Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ms. Caryn and Ms. Michelle 4's MWF Knoch Knolls at 95th St.

Dates: May 1st through 12th

Where has the time gone? We can't believe that the year is coming to an end, and we are already preparing for graduation. Over the last two weeks we focused on the letters G and B. In language arts, we read a fun pop up book called "What's Below?" which taught us about different animals that live in the ground. We also brainstormed many words that begin with the letters G and B. The children's phonics skills have improved so much throughout the year. We are so proud of them. Our letter G week was so much fun. We played the board games Candy Land and Shoots and Ladders. We went into the dance room for some fun with music and a stretchy band and then played the Squirrel in the Tree game.   

Working on their fine motor skills and color matching

Garbage has been our science theme and we learned all about recycling. The children were very good at identifying what material something was made from and then which recycling bin it should go in. We talked about how materials such as plastic, glass and metal can be recycled. We even learned that food waste can be recycled by putting it in a compost bin with dirt and worms.

We were very busy during G week doing science experiments. We made gas by combining baking soda and colored vinegar. The children were amazed when bubbles fizzed and foamed after they dropped vinegar in with a dropper. Then we even made our own GOO with cornstarch to take home and play with. It was so much fun getting our hands all sticky and icky.

Last week the sensory table was overflowing with green grass and hidden gems inside to find. This week we filled it with various types of beans and pretend bugs. The children were very surprised that beans came in so many different shapes, sizes and colors.  

The children worked on two more pages for their binders. We talked about what they want to be when they grow up, and they drew a picture of themselves in the future. Then we got a little silly and asked them "If you could be a bug, what kind would you be?" The children had some very creative answers. 

Mystery Reader

Dancing just for fun

Letter B week has been a blast! We created our own bakery in the dramatic play area and made delicious looking muffins at the play dough table. Walking through our room was like walking through a maze this week. The children were spread out everywhere building some very creative marble runs.

When we went outside, some of us blew bubbles and some of us played tag. It's so nice to have a large enough grassy area to accommodate for all our wants and needs.

This week we focused on the beginning sounds of words and matching them to other words which start with the same sound. Now that the children know their letters and sounds, they are very eager to start sounding out and spelling simple one syllable words. It has been a great joy watching the children grow in their confidence and love for learning.

Mystery Reader

Very soon the children's grass heads will be coming home to you. They have done a wonderful job caring for them at school. Some have grown so tall that they are in need of a haircut already. We hope this activity has fostered the children's love of nature and will help them feel confident in their abilities to care for another living thing. 

There is no easy way to say goodbye now that the year is coming to an end. We feel extremely grateful for the wonderful families that we have met this year. Thank you for giving us the honor of spending time with your children to help them learn, grow and make new friends. We had such an amazing year and hope the children did too. So instead of saying goodbye, we will simply say see you soon. We hope our paths will cross again some day. We are extremely proud and fond of each of your children and will always be interested in how they are doing in the future. We wish them all the best next year in kindergarten and know that they will do great.

Thanks for the memories.
Ms. Caryn and Ms. Michelle