Duh....it's D week! We sure had a lot of dogs for show n share this week. It pleases me to hear the children sound out their item and make the determination that it does or doesn't start with the letter sound. They enjoy participating in this activity and it is so good for the shy ones in gaining speaking confidence. Our Dental Hygiene puppet show has been rescheduled to February 16th but that didn't keep us from talking about dental health in our room. We did a soaking experiment with hard boiled eggs to prove a point. We soaked 1 egg in apple juice, 1 in coke and 1 in water. Wish you could have seen their faces when we took the eggs out of their solutions after 3 days of soaking...ugh...gross! They should be very willing to brush their teeth now and choose to drink water more frequently!
February 18Letter "Bb" Continued
February 19Presidents' DayNo School - LISD closed
February 21Music & FFFPink or White DayChapel
February 23Stuff Sale Donation Drop-OffAwards
"J" week was full of fun activities...starting with Open House on Tuesday night...what a great turnout! Thank you all for coming and allowing your child to show you some great stuff and explain a few things. Their artwork and self portraits were beautiful! The night is always fabulous...and don't forget the pizza! Everyone wore blue on blue day...except Ms. Becky who completely forgot! But I did not forget the all 4's classes snowball fight in the gathering place!! What a hoot....your children really got into it...even the shy ones! We wrote in our journals, painted with blue ice cubes and made a hibernating bear. We also wore our pajamas on Friday to practice hibernating ourselves. The hot cocoa really warmed us up...delicious! Of course we can't forget that "J" is for Jesus...we talk to Him everyday and thank Him for loving us so well!
Letter S was a short week, but we managed to hear two great stories..."What Do Snowmen Do at Night"? and "Sneezy the Snowman". Ask your children what these stories were about? What kind of fun do snowmen have? Do snowmen really complain about being cold? What makes them melt? Your child's imagination is fascinating! Our art projects this week were inspired by these stories. The kids learned to make coffee filter snowflakes...they know the importance of the fold. Ask them what taco, pizza and pie mean? We ended Friday with a classroom snowball fight...what a blast!
Happy New year and welcome back to school! What a restful break...time to get busy with letter Q. Our Alpha Tales book was about a quiet quail who was saved from harm by a loud speaking friend. I guess we all come in different shapes, sizes and volumns and are "gifted" in many ways. Your children loved putting together a King and Queen floor puzzle. Learning to work together is a valuable life skill. Show n Share produced many Queens and a few quarters. The kids learned to make coffee filter snowflakes...ask them what taco, pizza and pie means. Check out our windows...they are full of them! They listened to a story about Martin Luther King Jr. and why we honor his life. Their MLK artwork is on display in the hallway...check it out! They got messy with some process art and finished their beautiful cardinal pictures. Burrrrr....Winter is here!
To celebrate working on letter "G" I inspired the children with the story "The Gingerbread Baby". They made letter "G" look like a gingerbread man then ate some real tasty gingerbread cookies. They worked on decorating paper gingerbread men using lots of glue...in some cases! Like the story, we made a gingerbread house out of a cardboard box...painted it then decorated it with all types of Paper "candy". They had so much fun reinacting the story with one another...they will remember it for a long time to come. You must have noticed or heard by now that Doogie's girlfriend, Molly, has been introduced and a fortunate student got to take her home for the first time this weekend..woo whooo! Keep encouraging your children to be good circle sitters...coming to table when called and of course being kind to one another! Now, was the Christmas Play on Friday too precious or what! Thank you all for coming...it meant the world to your chidren!! And thank you Jessica for the yummy cupcakes for our party!
Oh my..."O" week was obviously a funfilled week as the children completed their special ornaments, played with octopuses in the water table and "learned" to wrap gift boxes...I never witnessed so much tape use in my life! Oh the giggling and fun they enjoyed! Thank you for bringing in the gifts for the CCA toy drive. Your generousity will bless many children this year...so thank you for that. It is such a wonderful experience for your children to witness and learn to give. Your children have been practicing their songs for the Christmas Musical...its precious as always. Please join us in the sanctuary at 10am on Friday, Dec. 15th for "The Show". I hope you have been guiding your children each night to place a star sticker on their Advent Calendars as they anticipate the countdown to Christmas Day! Good stuff!
How wonderful to start the Christmas season by learning to draw the big and little curve of letter C. The children made letter C look like a candy cane in their alphabet book...so cute. Everyone is improving with cutting skills and writing their name. They are so proud of their accomplishments! So am I!! This week they started making their Christmas gifts for you. Their excitement is building! They had fun all week decorating our tree in the classroom and learning to be gentle with delicate ornaments. Only one bit the dust! Next week I'll be bringing in some empty shoe boxes for the children to "practice wrapping". Good geometry experience of shape recognition and folding. Learning how to operate a tape dispenser is a challenge for all kids...it's a hoot to watch! If your child came home a little glittery on Friday it was do to the angel dust (glitter) we put on our angel craft. Those angels are flying high in our hallway now so please notice them on Monday.
As we finish out November and roll into December I want to say thank to all my families who participated in helping our class to fill two show boxes for Operation Christmas Child. I know that some of you did this as a family as well. How wonderful to bring joy to a needy child's life! It's alway a good experience for our self-centered children to give to someone else. This coming Wednesday our school will be collecting unwrapped Christmas gifts for underpriviledged children in our communities. Your child may bring a toy to chapel next Wednesday and place it under the tree in our sanctuary. Those gifts will be taken to CCA and will be distributed to the needy. Thank you in advance for your kind generousity.
