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Time flies by and now a new school year has begun!
We have had a blast with our beginning of school unit. For many of us this is our first experience of school, and it’s important that we know what’s going on with our day. We are learning by exploring questions about our school.
What names do we need to know at school?
What do we do if we are sad or scared?
What are our rules?
When do things happen at school?
We have studied these questions through nursery rhymes, games, songs, and dances. What a way to learn! Our favorite nursery rhyme was Little Miss Muffet. We even got to take turns acting out different roles in the rhyme in front of our class!!
Our class is full of leaders and we have had fun taking turns being leaders in our class. We have line leaders, blessing leaders, door holders, flag holders, and light controllers. These positions allow us to take responsibility of ourselves and help others in our class. We love having our own responsibilities. Did you know that we can now put up our folders, lunch boxes, and backpacks all by ourselves?
Both fine and gross motor skills development is very important at our age and we practice these through play. Developing fine motor skills helps us learn to write. We have played with play dough, puzzles, counting bears, magnets, and so much more! We have even practiced using scissors correctly! In Coach Nicole’s PE class we’ve had a ball working on our gross motor skills development.
Letters are oh so important and we’ve studied 2 letters so far, L and F. We’ve learned that these letters have big lines and little lines and have practiced making the lines. We have also learned that everyone has a name, and we are working on recognizing our names and our friends' names.
Primary II is a busy class full of play and wonder where we are learning even when we are playing. From learning to regulate our emotions in home center, capturing a Cicada, and learning about insects, we are constantly in motion investigating our surroundings. Keep an eye on us; you never know what we will learn next.
Where has the year gone? As the school year draws to a close, I thought I would share some pictures of what we do best, that is learning and having fun!
We have gained so much knowledge from our building study. As a class project, the children decided to build a log cabin. A large refrigerator box was used as the basic structure. First, the boys and girls decided where the door and window needed to be. Then, the children cut out construction paper logs and glued them to the walls. They loved playing inside their very own log cabin!
Primary II loves art! Children benefit from working with many different kinds of materials and having conversations about their artwork and the work of others. Some of our art experiences this year have included self-portraits, water colored pumpkins, leaves, and hearts, salt dough ornaments, weaving, and beautiful painted trees (just to name a few)!
Children’s understanding of counting, number symbols, and number operations are fundamental to their success with more complex mathematics. Throughout the year the boys and girls have learned how to graph, make patterns, compare and measure, and identify numerals up to 10 by name and connect each to counted objects (some children up to 20)! Through fun songs, games, and activities we’ve come a long way since day 1!
Skills such as counting, comparing, measuring, sorting, use of one’s imagination, and a LOT of trial and error are all a part of “block play.” Blocks have definitely been one of the number 1 centers this year. Everything from motorcycles and castles, to entire cities have been built. I am continually amazed at their creative ability!
Children love to explore. As they use their senses to explore things, they learn about shape, color, texture, weight, temperature, and how things move and change. Our creative curriculum is all about “hands on experiences” and making learning fun! Some highlights of the year included our field trip to H&N Landscaping during our tree study. The children also learned a great deal about pumpkins through “Pumpkin Exploration,” as well as a trip to the Pumpkin Patch. Painted Lady butterflies emerged before our very eyes! We tracked the life cycle from caterpillars to beautiful butterflies. The day of our “butterfly release” was just perfect. Cheers of encouragement echoed towards the sky as our Painted Ladies set off to find their new homes.
So, as you can see, we’ve had a VERY fun and productive year. A big thank you to all of my wonderful and helpful Primary II parents. St. James parents are the best! I hope everyone has a safe and fun summer. Be sure and check back with us when school starts for more exciting Primary II news!
Primary II rocked their Spring Show! The children sang, danced, and recited poetry and scripture to a standing room only audience. The growth that has occurred from the November program to now is remarkable. Our class motto, “always T-R-Y, TRY!” was certainly evident in their performance. I am SO proud of all my boys and girls. After the program, popsicles were enjoyed by all!
The children have thoroughly enjoyed the building study. Everything from castles to skyscrapers have been constructed. Through trial and error, they’ve figured out how to stack Lincoln Logs, blocks, and Legos in order for their structures to stand and not fall over. Estimating how many blocks could be placed on top of each other before toppling over helped to improve counting skills. We even measured the “area” of a large rectangle by using smaller magnetic blocks. The children’s imaginations never cease to amaze me!
We continue to review letters, letter sounds, and numbers through fun games and activities. We’re currently making stick letters out of fallen tree limbs and twigs. The children are really good at making their letters from A to Z!
Only about 3 weeks left until we’re out for the summer. Where has the time gone? Check back in a couple of weeks for more exciting Primary II news!
