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We ended our year yesterday with our talent show. This is one of the big events in PreK. I could not have asked for better weather or a more beautiful venue. The children got up and introduced themselves and then performed a talent in front of the entire school and loved ones. PreK is a pivotal time for social-emotional development. Young children’s social-emotional development involves learning how to understand their own and others’ feelings, regulate and express their emotions appropriately, build relationships with others, and interact in groups. Children’s interactions with others are crucial to their learning. When their interactions are positive, young children are more likely to have positive short and long- term outcomes.
As I reflect on the year I am once again reminded of why I love teaching at St. James. This is a place where children can be children in a safe, nurturing, and beautiful environment. In PreK we studied Pets, Bread, Exercise, Boxes, Roads and Music. We had field trips to DogPatch, Julie’s Deli, and FWD Fit. We were able to go to the Perot for two shows and sang Halloween songs at Opportunities. We adopted a family from Opportunities for our community service project. We were able to provide Christmas presents for a family of six. We had a sweet Christmas program at the church that involved speaking lines and Christmas carols.
I have been amazed at the progress the children made with letter and number recognition and writing. I will miss this group, but can not wait to see what God has in store for each of them.
We had our Muffins for Mom today, and the children were so excited about having their Mom come to class! The children painted pots and planted flowers for them, painted a picture of their Mother and answered several questions pertaining to Mom. We also participated in a cooperative story during big circle time. I gave them the prompt “Once upon a time there was a Mom…,” and from there each child said a sentence or two about the Mom. This grew into a pretty funny story! After the story was complete, I typed and printed it, and the children created a group cover and voted on a name for the story. A copy of the book was given to every Mom. We are producing creative thinkers with this kind of activity!!
We had a beautiful day to celebrate the ending of our roads study. The children brought bikes and scooters and were able to ride all over the campus. Some have proclaimed that this was “the best day ever!” When a study ends and most of the children’s questions have been answered, it is important to reflect and celebrate. I absolutely love bringing a study to life for them. We will begin the Music study on Monday, and that will take us through the end of school!
We are studying roads! Why investigate roads? Roads are all around us. Roads take us to school, to the store, and to visit family and friends. In the classroom, roads become a key feature in the Block area, when children push toy cars from one building to another. A study of roads provides children with an opportunity to learn how roads are made, where roads take us, how we can stay safe on the road, and the features that make up a road. When children work together to create roads, they use a variety of skills to plan, write, draw, build, and negotiate with others.
Children were shown a map and then I encouraged them to take their paper and create their own map of the school campus. They did very well with this activity.
We colored by number this week. I made a key and highlighted the number with the color and the children worked independently to complete the sheet. I was very impressed with how well they did. We also graphed an Easter egg filled with shapes. The children had to color the shapes a certain color, then count the shapes and graph how many at the bottom. Both of these activities are important because children’s understanding of counting, number symbols, and number operations are fundamental to their success with more complex mathematics.
The children worked on their gross-motor skills by laying on their backs under a table with a sheet of paper taped to it, and drawing and writing. This was the favorite activity for the week!! The early years are important for the development of fundamental gross-motor manipulative skills.
We have started a new study……boxes!! Boxes are endlessly fascinating to young children. Perhaps more than any other toy or game, boxes have the power to hold children’s attention and spark their imagination. In the hands of a young child, a large appliance box has unlimited potential as a castle, a multilevel garage, a pirate’s ship, an ice cream shop, and a race car. So, we are collecting all shapes and sizes of boxes. We have constructed, glued and painted a mermaid palace for the girls, and a dinosaur secret ninja turtle lab for the boys. This takes children on amazing adventures and enables them to explore imaginary worlds. All the imagination that has been involved in this process has been priceless!!
We put puzzles together this week. This activity lets the children explore and describe spatial relationships and shapes. This is extremely important in helping children build the foundation for understanding geometry.
We played a game with our alphabet bean bags. I would throw a bean bag to a child and they had to tell me the color, the letter, the sound it makes, and a word that it begins with. Young children’s alphabet knowledge, especially their ability to rapidly name letters and numerals in random order, is a strong predictor of later reading, writing, and spelling ability.
We added a microscope and slides to our science center. Science content during early childhood typically focuses on living things, the physical properties of materials and objects, and Earth’s environment and how we care for it. The best way to learn science is to do science through integrated, hands-on, child-centered inquiry. Learning to engage in the process of scientific thinking, gaining understanding, and making connections are more important than learning scientific facts at an early age.
St. James loves their grandparents! We celebrated grandparents day with a special chapel where all grade levels performed. PreK chose to sign the Pledge of Allegiance, sing the National Anthem and This Land is Your Land. I was so proud of their performance and hard work. The gym was packed with loved ones, but they got up on stage and were very comfortable. After chapel, grandparents were invited into our classrooms to see all the work we have been doing throughout the year. I enjoyed meeting and visiting with all these precious people.
We are beginning our box study, so check back in a couple of weeks to see what we are learning about boxes!
PreK took a field trip to FWD Fit to find out what jobs are related to exercise. They met the instructors and found out about some of the classes offered. They were able to participate in a group exercise. Once they were through exercising they moved into the yoga room and went through a series of stretches. They were given a healthy snack and a water to bring back to school. Bringing a study to life through a site visit is such a great experience. This is important because it helps children in regulating their emotions and behaviors. In order to regulate their emotions and behaviors, children must develop a basic understanding that actions have positive and negative consequences, know what behaviors are acceptable, be aware that they are capable of controlling their behavior, and know that they have the power to manage their emotions. Children develop confidence by participating successfully in everyday activities. When children can communicate their needs, move from place to place, use tools, and participate in classroom routines, they have more opportunities to build self-confidence. A big thank you goes out to Jessica for making this happen for us!!
We have had an awesome week in PreK! We have been practicing our song for grandparents day in music class. Music is combining voice, instrumental or mechanical sounds to create melody, rhythm, or harmony. Children learn to appreciate different kinds of music and become comfortable with different forms of musical expression when they listen to recordings, create melodies, and learn songs as a group.
We enjoyed reading Guacomole by Jorge Argueta. It is a cooking poem about a little girl that makes guacamole for her family. We decided it would be a great idea to read the book and make our own guacamole. This was the favorite activity for the week! Children who engage in frequent activities with books have larger, more literate vocabularies. These children learn to read better than children who have few book experiences.
We have focused on the letters N and V this week. We made nocturnal mobiles, and talked about the definition, as well as, what animals are nocturnal. Children can think and talk in complex ways about science topics when they have related knowledge and experience. Adult-child conversations can support children’s evolving theories of science. When children have frequent opportunities to hear and use scientific vocabulary in meaningful contexts, they begin to use scientific words accurately.
We did a symmetry activity in math. The children were given sheets of paper that had half of a butterfly and tadpole drawn on them. I explained that symmetry means for both sides to look exactly the same. They had to make their drawing match the picture. With this activity the children were introduced to a topic that will be discussed in their math classes from now until college. Symmetry is found everywhere and is one of the most prevalent themes in art, architecture, and design. Children slowly construct informal mathematical knowledge, beginning in the first few months of life. Firsthand exploration is important for learning mathematics. Research has made a clear link between early math skills and later school reading and math achievement.
PreK participates in two community service projects throughout the year. Our class adopted a family from Opportunities, Inc. for our fall project. Community service is work done by a group of people that benefits others without expecting something in return. Our families bought presents for six children and their mother. We had a wrapping party in class and then delivered the gifts to them. The children were so excited to watch as two little girls opened one present a piece while we were there. This was such a great definition of the true meaning of Christmas.
We ended 2016 with our Christmas party and a special visit from Santa. The children were able to come to school in their pajamas. We played games, made a craft, had snacks and then Santa arrived with a gift for each child.
January brought us a new study.......exercise!! Our dramatic play area has been turned into a gym. We have added hula hoops and a trampoline. Young children are in nearly constant motion when they are awake. Moving makes children feel capable and confident, releases tension, and builds strong bodies and minds. A study of exercise not only offers opportunities for children to explore a topic that interests them, but also enables them to gather information, become more aware of the world around them, and solve problems. They will also learn about nutrition and jobs related to exercise, and the connection between exercise and healthy bones and muscles.
We had a Christmas show and tell this week. The children were able to pick one item from Christmas to bring and share with the class. We had everything from barbies to ghostbuster legos! Being able to get up and speak in front of their peers is important because it establishes and sustains positive relationships. Being able to establish caring relationships and to enter successfully into ongoing social interactions are essential skills for school and for success in life. Children's ability to build positive relationships with peers affects their social competence, school adjustment, academic success, and mental health in adulthood.
PreK took a field trip to Julie's Deli to find out exactly who works with bread!! We were able to tour the bakery portion of their kitchen. The children got to take dough and roll it into balls and then dip them in cinnamon and suger to make monkey bread. Of course, after it was finished baking, we all got to enjoy the bread. A very special thank you goes out to Jennifer and Julie's Deli for making this field trip possible for us.
Last night was our PreK Christmas program at St. James Episcopal Church. I was so proud of their performance. The Church was filled with parents and relatives and the children sang and spoke their lines beautifully. It was a great way for us to slow down and take time to remember the real meaning of Christmas.
We are studying bread. Why do we investigate bread? Bread is everywhere! A study of bread provides children with an opportunity to learn how bread is made, the kinds of bread we eat, who works with bread, and how and when we eat bread. A study of bread encourages children to explore a familiar topic and allows them to gather information, solve problems, imagine, and think symbolically. We are exploring different types of breads, investigating their characteristics, learning how bread is made and served, and discovering how to adjust bread recipes to incorporate new tastes and textures.
We made potato bread! We washed our hands, looked at the recipe, and read it together. Each child was given the opportunity to measure and pour the ingredients into the bread maker. After 3 hours the bread was ready for us to enjoy! Young children frequently compare measurement as they interact. They understand that capacity is how much something holds, and they understand that there are different ways of measuring.
Next week we will be taking a field trip to Julie's Deli to see exactly who works with bread!!
We attended the sixth grade Egyptian Fair. The sixth graders were in costume, and told us about what jobs and houses were like in early Egypt......priceless.
PreK is ending our study on pets this week. To celebrate we took a field trip to Dog Patch Pet Store. Mr. Lawrence Braswell, and his staff, were so patient and kind to our little children. The children got to pet and hold a snake, ferret, iguana, hermit crab, turtle, and a puppy. Young children are interested in living things! They are especially interested in the animals in their immediate environment. No matter what topic of the life sciences children study, they can learn the major concepts as they interact with living things. Through regular contact with nature, children expand their curiosity and observation skills, practice nurturing behaviors as they care for living things, and gain knowledge in other academic areas.
We have started our pet study. Why investigate pets? Pets are beloved parts of many families and classrooms. Pets, whether at home or at school, teach children the importance of taking care of others, showing affections, being sensitive to others' needs, and developing lasting friendships. We had Mowkey and JJ come for a visit and the children absolutely loved playing with them outside.
In PE we worked on bilateral crawling. This movement is designed to develop necessary components to enhance whole brain learning and to access the parts of the brian that may be otherwise underdeveloped.
We attended library for the first time. Ms. Sunny was so impressed with our class and how well they sat and listened to the story!!
I introduced the letters E and H. We learned about Jems pet hen, and Harry the hound dog. We also went over E and H words, names, and sounds that we know. Preschool children's letter knowledge is a unique predictor of growth in phonological sensitivity across the year. There is a high correlation between knowing the names of the letters and knowing the letter sounds. Children's knowledge of the alphabet is also closely related to their comprehension skills by the end of second grade.
