Martin Luther King Jr. is an important man in American history. I shared a story with the children about his life and his passion for civil rights for all mankind. We honored him by making facial artwork which is hanging in our room. Because we are learning about letter "M" we wore mustaches for most of the day and put them back on to go home. We got to graph M & M candies by color...Ms. Donna said we could eat two! We worked on projects for Open House which is Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Hope you all can come...the pizza is served at 5:30pm the fun will last til 7:30pm.
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God gave us a gift for "S" week....SNOW...real float down from the sky and land on your tongue SNOW! We bundled up and went outside to enjoy it's beauty and tried to look closely at the snowflakes. They came in all sizes and shapes. I'm sure that inspired your children when I taught them how to fold and cut a white coffee filter to make their own "snowflake". They are collecting on the two windows in our room. After reading "I Know a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow"...we built a "snowman" in our room. The children named him Frosty. They listened to another story about "What Snowmen Do at Night"...oh the giggling. The children did an art project inspired by a story intitled "Sneezy the Snowman". Ask your child, "What would make a snowman melt"? Good answers!
Happy New year to all....It was good to reconnect with the children after a lengthy Christmas Break. We focused on letter "W"...and the season called Winter. Burrr...it's cold outside one day then warm the next day...what's with that? We read a delightful book intitled, "No Two Alike" by Keith Baker. The children then made their own two Cardinals sitting in a tree with snow falling....beautiful work!
Turkeys, turkeys and more turkeys. We are hearing stories about turkeys...painting headbands to look like turkeys and making hand print turkeys on our placemats for our sharing meal on Nov. 18th. Learning about letter "T" is fun and messy! We're so thankful we have hands and fingers!
The Thankful month is here...and we have much to be thankful for. We listened to the Magic Seed story and learned how the Indians helped the early settlers survive through a difficult first year. I' so thankful that the indians showed the pilgrims how to make popcorn. We saw a short film about why and how the pilgrims came to America. We made a beaded bracelet to remind us of their long journey. Ms Becky read a funny story by Louis Ehlert called Leaf Man. We went on a nature hike and collected acorns, leaves, needles and made our own Leaf Man pictures. They are proudly on display in the hallway!
Good stories always inspire fun or interesting activities and crafts. We listened to "Bats Lullaby" and enjoyed making bat wing headbands and swarming all around our school. We blew bubbles in the garden and during recess. They are hard to catch! Ms. Becky read "Pumpkin Parable" and then carved our large classroom pumpkin. The insides of the pumpkin are yucky...like the poor choices we make sometimes. Jesus makes us clean and new when we ask Him to be our savior. He puts His smiling Spirit in our hearts so that we can shine His light to the world. We named our pumplin "Happy Jack". On Friday we listened to a story intitled "The Blue Balloon". It was funny how the little boy's balloon did so many things and never popped! We each got to blow up a blue balloon and play with it in the Gathering Place.
Letter "O" is our focus this week. O has two sounds, short and long. Ms. Becky has a trick for remembering the sounds of "O"...just say, octopus live in the ocean...see! We have a stuffed octopus in our room. His name is "Helpful"...I think he gets that name because he has 8 legs. I could clean my room real fast if I had those many arms or legs! Wednesday we all came to school dressed in orange...even Ms. Becky! On friday we dressed in our costumes for our Pumpkin Carnival. Big thanks to Jessica for helping run one of the carnival games! It was so much fun!
Orange pumpkins are our focus this month...so we are learning how to say, sound out and draw letter "P" for pumpkin. Orange is the color we are learning and singing about. Did you know that a pumpkin is shaped like a circle? Ms. Becky read a very funny story called "Press Here". It was about a little yellow circle and what happened to him when you followed the directions. It was like magic! We finished studying letter "P" by having a Pumpkin Fun Day. We got to explore slime, dirt, gourds and orange spaghetti! Science is fun!!
Tha Fall season is upon us and it's brillant colors are reflected in your children's artwork. They discovered what happens when you blend red and yellow finger paint together...wow...orange! Their little fingers were very busy! We played a math game by rolling large dice and counting how many steps they could make the baby frogs jump. Mama frog was waiting for them to arrive at the top of the ladder. We finished the month of September with learning about letter "F" "f". Writing the upper case letter was easy...the lower case was much more of a challenge. We heard the sound letter "F" makes and practiced it ourselves. The children played with fairies, frogs and fish all week
Red, green or yellow...apples come in these delicious colors and our class got to taste them all! Red seemed to be the favorite. It was fun to come to school all dressed in Red on Wednesday. We made apple tarts and ate them after lunch...so yummy. The children learned that apples grow on trees not bushes. We made an apple tree by tearing paper and glueing the shapes onto another full sized piece of paper. Very creative kids! We read a hilarious book intitled, "Ten Apples Up On Top". We tried to balance bean bags on our heads to mimic the apples that were balanced in the story...it wasn't easy!
What a wonderful week as we began our study of the alphabet with letter Ii...both upper and lower case. The children have responded nicely to our new "Hand Writing w/o Tears"! Ask your children how we build our letters with big and little sticks. We also write them in the salt box or on a chalk board. It's interesting and ignites our curiosity. In the Art Center we painted on large bricks of ice. In the Science Center we delighted looking at plastic alphabet letters frozen in ice...did you know that spraying warm water on frozen water helps it to melt? We were not idol with the extraction process! Our Ii alphabet book was about Iggy the iguana who wanted to move from a hot island to Iceland! He had to borrow clothes from his cousin Izzy who lived there. On Friday we came to school dressed up in costumes depicting what we want to be when we grow up. Ms. Becky took pictures of all of us...happy day!
We have almost completed our God's Masterpiece books. How wonderful to know that we are all designed by God with purpose. Inside the book you'll find painted hands and feet, photographs and pictures the children drew themselves. We talked about how we are the same and different. We have been looking at photos on our classroom family tree and have been talking with each other about our families and how much we love them.
We started our first day by learning to greet one another...righthanded hend shake while looking into each others eyes and say "hello" or "good morning". God loves everyone...tiny or tall...big and small, so Ms. Becky weighed and measured us all! We are learning to sit in circle and listen to wonderful stories like "Owen" and "Designed By God". We put Mat Man's face together...then practiced drawing our own faces. How are we the same and how are we different? We made and ate applesauce cake...yummy! Did you know that we have our own classroom dog named Doogie? He is sweet and funny and knows lots of tricks. Not bad for a stuffed animal! Ms. Becky lets Doogie go home on the weekend with one student at a time. Can't wait for my turn!
Hi everyone....looking forward to meeting all my new students at "Meet the Teacher" on Friday, Aug. 26th at 9:30am to 11:00am. In fact...I've been waiting all Summer to meet YOU! Hope your Summer was filled with family time and good memories. See you soon!