Before Easter break, Primary II students witnessed an amazing event. The children watched as some of their Painted Lady butterflies emerged from their chrysalides! Oranges and apples were placed inside the habitat for the Painted Ladies to feed upon. The children were fascinated watching each butterfly drink the juice from the fruit, by using its proboscis (works like a straw). During our butterfly study we also learned that butterflies have wings to fly, eyes to see, antennaes to smell, and six legs to stand.
The day of our “butterfly release” was just perfect. The sun was shining bright with the temperature in the 70’s. The class gathered around the habitat as a Butterfly Blessing was read before setting them free. Cheers of encouragement echoed towards the sky, as our Painted Ladies set off to find their new homes!
Our Easter party and egg hunt were SO much fun! A BIG thank you to Lorelai’s Dad, Mr. Skylar, for hiding over 200 eggs! After the hunt, the boys and girls enjoyed yummy Easter cookies and assorted treats. The Easter bunny even hopped by for a quick hello and picture with the children.
Did you know that the Pre-K building has 23 doors, 23 windows, 1 roof, and 10 columns? We began our new building study with an “architectural tour” of the school. We practiced our counting skills by counting the many features of each building from Pre-K all the way to the Middle School. We’ve also started gathering pictures of all kinds of buildings. A big thanks to all the children who brought in pictures from literally all over the world! We have compared and contrasted houses and buildings such as the White House, Buckingham Palace, Cinderella’s Castle, house boats, and even the Roman Colosseum. A special thank you to Coleman for sharing his construction book with the class.
The children have loved designing and building all sorts of structures. Wooden blocks, Lincoln Logs, Legos, and Magna Tiles have all helped to spark their imaginations. The children have even had the opportunity to color a “class castle.” It’s really looking GREAT!
Vocabulary words such as more, less, fewer, and equal were discussed while building. Some of the books enjoyed so far have been; The Three Little Pigs, Changes, Changes (a book without words), and Buildings, Buildings, Buildings.
Next Wed. is our Spring Program. The children have worked very hard and are super excited about sharing their songs and poems with an audience.
Be sure and check back with us in May for more exciting Primary II news!
Hope everyone is having a wonderful spring. With Easter soon upon us, the children created beautiful watercolor cross eggs. We took the weaving patterns they had made earlier during our clothing study, and rearranged them to form an Easter basket. What a colorful display upon entering our building!
What can you make out of recycled paper, plastic, and aluminum? Why, a "trash band" of course! The children had such a good time beating, blowing, tapping, and shaking their recycled instruments. We even decided to become a marching band. What fun it was marching around the room, weaving in and out of tables and furniture!
Our Painted Lady butterflies have arrived! They came to us in the "caterpillar stage". We have enjoyed watching them climb to the top of the cup and attach themselves to the lid. We observed them hanging in a "J" shape, shedding their exoskeletons one last time, and finally hardening into chrysalides. On Wednesday, we observed a very special occurrence. Three of our butterflies emerged! We are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of two more. "Hands- on science" is such a fantastic way for children to learn. I hope to have a "butterfly release" before Easter break.
This year for our community service project, the boys and girls helped to supply the new W.T.Daniels Child Developmental Center with much needed items. Play Doh, crayons, markers, and coloring books were some of the supplies donated. The women who picked up our donations were SO appreciative! The class felt good about helping others. It made us all stop and think how blessed we are! I hope to continue this community service project with the center again next year.
We LOVE practicing our letters and numbers in shaving cream! It is a super fun sensory activity for the children as well. After our lesson, the boys and girls had "free draw". Our room smelled of shaving cream the entire day, plus it helped to really clean our tables!
The children have been practicing daily for our spring program, May 3rd. Everyone is going to be in for a real treat. The class is doing a FANTASTIC job!
I hope everyone has a Blessed Easter, and that you'll check back with us in a couple of weeks for more Primary II news.
After a much needed spring break, the children were more than ready to be back at school. Our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle study has been full of fun filled activities. We've been collecting "clean trash" to fill our 3 classroom bins. The 3 bins include paper, plastic, and metal.
After filling 10 plastic water bottles with gravel, we made a bowling set for our class. The boys and girls had a BLAST bowling! As the pins were knocked down, the children counted how many were down and how many were left standing. It's so much fun carrying our math skills over into exciting games.
"Going on a trash hunt!" Those were the words that echoed around school the week prior to spring break. After sorting through trash in our classroom (with gloves of course) we were on a quest to see what trash was like in other buildings around campus. I drew a map on the board of the path we would follow. First stop, the office. Ms. Wendy shared with us how she shredded most of her trash. She even turned on the shredder and showed us how it worked. Second stop, the office of Ms. Katelyn. Ms.Tara was about to empty the trash when we walked in. A variety of trash such as a candy wrapper, Starbuck's cup, Kleenex, and an applesauce cup were found in the trash can. Third stop, the cafeteria where we counted 4 trash cans. We came to the conclusion that our cafeteria produces a lot of trash! Our final stop was the dumpster. The boys and girls got to see first hand where all the school trash goes. What a fun trash hunt!