We made funny bones for our bulletin board. The children loved this activity. The children were given cotton swabs in all different sizes and were asked to make their skeletal body. They did awesome!! The skills we used for this activity are body awareness, sequencing, and following directions.
Donuts for Dads and Granddads was a huge success!! I enjoyed seeing each and every one of you, and was heartwarming watching you interact with each other and the children. A special thank you to Gay for coordinating all the food and setting up for us.
We had our first show and tell, and the children absolutely had a ball. They had to stand up and tell three things about what they brought. The foundational skills for being a productive member of social and learning groups are established during the early childhood years, and they are important for early school success. Being a productive member of a group involves complex interactions. Children must gradually learn to cooperate, negotiate, lead and follow, and express their feelings and ideas in socially acceptable ways.
We worked on the letters L and F this week, along with the cross and square shape. We learned to make the letters with big lines and little lines. We talked about L and F words, names, and sounds. We then colored a lizard, frog and a fish.
Happy fall, and check back in October for more fun preschool activities!!
This has been a fast three weeks!! We have spent time getting to know one another, learning what names are important to know at our school, deciding what we need to do if we should get sad or scared at school, and knowing what our rules are in class.
I introduced and we began working in our Handwriting Without Tears booklet. This program is developmentally appropriate and helps four year olds get set for kindergarten by helping them develop coloring, drawing, counting and beginning writing skills.
Our room is filled with several fun centers. The favorite by far has been the tree frog in our science center. Young children are interested in living things! They are especially interested in the plants and animals in their immediate environment. They want to learn about their habitats and how they grow and change. Through regular contact with nature, children expand their curiosity and observation skills, practice nurturing behaviors as they care for living things.
We attended our very first Spanish class with Mrs. Rowe. The children were excellent and have picked up the colors in Spanish very quickly!
We practiced our cutting skills. I was so proud of them and the way they could hold their paper and use their scissors properly. Fine motor skills involve grasping and releasing objects using fingers and hands, as well as using both hands together and often coordinating these movements with the eyes. A 3 year old who squeezes and pounds play dough will become a 5 year old who cuts a picture out of a magazine accurately.
In P.E. we participated in a station workout. Balancing involves movements to help stabilize the body's position when the person is not at rest. Dynamic balance requires holding a stable position while the body is moving, such as while jumping and landing. Children's ability to balance affects their performance of gross-motor tasks.
Primary I got to spend 3 hours at my house with Ms. Amanda and I!! The class all pitched in and bought this party from the St. James Gala. We all laughed, ate pizza, enjoyed popsicles, and got wet!! The weather was perfect, and all the children had a great time!!
I can't believe that the year is coming to a close. I have loved each and every child, and consider it an honor and privilege to have been a small part of their little lives.
Primary I had their spring program and rocked it!!! Griffin, welcomed everyone to the performance. They said the Pledge of Allegiance, sang My County Tis of Thee, and said The Lord's Prayer. They then performed 14 more songs and poems, everyone was able to recite their birthday to a birthday rhyme we had been working on. Emma Lynn closed the program by thanking everyone for coming. It is so impressive when 3 year olds can get up in front of 26 people, not cry, stand in a straight line and perform!! Words can't express how proud I am of all of these children, and how very blessed I am to be a small part of their young lives.
Primary 1 got to experience the birth of our butterflies!! All 10 emerged from their chrysalides. We put oranges sprinkled with sugar water in the bottom of their habitat. After several days we moved them into a big butterfly tent, and the children were able to walk into it and have the butterflies fly around them. After everyone had a chance to sit in the tent, we released them!!!!! Such a sweet science lesson.
We celebrated Easter with an egg hunt and a surprise visit from the Easter bunny!! All the children had a great time, and found lots of eggs.
We have caterpillars!! This has been such a great science lesson for us. We received the caterpillars in two jars. We watched them eat, grow, and after about 7 days they climbed to the top of the cup and attached themselves to the paper under the lid. We waited 3 days for them to harden into chrysalides, then moved the paper disk, and pinned it to the wall of our tent. We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our Painted Lady Butterflies!!
We have been working hard on our measuring skills in our small group time. Measuring is an essential math concept and one of the building blocks of science. Each child was given a mat. I placed the box with the measuring cubes where all the children could reach it. The children had to measure an image by placing measuring cubes directly below them, using squares as guides. I reminded them to start at the left end of the image and to place each cube directly next to the previous one, until the line of cubes is the same length as the image. We then counted the cubes. They measured all objects on their mats, then continued to trade mats with other students. After everyone had completed all measurements on at least two mats, I then asked the question "which mat has the longest rope? Which caterpillar is the shortest? How can you tell?" They loved this activity and did very well.
We ended our recycling unit by having Brandy Chewning, Director of the Arkansas Recycling Center, come and speak to us about the importance of recycling. She brought several recycled items and the children had to guess what they had been recycled from. If they got the answer right she gave them the item. The children sang two recycling songs for her. She brought the recycling bins on her truck and trailer and we were able to sort some of our trash and put them into the correct bins. She also took all of our trash back and weighed it to see how much we had collected. Our Primary I and 2 classes collected 3 pounds of paper, 11 pounds of cardboard, and 14 pounds of plastic. The class actually made the Texarkana Arkansas Recycling Center Facebook page singing our songs.......check it out!
We enjoyed a visit from the Tooth Fairy this week! A big thank you goes out to Dr. Glass for providing this service to us. Before she arrived we brushed a big tooth with a mixture of sparkling toothpaste and glue. The children loved this activity! Ms. Diane and I combined our classes for this special visit. They were all so excited when she entered the room. She brought glasses, mask, and gloves to show them what the dentist puts on before looking in their mouth. She told them they needed to be brushing twice a day for 2 minutes. She also brought pictures of different foods, and asked them which ones were good for their teeth. Lastly, she sprinkled them with fairy dust to remind them to brush, and left behind goody bags for them to take home!
We ended our tree study with 2 representatives from Lowe's nursery, Tina and Vicky, coming and speaking with the children. They brought several small plants and trees to show us. The children loved hearing about their jobs at the nursery. We learned that during cold weather the nursery workers cover the plants with blankets to keep them from freezing. They brought Zinnia seeds which we were able to plant in small cups. The children were so excited when they started sprouting!! We transferred them to flower pots, and put them on our playground by the benches. Ms. Tina and Ms. Vicky plan to return with a dogwood tree for us to plant on our playground. A big thank you goes out to these two ladies for taking time out of their day to do this for us!!
What a busy week in Primary I! We worked on our classifying skills by determining whether pictures were clothing or pets and gluing them in the correct column. Classification refers to the grouping and organizing of objects, pictures, words, or ideas on the basis of particular criteria. When children classify they organize and manage enormous amounts of information that can be retrieved later. The ability to classify is important for learning and remembering.
We gave our fine-motor skills a workout using scissors to cut various shaped lines. Fine-motor skills involve grasping and releasing objects using fingers and hands. They require hand and finger strength and dexterity. Fine-motor skills are important in the performance of daily routines. Hand and finger strength and control enable children to perform a variety of self-care tasks, such as eating, dressing, toothbrushing, and nose blowing.
We worked on letter recognition. I passed out cards with random letters on them. The children had to look at them and determine whether they matched the words I Love You to the heart on the teddy bear. Young children's alphabet knowledge, especially their ability to rapidly name letters in random order, is a strong predictor of later reading, writing, and spelling ability.
The children have had much fun in our super-duper writing center. We have tons of different paper, crayons, markers, and colored pencils. Writing is an important aspect of emergent literacy. Writing begins with making a mark. Writing originates from drawing and is supported by make-believe play.
We touched and counted cubes by using number concepts and operations to see which tower had more. Children's understanding of counting, number symbols, and number operations are fundamental to their success with more complex mathematics.
We read Trees Count by Trish Holland, Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel, A Grand Old Tree by Mary Newell DePalma, Pablo's Tree by Pat Mora, and When the Monkeys Came Back by Kristine L. Franklin.
Our focus question for the week was What food comes from trees? Mabyn provided all kinds of food for snack time that grow on trees. We tasted apples, oranges, bananas, mangos, and yes, even black olives!
We added Insta-Snow to the sensory table. This is a favorite center, and a huge hit!!
I introduced Mat Man from Handwriting Without Tears to teach drawing with building and singing. I built Mat Man first and then gave him away, piece by piece. The children sang about each part, stopping to put it in place. They are learning about body parts, where they go, and what they do. They did an awesome job with this activity.
Primary I attended the 4th grade class' International Fair. The purpose of this fair is to share the diverse heritage of a country chosen by the student. We got to try on hats from all over the world.
We ended our week with a Christmas show and tell. Students were allowed to bring their favorite present from Christmas. They had to stand on the stage and tell the group about what they brought. Being able to stand and speak is so important because with lots of practice over time, children develop the ability to speak clearly and to use language to tell personal stories as they describe objects, people, and events that are familiar.
Our class has started studying trees. Our focus question was what do we know about trees? Emily said "you can plant them in the ground", Reagan said "you can decorate them", and Griffin said "leaves fall off of them". We have collected all kinds of tree parts and the children have enjoyed passing them around and examining them under the magnifying glass. We painted tree pictures at the easel and they are on display in our hallway! They also go to use a pine branch as a paintbrush and those paintings are on display in our room, they LOVED this activity!!
We have read Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr., Abiyoyo by Michael Hays and Trees Count by Trish Holland.
We made candy canes for our Christmas tree in class by stringing red and white beads on a pipe cleaner and making an AB pattern. A pattern is a regular arrangement of something, e.g., numbers, objects, shapes, colors, sounds, or movements. Guiding children to understand patterns is a foundational skill in mathematics. The study of patterns is exciting for young children. Patterns help children know what comes next and to make predictions about things they cannot yet observe. Exploring patterns helps children understand some basic algebraic ideas.
Primary I rocked their fall program!! Words can not express how proud I am of them. We have put in many hours practicing for this program. We performed 16 songs, poems, and nursery rhymes. Thanks to all parents, grandparents, and special friends that took time out of their busy schedules to be with us this morning.
Thank you for allowing me to share your child and be a small part of their lives!! I'm truly blessed!
We made play dough!! We washed our hands, gathered the ingredients and measuring tools. We read aloud the recipe and talked about which tools we would need to measure each ingredient. Each child took a turn measuring, pouring, scooping and stirring the ingredients. The children explored the finished dough using cookie cutters. This is important because young children frequently compare measurement as they interact. They understand that there are different ways of measuring and they can begin to see how much something holds.
We made shaving cream letters. I put a large amount of shaving cream on the table and gave them letter stamps. Knowledge of letters is an important component of literacy. It involves more than reciting the alphabet song. Young children's alphabet knowledge, especially their ability to name letters and numerals in random order, is a strong predictor of later reading, writing, and spelling ability.
What a great time we had touring the inside of a firetruck! A special thank you goes out to Officer Hicks for taking time to come to the classroom and talking to us about the importance of smoke detectors. We also learned to stop, drop, and roll in case our clothes ever accidentally catch on fire. We wore fire hats and made a special firetruck snack out of graham crackers, mini oreos and red icing!!
We are talking about clothes for the next several weeks. Our focus question this week was What do we know about clothes? Piper said " they can catch on fire". Ella said "they keep us warm", and Griffin said "we wear St. James clothes". We read Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney, Uncle Nacho's Hat by Harriet Rohmer, and Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina.