What did we do with letter U? We entered our classroom by walking under the Dutch door. We painted and stickered underware in the art center. They looked beautiful hanging on the line in the hallway! Our show n share basket was over flowing with unicorns and an umbrella...did I mention that we had lots of unicorns? Ms. Becky served us ice cream sundaes...UPSIDE DOWN! You put the cherry in the cup first followed by sprinkles, then whip cream, chocolate syrup and finally a scoop of vanilla ice cream!! It was delicious! We celebrated the color brown and wore some to school. We have been listening to many stories about the Pilgrim their Indian friends and the ship named the Mayflower. We had our own Thanksgiving sharing meal on Friday to close out the week. Many Thanks to our moms who stayed to help set our lunch out and clean up after. Big hugs to Jessica, Crissy and Tianna!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL THE BUSY BEE FAMILIES!!!
We have been talking about how the pilgrims came to America for religious freedom and new opportunities. Their journey was difficult and so was settling the land. The Native American Indians befriended the pilgrims and helped them to survive. In graditude the pilgrims hosted the 1st Thanksgiving feast to honor God and their Indian friends. Your children enjoyed the story and the many artifacts that Ms. Becky brought into the classroom for the children to touch and explore...including a teepee! We made chocolate chip pumpkin bread for our parents to enjoy...I hope you are doing that with a hot cup of coffee. Don't worry...I got all the egg shells out of the batter! Next week we will have our own sharing meal on Friday' Nov. 17th.
November is here as we introduce letter "T" with turkeys, turtles and toes. I love the colors of Autumn. The changes in color that leaves go through are amazing! Our artwork this month will reflect this time of year. We are learning about Thanksgiving...how it started and what it means to us now. Our fore fathers came to America to seek a better life and religious freedom. American Indians befriended the Pilgrims and helped them survive a nasty winter. We all need friends like that and we all need to be a friend like that...helping one another. We watched a short video then made our Thanksgiving bracelets to help us remember the story. Ask your child what each bead represents. Look for the sharing meal sign up coming soon.
Can you turn letter "H" into a house? Your children did and quite well I might add. We read a story, "A House foir Hermit Crab". The children got to play in a water table and explore the different sizes of shells that a hermit crab would wear. They learned that certain creatures carry their homes with them whereever they go, while other animals make their homes under ground , in a tree or on a high cliff. People don't carry their homes around...unless they go traveling in a motor home! We carved our large pumpkin and looked inside to find the seeds...they were slimy and didn't smell so good. Roasted seeds taste yummy! I carved a happy face like the kids wanted and we named him Happy Jack. He is now resting in our garden. Ask your child to point him out to you. We finished the week with our Pumpkin Party Carnival...the children looked awesome in their costumes and had a blast playing all of the carnival games. Thank you Jessica for helping.
Our daughter's wedding was beautiful and precious! Thank you all for supporting Janice and Donna in my absence while I celebrated the event with out of state family members. I'm ready to get back to teaching!
This last week of September flew by. Autumn has definately made it's arrival. Soon we will start to see the leaves change to the vibrant colors of Fall...my favorite season. I introduced letter "L" this week. The children practiced making the letter with big and little sticks, then wrote the letter in a salt box, traced it on an ipad and finally wrote it on paper! They did well. We read "The Groucy Ladybug" and laughed and laughed at how tough the ladybug thought he was. We cut and glued our green "Ls"...drew aphids on them to go with our hand drawn ladybugs...so cute. We wrote in our journals, worked on a ladybug puzzle and painted fall leaves with eye droppers in the Art Center. Career Day was Friday. Everyone came dressed as what they want to be when they grow up. We had Rock stars, Chefs, Firemen, a Knight, Cheer leaders, Vets, doctors, scientists, football player and singer/dancer. It's so much fun to pretend.
"Ten Apples Up On Top" is a very funny story. Ms. Becky let us try balancing bean bags on our heads and try walking around the room...it was not easy! We learned that apples grow on trees not bushes. In the middle of the apple is the core where the seeds are...you can plant the seeds and grow a new tree. You can make alot of stuff with apples like apple juice, apple pie, apple butter, baked apples and of course apple sauce. It's all good!
We are rolling along singing many songs. Have you noticed your children humming something new? Besides new songs, we have introduced our Handwriting w/o Tears curriculum. We made Mat Man at circle and discovered how ordinary shapes can be used for his body. The children wrote in their journals for the first time...their name and the plus sign shape. We celebrated the color Red on Wednesday by wearing some. We tasted three different types of apples on Friday...red, green and yellow. We graphed our favorite choice...red won! Ms. Becky made homemade apple sauce in her crock pot. Our room smelled delicous...and it tasted great too.
What a surprizing start to school. We had a few out with sicknesses or injuries...hope to have a full house on Monday! The children are making friendships and learning one anothers names...including mine. Ms Janice aided and helped in our classroom both days and will be joining the fun in Ms. Lori's room next week while we will have Ms. Donna. How blessed are we! The children are learning the rules of the classroom and behaving very well in hopes to take "Doogie" home for the weekend. He is our stuffed mascot and is already loved and adored! Inspire your child to make good choices and to be kind to others. Waiting patiently for "your turn" is not easy for a 4yr. old..so give them your love and understanding...they will get a turn...promise. On Friday we made applesauce cake and the kids helped. It was delicious! We painted to reveal our invisable names and made prints of our hands with the color red. Ask your child how to spell red. Please check out Smug Mug and enjoy the posted pictures.