Our recycling bins have literally been overflowing. So, we decided to build a class robot, Mr. Trashy. Some of the items used to build him were coffee boxes, water bottles, toilet paper rolls, and tin pans. We love how he turned out!
We're also beginning to make cool Easter baskets out of plastic milk jugs. Be sure and check back with us to see how they turn out. Enjoy the beautiful spring weather.
What a busy, but fun month! The children had a great time decorating Valentine bags. Glitter hearts of all sizes and stickers adorned everyones sacks. The boys and girls loved placing their Valentines in each others bags. Their sacks were literally overflowing with treats! Our Valentine party was Super Fun too. Not only did we celebrate Valentine's Day, but my birthday as well. Ms.Chastity surprised me with a yummy cupcake, candle and all. The funny thing about the candle, was that the harder I tried to blow it out, the bigger the flame appeared. Of course the children thought it quite funny that I couldn't blow it out! Finally, when we all blew together, it went out. It was certainly a Valentine/Birthday to remember!
Grandparent's Day was a huge success. It was wonderful to watch the children share their work and special pictures with their Grandparents. Each child's life size paper doll was displayed throughout the room along with their work. Paper dolls were designed and decorated by the children during our clothes study. Both kiddos and Grandparents were mighty proud!
The final week of our clothing study ended with weaving. After reading Abuela's Weave, a story about a young girl who learned the art of weaving from her Grandmother, we tried our hand at it. The weaving activity teaches children 2 key skills. First, children learn about spatial awareness by connecting the concepts of over and under with movement. This is called kinesthetic learning. Second, they are making a pattern (over-under). Being able to identify and extend patterns is an important math skill that children will build on.
Next week we begin our Recycling Study. Please check back with us in a couple of weeks for more exciting Primary II news!
Primary II is having a "Blast" with graphs and tallying. We've learned that graphs show how objects are grouped, and that tallying is a way to count and keep track of information. The children have graphed the color of shirts worn daily. One side of the "T-graph" represented red shirts and the other side blue shirts. So far, blue shirts have been the most popular. They've also tallied the number of buttons on their shirts and pants. After tallying, the children could easily see which article of clothing had the most and which had the least number of buttons.
Standard and nonstandard forms of measurement were introduced as well. Some standard items we looked at and used were a ruler, tape measure, and yard stick. Nonstandard items included plastic paper clips, blocks, and interlocking cubes. The boys and girls had fun measuring everything from the length of their pants and skirts to the length of the tables throughout the room.
The vocabulary word "Observing" was discussed while having fun with an ice cube experiment. (Observing means watching something closely and noticing things.) The children pretended to be scientists while they observed ice cubes. First, we discussed what we already knew about ice cubes. Next, I asked questions such as, "What will happen if we leave the ice cube on a piece of black paper? What will happen if we put it back in the freezer?" We then talked about how we could measure the ice melting. The class decided to check the ice cube at 15 min. time intervals. Over a period of 45 min. the children measured the changes in the size of the ice as it melted. They also measured changes in the size of the water spot on the paper. By the time the ice completely melted, the entire paper was wet. We love science experiments!
Our study of clothing has led us to many discoveries. We've learned that people whose job it is to design clothes are called fashion designers. The children even tried their hand at designing, and did a fantastic job! They had such fun deciding what patterns and colors to use in their sketches.
We practiced sewing skills by using our sewing cards. Sewing builds many fine-motor skills necessary for writing. The children had to hold the plastic tip of the yarn (the needle) and use eye hand coordination to make the needle go through the hole. They also had to remember how to guide the plastic needle in and out of the card. This took a lot of concentration, and I must tell you, we have a class full of Tailors and Seamstresses!
In preparation for Valentine's Day, the children water colored beautiful hearts. The really fun thing about the activity, was that there were secret messages written on each heart. The boys and girls couldn't see the message until they started painting. As their hearts became more colorful, the words, I Love You appeared. They LOVED the reveal!
Next week will be a busy one with Valentines and Grandparent's Day. Check back with us in a couple of weeks for more Primary II news!
Our clothes study has proven to be a big hit with the class.Thanks to everyone who sent articles of clothing for their child to share. Sharing teaches us how to not only be a presenter, but a good audience member as well. After looking at different kinds of clothing we discussed when we might wear them. We also sorted and classified them into different groups depending on color and style. The children have really had fun making life size paper dolls of themselves. We've learned that clothing can have many features. For example; buttons, elastic, zippers, pockets, snaps, velcro, and sashes. Watching them design their outfits has been a treat. Can't wait to display them for Grandparent's Day on Feb.17th. They are truly one of a kind creations! The vocabulary word mend was introduced. I actually mended a hole in a shirt while the children watched. Who knew a needle and thread could be SO mesmerizing! The boys and girls were also introduced to tallying,(using number concepts and operations). They discovered that tallying was one way to count and keep track of information. We also discovered that blue shirts were the shirt of choice for the week! Goldilocks and the Three Bears has been a favorite book that correlates with our study. We discussed the sizes of the bears bowls, chairs, and beds and then related that information to the sizes of clothing that we've studied. Scarf dancing was a huge hit! After discussing the color and texture of the scarves, the children carefully listened to what the music instructed them to do (SO good for listening skills, and fun too)! Grandparent's Day will be here before we know it. We've already started learning special songs to sing. The Grandparents are going to LOVE it! February proves to be a very busy month; Valentines, Grandparent's Day, Daddy/Daughter Dance, and Gala! Check back with us in the weeks ahead for more Primary II news!