We attend our very first big chapel on Tuesday. What an awesome job they did sitting still and listening........I was very impressed and proud of them!!!!
We have been working on name recognition this week. Each child was given a card with their name. I gave them individual letters in random order that spell their name. I asked them to take the letters and arrange them to match the letters and spell their name. This is an important component of literacy. The idea that written words are composed of letters that represent sounds is called the alphabetic principle. Children's understanding of the alphabetic principle is a predictor of future reading success. I also wrote each of their names on my white board. They had to find their name and erase it with my "magic wand". They did awesome with both tasks!!
We read The Gingerbread Man by Paul Galdone this week and celebrated by decorating our own gingerbread man and then enjoying him as a snack. Thanks to Julie's Deli for providing all the stuff to make this possible!
We also read Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth. We responded to the story through art by choosing our four favorite colors of paint and then swatting the dollops with a fly swatter.......they turned out great and the children had so much fun with this!!!!! They are on display in the hall.......check them out!
Primary I is an awesome group! We have learned many new things. Our focus questions have been What names do we need to know at school? What should we do if we get sad or scared at school? What are our rules? When do things happen at school? and, Who works at our school? We are finally getting into a routine and they are great listeners!!
We have learned Humpty Dumpty, Mary Had a Little Lamb, and Hickory Dickory Dock. We acted out Little Miss Muffet......they had a blast with this!! We played our musical instruments, and they learned an important rule for playing instruments is to learn the resting position. This helps children control their impulses which is helping build self-regulation. They have painted and water colored. We are learning the Pledge, and working on our colors and shapes.
WOW.....is all I can say about our Spring program!! They performed 15 songs and poems. Those little voices singing The Lord's Prayer is so sweet. All ten stood on their tape and performed. They were very confident and knew exactly what they were doing and they are 3!!! Eliza welcomed everyone, Harper led the Pledge, and Indiana thanked everyone for coming. I am so proud of them!!!
I appreciate all the parents and grandparents who took time out of their busy schedules to come watch. I also have to give a big thank you to Ms. Faulkner, our music teacher. She has graciously come over every week to sing with my little ones and they love her.
Have a great weekend.
Important Upcoming Dates:
June 4 - Mud Day
What beautiful weather we have had this week! Our focus question for the week was What are the characteristics of the trees in our community? We took advantage of our beautiful campus, and took a walk on our nature trail. We saw all kinds of trees.....some standing, some on the ground, some dead, some alive, some with leaves, some without. The children were so excited........they loved the walk!!
We are hard at work on our spring program. The program is Thursday, May 7th, at 10:30 in our classroom. You will not want to miss this performance. We will be performing 16 songs and poems!
We had the privilege of watching the 1st through 6th grade students practice for their spring musical. Wow, is all I can say.......it was awesome!! Primary 1 was so attentive and in awe of the big children singing and dancing..........it was priceless watching their little faces. If you get the chance, go see the musical tonight.....you will not be disappointed.
We read Henny Penny by Bonnie Dobkin, Trees Count by Trish Holland and Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel.
We are working on our Mother's Day presents. We will see how long Primary 1 can keep a secret!!
Hope everyone has a great weekend! Get out and enjoy the sunshine!!
We finished up our clothes unit today, and we have had a great time with this study!! We did an experiment to see which laundry detergent would make the most bubbles......powder or liquid. Each child was asked to guess which one they thought would win. I divided them into a powder group and liquid group. We put both detergents in bottles and filled them with water. Each child took a turn shaking the bottle......the powder group won. The group consisted of Emily, Sawyer, Emily, Caleb, and Emily!!
Our school theme this year has been service to others. Our class project was making spring placemats for the adult center at Opportunities, Inc. The children did such a great job!! Ms. Wendy will laminate them for us, and Mrs. Joyce's 3rd Grade class will deliver them!
Our gala project is complete and beautiful!!! A BIG thank you goes out to Indiana's mom, McCarley. This project was her vision. It's a huge undertaking, and she made it beautiful!! Each child made a sunflower, water-colored leaves, and tore paper to make the table. We had fun working on this together as a class.
We read Uncle Nacho's Hat by Harriet Rohmeer, Caps for Sale by Espyr Slobodkina, and The Quinceanera by Judith Bauer Stamper.
I hope to see everyone tonight at the St. James Gala.
Important Upcoming Events:
May 7 - Spring Program - 10:30
This week our focus questions were How do we take care of our clothes, and How do people make clothes? We found out that not all homes have a washer and dryer, and that some people have to go to a laundromat to do their laundry. We also found out that a long, long time ago people washed their clothes by hand in a river, and that people used to make their own soap. We thought it would be fun to wash some of our clothes by hand, and hang them up to dry........great fun!
We also learned to sew. Each child was given a heavy cardboard shape with holes punched in it. We practiced putting yarn in and out of the holes. This activity is great because it builds small-muscle skills that aid in using writing tools and scissors. Fine-motor skills involve grasping and releasing objects using fingers and hands, as well as using both hands together and often coordinating these movements with the eyes. Fine-motor skills improve with regular practice and can be supported through routines and play activities.
We read Who Wears What? by Judith Bauer Stamper, Abuela's Weave by Omar S. Castaneda, and Little Red Riding Hood by Bonnie Dobkin.
Enjoy your weekend!
Important Upcoming Dates:
April 17 - St. James Gala
May 7 - Spring program - 10:30
We had a fun filled week of dying eggs, having an egg hunt with a special visit from the Easter bunny!! The weather was nice so we were able to enjoy our lunch outdoors!! Everyone had a great time. A special thank you to all the parents who hid the eggs, and helped with lunch and clean up.
Important Upcoming Dates:
April 17 - St. James Gala
May 7 - Spring program
Our focus question for the week was What are the features of our clothes? We talked about small, medium, and large clothes, and that the tag on the inside of their shirts is marked with a number or the letter S,M, or L.
I traced each child on butcher paper. They then added facial features, and painted on their clothes......priceless! They are on display in the hallway, be sure and check them out.
Thanks to Ms. McCarley, we have begun working on our gala project. It is going to be beautiful, and each child has been able to add a special touch to this masterpiece!!
Thank you Emily for bringing a special treat to share with friends on St. Patrick's Day.
We learned the nursery rhyme Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling. We counted buttons, zippers, snaps and velcro and tallied the numbers.....they loved this!
We played the I'm Thinking Of.......game. The children listened carefully to clues I gave them to try and figure out what I was thinking. I described familiar objects in the room and had them guess after each clue. They did awesome with this.......I was very proud of them!!! Memory involves complex cognitive processes. To remember, children must attend to the important aspects of information so that it can be stored and later retrieved and used. Children store information in long-term memory if the information is meaningful to them, if they are able to connect it to something they already know, and if they sense its importance. As children develop their abilities to attend and to use memory strategies, their learning is enhanced.
We added Easter grass and plastic eggs with uppercase and matching lowercase letters on them to our sensory table. The children have to find the egg, and then find the corresponding letter to make a whole egg. They love this center!!
We read Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Bonnie Dobkin, Button, Button, Who's Got the Button? by Trish Holland, A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman, and The Mitten by Jan Brett.
After reading A Pocket for Corduroy, I asked what are pockets for.......Harper said "chocolate". Emily said "to hold stuff", and Sawyer said "tickets"!
Have a great weekend!
Important Upcoming Dates:
March 31st - Easter party and egg hunt - 9:30
April 2nd - Parent/teacher conferences - Early dismissal
April 3 - 6th - School Holiday
April 17th - Gala
May 7th - Spring Program
What crazy winter weather we have had this week!! I hope you all got to enjoy the snow with your little ones. I heard all kinds of stories today about snowmen!!
We ended our study of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle this week. The children really enjoyed this unit. We finished up our robots and are taking them home today.
I hope you enjoy your weekend, and stay warm.
Important Upcoming Dates:
March 6 - Spring Pictures - Free uniform day
March 9 - 13 - Spring Break - School Holiday
Our focus question for the week was How can we reuse junk? We made robots from our collection of junk. Each recycle container was set out, and the children got to pick the items they wanted to use to construct their robot. This activity was so much fun for them. Each one is so different, and I can see each of their little personalities in their creations. Our next step will be naming them!!! They are all on display on my book shelf, be sure and check them out!!
I recited The Litter Monster poem, and then asked the children what they thought the Litter Monster should do to keep the Earth and room clean. I then recorded their answers. Children must be able to comprehend what they hear. Receptive language includes listening to, recognizing, and understanding the communication of others. The more children understand about the world around them, the better able they are to make sense of what they hear. Through conversations with adults, listening to stories read aloud, and engaging in meaningful experiences, children develop new concepts and acquire new vocabulary that helps them to understand increasingly complex language.
We read Don't Lose It - Reuse It by Nancy Noel Williams, The Adventures of Gary & Harry by Lisa Matsumoto, Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats, and Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho.
Stay dry and warm this weekend!
Important Upcoming Dates:
Spring Pictures - March 6th
Spring Break - March 9 - 13
We started our week with our Valentine party. Each child brought a wrapped box, and we decorated them in class. At the party, each child was given a turn to stand up and pass out valentine treats to their friends!! We celebrated with cookies, fruit, cheese and crackers and juice boxes......everyone had a great time!!
Grandparents' Day was a huge success. Words can't express how proud I am of my Primary 1 babies!!! Getting on stage and performing in front of that many people is very intimidating, and they are very young 3's!! I thought they rocked the performance!! I enjoyed meeting and visiting with all the Grandparents that came into my room. I love your grandchildren and consider it an honor to be a small part of their lives!!
Our focus questions for the week were What do people throw away? Where does trash go? We talked about the differences in the trash thrown away in the classroom and at home. We took a walk around the campus and looked at the different types of trash cans, and also picked up some trash along the way! We also talked about what happens to the trash once it leaves our room. We went on a walking trip, and discovered the dumpster for the school, they were very fascinated that the garbage from our room goes into the big dumpster!!
We worked on our math skills by touching and counting dots on ice cream bars and then matching it to the correct cover.......they loved doing this activity!!
We recycled and reused our old crayons to make beautiful valentine hearts. They are hanging from our ceiling......check them out. They loved using the iron to melt the crayon shavings!
We learned the recycle song this week......the children love this song!! They were even singing it in the lunch room......so sweet!! Music is combining voice, instrumental or mechanical sounds to create melody, rhythm, or harmony. Children learn to appreciate different kinds of music and become comfortable with different forms of musical expression when they listen to recordings, create melodies, learn songs as a group, talk about sounds, and explore musical instruments.
We read Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman, Radio Man by Arthur Dorros, and I Stink! by Kate and Jim McMullan.
Have a great weekend.....stay warm and dry!
Important Upcoming Dates:
February 10 - Valentine Party - 2:00
February 13 - Grandparents' Day - Early dismissal at 11:15 - We will not have after school care
Why Investigate Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling? Trash and garbage are all around us. Children are fascinated by what is in garbage cans and often pick up trash against our wishes. This natural curiosity provides a good starting point for finding out what happens to trash after it's thrown away. A study of reducing, reusing, and recycling not only offers opportunities for children to explore a topic that interests them but allows them to gather information, become more aware of the world around them, and solve problems. In this study, children will observe, gather data, explore their community, learn new information, and propose solutions to problems. They will use skills in math, literacy, the arts, and technology to represent their understanding of important concepts related to science and social studies.
We received our clear bins this week for sorting our reusable trash. As our collection grew, we started sorting and talking about the individual items. Deciding what kind of material they are, and which bin to place them in has been very exciting for the children.
