Spring has been very enjoyable. We had perfect weather for our Easter celebration with the Easter Bunny.
We have the best parents! They create very special parties, and they make sure all the children go home with just the right amount of goodies.
Thank you to all our parents! One of the fun activities was watching the children blow bubbles. They would blow them and then run to catch them. I love watching the children enjoy the simplest ways to create a fun time.
We finished our unit on Clothes by wearing our regular clothes to school. We compared these clothes by the stripes, colors, patterns, and letters.
We have begun our new study of Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse. We asked Ms. Tara to stop by and explain how we can help. She said we could reduce waste by using just one paper towel at a time. She also said we could learn to be more responsible by putting our trash in the trash can. Thank you Ms. Tara for always helping us.
Don't forget our Spring Program!! It will be on May 10th at 11:00 in our classroom. I hope everyone can attend.
Primary I news
Spring has been very enjoyable. We had perfect weather for our Easter celebration with the Easter Bunny.
Our students have been very busy this spring. They have been creating beautiful art work, practicing for the spring musical, and learning all about clothes. I have enjoyed watching their growth in all areas of development and maturity. They take great pride in their accomplishments such as weaving, lacing, and cutting. Even the smallest completed task helps their confidence grow.
Every class at St. James Day School has a community project. Our project was donating books to the W. T. Daniel’s Development Center. Mrs. Carolyn Moore and Mrs. Ross were very excited to see the great response we had. Thank you for your wonderful generosity.
Science is amazing! Did you know you can make a different color when you mix two primary colors? Our children know!!! They have loved our study of primary and secondary colors. It is so much fun to watch their faces as they watch colors seep into shaving cream and the change begins. It is even more fun to watch this happen with whipped cream, and then dip a banana into the mixture and eat it! Mrs. Stephanie gave them an activity that was even more fun. They tie-dyed bandannas!! Colors are very exciting!
Mrs. Diane’s class had a visit from one of her students’ dad, and she invited us. Drew’s dad, Mr. Clarke, came in his “uniform” and brought a keyboard. Mr. Clarke is the organist at St. James Church. After listening to a wonderful concert, Mr. Clarke let each of the children test his/her skills at the keyboard. Thank you, Mrs. Diane and Mr. Clarke.
The children also had a visit from some paramedics……..with an AMBULANCE!!!!! They showed the students their “uniforms” with all the pockets. The paramedics explained why they had so many pockets and what went in them. The boys and girls really enjoyed learning so much, but then the paramedics gave them a special treat……a tour through the ambulance. What fun!
The children love their study on clothes. They have also learned they are not the only ones who wear uniforms.
We have been blessed with great weather to be able to explore buildings outside We are loving our study on Buildings. We have discussed Buildings not only from the ground up but also the tools needed to create buildings. A big thank you to all my parents for sending a tool to school with your child to help start the conversation of what tools Construction Workers use to make it all happen.
When the children were asked the question, "Can you build a building as tall as you are", the answer was yes I can. The smiles on their little faces shows pride for their labors.
We explored the little log cabin on our playground and each child used their little clipboard to create a mark to help able them to go back into the classroom and explain to the class what their little mark was and tell about their favorite part of the cabin. The discussion was everything from the flower box to the windows.
We have learned how to make different shapes with geo-boards with rubber bands and playing games on ipads.
Children's imagination can never be underestimated. They love lining up the little cars just because they are finding out that they can. They are learning how to maneuver larger objects and make something they are proud of. When playing outside with the little cars, it's fun to watch and listen to the little conversations via their little "cell phones."
We have started our study on Buildings
We know sizes range from a very small dog house that we built in our classroom to a huge football stadium. Our favorite building here at school is the cafeteria. We practice counting how many bricks tall we are and how to count windows and doors.
Now we are in the season of Winter and it is very cold! When it is too cold to play outside, we can go to the gym and throw balls over to the net. The net is slightly lowered. Our friends chase them and throw them back to us.
We don't get the chance to play in the snow very often, so we have to make our own kind of snowman. We can paint small ones or we can make tall ones and enjoy comparing the sizes.
We are improving our fine motor skills by learning how to manipulate tongues. This is great way to incorporate play into skill improvement by teaching the children how to use a single hand to turn and rotate toys or other objects..
We practice separating different sizes and or colors of Pom Poms.
There is always something to see, do and learn in our room of little three year olds.
It is so exciting to have two new friends in our class! These little boys have joined in and made themselves comfortable. We have been learning all about marching bands. All we needed were a few musical instruments and a little room to march. "Sing and make music from your heart" —Ephesians 5:19
Mat Man is a class favorite. We especially like Mat Man when we can use food to make him, adding body part by body part and then eat him!! Yes, sometimes it's hard to resist waiting for a snack.
Polar bears, we have learned, only live in countries that ring the Arctic Circle. We use our eyes to look at the different sizes and put them in size sequencing order.
However, the most exciting time so far this year, when put to a vote, was the BIG SNOW! Tiny squeals were heard with each sighting of a snowflake. It really did not matter that it was cold because it was beautiful. We read "The Snow Day" by Ezra Jack Keats, and we made snow using shaving cream and glue!!
We have learned how to peel an orange, divide the sections apart, and, best of all, eat it! The sweet smell of the orange helped the tiny hands work vigorously to enjoy the fruit of their labor!