Happy New Year! It didn't take long to get back into the swing of things once the children arrived after the holidays. Our Christmas party, held the last day before dismissal, was so much fun! Crafts, games, snacks, and best of all, a visit from Santa, all made for a fun-filled morning. Since we've been back, we've had fun talking about winter activities such as sledding, skating, and snowman building. We then thought how cool it would be if we had snow. So, thanks to Insta-Snow, we had just that! The children counted along as I poured Insta-Snow into a container. We then added 8 cups of water, and before our very eyes snow appeared! The children have really enjoyed digging, pouring, and measuring.
Our tree study came to an end with two super activities. The first was our field trip to H&N Nursery. The children were able to explore all kinds of trees and actually saw some of the trees that we had read about. They had a lot of questions for our tour guide, I actually think our guide was impressed by how much the boys and girls knew! Hot chocolate and cookies, thanks to Ms. Chastity, was the perfect ending to a great trip. The second highlight of our study, was when our very own "Tool Guy," Mr. Charles(my husband) spoke to the class. He brought an array of tools and wood to share with the children. A saw, hammer and nails, screwdriver, tape measure, and drill were a few of the items he showed and talked to the children about. They even got to try their hand at sawing and hammering under the watchful eye of Mr. Charles! A big shout out to Home Depot for providing the boys and girls with tool aprons and wood crafts to make at home. Thank you for always being so supportive!
We begin a new study this month on clothes. I can already tell that the children are going to have fun with it. Check back with us in a few weeks to see what other new discoveries we've made in Primary II.
Our fall program was performed in front of a standing room only audience. Words cannot express how proud I was of all my children. What courage it took to walk into a roomful of people, much less perform in front of them!
Our study of trees continues and will carry us through to January. We've talked about what animals live in trees, why ladybugs are helpful, and why aphids are not. We determined the age of a tree by counting the rings in its trunk. The tree was 12 years old!
The boys and girls have enjoyed acting out stories using our tree puppet theater. Our puppet collection included both a blue bird and red bird, Koala bear, tree frog, hummingbird, giraffe, and cat. A big thank you to Ms. Amanda who created and built it.
One of our many "hands on" experiences was measuring the circumference of trees. After dividing the children into groups, they went outside and used ribbon to measure 4 different trees. We then taped each ribbon to the bulletin board to decide which group's tree was the largest in circumference. Our class is looking forward to a field trip next Tues. to H&N Landscaping. It will be fun to see all the different trees, as well as some beautiful Christmas trees!
PE has been full of holiday themed games that the boys and girls have loved. Some of their favorites have included Christmas Zookeeper and Santa Tag.
Our class has also been quite busy making ornaments for our class tree. The children have become pattern experts. The beaded candy canes they made are a perfect example of an A/B (red/white) pattern. Glitter was abundant EVERYWHERE as painted snowflakes were created and hung on the tree, as well as salt dough stars.
Jingle, our class elf, has surprised the children each day with his playful antics! I think Primary II is more than ready for Christmas.
I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, as well as a safe and Happy New Year. Check back with us in 2017 for more exciting Primary II news!
Fall is in the air along with all of its festivities. The children loved wearing their Halloween costumes to school. Our room was filled with princesses, pumpkins, super heroes, and much, much more! Primary II parents provided a "Boo-tiful" lunch for the children, as well as a fabulous party. A BIG thank you to all of the parents who helped make it such a fun day.
We have started our tree study and the children are loving it. After giving each child a sack, we went on a "Tree Hunt" around the school searching for tree parts. Squeals and screams could be heard as they found pine needles, acorns, pine cones, sticks, tree bark, and leaves. They could hardly wait to share their findings. The children have divided their tree parts into categories, discussed what they already know about trees, and what they would like to find out.
We are moving right along with learning our letters. So far we know C,E,F,H,I,L,O,T,and V. The children had a BLAST writing their letters in shaving cream! One day we even covered our tables in paper and wrote our letters on the table top. Words that begin with each letter, as well as the sounds the letters make are all a part of our learning.
Thanksgiving will soon be upon us. Our Primary II class has been busy making colorful turkeys. Each child has cut, drawn, and assembled their own turkey. They even created beautiful feathers using descriptive words that tell what each child is thankful for. The feathers look great on "Mr. Turkey" outside our door.