We are reusing and recycling Christmas paper scraps and practicing our cutting skills all at the same time in our sensory table. The children LOVE this activity!
Primary 1 would like for you to meet our newest student, Caleb! He joined our class on Wednesday, and he is super sweet. He is the perfect fit for our class!!
We are joining the Primary 2 classes for our Grandparents' Day program. We started this week practicing with Ms. Faulkner. This class loves to sing......you will not want to miss this performance!
We have enjoyed reading The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch and Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho.
Enjoy your weekend!
February 10 - Valentine Party - 2:00
February 13 - Grandparents' Day - Dismissal at 11:30 - We will NOT have after school care
We finished up our buildings unit this week. We have had lots of fun and learned many new things about buildings. We finished the coloring and decorating of our fort. We put it together after lunch on Tuesday, and the children were so excited!! They have been able to play in it the whole week. We will keep it in the room for as long as it hold up!!
We also completed our art projects out of wood. The children painted and put together their sculptures with wood glue......they are amazing!! They will be on display for Grandparents Day.
We worked this week on sorting different sizes of screws. They did so good with this activity.....we also made a big, little pattern out of them.
Enjoy your long weekend, and get out in the sunshine!
January 19 - School Holiday
February 10 - Valentine Party - 2:00
February 13 - Grandparents Day - Early dismissal - We will not have after school care
I was so glad to have my babies back this week!! Our focus questions were What is special about our building? What happens inside buildings? We decided as a group that our building is special because we are the only class housed in our building, and every class comes here for lunch and PE.
We began painting our wood for our art project. Every child was able to pick 4 pieces of scrap wood that they are going to paint and then construct into whatever they choose. I can't wait to see what they come up with.
Primary 1 is pleased to introduce our newest student, Emily. She has quickly become part of our little group, and the children have been so sweet to her......welcome Emily!!
We have become experts at recognizing our own name. i sang "Friends" several times to get them familiar with the song. The children were shown their name card. Each child was called to the front to pick out their name. After cards were found and handed to me we would repeat the song.......I am so proud of them, they did awesome with this!
We have worked a lot with patterns. This week we learned that we can also make people patterns. I explained to them that we would be creating patterns using our own bodies. We created a simple pattern, e.g., stand, sit, stand, sit. They thought this was pretty funny!!
We read Keep Counting by Ishan Zaidi, Building a House by Byron Barton, and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka.
We worked together as a group to color and decorate a fortress. As soon as it's completed, we are going to construct it together and then enjoy playing inside!! They are so excited about this project!
Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm!
January 19 - School Holiday
February 13 - Grandparent's Day - Early dismissal - We will not have after school care
Santa Claus came to Primary 1!! We had a great week finishing up ornaments, gifts for our parents, and learning about the birth of Christ. We had our Christmas party on Tuesday with Santa! The children were so funny and excited! We enjoyed our time together, and enjoyed a Chick-fil-a nugget tray for lunch.
Our focus question when classes resume will be What is special about our building. We will have a lot more fun activities as we continue our Buildings study.
I hope each of you have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy the break. I hope you slow down in this busy time of year to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.
Classes resume on Tuesday, January 6th!!
Our focus questions this week were Who builds buildings? What tools do they use? Mr. Bradley and Mrs. Molly, Emily's parents, who own their own construction business, came and talked to us about building houses. They brought bricks, tile, boards, hammers, and nails. Each child had their own piece of wood, and got to hammer nails into their boards. Some of the things we found out were you have to have a smooth surface and a firm foundation in order to build a house properly! A special thank you goes out to Mr. Bradley and Mrs. Molly for taking time out of their busy day to come talk to us. We also looked at pictures of different construction sites and talked about the tools and equipment used in each one.
We read Build It From A to Z by Trish Holland, Building a House by Byron Barton, Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchins, and The Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell.
I reminded the children how the little girl in A Chair for My Mother really wanted her mother to have a comfortable chair. I asked have you ever wanted to get something for someone else? What did you want to get? To whom did you want to give it? They drew pictures that reflected their answers, and they were added to their journal.
We finished up decorating our tree and wrapping the gift for our parents. They are so excited about our party on Tuesday.
Hope you have a great weekend!!
Important Upcoming Dates:
December 16th - Primary 1 Christmas party at 9:30 with Santa. Children may come in the pj's. Lunch to follow. Candlelight for 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades - 6:30 at St. James' Church
December 18th - Candlelight for 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades - 6:30 at St. James' Church. Early release at 11:15 and we will NOT have after school care.
December 19th - January 5th - Christmas break. Classes resume on January 6th
We had a great week in Primary 1! I was so glad to see all my little ones after being off a week for Thanksgiving. Our focus question for the week was What do the buildings in our neighborhood and in other places look like? We took a tour of the school and talked about the names of all the buildings, and how different they all are. We also talked about our homes, and that no two homes are alike. We also looked at pictures and discussed the different types of homes in other countries. The children took turns building what they thought their homes looked liked with our big blocks!
We are getting so good with scissors. We colored and cut out a Christmas wreath. They are on display in our window!
We worked on shape patterns this week. I worked one on one with them, and everyone could tell me what shape came next in our AB pattern.....I'm so very proud of them!
We read Buildings, Buildings, Buildings by Judith Bauer Stamper, A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams, and House, Sweet House by Judith Bauer Stamper.
Each child was given a copy of a house. They had to take craft sticks, toothpicks, wood shapes and glue to create shingle and siding!
We put up our class Christmas tree, and made salt dough ornaments that the children were able to paint. They loved this activity, and the tree is beautiful!!!
Important Upcoming Dates:
December 12 - Picture retakes
December 16 - Primary 1 Christmas party with Santa at 9:30. Children may come in their pj's. Candlelight for 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades - 6:30 at St. James' Church
December 18 - Candlelight for 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades - 6:30 at St. James' Church. Early release at 11:15. We will NOT have after school care that day.
December 19 - January 5th - Christmas break. Classes resume on January 6th.
If you have never attended our Candlelight program, please make plans to attend. This is a beautiful service that is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.
Last week we ended our study on balls. We have started a new study on Buildings. Young children are very curious about buildings. Buildings are everywhere in our community. They vary in size, color, construction, material, function and location. Children enter and exit buildings every day as they leave and return home, spend time in other people's homes, go to school, and visit businesses. As we study buildings, we will learn concepts and skills in science, social studies, literacy, math, the arts, and technology. We will also be using thinking skills to investigate, ask questions, solve problems, make predictions, and test our ideas. We will expand our knowledge and understanding of building materials and physical forces. We will also explore concepts in social studies related to shelter, jobs, and the purposes of different structures. Our focus questions were What do we know about buildings? What do we want to find out? Each child drew a picture of what they thought their home looked like....they were added to their journals!
Primary 1 has another new student. Her name is Sawyer, and she is super sweet, and a wonderful fit in our class!!
We read Keep Counting by Ishan Zaidi, Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchins, and The Three Little Pigs by Bonnie Dobkin.
On Thursday, we had our fall program. The children performed 15 songs/nursery rhymes. They did an outstanding job. To be able to stand in front of 20 or so parents/grandparents and perform is huge at their age. All of our class has just turned 3 starting in September!! We practiced hard, and it really paid off. I am so very proud of them!! After the performance they were treated to pizza, drinks, and cupcakes.
I hope each and every one of you has a Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful to be a part of your children's lives!!
What a great week in Primary 1! Our focus question for the week was What are balls made of? A special thank you goes out to Indiana's grammy, for coming and playing a special marble game with us!
The children were given a set of cards with a numeral on one side and corresponding large dots on the other side. I invited the children to explore the number cards. We counted the dots together, and then the children used their fingers to count each quantity.
We made homemade play dough in art. We gathered the ingredients and measuring tools. We read the recipe together, and talked about which tools we needed to measure each ingredient. We talked about washing our hands before and after cooking. Each child had the chance to measure, pour, scoop and mix the ingredients. We explored the finished play dough together. We used a small cutter to make small circles, and then found a cutter that would make a bigger circle......they loved this activity!!
We read The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins, Have a Ball by Nancy Noel Williams, The Little Red Hen by Bonnie Dobkin, and A Birthday Basket for Tia by Pat Mora.
Primary 1 partnered with Ms. Joyce's Third grade class for our service project. We went to Opportunities, Inc., to the Adult Center, and performed some nursery rhymes and Thanksgiving songs for them. The children were so sweet and performed beautifully!!
Hope your weekend was great!
Fall program - Thursday, November 20th at 10:00 a.m.
Our focus questions this week were Who uses balls? What are balls made of? We talked about what the children think is inside a ball. I introduced the words hollow and solid. In our collection of balls the children had to predict whether each ball is hollow or solid. Balls were sorted accordingly.
We explored patterns this week. To introduce patterns, I demonstrated a simple two-part action pattern, e.g., touch thigh, clap hands. Once they caught on, I made the pattern more complex by using three actions, e.g., lean left, lean right, clap hands. We also took our bug counters and made color patterns with them. They did awesome with this activity!!
In Language Arts we walked a letter. The children choose two letters and together we made larger versions on the floor using masking tape. The children had to walk, hop, jump, and tiptoe along the tape.
A special thank you to Emily for bringing popcorn balls for us to enjoy as a snack, and showing to us that there are some balls that can be eaten!!
We enjoyed reading Just Like Josh Gibson by Angela Johnson, Play Ball! by Nancy Noel Williams, The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins, and A Birthday Basket for Tia by Pat Mora.
We enjoyed a fun filled day on Friday. All the children came in costume and we had a great Halloween party. We decorated pumpkins, and then had cookies, fruit, cheese and crackers and juice boxes for our treat!!
Have a great weekend!!
Our focus questions for the week were Do all balls roll? What makes balls move? Who uses balls? A special thank you goes out to Indiana's grandmother, who came and showed us how an exercise ball is used. The children loved this!! Each child had their own ball and got to participate in the exercises.
We explored spatial relationships by making shapes out of our bodies. Each child was challenged to make shapes together by using their bodies....they did pretty well. Spatial awareness, how objects are oriented in relation to one another, develops as children begin to explore the relationship between their bodies and the things around them.
The children were invited to participate in a measuring experiment. We measured how far a small ball will roll when someone blows on it through a straw. We found that a ball will move quickly when using lots of breath. The winners were Emily and Indiana!!
The Dr. Seuss memory game was introduced this week. We started with 4 cards, and moved up to 10. For the first time playing, they did pretty well. Memory involves complex cognitive processes. To remember, children must attend to the important aspects of information so that it can be stored and later retrieved and used.
Happy Birthday to Harper!! We celebrated with cupcakes. She went down in Big Chapel and Tuesday to receive her birthday blessing.
We read Play Ball by Nancy Williams, and discovered that some balls are used for work. We tied a piece of yarn to a ball, and structures were built out of our cardboard boxes. Each child took a turn being the "wrecking ball", and knocking all the blocks down.....much laughter with this activity.
We read Bounce by Doreen Cronin, Just Like Josh Gibson by Angela Jackson, and Play Ball by Nancy Williams.
If you have not already done so, please sign up for parent/teacher conferences on Wednesday, October 29th.
Enjoy the weekend!
What an incredible week we had in Primary 1! Our focus questions for the week were Do all balls bounce? Do all balls roll? We gathered our collection of balls to find out which ones bounce the best......the bouncy ball won!! We rolled several different types of balls as we sang our new song Roll the Ball.....ask them to sing the song to you!
In Art this week we painted with bouncy balls.......they turned out beautiful and are on display in the hallway.....check them out!!