December has proven to be a very busy time of the year.
Our little three year olds began the month with a science experience with Candy Canes. We asked the questions "Do Candy Canes dissolve faster in hot water, or cold water or vinegar?
Our findings were extremely curious. Candy Canes dissolve quickest in vinegar, then they dissolve a little slower in hot water. They dissolve the slowest in cold water.
Since the Christmas spirit is all around us, our class had to decorate the little playhouse on our playground. They used pine straw, pine cones and sticks.
We have been busier than ever counting down the days til Christmas. Our classroom has been transformed into a lovely Christmas wonderland. The children get a little more excited with each Christmas story read and projects that decorate our room. Our Christmas tree gets prettier with each glitter project the children finish and hang on the tree. We can hardly wait for jolly ole Saint Nick to arrive.
When we use construction paper to slide our feet, it is just like ice skating. This has presented a small problem with the children since they have been told over and over to pick up their feet and now they are being told to keep their feet down and slide them. They are so cute and show their pretty little smiles when they accomplish this task!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!!
We are in the final week of out study on trees. The children have become more and more aware of the changes that not only trees go through but also changes of seasons. We learned about the different ways trees physically change and how the environment around us changes. We have discussed the 5 layers of a tree and ways each layer can be used. If these children weren't tree huggers before we began our study on trees, they just might be now. We have watched geese fly overhead in their "V" formation due to the cooler temperatures. We have discussed why we are now wearing jackets in the mornings, but not in the afternoons.
The children loved watching a simple pumpkin being transformed into a jack-o-lantern and listening to Halloween stories. How many seeds are inside a pumpkin is a mystery that may never be solved.
Our wee little three year olds were awesome at not listening to the story of Little Miss Muffet, but acting out the nursery rhyme as well.
Fall is in the air and our little three year olds are becoming more and more aware of the changing of the seasons. "I am thinking of a shape" was the beginning of our study. It's really awesome for our three year olds to see a round ball and know it's really called a sphere or to show them a box and they know to call it a cube. We have been putting puzzles together and learning how it all fits perfectly. They loved the poem, "I Had a Little Nut Tree", and especially with the ending of a little sigh. We are fortunate enough to have both trees with needles and with leaves here at St. James. We have watched the leaves fall in such great numbers, it looked as though it is raining leaves. There are so many pine needles falling, we decided to make a pile as tall as a three year old. And they enjoyed jumping in them. Sorting items by size or color has been a favorite activity in the classroom. We can also jump the number of letters in our names. We have discussed and practiced how to make patterns using different color bugs.
We started our unit on Trees and it is the perfect time of the year for this unit. The trees are changing colors and of course their appearance change completely. To explore the topic of trees, we had to ask a couple of questions, "What do we know know about trees and what do we want to know about trees"? While finding trees that were bigger than a three year old was easy to do, finding trees that were smaller than a three year old proved to be a bit more challenging. But not to worry, because, for the past two years, I have been saving tiny oak trees that I found in my flower beds. We read the book, A Tree Named Steve, and learned all the things a tree is really good for. Trees are wonderful for things like swings, and climbing and clothes lines and tiny bird nest. We have also learned the names of the different parts of a tree. After we named our trees, we watered the tiny trees and discussed how these oak trees will grow acorns to feed the squirrels and be a place of shelter for birds. The thing we enjoy the most is the cool shade we enjoy from trees. We walked down to the flag pole and discussed which was taller, the flag pole or a tall tree. The children were convinced that the flag pole was taller.
Our class began exploring the concept of time with the nursery rhyme "Hickory, Dickory, Dock. The discussion led to the tip tapping of little feet to get use to the idea of a clock and telling time. They love the idea of a mouse running down the clock. The children enjoyed discussing what happens in the morning and in the afternoon.
We discussed things that are different but the same. We looked at a picture of a horse and a zebra. They learned how they are the same. Just like letters can look alike but are very different.
We looked at letters of the alphabet and discussed how they are the same and how they have different sounds. And how many letters are in each child's name. We glued foam letters of each child's name on paper and traced them with their little fingers the shapes of the letters in their names. The class has really done a great job with learning to look at each other's written name and knowing to whom it belongs. YAY class!
We have enjoyed exploring the playground and finding locust shells. They are on all the tree trunks and surprisingly enough the children are not afraid of holding the shells or even allowing me to hang the locust shells to their shirts.
Awesome is the word that comes to mind when I think of the First Week of school here at St. James School.
Reciting the nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty" was exciting. We watched what happened when a raw egg falls from a wall vs a hard boiled egg. I love the expressions on their tiny faces and their eagerness to 'let's do it again"!
We read the book "The Kissing Hand" and enjoyed hand shaped cookies with Hershey kiss in it. The children also enjoyed listening to "A Pocket for Corduroy" and discussing what happens when we loose things.
I'm pretty sure the hit of the week is a toss up between playing in the shaving cream and singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star "Karaoke" style.
I hope your child has been coming home excited to tell you all about "Mat Man". This is a fun and simple technique to introduce straight and curved lines.
We discussed the classroom musical instruments and the proper way to play them.
We also practiced a fire drill. Often, three year olds, do not understand the whole concept of a fire drill, especially with the noisy alarm, so it can be a scary thing. But we persevered and managed to leave the building quickly.