Our Fall program will be next Thursday. The children have worked very hard preparing a variety of Fall songs and poems. Parents, you are going to be SUPER impressed!
I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Check back with us in a couple of weeks for more Primary II news!
Fall is in the air, and pumpkins are everywhere! A big thank you to all of my Primary II parents for sending a wide variety of pumpkins and gourds for us to explore. The children have had so much fun making all kinds of discoveries. We started our study with Pumpkin Math and Science. The children were actively involved in determining the length of string it would take to measure the circumference of one of our pumpkins. What fun we had making predictions on how many lines the pumpkin had, as well as how much it weighed. We were thrilled to discover that our 9.5 lb. pumpkin floated!
Our ball study led us to some new discoveries as well. The children have decided that ramps are super cool! Balls can roll down them, and cars too! Did you know that in order to roll an object, muscle force is needed? The boys and girls also concluded that some balls roll faster than others. Ping-pong balls, tennis balls, and sweet gum balls all float. Another fun activity was when the children blew through a straw to make their cotton ball roll. They discovered the harder they blew, the further their ball moved. Primary II children love to experiment!
Another highlight of the month was our field trip to the pumpkin patch. The children estimated that there were probably a million pumpkins in the patch! They had such a good time looking at all the different pumpkins, and even got to take a small one home. The Scarecrow Lady read The Pumpkin Patch Parable, carved a pumpkin, and even served us pumpkin muffins - YUM!!! Once we got back to the school, Jason and Amy Sadowski treated us to a Happy Meal Picnic. What a great day we all had!
Beginning in Nov. we'll be starting a new study on trees, should be fun! Check back with us next month for more Primary II news.
Primary II LOVES balls, and has had a ball (no pun intended) with our new Ball Study! We have quite an assorted collection from tiny marbles to large beach balls. The children have really enjoyed sharing their balls from home. They have described them, sorted them into categories, made discoveries in regard to size, weight, and texture, and even made predictions in regard to how many times certain balls bounced. We even touched upon compound words with our study and ate cheeseballs as an afternoon snack!
So far, we have learned to recognize letters L, F, E, and H. The children love matching the alphabet magnets to the correct letter. I especially enjoy hearing them make the sounds of the letters as they play. Making playdough letters has also been an activity they seem to never tire of.
Did you know you could create art with golf balls? That's exactly what Primary II kiddos did when they put paper, paint, and golf balls in a shoebox. They loved rolling the golf balls as their picture developed before their very eyes!
Pom-poms and tongs are another fun activity the children enjoy (while learning at the same time!) Muffin tins were labeled with the numbers 1 -10.The children looked at the number and then using the tongs, counted out the correct number of pom -poms and put them in the muffin tin. This has been a great activity for developing number awareness, one to one correspondence, and fine motor skills.
Our class will be going to the Pumpkin Patch next week. Along with our Ball Study, we will also be making fun and exciting discoveries about pumpkins and gourds. Check back with us at the end of the month for Pumpkin Patch pictures and discoveries!
We love a parade! The Primary I and II classes could be seen pulling their favorite "Luvvies" all over campus in specially decorated boxes. When it comes to creativity, Primary II ranked above and beyond! Colorful jewels, pom-poms, glitter, hearts, and even Spider Man adorned some of the boxes. A big thank you to all of our family, friends, and fellow students who cheered us on.
This week we talked about workers at our school. Tobi Lee's Mom, Ms. Tara, spoke to the boys and girls about her special job at St. James. Ms. Tara makes sure that not only our room, but all the rooms at the school are kept nice and clean. She shared all of the neat stuff on her cart with us and even let us hold some of the items. We asked many questions and quickly realized that she is indeed one busy lady!
The Gingerbread Man was a favorite story this week. We discussed the choices he made, and came up with our own ideas about how he could have stayed out of trouble. The children even got to ice and decorate their own gingerbread cookies. A HUGE thank you to Chastity Hale, who supplied us with cookies, icing, and Skittles to decorate with. The children had a blast and ate every bite!
The letters "L & F " have been introduced. We've rolled "Big Snakes & Little Snakes," with playdough to form our letters. (Handwriting Without Tears) This is SO good for fine motor development. We also used our "Big Line & Little Line " magnets on our special magnetic boards to make L's and F's as well. Handwriting Without Tears is so much fun!
The children love numbers, especially the Missing Number game. In keeping with our story, The Gingerbread Man, I had 10 cookies on the board numbered (1-10.) The boys and girls took turns removing a few numbers at a time, and then figuring out which ones were missing. Talk about improving their counting skills and critical thinking!