I introduced rhyming words this week by teaching them Ticky Ricky, a rhyming poem. Rhyming demonstrates phonological awareness. This is an important skill in learning to read.
We worked on letters by clipping clothespins to the corresponding CD......they loved this activity!!
We played a measuring game to measure the distance around an object, or its circumference. I demonstrated this concept by using yarn to measure around my head. Then I measured each child's head with another piece of yarn. They had to take each piece of yarn and show which piece was longer. We then talked about the longer piece of yarn represented the statement that my head was bigger than their head. Young children frequently compare measurement as they interact. They begin to recognize the attributes of length, height, and width.
We read Bounce by Doreen Cronin, The Three Billy Goats Gruff retold by Bonnie Dobkin, and Play Ball by Nancy Noel Williams. We were blessed this week to have Ms. Diane come and read her favorite Halloween book to us. They children were very attentive and were able to act out parts of the book!
We made straw shapes during math. I demonstrated how to use the straws to form shapes they are already familiar with. They picked their favorite shape from the bulletin board and then used various lengths of straws to form the shape on construction paper. Children do not develop their ideas about shapes by simply looking at them. They need to manipulate, draw, compare, describe, sort, and represent the shapes in a variety of ways.
Hope everyone has a great weekend, and enjoy the beautiful weather!
Parent/Teacher Conferences - October 29 - Early dismissal at 11:00
Halloween Party - October 31 - 2:00
For the next 6 weeks we will be studying balls! Our focus question this week was what do we know about balls? What do we want to find out? We are learning that some balls are for fun, some balls are for work. Some balls are for eating, and most don't even bounce!! The children drew pictures of their favorite balls, and we added them to our journals.
Happy Birthday to Rivers. We celebrated her special day with Minnie cupcakes and cookies!!
We practiced our fine motor skills by coloring a pumpkin and cutting them out. They are on display in our window, check them out!! Fine-motor skills involve grasping and releasing objects using fingers and hands, as well as using both hands together and often coordinating these movements with the eyes. They require hand and finger strength and dexterity.
We read The Little Red Hen by Bonnie Dobkin and Have a Ball by Nancy Noel Williams.
In our large group time the children were given a ball. Each child had to hold up the ball and describe its features. They were encouraged to talk about the texture, size, weight, etc., of their chosen balls. They answered questions about how their ball was different from the last ball we talked about? How was it the same? Children talk to express feelings, make requests, discuss plans, gain information, understand concepts, solve problems, and share ideas and stories. With lots of practice over time, children develop the ability to speak clearly to tell personal stories as they describe objects, people, and events that are familiar.
In our math center we played a guessing game. I used a gallon-size resealable bag to put numerous objects in for them to examine and then estimate how many objects they thought were in the bag without counting each object. I wrote each child's name on chart paper along with their guesses. After each child had guessed, we open the bag, and counted the objects together. We talked about which guesses were closet to the correct number. They had so much fun with this!!
To our sensory table we added spray bottles, sand, melon and ice cream scoops for making sand balls!!!!
Hope you have a great long weekend.
Our focus question this week was What sounds do we hear at school? Where do they come from? In our large circle time we talked about all the sounds we hear, i.e., trains, planes, other children playing, birds, children in the cafeteria, etc. Pictures were drawn of their favorite sound on campus and they were added to our journals.
Primary 1 would like for you to meet our new students, Indiana and Harper. Indiana joined us on Monday, and Harper on Tuesday!!
We celebrated Eliza and Indiana's birthdays on Tuesday. Both girls received their birthday blessings at big chapel.
We played a listening game this week. The children had to listen to a story and stand up when they heard the word up, and sit down when they heard down. Children must be able to comprehend what they hear. Receptive language includes listening to, recognizing, and understanding the communication of others. To comprehend language, children must focus their attention and listen with a purpose. They did pretty well with this activity.
We went on a fishing trip in math this week. We had a set of fish cards with a different number of worms attached on each card. A paper clip was attached to the card and they were spread apart in a pretend pond so the children could catch them one at a time. They had to show the fish card they caught. We counted aloud the number of worms attached on the card, touching each one as we counted. Children's understanding of counting, number symbols, and number operations are fundamental to their success with more complex mathematics. To count well, children must learn the verbal number sequence; one-to-one correspondence, i.e., that one number name is matched to a single object in a set being counted; and cardinality, i.e., that the last number named when counting objects tells how many. They did great with this, and wanted to fish over and over again!!
The fire truck came today!! A fireman talked to the children about the importance of knowing stop, drop and roll. They got to see lots of the equipment used by our firefighters. They let each child go into the truck and then look around the back and side. We got to see the lights and even hear the siren.......they loved this!! A special thank you to Emily's mom, Jennifer, for making fireman hat cookies for us to enjoy at snack time.
Hope you all have a great and relaxing weekend!
Fall is officially here! Primary 1 water colored leaves and attached to our tree in the Science center. We also talked about changes that happen during the fall, i.e., leaves fall, wind blows, days get shorter and cooler, squirrels gather nuts, butterflies make cocoons, geese fly south and bears go to sleep.
Our focus question this week was How do we make and keep friends? How can we be part of a group? We talked about how important our friends are, how we should treat our friends and that our classroom is a group. Children's ability to build positive relationships with peers affects their social competence, school adjustment, academic success, and mental health in adulthood. The children drew a picture of a friend and we added them to our journals.
We learned about desktop publishing by making books during our library time. Children were provided card stock crayons, markers and bookbinding supplies. The children drew pictures and then described them to me. I dictated their words at the bottom of the page. They illustrated the book's cover and a title was chosen. I assisted the children in assembling the book and using the binding materials. I read each book during our circle time.....priceless!! Long before they learn to read, children try to make sense of the print around them. Children see print in their homes, in their schools, on street signs and elsewhere throughout their communities. Knowledge of print carries a message and that print is organized and read in particular ways. Young children's concepts about print are a good predictor of later reading, writing, and spelling ability.
Our favorite class book was Hooray, A Pinata! by Elisa Kleven. Today, we joined the Primary II classes to see how long it would take to bust our own pinata. Great gross motor activity, and class favorite!!
We worked on controlling our impulses by playing the freeze game to dance music. The children had to "freeze" and pretend to be a statue when the music stopped. Children who regulate their emotions and impulses positively do better in school and have an easier time getting along with peers.
We experimented with a real microphone this week. In order to maintain positive relationships with peers and adults, children must learn the social rules of communicating. This involves being polite, speaking so the listener understands, and turn-taking. Each child had a turn and was given time to express themselves!!
Have a wonderful weekend!
October 3 - Fire truck visit at 9:30
October 5 - St. Francis' Pet Blessing at 3:00 at Kylee Sullivan Dog Park and Episcopal Schools Sunday at 10:00 at St James Church
October 13 - Columbus Day - School holiday
October 29 - Parent/teacher conferences. Early dismissal at 11:15.
October 31 - Class Halloween party - 2:00.
Our focus question for the week was Who Works At Our School? We discussed the people who work here and what they do. The children drew a picture of someone who works at the school. The drawings were added to their journals. On Thursday, Ms. Tara, who cleans our entire campus came to talk to the us about her job. We learned that she has six buildings to clean and it takes her approximately 7 hours. The children were able to help her do a few things in order to get our room clean. They were very sweet, attentive, and anxious to help!!
In Language and Literacy we worked on recognizing the alphabet. I placed two sets of alphabet cards on the table. I used one set to attach to various objects around the room that begin with the letter on the card. I placed the matching letters from the other set on the table where the children could reach them. The children had to pick a card and match to an attached card. The children loved this activity!!! They got so excited when they made a match. Knowledge of letters and words is an important component of literacy. Young children's alphabet knowledge, especially their ability to name letters and numerals in random order, is a strong predictor of later reading, writing, and spelling ability.
The favorite book this week was The Gingerbread Man by Paul Galdone. A special thank you goes out to Jennifer, Emily's mom, for providing us with gingerbread cookies and everything to decorate them. The children had so much fun decorating their own gingerbread man and then eating it just like the fox in the story!!
Today, we added gingerbread cake mixes, measuring cups and spoons to our sensory table.
Hope you have a great weekend!!
What an awesome week we had in Primary 1!! Our focus question this week was When Do Things Happen at Our School? I introduced the concept of time by using the nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock and the clock in our classroom. We also talked about our class schedule, what activities are done and what time we do them.
I introduced musical instruments this week. We learned that a very important rule for playing musical instruments is to learn the resting position. The children were shown how to hold their instruments in a resting position, placing the instrument on the floor without playing it, until everyone is ready. This helps children control their impulses. Controlling impulses is part of building self-regulation. We sang Mary Had a Little Lamb and kept the beat while playing our instruments. The children LOVED this activity!!
Happy Birthday to Emily and Whit. We celebrated Emily's birthday on Tuesday and Whit's on Friday. We also attended our first Big Chapel on Tuesday where they both received birthday blessings. I was so proud of Primary 1 for being very quiet and attentive.
We played the game Where's the beanbag? I put a basket and a line of masking tape on the floor. The children had to stand behind the line and take turns tossing the beanbags. They had to tell where the beanbag landed. I emphasized positional words, such as inside, behind, in front of or beside. This game helps children understand spatial relationships and helps children build the foundation for understanding geometry. Positional words describe spatial relationships and help children deepen their understanding of those relationships.
Another first for Primary 1 this week was our first music class with Ms. Faulkner. The children love the songs and poems she teaches them. This is a singing and dancing group!!
See you all on Monday!
It has been an excellent week in Primary I! I would like to introduce our newest student, Emily. She started with us on Tuesday. She is bright, social, precious, and a perfect fit for our class!!
We had two focus questions this week. First, what should we do if we get sad or scared at school? We talked a lot about our feelings. I reassured the children that any teacher and/or adult on campus would help them if they ever felt scared or sad. Second, what are our rules? We talked about how our classroom needs to be a place where everyone feels safe, and talked about some of the rules we have in place.
In Language and Literacy each child was given a personal journal. I encouraged them to draw a picture of something that makes them scared. I asked them to describe their drawings and recorded the dictation and read it back to them. Journaling is important at this age because writing originates from drawing and is supported by make-believe play. Writing begins with making a mark. As children are given time, opportunities, and materials to practice, writing skills continue to advance. We will be adding to our journals weekly!
We learned "Little Miss Muffet" and then acted it out. Children were shown a fake spider to determine if it was real or pretend. Each child had the opportunity to be "Miss Muffet" sitting on a tuffet, eating curds and whey. When the spider came along and sat down beside them, they were frightened and ran away.......precious!!
We water colored for the first time in art. Our papers are hanging in the hallway......they all did a great job!
We danced with scarves by listening to songs and moving our bodies to the tempo, or speed, of the music........class favorite!!
I hope you all have a great week-end!
Primary 1 had a great first week! All the children have adjusted well to our routine and are making new friends. Our focus question for the week was What Names Do We Need to Know at School? We are learning names of our learning centers, as well as, people who work in the office......we have Ms. Wendy's name down pat!!
We had a great time learning about Humpty Dumpty and singing new songs. The primary classes have an awesome new playground this year and the children love interacting with Ms. Claire and Ms. Tena's Primary II classes.
We read Love is a Family by Roma Downey, then drew pictures of our families.....they are hanging in the hallway, check them out! We also read A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman, and Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes.
Thank you for sharing your babies with me!!
