Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mrs. Kort and Mrs. Busch T/Th 3s Knoch Knolls - March 6th-16th


What a busy two weeks our class had!   As we hiked, we observed the sounds and signs of Spring.   We listened to the many robins chirping and the sound rain makes on different surfaces.   We counted the number of geese and ducks swimming on the pond and noticed the many new types of birds arriving at our feeder.     

In language arts, our letters of the week were R and K.   We read “Rooster is off to see the World”,  “When Rain Falls”, “Kitten's First Full Moon” and “Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?”  To reinforce our letter recognition, our class rainbow painted the letter R as well as decorated the letter K with objects beginning with the letter.  Our class matched the letter on a rainbow with the object that letter began with.  Gold coins with alphabet letters also were hidden around the classroom.  If you found a coin and could name the letter, you earned a sticker!


Decorating Letter K
In science, we experimented with colors by dropping food coloring into milk and then observing it make a “rainbow” of colors when we dipped a cotton swab with dishwashing liquid into it.    At the science table, we learned what tracks we would see on our hikes.  Our class already knows deer and coyote tracks, so we observed squirrel, skunk and muskrat tracks.    We also collected many items from our hikes – different sticks, tree bark, and acorns.  We used our scale to estimate what items would weigh more than others.
Rainbow Milk Experiment
In math, our class counted and matched raindrops to numbers on clouds.   We used our pincer grasp and our eye-hand coordination to snap the numeral with the number of objects and number of circles.
Counting raindrops
Fine motor and eye-hand coordination
Counting skills

In the sensory table, we fished for letters, numbers and shapes.   We also made it “rain” with holes in the bottom of plastic cups and purple colored water.   Our class also developed their pouring skills using green colored pasta noodles.   Gold coins with a letter of the alphabet were also hidden in the sensory table to be discovered and identified.

Fishing for letters, shapes and numbers
Making it "rain"
Pouring skills and discovering coins
In art, we fingerpainted with the color red, created robots with playdough, and painted the letter R using a rolling pin with colors of the rainbow.   For St. Patrick’s Day, our class stamp painted on a paper coin with green peppers that look like shamrocks when you cut them in half.   We also finished painting our special Spring Tea surprise.  We used chalk to draw with outside on the sidewalk and inside on our easel.

Red fingerpaint
Chalk whales
Roller painting the sun
Green pepper shamrocks
In dramatic play, we had our kitchen with many delicious "meals" being prepared.  We also enjoyed operating the pizza parlor by taking orders and serving pizza to everyone.

Spring Tea will be on Thursday, March 23rd during the last hour of class.  As a reminder, our class begins at our regular time.  During the first hour, we will be preparing for our tea and our guests.  In addition, Knoch Knolls will be hosting a book fair on that day in the lobby.

Mrs. Kort and Mrs. Busch

Dates to Remember
March 27th-31st -  Spring Break.   Class resumes on Tuesday, April 4th