I'm thrilled to have added a Sensory Bin to the classroom this year. That bin of sand, corn, beans, or colorful rice is more than just another way to keep children busy, it is a bustling factory of developmental growth. In addition to honing sensory and science skills, sensory play builds language, social, and dramatic play skills as the children negotiate with one another to share tools, create stories, and build dialogues. Both small and large motor skills get a boost as well, as the children manipulate the medium and tools of the day. A BIG "Shout Out" to Sarah Kyles for filling our bin with colorful rice. Primary II parents are the best!
Looking forward to "Fall Fun" in Primary II, check back with us in Oct. for more exciting news!
Going on a Chester Hunt looking, looking. Going on a Chester Hunt looking for some clues.
Looking way up high, looking way down low. Looking all around the place everywhere we
go! That was the song Primary II could be heard singing the first week of school. After reading
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, the children received a Special Delivery letter. The letter
invited them on a scavenger hunt to find Chester (the little raccoon in the story.) We followed
our first clue which led us to the office. From there we went to the cafeteria and then the
playground. Finally, we followed the clues (paw prints) back to our room, where Chester had left
us a special cookie treat!
Some other favorite books we've read include: A Pocket for Corduroy, Peeny Butter Fudge, and
Love is a Family.
We've also been very busy learning how to recognize our written name, each others names, and
names of important things around our classroom.
Cutting with scissors and playing with playdough have helped improve our coordination and fine
motor skills as well.
The word tempo was introduced along with fast, medium, and slow rhythms. We danced with
scarves to the music changing rhythms throughout. Playing instruments was a big hit too!
We even know what "Resting Position" means. We're SO smart!
So, as you can see, Primary II is in full swing. Please check in again later this month for more
Primary II news!
As the school year draws to a close, I thought I would share some pictures of what we do best,
that is learning and having fun! We have gained so much knowledge from our Building Study.
Interesting words such as architect, foreman, foundation, building inspector, and sturdy are
just a few words that we've added to our vocabulary.
We've compared and contrasted materials such as brick, wood, tile, and stone. After taking
a survey of what each child's home was built of, we discovered that the most popular material
used turned out to be brick.
The children also had fun making sack houses. We discussed what a street address was
and why it was important to know their address. A lot of the boys and girls already knew the
name of their street!
We continue to review our letters, sounds, and numbers through fun games and songs. I
am amazed by how much they know!
I've thoroughly enjoyed this year with my Primary II kiddos. We've had SO much fun! I
look forward to seeing what the future holds for all of them. A BIG thank you to all of my
wonderful parents. Like I've said before, " Primary II parents are the BEST!!!"
Hope everyone has a safe, relaxing, and fun summer. Check back in August for more
Primary II news!
After careful and watchful observation, our 5 small chrysalids evolved into beautiful
Painted Lady butterflies. The children actually got to witness one emerge from its
chrysalis! Pieces of fruit and sugar water were placed in the butterfly habitat to
feed them prior to release. What fun we had observing the life cycle of a butterfly!
We have also begun a new, fun study of buildings. We started by gathering all
sorts of pictures of buildings. A BIG thank you to all the children who brought in
pictures from literally all over the world! We have compared and contrasted houses
and buildings such as the White House, Buckingham Palace, House Boats, and
even the Roman Colosseum!
The children have also enjoyed designing and building their own structures.
Wooden blocks, Lincoln Logs, Legos, and Magna Tiles have all helped to
spark their creativity. Terms such as more, less, fewer, and equal were introduce
and discussed while building.
Some of the books that go along with our study so far have been The Three Little
Pigs, Changes, Changes (a book without words,) House Sweet House, and A Chair
For My Mother.
Our spring program was a HUGE success! I couldn't have been more proud of all
the boys and girls. Thanks to everyone who attended. Also, a very special thank
you to Ms. Wagy's class for all of their help.
Hard to believe that the school year will soon be drawing to a close. Please check
back later on in the month for more Primary !! news!
What can you make out of recycled paper, plastic, and aluminum? A "Trash Band" of course!
The children had a blast beating, blowing, tapping, and shaking their recycled instruments.
We even decided to become a marching band. What fun it was marching around the room
weaving in and out of tables and furniture!
A cool book we read this week was called, Don't Lose It---Reuse It! It really got our imaginations
thinking about all the different uses for paper sacks. After some discussion, the boys and girls
decided to make sack puppets. Crepe paper, yarn, google eyes, buttons, and a little bit of
this and that were all used to create fabulous puppets. The children then enjoyed acting
out stories from behind our beautiful puppet theater.
Balloons were in the air during P.E. recently. Coach Nicole had the students use foam
paddles to gently tap the balloons and keep them afloat. What a great activity for eye
hand coordination! The colorful balloons were beautiful floating throughout the gym.
We have been very busy lately preparing for our spring program, May 4th. The children
are learning lot's of cute songs, poems, and even dances to perform for our families.
Pictures to follow.
Please check back with Primary II in May, lot's more fun coming our way!
