We had a great first week of school! Over the first few days we have watched students learn and actively participate in our daily routines.
We read the book Chu’s First Day of School and discussed our feelings during our first few days of school, as well as some of our special skills and interests!
Students are slowly being introduced to our learning centers. This week in the Art Center students learned how to use glue sticks while creating free art with collage materials including tissue paper, paper scraps and foam pieces.
We have started to discuss school rules, including the rules we will follow during a fire drill. We have also talked about being kind, listening to friends and teachers, keeping our bodies calm inside the classroom and wearing our masks.
Next week we will continue to learn our daily routines. We will also be talking about our feelings during the school day.
This week we read An Orange in January by Dianna Hutts Aston. We discussed the journey of an orange from farm to home.
In the Art Center we looked at the paintings of famous artists, including Claude Monet’s Sunflowers and Georgia O’Keefe’s Poppy and then enjoyed recreating our own versions.
Next week we will be discussing why plants are important to us.
This week we are completing our unit on Water by asking “What happens when we put things in water?”
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1. Read and Log 30 mins
2. Math division quiz tomorrow
3. Math workbook pg. 45-46
4. Landform quiz Thursday
5. Veteran’s Day Packet due Thursday
6. Turkey Disguise due Wednesday
7. Prop Money ($3)
8. Spanish Research
This week we continued our theme on The Five Senses by focusing on our hearing. We read Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Gluemle and enjoyed acting out rain storm sounds from the story with our bodies and with instruments.
We also went on a listening walk around the school to identify sounds using our sense of hearing. We used new vocabulary such as loud, quiet, soft, silent and also learned about sign language.
We created instruments in the Art Center with recyclable materials to compare sounds with real instruments.
The children discovered many innovative ways to use familiar materials to create their instruments!
Next week we will be focusing on our senses of taste and smell. We will be tasting and smelling many different things to compare and describe them.
This past week, we wrapped up our Welcome to Pre-K unit by reading the book I Like Myself written by Karen Beaumont. We discussed things that we like about ourselves (hair, eyes, hands, and so on).
The children were invited to come to the Art Center and draw a self-portrait. The children noticed that we all have things in common, like hair, eyes, and other body parts.
The children were also asked what they like about Pre-K. They enjoyed hearing each other’s answers, which included playing with the toys and new friends, as well as which center they liked the best.
Next week we will be starting our new theme of My Five Senses by focusing on the sense of sight.