Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Mrs. Boyle and Mrs. Smith 3’s T/Th @RCC

Welcome back to room 119’s blog. We are excited to be together again. I hope everyone enjoyed spending time with family over the break! This week’s blog will cover the dates of March 13th to April 7th.  The class has been focusing on the letters Z, W, and V.  They have also been working on counting numbers, identifying numbers, one to one correspondence, exploring nature, letter and sound recognition, and writing.

Our beautiful garden is complete!

In language arts, we continue to encourage students to grow in the areas of letter recognition, letter sounds, and writing. The class turned Z’s into zebras and V’s into vases for their letter sound reminders. They wrote about their favorite places to visit and the people who are special to them. We also brainstormed words that begin with the letters of the week, sorted items according to their sounds, and pulled raindrops with letters on them.  We were very impressed by the words they came up with for the letter V. For the raindrop activity, each student pulled a letter and identified the letter and the sound before adding it to the circle. We also read books about animals, vet hospitals, and butterflies.

We cannot get enough of Alphabet Bingo

Practicing colors and verbal skills in a game of Hide and Seek.
Thank you to our guest reader!
The students are making great progress in math. They are counting and ordering numbers, as well as working with more complex patterns and one to one correspondence. The class counts to the number of the week every morning. Can you believe we are up to 60! They are also taking on the challenge of putting number cards in order from 1 to 20. We want to be sure that we are not just reciting the numbers, but we can also identify the numbers and have an idea of the value they hold. One of the favorite activities was the shape puzzles and the ladybug math. The ladybug math required students to roll dice and place the matching number of buttons (dots) on each ladybug. The wooden shape puzzles challenged students to match shapes on a wooden board to form a picture. They were also able to gain extra practice with one to one correspondence by setting the tables for the Spring Tea.

We may be small but we can put our numbers in order.

Placing dots on the ladybug helps us practice many different math skills.

In art, the students enjoyed making vegetable vests, tissue paper kites, shake-up hearts, and free art.  The class enjoyed making the shake- up hearts the most. They placed hearts in a box with paint and gems, placed a lid on the box, and shook the boxes to make colorful hearts. We will definitely bring this process back again. While the hearts were the most fun to make, I think the children were most proud of the vegetable vests. They used vegetables to stamp paint onto a paper bag vest. They did ask if they could where the vests anywhere they wanted so parents beware. One student declared “I‘m wearing it to school!”  We apologize in advance if anyone is uncomfortable with their child wearing a paper bag in public.

We are looking stylish in our vegetable vests!

Making vests with vegetables.

We love shake it up art!
In science, we have been talking about nature. We learned about zoo animals, wind, volcanoes, and butterflies.  Some of the activities included making a volcano, caring for caterpillars, and a paper blowing race. The children have probably already mentioned that we now have caterpillars in our classroom. We will have them until they turn into butterflies so we may refer back to them from time to time. In preparation for the butterflies we have been reading books about the life cycle of a butterfly.  Our class also tried to mimic a volcanic eruption using diet Coke and Mentos instead of the usual vinegar and baking soda. We tried this experiment outside with a 20oz bottle and a 2liter bottle of diet Coke. If you have never done this before you have to try it but please do it outdoors. As teachers we like to try things before we do them in class and this was a lesson learned the hard way.  The students were very surprised by this experiment and it was their favorite experiment of the past 3 weeks.
I can blow things like the wind.

In our social emotional/social studies time, we continue to discuss how to treat others and being yourself. We played a game we called “What’s Your Favorite.”  The students were asked questions and if they liked something they stepped into the circle, if they did not like it they stayed outside the circle. We discussed why they did not like certain things but we also discussed that it was alright not to go into the circle just because everyone else was in the circle.  We want them to feel comfortable being themselves and making their own decisions. We are also encouraging students to clean up after themselves and to show more responsibility within the group. The students have washed toys in the sensory bin, they help others when it is time to clean up, and they are showing more responsibility in regards to putting away their belongings, clearing their snacks, and zipping their coats. 
Working side by side to build a cup tower

Our dramatic play area continues to transform, and it remains a favorite place to test out those new social skills.  This area was a zoo and a vet in recent weeks. Children enjoyed pretending to feed and care for the animals in the zoo.  They also enjoyed writing down symptoms for their pets and taking turns being the doctor in our vet.

A day at the zoo

Thank you for joining us again. Thank you to everyone for coming to the Spring Tea and a special thank you to the parents who helped with the food.  Your children will remember that as a special day and your words will stay with them forever. They look at that flower garden on a daily basis. Thank you for being so supportive. Please come back and visit our blog again soon.

Thank You,

Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Boyle

Important Dates:
April 20                            Spring Pictures
May 4                               Parent Teacher Conferences