"Goin on a Trash Hunt!" These were the words that echoed around the school the week prior
to Easter break. After sorting through trash in our classroom, (with gloves of course!) we were
on a quest to see what trash was like in other buildings around our school.
We drew a map on the board of the path we would follow. First stop, Ms. Wendy's office. Ms.
Wendy shared with us how she shredded most of her trash. She even turned on the shredder
and showed us how it worked.
Second stop, the office of Ms. Kandice. Her children had been in her office the day before, so
we saw lot's of empty candy wrappers!
Third stop, the Recycling Bin with Ms. Denise. Ms. Denise talked about the compost pile, as
well as the bin where aluminum cans were kept.
Our final stop was the dumpster. The children got to see first hand where all of the school trash
goes. Did we ever see a lot or trash!
We've even learned a fun Recycling song. Ask any child in Ms. Lisa's class and I'm sure
they'll sing it for you!
The week ended with a wonderful Easter party, egg hunt, and visit from the Easter Bunny.
Working on songs for our Spring program. You'll be hearing more about that later.
Until next time, enjoy these beautiful Springtime days!
With Easter soon upon us, the children created beautiful watercolor
cross eggs. We took the weaving patterns they had made earlier during
our clothing study and rearranged them to form an Easter basket. The
eggs look so pretty in the basket. Please be sure and take a look when you enter our building.
This week we started a new study called Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
Trash and garbage are all around us, and children are fascinated by what is in garbage cans. This natural curiosity provides a good starting point for finding out what happens to trash after it is thrown away and exploring the concept of reducing, reusing, and recycling.
We played a game where the boys and girls pulled a piece of trash from a bag and had to decide which bin to place it in. The three bins they had to choose from were paper, metal, and plastic. After that, we made predictions in regard to which bin had the most
trash. We then tallied the number of items in each bin. The paper bin came in first place with fifteen pieces of trash, plastic came in second place with thirteen pieces, and metal came in third place with only two pieces.
Some fun stories read these weeks were: The Paper Bag Princess and Hush! A Thai Lullaby.
We are also beginning to make cool Easter baskets out of empty milk and water
containers. Recycling is so much fun!
Here’s hoping that everyone has a wonderful Easter. Check back with us in April for more exciting news from Primary ll.
This week was an especially fun one, as we continued with our study of clothing.
Our question of the week was, "How do people make clothes?" Vocabulary such
as seamstress, tailor, stitch, weave, sketch, and designer were discussed. The boys
and girls were given sewing cards with which they learned how to make small
stitches. The process of learning how to put the yarn in and out of the holes was
challenging at first, but the children caught on quickly and were extremely proud
of their accomplishments!
We did so well with sewing that we even tried our hand at weaving. The weaving
activity taught the children two skills. First, the children learned about spatial
awareness by connecting the concepts of over and under with movement. This
is called kinesthetic learning. Second, they made a pattern (over-under). Being
able to identify and extend patterns is an important math skill that the children
will build on. Their woven creations were just beautiful!
Another highlight of our week was a visit from the Tooth Fairy in conjunction with
Dental Awareness month. Not only was she "A sight to behold", but very
informative as well. She stressed the importance of eating healthy foods and
brushing daily. The Tooth Fairy also put the children at ease in regard to visiting
the dentist. Thank you Dr. Glass for allowing the Tooth Fairy to pay us a visit!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Spring Break. Check back in March for more
news from Ms. Lisa's class!
At the conclusion of our tree study, I was excited to have two representatives from
Lowe's nursery, Tina and Vicky, come and speak to the children. They brought
several small plants and trees to share. It was interesting hearing about their
jobs at the nursery. We learned that just like we use blankets for warmth, plants
do too. During cold weather the nursery workers cover the plants with blankets to
keep them from freezing. They also told us that in the summer daily watering was
necessary to keep the plants alive. It takes a lot of workers to water hundreds of plants.
Tina and Vicky also brought Zinnia seeds which the children planted in small cups.
To our delight some have already sprouted! Ms. Tina and Ms. Vicky plan to come
back with a Dogwood tree for us to plant on our playground. We look forward to
sharing those pictures with everyone soon.
Immediately after our tree study ended, we started our study of clothing. The children
have really enjoyed bringing in an array of clothing to share. We've learned that clothes
come in all sizes, colors, patterns, and textures. The boys and girls have begun
noticing various features on clothes. For example, buttons,zippers, pockets, snaps,
velcro, and sashes. They're even making life size paper dolls of themselves. It's been
fun watching them design their outfits. Can't wait to display them for Grandparent's
Happy Valentine's Day! Hope it's a sweet one.
After discussing various fruits that grew on trees, the children were thrilled
to make apple bread this week. They learned however, that there was
quite a bit to making it!
First, we set out all of our bowls, utensils, and ingredients. We discussed
the importance of following a recipe exactly as written, and what might
happen if we didn't. Some responses were, "It would taste yucky," and
"We probably wouldn't want to eat it!"