We have had a fun filled week learning about insects!! We learned that insects have three body parts: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. We learned that insects have antennae and three pairs of legs, and that they usually have wings. We learned also that many bees have stingers, but the honeybee dies after stinging. In our Science center we got to examine a dead bee with our magnifying glass.....a favorite activity by all!! We also made a Look at Me - I'm a Bee booklet. We colored the wings white on the cover page. We glued on two wiggle eyes on page 1. We curled the top of two black pipe cleaners to represent antennae and glued on page 2. We glued on 6 black construction paper strips to represent legs on page 3. We colored 2 circles white to represent wings on page 4. We used a cotton swab to paint on 6 black strips on page 5, and glued a toothpick to represent a stinger on page 6.
Happy Birthday to Landry! We celebrated his birthday on Tuesday with cupcakes, milk, party hats and balloons!! We concentrated this week on letters X and Y and sets that have the same amount.
The beans that we planted 2 weeks ago are growing!!! The children have been so excited!! They come in every morning and look at them, and also take turns watering them.
A special thank you goes out to Drew's mom, Melissa, for buying us Caterpillars. When we got them they were Caterpillars. we got to watch them become Chrysalides. We moved them on Monday into their butterfly habitat where they will eventually emerge as Painted Lady Butterflies!! The children have been so sweet watching them. I can't wait for them to emerge as butterflies. We are expecting them some time next week. We will enjoy them for a few days, and then have a release party
In our Library center we have read Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, and The Best Bug Parade by Stuart J. Murphy.
I hope you enjoy your weekend!!
Next week's theme is Animal Friends!!
May 23 - Early dismissal - 11:45
May 26 - School Holiday
What a fun week we have had honoring our Mothers. In our Art center we made double-sided coasters. We made fingerprint flowers on tagbooard. When dry, we laminated and used a hot glue gun to attach it to a square cork cutout. We attached a copy of a poem on the back......priceless! We also painted and decorated wooden boxes, and put Hugs and Kisses candy into each one. The children had so much fun wrapping these gifts especially for their mother. In our Writing center each child was asked 5 questions about their mom and I dictated their responses and attached them to a sheet of construction paper. The children then took markers and drew a picture of their mother........too cute!
In our Library center we read My Love For You All Year Round by Susan L. Roth, Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman, Mommy, Where Are You? by Harriet Ziefert, and Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse.
A special thank you to each of you who took time out of your busy day to attend our Spring program. I can't begin to tell you all the work that went into this performance. We performed 14 songs and poems, and they performed them well!! We have had 3 new students since March, and they didn't miss a beat in performing. It's very intimidating for a 3 year old to get up and perform in front of approximately 24 adults, but they did it beautifully. A special thank you goes out to Ms. Faulkner, our music teacher, for helping us!
Have a great weekend!
Next week's theme is Insects/Bugs.
Early Dismissal at 11:45 - May 23rd
Plants and Flowers was the theme this week, and we have discovered that growing flowers is fun anytime!!! In Art center we made beautiful flowers out of our handprints. They are displayed on our door......check them out! We added soil and seeds to our sensory table, and the children have taken turns watering them every day. Hopefully, next week we will see some signs of growth. Each student was given a coffee filter and encouraged to draw designs on the filter using colorful washable markers. They then spritzed the filter with water to blend the colors. While the filter was drying, I read the sentence starter What I like best about spring is.....the children dictated words for me to write to complete the sentence.
We concentrated on letters V and W. Our spring program is scheduled for Thursday, May 8 at 10:00. I hope you can all attend, we have worked very hard on this performance. You will be impressed!! We sponge painted pots, added soil, flowers and water.......the children loved this! We have talked a lot about the things that plants and flowers need in order to live.
In our Library center we read Bees Live in Hives by Melvin and Gilda Berger, The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, and Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm.
Next week's theme is Mothers Are Special.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!
May 8th - Spring program - 10:00
We talked about farm life this week. In our Art center we worked on developing our fine-motor skills by making A Muddy Masterpiece. We wrapped a pink pipe cleaner around a marker and then removed it to make a pig's tail. Next we dipped the tail in brown paint and then bounced, tapped, and dragged the tail on a pink sheet of construction paper. We dipped a pencil eraser in yellow paint and made prints (grain) along 4 different lines for the chicks to follow to get to their mothers......another great fine-motor activity! We explored our sense of touch by adding mud to our sensory table!! The children were encouraged to explore the mud with their hands and slotted spoons and forks.........the most popular center!!!
We made a booklet entitled Recipe for a Mud Pie. The next best thing to making a mud pie was putting together this booklet! We mixed flour with brown paint. The children made fingerprints for dirt and mud on the cover and pages 1 to 4. We then made blue fingerprints for water on page 2 and for bubbles on page 5. Finally, we cut it out and stapled them together. Ask the children to tell you about each page......they can!! In our Cooking center we made Rocks, Dirt, and Mud out of chocolate pudding, cocoa puffs cereal, and minimarshmallows!!
Primary 1 would like you to meet our newest student, Jurny. She joined us on Tuesday, and is precious! The children have been so sweet and loving to her.
In our Library Center we read Freddie the Frog by Rose Greydanus, Firefly Friend by Kimberly Wagner Klier, Five Little Kittens by Nancy Jewell, Froggy's Sleepover by Jonathan London, and Hungry Harry by Joanne Partis.
I hope to see all of you this weekend at the birthday party for SJDS, and the SJDS Gala.
Next week's theme is Plants and Flowers.
May 8th - Spring Program - 10:00
We have had a busy week!! In Art center we used markers and colored beautiful eggs. We dyed and decorated easter eggs.....the children had a blast!! In our circle time we talked about the death and resurrection of Jesus. We concentrated on the letter U and talked about Ursula the Unicorn. We have been working on our sequencing skills and talking about what happens next by looking at different pictures. We are also very hard at work on our spring program. We are learning lots of cute songs and poems.
Our baby chicks will be leaving us today. The children have been so sweet in telling them goodbye. Coach Nicole's mom, has graciously offered to take them. In our Library center we read Easter Bunny's Amazing Egg Machine by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing, and Busy Bunnies by Stephen Caitlin.
We had our Easter party today. We joined Ms. Claire's class and had our party together. The weather was great, and the children had an awesome time!!! A very special thank you goes out to the Dowd family for opening their home to us and providing the bounce house.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 22nd.
Friday, April 25 - 65th Anniversary of SJDS - 6:00 - 8:00
Saturday, April 26 - SJDS Gala - 7:30
Thursday, May 8 - Spring Program - 10:00
We have had a great week in Primary 1. In the Art center we made "egg-cellent" eggs by gluing tissue paper squares to an egg. They are beautiful and are hanging on our door. To our Block center we added plastic eggs. The children had to see how high they could stack their egg towers.
We worked on matching uppercase and lowercase letters by adding Easter grass and plastic eggs to our sensory table. The children took an egg half and studied the letter, then they had to find the other corresponding half and put them together. They were very excited when they found a match!! They worked on letter formation by forming their names with jelly beans......a class favorite! We also worked on our gross motor skills by having an egg toss (yes, with a real egg)! We concentrated on the letter T. We also worked on our visual discrimination by coloring three homes that were alike in four different rows.
We have 6 baby chicks in our classroom!!! They will be with us for one more week. The children have all enjoyed them and have been so excited. It has been so much fun to see how sweet and gentle the children have been with them. The chicks have all been named: Princess Sophia, Tom, Sparkle, Patrick, Peter, and Jill. A special thank you goes to Landry's mom, and Parker's dad for providing this neat experience for us!
In Library center we read The Easter Bunny Is Missing by Steve Metzger, Hopper's Easter Surprise by Kathrin Siegenthaler and Marcus Pfister, and Bunny Trouble by Hans Wilhelm.
We will continue with the Easter theme next week.
Hope you have an awesome weekend!
April 17 - Easter Party - 10:00
We had a great week learning about weather! We talked about wind, rain, sun, rainbows, and the temperature being hot and cold! In our Art center we made powder clouds by swirling a glue stick over a sheet of blue construction paper. The children dipped a cotton ball into baby powder and then patted it onto the glue. Bits of the cotton ball, as well as the powder, stick to the glue. The result is a lovely wispy cloud! We also made a rainbow out of fruit loops cereal.
We celebrated Drew's birthday with cookie cake, balloons, grapes and helicopters!! He went down in Chapel on Tuesday to receive his birthday blessing. We concentrated on the letter S. We continue reviewing our numbers 1 - 10, and working on rhyming words, as well as, opposites. Primary 1 welcomes Parker to our class! He is a very sweet boy with great manners!! He quickly fit right in with the other children.
To our sensory table we added rainbow colored rice, cups and sifters. By far, this was the favorite center of the week. We are hard at work learning songs and poems for our Spring program.
Have a wonderful weekend!
The theme for the next two weeks will be Easter!!
April 17 - Easter party - 10:00
April 18 - 21 - Easter Holidays
Spring is here! We were very busy in Primary 1 this week. In our Art center we water colored a butterfly and the children cut them out. We made pretty butterflies by choosing two to four different colors of paint. We put a small amount of each color onto the fold of a piece of paper. The children pressed from the fold outward to spread the paint....one of a kind butterfly! The children also expressed themselves through art by making Blooming Trees. They are on display in the hallway and are beautiful.
We made a Spring Booklet. We colored the cover page, and then used glue and glitter to trace the flight paths of the bees. We stretched cotton balls and glued them to the clouds on page 2. We made fingerprint raindrops on page 3. We also made fingerprint tulips on page 4, and finally, mixed glitter with yellow paint and brushed it on the sun. We made a spring bird by connecting the dots and working on our fine motor skills. Finally, we worked on following directions, as well as comparing sizes, by coloring the biggest toy and each shelf red and the smallest toy blue. We added potting soil, spray bottles filled with water, buckets, shovels and rakes to our sensory table.
Since it is Spring, we talked about caterpillars and butterflies. We made the life cycle of Mr. Caterpillar. The children cut out 3 pictures and pasted them to a sheet of construction paper in the order the events should happen. They did very well with this! We also helped the bee get to the flower, rabbit to the carrot, bird to the nest, and worm to the apple by tracing jagged lines.
In our Library center we read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle, Hello, Spring! by Mary Packard, From Tadpole to Frog by Ian Kottke, and Springtime on the Farm by Judy Mullican.
Next week's theme is Weather.
Have a great weekend!
April 3 - Early dismissal at 11:15 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
April 17 - Easter Party - 10:00
April 18 - 21 - Easter Holidays
We have had a great week learning about shamrocks and leprechauns! In Art center we painted splendid shamrocks with glue, shaving cream tinted green, and gold glitter. We also water colored a leprechaun. We then used scissors to cut out a shamrock and finger-painted it green. These are all displayed in our window, so check them out!! Finally, we made a "handy" leprechaun magnet.
We helped the Leprechaun get to his pot of gold by dipping a q-tip in glue and tracing various lines and then sprinkled green glitter on them. This was a great fine motor workout. We worked on our eye-hand coordination, large motor, and following direction skills by making a lucky leprechaun movable puppet.
We added Lucky Charms cereal, spoons, bowls, and measuring cups to our sensory table. We made shamrock shakers and worked on our positional words and gross motor skills all at one time. We sang the "St. Patrick's Pokey" and they shook, shook, shook their shamrocks!
We concentrated on the letter Q and rhyming words. We also began working on A-B patterns. The children caught on to this concept very well!
Next week's theme is Spring is Here!!
Thank you for sharing your child with me!
