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This week, we learned the letter "Q".
We read our, "My Qq Book". Some "Q" words were: quarter, question mark, queen, and quilt.
We created "'Q' is for Queen" crafts.
We also created "'Q' is for Quarter" crafts, to practice letter formation.
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We also colored Quentin's quilt. Upper case "Q's" were colored blue, and lower case "q's" were colored red.
Last, but not least, we read "The Quiet Book". We discussed the reasons why the characters were quiet and identified times when we are quiet. We then created our own "Our Quiet Time Book". Some friends said they were quiet when they were walking with mom, resting/sleeping, taking a bath, etc. Make sure to read one of our many collaborative class books when you come to Parent-Teacher Conferences!
To close our "Q" week, we watched Sesame Street's "Letter Q" podcast !
This week we discussed exercising and healthy foods.
We participated in many hands-on activities, and enjoyed reading, re-reading and acting out, "From Head to Toe" by Eric Carle!
We really have fun "getting our sillies out" to
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!
After reading, "From Head to Toe" by Eric Carle several times, we created our very own "From Head to Toe Book". We worked extremely hard to think of movements/exercises we could do, and then depicted them and wrote about them! Make sure to read one of our many collaborative class books when you come to Parent-Teacher Conferences!
At the math center, at the smart board, we worked to sort "healthy" and "not healthy foods".
At the motor center, we played "Body Beanbag Toss"! We strengthened our gross motor muscles as we tossed the beanbag, and identified the body part it landed on. Some friends decided to draw and/or list the body parts that their bean bag landed on to further reinforce their understanding, and practice early literacy skills.
We also strengthened fine motor muscles and spatial awareness as we identified body parts while taking apart and putting together Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head.
Last, but certainly not least, we identified 5 of our favorite, healthy foods. We then continued to identify foods, as we strengthened fine motor muscles by cutting and gluing them on a plate. As we worked, we discussed our plates as we compared and contrasted likes and/or dislikes with friends. Some friends also worked on early literacy skills as they labeled the foods on their plates.
We celebrated the coming of spring with BrainPOP Jr., a read aloud, a great discussion, and some great collaborative art work!
First, we watched BrainPOP Jr. to learn about how the weather changes in the spring, and how this influences both our lives and animal lives. We discussed the different clothes we wear in the spring, the activities we may play/do in the spring, and what we see happening in the spring.
We then read "Planting a Rainbow" by Lois Ehlert.
Finally, we created/planted our own rainbow! We chose which colored flower we liked best. Glued it with our picture in the middle, and then added detail to our beautiful rainbow garden!
We started visiting with Miss Grace's homeroom class this morning.
They are our new big, book buddies! We loved reading with them and look forward to the rest of the year that we get to spend time with them!
This week, we enjoyed reading St. Patrick's-themed books like "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover" by Lucille Colandro, and the "Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever!" by Teddy Slater, while also exploring and working in St. Patrick's-themed learning centers and/or activities.
We combined centers, as we searched for the leprechaun's "gold" in our sensory bin, and counted it according to our numbered clovers.
We practiced our cutting skills and strengthened fine motor muscles as we cut and/or decorated clovers.
We further strengthened fine motor muscles as we created beautiful rainbows! We dotted some rainbows, we tye-died some rainbows, and we glued together some rainbows!
We worked on early literacy skills as we identified -drew and/or wrote down - reasons (things and/or people) that make us "lucky".
Last but certainly not least, on St. Patrick's Day we received stickers from a friend's parents. We decided we wanted to send them a thank you card for thinking of us. We worked together to decide what main message we wanted to say, and then we each signed our name. Mrs. Albano also helped draw a clover on our card, for St. Patrick's Day!
This week, we learned the letter "P".
We read our "My Pp Book". Some "Pp" words we found in our book were pig, peacock, pony, penguin, and puppy!
We created "'P' is for Peacock" crafts.
We also created "'P' is for Puzzle" crafts.
But before making our "'P' is for Puzzle" crafts, we worked on our sorting skills as we sorted the puzzle pieces based on colors and/or parts of pictures.
