold and some wee  little hats, we counted the coins, and at the end of the day they each took home 2 coins for good luck.

Dates to remember:
Spring Tea March 24.  Children arrive at 9:00 guests join us at 10:30.
Spring break starts March 27 and school resumes April 3rd

Enjoy your weekend
Mrs. Walsh and Mrs. C.