After reviewing the sequence of our recipe the children took turns
measuring, pouring, and mixing. We discovered that 1 cup was more
than 1/4 cup. Also, we learned that 1/2 a teaspoon was less than
After going over the parts of an egg (shell, yolk, egg white) two of them
were cracked and added to our mixture. Wet ingredients were combined
with dry and the dough became quite stiff. The children discovered
that it was much harder to stir.
Finally, apples were chopped, thanks to Ms. DeeDee, and added last.
The bread went into the oven for 1 hour.
How did it taste? Well, all I can say is that there was not one crumb
left in the pan!
Who knows what we'll be cooking next!
Happy New Year!
It didn't take long to get back into the swing of things once the
children arrived on Monday. We've had fun talking about
winter activities such as sledding, skating, and snowman
building. We then thought how cool it would be if we had
snow. So, thanks to Insta-Snow, we had just that! The
children counted along as I poured Insta-Snow into a
container. Then, a gallon of water was added, and before
our very eyes snow appeared! All week the boys and girls
have had fun pouring, digging, measuring, and building in
Our study of trees continues as well. We've learned a lot
about insects and animals that live in trees. We discovered
that some insects, such as ladybugs, help trees by eating
the aphids on the leaves. The children developed a list of
assorted foods that grow on trees. Apples, oranges, bananas,
nuts, and seeds could all be eaten by animals an people too!
Looking forward to making Apple Bread with the children
next week, should be fun!
Hope everyone is having a great start to the new year, we sure have.
After returning from Thanksgiving, we began a new study on trees.
The children have loved discovering all the many parts of a tree,
as well as the animals that live in them. Our class tree collection
includes tree ark, leaves, branches, pine cones, and acorns. We
even counted the rings inside a tree trunk and discovered that it
was 9 years old! Did you know that pine needles could be used
as paint brushes? The boys and girls made beautiful paintings
We've also been quite busy making ornaments for our class
Christmas tree. The children have become experts when it comes
to patterns. The beaded candy canes they made are a perfect
example of an A/B (red/white) pattern. Glitter was abundant as
painted snowflakes were created. The jingle of bells could also be
heard as they strung colorful bells on pipe cleaners. (An excellent
activity for fine motor skills)
Our Sensory Bin for Dec. was filled with cotton balls (snow) and
red and green fuzzy balls. Magnetic letters of the alphabet were
placed inside. The children had to sort through and pick up the
letters with a hand held magnet and then match the letters to
the alphabet chart. Fun!
We also made beautiful Christmas placemats for the Randy
Sams Shelter. Our "Big KId" friends from Ms. Joyce's 6
grade class will be taking them to the shelter for us along with
their can goods contribution,
I hope everyone has a Joyous Christmas! Please check back
with us in the New Year as we share more fun discoveries.
Fall is in the air, along with all of its festivities. The children had a blast wearing their Halloween costumes
to school. Our room was alive with Princesses, Super
Heroes, Firemen, and even a Dragon! Thanks to our fabulous parents, the children were also treated to a
special party. Not only were their bellies full, but their
goody bags as well!
Thanksgiving will soon be upon us. Our Primary II class
has been busy making colorful “Hand Turkeys.” The
children have also created beautiful feathers using descriptive words that tell what each child is thankful for.
The feathers look great on “Mr. Turkey” outside our door.
Our study of balls continues. Some cool discoveries we’ve made include:
Balls can roll down ramps and cars too!
Some balls roll faster than others.
Ping Pong balls float!
A ball is a sphere, and most spheres can roll.
We love exploring patterns and making them as well. The
children have really enjoyed using magnifying glasses
to get a closer look at things. Fall supplies us with so many wonderful opportunities to explore!
Happy Fall and Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Our unit for the past several weeks has been on the exploration of balls. We’ve already had a ball (no punintended!) while making many discoveries. Some of our discoveries included that balls come in all shapes and sizes,colors and textures, and that some roll and some do not.We then decided to carry our exploration a step further and explore pumpkins. What fun we had making predictions on how many lines our pumpkin had, how big around it was, (circumference) and how much it weighed. We were thrilled to discover that our 5 lb. pumpkin floated! Stay tuned for more discoveries!
Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! St. James was all a roar when the Primary 2 classes paraded all over the campus during their “Luvvie Parade.” The children brought their favorite “Luvvie” from home to share with classmates, family, and friends. Boxes were decorated in class using colorful streamers, pom-poms, and glitter. Luvvies were then placed in boxes and pulled along to the enthusiastic cheers of the crowd. Thank you Lower School, Middle School, and parents for supporting the children. It was indeed a parade to remember!
What a fun start to school! The children had a blast searching for our raccoon friend, Chester.
We went all around the school following clues that Chester had left us. Our final clue led back
to our classroom, where to our surprise, Chester left us yummy cookies! We love Chester!