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. What a great week we had celebrating the birthday of Dr. Suess! In our Art Center we made Thing 1 and 2. We painted our feet after reading The Foot Book. We painted our hands red and blue to resemble fish after reading One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish. We also made our own Cat in the Hat top hats. We added a cat in the hat costume to our Dramatic play center. We made goop from cornstarch and water for our sensory table. In our Cooking Center we made the Dr. Suess top hat.
A special thank you goes out to Ms. Laura, Ms. Wendy, Ms. Gayle and Ms. Joyce's 3rd grade class for taking time out of their busy schedules to come and read a Dr. Suess book to us........the children loved it!! We played the Dr. Suess matching game and the children blew me away with their memory skills!
I hope you all had a very relaxing spring break! The theme this week is Shamrocks/St. Patrick's Day!
This week has been all about Feelings and helping children identify and name their emotions. Throughout each day, children experience a wide range of feelings. Sometimes they experience them from hour to hour or sometimes from minute to minute! In our Art Center we made happy/sad faces. We added wood blocks to our cardboard blocks and talked about the different feelings of the textures and which they liked better. The children made cracker faces in our Cooking Center.
In our Writing Center the children drew a picture of a day that made them happy. We read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, It's Mine by Leo Lionni, No David by David Shannon, The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too by Mo Willems and Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. We made a Feelings poster and put each child's name beside the feeling they were experiencing every morning.
Primary 1 would like to extend a warm welcome to our new student, Drew. Drew started on Monday, and has an older sister, Raney, who is in our first grade class.
A very special thank you goes out to all of our grandparents who attended our very special Grandparent's Day celebration. I hope that you enjoyed our performance. The children worked very hard, and I thought they did a fantastic job!! They were rewarded with a pizza and cupcake party on Tuesday.
Next week's theme is Happy Birthday Dr. Suess
Important Upcoming Dates:
Friday, March 7 - Spring Pictures
March 10 - 14 - Spring Break
What a fun filled week we have had! In our Art Center the children cut out a heart, glued it to construction paper, drizzled glue over it, and used LOTS of glitter to cover it. They are on display in our window......check them out!! They did an excellent job of cutting. We made beautiful heart shapes by covering a white piece of card stock with pink, purple and red paint. We concentrated on the letters M and N and numbers 9 and 10. We continued with the opposites wet/dry, old/new, over/under, hot/cold, long/short and left/right. All the children have really picked this concept up very well.
We went over to the library and previewed the book fair. Take some time to go over and look around. We had never been to the library before, and the children loved having a story read to them. In our Library Center we read The Best Thing About Valentines by Eleanor Hudson, Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond, Valentine Surprise by Norman Bridwell, and The Night Before Valentine's Day by Natasha Wing.
We are hard at work on our song for Grandparent's Day. We are combining classes with Ms. Claire. The song is precious, and I think it will bring a smile to your face. On Friday, we celebrated Valentine's Day with a party of course!! The children all brought valentine's for their friends, and passed them out one at a time.
Friday, February 21st - Grandparent's Day and early dismissal
March 10 14 - Spring Break
We have had a great week. In our Art Center we made dental masterpieces by painting with toothbrushes and adding dental floss to the wet paint.....they are beautiful!! We water colored the tooth fairy, tooth, toothbrush, dental floss and toothpaste and made healthy teeth mobiles. We also finger painted a tooth with white paint and toothpaste mixed together! In our sensory table we placed styrofoam egg cartons to represent sets of teeth. We added some toothbrushes and had the children brush up on their toothbrushing skills.
We continued our work of the following opposites: top/bottom, happy/sad, full/empty, up/down and on/off. We concentrated on letters K and L and the number 8. We started working on patterns. The children had to find the pattern and then glue the picture that came next. They did very well on this. In our Library center we read Loose Tooth by Lola M. Schaefer, My Tooth Is About To Fall out by Grace Maccarone, and Tooth Trouble by Jane Clarke.
A special thank you goes out to Dr. Michael Wharton-Palmer, for coming this morning and talking to us about the importance of healthy teeth. The children learned how many baby teeth they have and that they should be brushing twice a day. He read them a story about going to the dentist. They also watched an Elmo video on the proper way to brush their teeth. He brought us lots of goodies to take home.....the children loved him!!
Next week's theme is Let's Be Valentines!
Have a great weekend.
Important Upcoming Dates:
Valentine Party - Friday, February 14th - 2:00
Grandparent's Day - Friday, February 21st
We finished up our nursery rhymes theme this week. We learned There Was an Old Woman rhyme. We touched and counted the chidren in her shoe and circled the correct number. We water colored a mini booklet and made stick puppets. We also learned the rhyme Jack and Jill. We water colored and answered a series of questions about Jack and Jill. The children's responses were recorded and are on display......you will enjoy them!
We concentrated on the letter J and the number 6. Opposites were introduced and the children did wonderful.....I have a VERY smart group of children!! We will continue over the next couple of weeks with opposites. We are working very hard on our song for Grandparents Day during music.
Today, we learned about Groundhog Day. The children painted and put together a groundhog. They are to find out over the weekend whether Punxatawny Phil sees his shadow. We will discuss the outcome on Monday and mark our groundhogs accordingly. We went to P.E. today and the children had a very good time. This is getting them familiar with the gym, rules, and Coach Nicole. Next year they will attend P.E. every day.
Hope you have a great weekend. Next week's theme is Dental Health.
Important Upcoming Events:
Valentine Party - February 14th - 2:00 p.m.
Grandparents Day - February 21st (Early Dismissal)
We have had a great week learning nursery rhymes in Primary 1. Nursery rhymes are a wonderful way to promote a variety of literacy skills including oral language development, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. Rhymes are a form of classic literature easy for the young to appreciate. We started with Mary Had a Little Lamb and made stick puppets and assembled a mini book for the children to take home. They glued cotton balls on a lamb and then drew pictures of their favorite pet.
We moved on to Hey Diddle, Diddle and water colored, then assembled a mini booklet. They also painted the dish and the spoon. They water colored Humpty and colored a mini booklet. They colored and put together a cracked shell puzzle. Put their face in an egg shape and recited Humpty Dumpty to end our week. We also concentrated on the letter H and the number 6. Thank you to Mr. Daniel, our new Technology teacher, for putting new, fun, and very educational games on our ipad.
We went to P.E. today with Ms. Claire's class and had so much fun. From now, until the end of the school year, we will attend P.E. every Friday!
We will continue with Nursery Rhymes/Groundhog Day next week.
I will see everyone on Monday!!
Valentine Party - Friday, February 14th
We have had a very busy week!! We worked on short and tall, smaller, bigger, big and small, same size, and concentrated on letters F and G. In Math we worked on number 5 and did a review of 1 through 5. In our Art Center we made a textured polar bear out of shaving cream, torn tissue and glue, and also made a penguin. To our sensory table we added Insta-snow mixed with a little water and have had snow all week!! Emma had a birthday this week. We celebrated with cupcakes and drinks. She will get her birthday blessing next Tuesday in Big Chapel!
In our Science Center we have talked about how animals stay warm in the winter. We did an experiment with a cup of ice and shortening. The children stuck a finger in a cup of ice and counted to 5. When they took their finger out, we talked about how it felt cold. We then coated another finger from the other hand with shortening. They stuck it in the cup of ice and counted to 5. When that finger was taken out, it did not feel cold. We discussed that animals use their body fat to keep warm. In our Food Center we have snacked on gummy bears all week. The weather was so nice a couple of days that we were able to get outside and enjoy the sunshine!!
In our Library Center we have enjoyed reading Paintbox Penguins by Marcia Leonard, Polar Bears by Susan Canizares, Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Joel Kupperstein, Penguin Pete's New Friends by Marcus Pfister and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr./Eric Carle.
Monday, January 20th is a school holiday. I hope everyone has a restful long weekend!!
Next week's theme is Nursery Rhymes.
Valentine Party - February 14th
Our Winter theme went right along with the weather this week! In our Art Center we made snowmen by combining glue and shaving cream. We also painted snowflakes and added to our tree. Then we had ice cube races in our Block Center. The children built ramps and figured out how to make the ice cubes go faster or slower.
We added an igloo to our Dramatic Play Center and talked about what igloos are made of and who lives in an igloo. We worked on our gross motor skills and did some indoor ice skating on our carpet! In our Math Center we used our number skills on mugs of hot chocolate numbered 3 to 9. The children had to count out the correct number of marshmallows and glue to their corresponding mug. We had a class snowball fight using jumbo marshmallows.....another favorite class activity!!
We turned our sensory table into a king size canister of faux hot chocolate mix!! We added measuring cups, plastic mugs, spoons and marshmallows. They absolutely loved this!! In Library Center we read Millions of Snowflakes by Mary McKenna Siddals, Frosty's New Friends by Steve Nelson, The Snow Champion by Norman Bridwell, No Snow for Seth by Jean Davis Callaghan, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Snowie Rolie by William Joyce, The Mitten by Jan Brett, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, Puppies in the Snow by James Young and All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle.
Primary I would like to welcome our new student Bailey. She has an older sister, Olivia, in the Primary II class. She is a sweet, smart and very loving child who quickly fit right in to our class.
Next week's theme is Artic Animals.
School Holiday, Monday, January 20th
We had a busy four days of school! We studied the letter C and concentrated on number 3. We also reviewed our shapes. We continued working on our cutting skills in our sensory table.
We had our Christmas party on Tuesday. Santa arrived at 9:30 with presents for the boys and girls. They were so excited!!!!! We had lunch from Chick-Fil-A and Christmas cookies. On Thursday, we combined with Primary 1 and had a Polar Express Day. All children and teachers came to school in P.J.'s. We had a fun filled morning of popcorn, chocolate milk, cookies, crafts and watching the Polar Express movie. A special thank you to all the parents who decorated and made this day so special for us.
I hope each of you had a very Merry Christmas! Classes will resume on Monday, January 6th. Our theme for the week will be Winter is Fun!!
Primary 1 is growing! We welcome Emma, who joined our class on Tuesday. She has an older brother, Nicholas, who is in our PreK program. She has fit right in with us and has already made some new friends.
This week's theme has been Christmas. To work on our fine motor and cutting skills we added Christmas paper, bows and scissors to our sensory table. We have also focused on the diamond shape by tracing and coloring diamonds.
This week we worked on the letter B and the number 2. In our Art Center we colored and glittered a Christmas bell, and fork painted a Christmas tree! In our Food Center we decorated Christmas cookies with icing and lots of sprinkles!! We also went to P.E. two days this week with Ms. Claire's class and had a blast!!
In our Library Center we enjoyed reading When Santa Was a Kid by Janice Leotti-Bachem, The Story of Christmas by Vivian French, The Gingerbread Man by Annette Smith, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell by Lucille Colandro, Jingle Bells by Iza Trapani, Who Was Born This Special Day? by Eve Bunting and Room for a Little One by Martin Waddell.
We will continue with the Christmas/Polar Express theme next week.
Important Upcoming Events:
Tuesday, December 17th
No big Chapel. Class Christmas party beginning at 9:30.
Thursday, December 19th
Polar Express day. Children come in their P.J.'s. Early dismissal at 11:15 a.m. Candlelight service 6:30 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church. If you've never attended, it's a beautiful service!!
Classes resume on Monday, January 6th.
Primary 1 has been very busy this week! In our Art Center we water colored a turkey. We also made a fall wreath. In our Math Center we had Gobblers on the Gate. We drew feathers to match numerals on the turkey's stomach. We also traced and colored rectangles. We gave our fine motor skills a great work out by stringing beads to make a Thanksgiving necklace. In our Food Center we had pumpkin dip and apple slices.