"'P' is for Pizza Place" and "'P' is for playdough"! At our dramatic play center, we pretended to make pizza's, while using playdough! This center was so much FUN! We took turns being the pizza maker, server, and customer. We strengthened fine motor skills as we molded and kneaded the playdough. Also, we compared sizes as we could create large, medium, or small pizzas. And we looked at shapes in the pizza's - pepperoni is a circle, cheese is a square, a whole pizza is a circle, but a slice of a pizza is a triangle, etc.
To close our "P" week, we watched Sesame Street's "Letter P" podcast
and made a list of "P" words that we learned throughout the week!
March 2nd marked "Read Across America Day" and Dr. Seuss' birthday! With this, we celebrated by reading three of Dr. Seuss' beloved books, and participating in academic, developmentally-appropriate activities as it relates to each book.
We read "The Cat in the Hat". As we finished the book, we realized the author, Dr. Seuss, ended it with a question - "What would you do.....?"
We discussed different answers, but we were still upset that Dr. Seuss didn't finish the book. A friend decided that we should finish the book, ourselves! And so we did! We worked to include some sort of rhyme, as that is what Dr. Seuss would do!
We also realized that the Cat's stripes on his hat were a pattern! We worked to make patterns on our hats too, as we identified colors and wrote color words.
We worked so hard on this that we made it into a class book to read and share!
We read "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish". During whole-group instruction, we practiced identifying numbers and placing the correct amount of fish in the fishbowl.
During center time, we then created our own fishbowls. We picked a number out of our 1-20 bag and then worked on counting with one-to-one correspondence as we counted how many fish we put in our fishbowls (based on the number we picked).
During center time, we also sorted fish at the smart board.
We watched "Green Eggs and Ham". We practiced cutting skills and worked to strengthen fine motor muscles as we cut and glued, our very own green eggs.
Last, but certainly not least, we read, read, read!
This week, we learned the letter "Oo".
We read our "My Oo Book". Some "Oo" words were Orange, Ocean, Overalls, Oak tree, and Octopus.
We created "'O' is for Owl" crafts. We also created "'O' is for Orange" crafts, to practice the letters "O" formation.
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To close our "O" week, we watched Sesame Street's "Letter O" podcast
and made a list of "O" words that we learned throughout the week!
Some "Oo" words we learned are:
We have been learning a lot about shapes and colors!
At our light table, we've been building with shapes, and stacking different colored shapes to make new colors! We absolutely loved this new center!
We had so much fun making "Shape Snakes"! We made snakes with all circles, snakes with all ovals, snakes with all squares (etc.) ...snakes with all different kinds of shapes! We also made snakes with color patterns, and snakes with shape patterns!
We played a simple version of "Shape Hopscotch". We had to hop around on the shapes as we named them. We then involved throwing/tossing into the mix, as we tossed to bean bag, identified the shape it landed on, and then hopped to get it. This was a great way for us to practice strengthening gross/large muscles.
At our sensory table, we searched for different shapes as we practiced identifying them.
We practiced turn taking and identifying shapes while strengthening our memory, as we played "Shape Concentration" at the smart board.
Last, but certainly not least, we discussed how shapes are every where in the real world! We found so many in our room! As a literacy activity, we identified an object and it's shape. We then drew and wrote about it.
"I spy with my little eye, a ____________ that is shaped like a ______________________."
Some friends drew flags, cakes, mirrors, and more!
Today, we got to meet Wendell and Florence Minor. They are husband and wife and work together to create beautiful children's books! Wendell shared many of his pictures (both the sketches and the final products), as we learned how much time and effort really go into creating a book! We learned that a lot of what he drew or wrote about was things he saw in real life, from his pet cats to farm animals, to pumpkins! We also know that he used his imagination in some pictures, like a mouse flying a cheese-kite!
As a whole-class activity, Miss Gray also showed/read us one of Wendell Minor's books, "If You Were a Panda Bear".
We made great text-to-text connections as we saw bears in there like Brown Bear, and Polar Bear from Eric Carle!