Happy Birthday Mia!! She received her birthday blessing in Big Chapel on Tuesday. We celebrated her special day with cake!
Our Fall Program was a huge success! I am so very proud of them. They stood in line, didn't cry and sang their heart out! We celebrated with pizza and cupcakes. A special thank you to Ms. Faulkner for her help.
I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
We will be searching for The Gingerbread man the week of December 2nd!!
We have had a very busy week in Primary 1! We learned about the Native Americans and how they taught the Pilgrims how to grow corn and shared the land with them. In our Art Center we painted and decorated our very own teepee. We also made Native American headbands!!
In our Sensory Table we added fall leaves, cornmeal and popcorn kernels, along with measuring cups, a shovel and rake. We are hard at work on our Fall Program in Music. I think you will be impressed to hear all the songs they know. In Library Center we read One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B.G. Hennessy, Giving Thanks by Chief Jake Swamp, and Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson. We traced and colored triangles in our Writing Center. In our Block Center the children built their own Native American village.
A special thank you to Coach Nicole for inviting us to join Ms. Claire's class in P.E! The children thought it was awesome.
Next week's theme is Thanksgiving! Have a great weekend.
Fall Program - Thursday, November 21st at 10:30
We studied about the Pilgrims this week. In our Art Center we made the Mayflower from our handprints. We used our fine motor skills and stuck feathers in a foam cup to make a turkey. In our Water Table we added boats and people and discussed the journey of the Pilgrims. In our Block Center we added farm toys and each child built their own house and tended to their own farm.
In the Cooking Center we enjoyed our own Mayflower snack which consisted of an apple slice, toothpick, and a square piece of cheese.....the children loved making these!! In our Science Center we are attempting to grow our own corn.
We used our imaginations and pretended to be Pilgrims, along with Ms. Clair's class, and enjoyed time on the Pre-K ship. In the Library Center we read Happy Thanksgiving by Margaret McNamara, Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes, Thanksgiving is Here by Diane Goode, Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey, I'm a Turkey by Jim Arnosky, The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Greene, and Over the River, A Turkey's Tale by Derek Anderson.
Next week's theme is the Native Americans! Have a great weekend.
Fall Program - Thursday, November 21st at 10:30!!
What a fun filled week we had in Primary 1! In our Sensory Table we added sand and buried Halloween treasures that the children had to dig and find....favorite activity of the week!! We made ghosts out of our feet in Art Center.
In our Food Center we made and enjoyed witches' hats. Thank you to Landry's mom, Tracey, for helping us with this special treat. We had owl and haunted house number matching in our Math Center. We also worked on our letter recognition in our pumpkin patch letter matching.
We had a very special visit from Ms. Pumpkin. She read Halloween books and shared a special pumpkin story with us. She also told us how pumpkins grow. She brought various types, sizes, colors and shapes of pumpkins for us to hold and see. Thank you Norah and Rosie for sharing your grandmother with us!
We had a great time at our Halloween party. Lots of food, games and good times were had by all!!
Early dismissal is Thursday, November 7th at 11:15 for Parent/Teacher conferences. If you have not already signed up, please do so.
Next week's theme is Pilgrims. Have a restful weekend.
We have had a colorful and shapely week in Primary 1! In our water table, the children played with a different color of water every day. We took shaving cream and paint and made different colors and shapes on the table. This was the favorite activity of the week!! We also enjoyed 6 different colors of Jello and Cool Whip in our Cooking Center.
In the Science Center we put celery stalks in yellow, blue, black, and red water and observed them all week. The children were amazed to see the celery actually changing to the color of the water.
In our Library Center we read What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Schwartz, Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh, Paintbox Penguins by Marcia Leonard, Little White Duck by Walt Whippo, Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle.
This week we focused on circle and square shapes. We used foam shapes and created an A-B pattern. We then used mats and foam shapes (and our imaginations) to build different designs. We also decorated pumpkins for our Fall Festival.
Next week's theme is Ghosts and Pumpkins! Have a great weekend!!
The Five Senses: Sight, Smell, Touch, Hearing and Taste. Babies learn about the world around them strictly through their senses. As preschoolers, our children have the comprehension, vocabulary and ability to learn even more through their senses.
We used our sense of sight as we glittered plates. We turned off the lights and looked at them with a flashlight, they were beautiful! For our sense of smell we made kool-aid play dough. The children helped measure the dry ingredients and stirred it, as well as, picking out their favorite kool-aid. It smelled great and will last about a month. We also added coffee beans, measuring cups and spoons to our sensory table. We used our sense of touch and finger-painted Indian corn. In our Food Center we learned about different types of corn: corn on the cob, canned corn, Indian corn and popcorn kernels. We then used our sense of taste and enjoyed the popcorn! The children used their sense of hearing when we played our musical instruments to make "beautiful sounds"!
In our Dramatic Play Center, we dressed up with different textures of clothing that included furry animal outfits, silk dresses, and a wool coat. We also worked on the color Black and are continuing to work on numbers 1 - 10. Finally, we are working on our fall program in our Music Center.
Next week's theme is Colors and Shapes! Have a great weekend!!
Primary 1 had a busy week!! In our Art Center we had many projects. We are gearing up for Halloween and water colored a scarecrow. We also painted jack-o-lanterns. We built our own firestation in our Block Center. In our circle time we talked about when it is appropriate to call 911, and when it is not. We also practiced our stop, drop, and roll techniques with the Primary 2 classes. In our Cooking Center we enjoyed putting together firetruck cookies. In Dramatic Play we dressed up like firefighters!
In Library Center we read Firefighters by Katie Daynes, Christopher Columbus by Lisa Wade McCormick, In 1492 by Jean Marzollo, Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Embeley, Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper and The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll. We played number match with numbers 1 - 10. We also worked on colors Pink and Purple.
This week's theme is Our Five Senses!
Even though it has not felt like it, this week's theme was Signs of Fall! In Art Center we water colored fall leaves to attach to our tree. We made a fall picture by painting with Kool-Aid. We also made glittery pine cones. We used our fine motor skills by making torn paper jack-o-lanterns and played Fall at the Farm in our Block Center.
In our Cooking Center, we enjoyed a fall snack of apples and raisins. In the Library Center we read There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro, I Am A Leaf by Jean Marzollo, Fall Leaf Project and The Pumpkin Patch by Margaret McNamara, The Littlest Pumpkin by R.A. Herman, Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, and Skeleton Meets the Mummy by Steve Metzger. We took advantage of our beautiful campus in our Music/Movement Center and took a nature walk on one of our trails!!
In the Science/Water Table we added fall items and then tested what would sink or float: pumpkins, gourds, pine cones, leaves, etc. We also worked on the colors Green and Orange in our circle time. In our Math Center we matched numbers 1-5 to an owl with corresponding numbers on it.
A special thank you goes out to the Texarkana, Texas Fire Department for coming out and letting us tour the fire truck and giving us a demonstration of what a firefighter looks like in his gear....the children loved it!!
Happy Birthday to Presley!! She celebrated her birthday on Tuesday, October 1st. She went down and received her birthday blessing in Big Chapel. We celebrated with cupcakes and party hats!
Have a restful weekend. Next week's theme is Fire Safety.
What happens at home is EVERYTHING to a preschooler. Our Family theme has given the students an opportunity to talk about the people most important to them and also helped them realize that family, the people we live with, is something we all have in common, regardless of how our families look!!
In Art Center we made family faces. Students used different materials to make faces of members of their families. In Block Center we added a dollhouse, cars and little people. We had blueberry muffins in our Cooking Center. In Dramatic Play the students played family life using our kitchen, babies, table and chairs and dress-up clothes. We used our gross motor skills to work together and sort different sized shoes and shirts into laundry baskets. In Library Center we read I Love My Family by Wade Hudson, Is Your Mama a Llama by Deborah Guarino, My Love For You All Year Long by Susan Roth, Mommy, Where Are You by Harriet Ziefert, I Love You All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas, and Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman.
We are continuing to work on number one in our Math Center. We matched the number one to one item. At our Sand Table we added little people, umbrellas and sand toys for family day at the beach. In circle time we are working on the colors Blue and Yellow. We matched colored acorns to the same colored squirrel.
This week's theme is Signs of Fall!!
We had a great Western Week in Primary 1. In our Art Corral we made a catcus from a potato. We also painted and decorated western vests. In Food/Science Corral we made our own butter from salt and whipping cream and enjoyed it on crackers. We also built a corral for all of our farm animals in Big Blocks.
We read Cracker by Ethel Barrett, My Pony by Susan Jeffers, Happy on the Farm by Amy Houts and Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Jenny Tulip. The children dressed in western clothes in our Dramatic Play Corral and water colored cowboy hats, cowboy and cowgirl pictures in the Writing Corral. In our Sand table the students panned for gold and silver.
Friday brought tons of rain and children in their western attire. Despite the rain, we had a fun filled day of face painting, games, songs, animals, and hot dogs!! A BIG thank you to all of our parents for making this day special for us!
In our circle time, we are working on recognizing numbers 1-5 and our ABC's. We are also learning our days of the week, as well as, our months.
Finally, as you all know, on Tuesday we attended our first Big Chapel. I was so proud of the children as they were very quiet and attentive.
This week's theme is My Family!
This week's theme was All About Me! The goal behind an All About Me theme is to help children learn about each other. The theme helped us realize every person is unique and special; every child's thoughts and ideas are important and no one person is more or less important than another!!
In our Art Center we made a My "Me" Book. Of course, in our Dramatic Play Center, we played house. In Block Center the children were encouraged to build the house that they live in. We read I Like Me by Nancy Carlson, Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Krauss, The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss, the children's favorite, Bear Feels Sick and Bear Feel Scared, by Karma Wilson.
In the Food Center, we made cracker faces. The children placed cream cheese on a cracker, then used raisins and shredded cheese to make their face. We worked on name recognition and eye-hand coordination while playing My Name Ball Game. In Science, we weighed and measured how tall we are and recorded the results. We will do this again at the end of the year to see how much we have grown.
The children loved using the last of our bubbles in our water table. We decorated our names with various items in our Writing Center. In our Chapel time this week, we have been learning about Abraham and Sarah.
We will be attending our first Big Chapel on Tuesday, September 17th. Please make sure all children are dressed in their dress uniform. Chapel begins promptly at 8:30.
Next week's theme is Western Week, and it will be a blast!!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Primary 1 has had a great two weeks of school! We spent the first week getting to know one another. The children laughed, played, and were introduced to classroom and school rules. We colored crayons to decorate our door. In our chapel time, we learned about God creating Adam and Eve.
Our second week brought our first theme, Let's Be Friends. Friendship in Primary 1 is all about the friends!! We took some time to teach the children how a friend acts and behaves. We also learned it's okay to have more then one friend.
In our Art Center we made friendship wreaths. We also put our fine motor skills to work in stringing friendship bracelets to share with both Primary II classes. We read lots of books about different friends. In chapel we learned about Noah. Ask your child what Noah built and the meaning of a flood, they can tell you!! In our Science Center, we made fingerprints on paper and used a magnifying glass to look and compare our fingerprints to our friends. We also listened to our heartbeats with a stethoscope. Then we ran in place, listened again, and compared the difference. We built trust and balanced our friendship while helping each other walk across a balance beam and shared giggles between friends when we filled our water table with bubbles. Today, in our Cooking Center, we had smiley apples. We also, had our first Music class with Ms. Faulkner, and the children loved it!!
As you can see, our week was filled with fun activities!! Next week's theme is All About Me!
Thank you for sharing your child with me.