This week, we celebrated Earth Day! Accordingly, we discussed ways we can take care of the earth, or 'environment' and why it is important to do so. We did so through reading "Every Day is Earth Day" on Starfall, watching Brain POP Jr.'s "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle", and participating in many related activities.
We practiced cutting and strengthened fine motor skills by making "Recycled Collages" with recyclables contributed by families and friends!
We realize that we need to help keep our earth and environment clean; therefore, at our sensory bin, we sifted through the sand, and worked to make it clean as we picked up 'trash'.
We matched uppercase and lowercase-lettered earths.
We pretended to work at the "Recycling Center" as we sorted various objects for disposal between paper and plastic items.
Last, but certainly not least, we also learned that we can help our earth and environment, by planting trees and/or flowers; therefore, we planted sunflower seeds!
This week, we learned the letter "T".
We read our "My Tt Book".
Some "T" words we read were, "tiger", "teddy bear", "turtle", and "turkey".
"T" goes /t/, /t/, /t/, like you're tapping!
We made "'T' is for Tractor" crafts!
We made "'T' is for Turtle" crafts to help strengthen letter formation skills.
We worked hard to paint, and then glue our turtle together.
To close our "T" week, we watched Sesame Street's "Letter T" podcast
and made a list of "T" words that we learned throughout the week!
We learned the letter "S", this week.
We read our "My Ss Book". Some "Ss" words were "snowman", "snake", "sign", "sock", and "star".
We made "'S' is for Snake' crafts!
"'S' is for Silly"! We enjoyed reading and discussing "Silly Sally" by Audrey Wood. We shared ways we were silly - some included tickling a sibling, other included dancing, but many agreed we can be silly by making silly faces!
To close our "S" week, we watched Sesame Street's "Letter S" podcast
and made a list of "S" words that we learned throughout the week!
This week, we explored DINOSAURS! We held several discussions about Dinosaurs after reading various texts, such as "Giant Dinosaurs" by Erna Rowe, "Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs" by Byron Barton, "Dinosaur Fun to Learn: Colors & Counting" and "Dinosaurs Love Underpants" by Claire Freedman. We also participated in several thematic centers as it related to the content of dinosaurs.
At the sensory table, we pretended to be "paleontologists", as we dug for, and carefully brushed sand away from fossils and dinosaur eggs!
We also pretended to be "paleontologists" as we dug for bones (chocolate chips) out of the earth's crust (the cookie)! We counted how many 'bones' we could find, and compared and contrasted among our friends.
We matched upper case and lower case dinosaurs at the Alphabet Chart!
We also matched lettered-dinosaurs to the correct lettered-dinosaur eggs. Some friends also worked on mathematical concepts like counting and sorting.
We watched BrainPOPJr. to learn about fossils. We then created our own (pretend) fossils! We chose which fossil we liked best, so Miss Gray could take them home to 'fossilize' them!
We had an awesome time making dinosaur footprints! We noticed that the bigger the dinosaur was, the bigger the footprint was.
We worked on our understanding of shapes to create our own "Shape-O-Saurus".
We worked collaboratively, to create dinosaur collages as we strengthened fine motor muscles, and practiced cutting.
At the block center, we built 'museums' for our dinosaurs! We know that's the only place we would see dinosaur's now, because they are 'extinct'.
At our math center, and smart board, we worked on counting the correct quantity of dinosaurs identified by the number we rolled!
We worked on fine motor skills as we created Brontosaurus', also known as "Long Neck's". With this project, we have to complete many steps across several days. First we carefully painted the paper plate, then we glued the dinosaur together correctly, and finally we added detail. We worked so very hard to complete our final project, and are super proud of our perseverance and effort!
We learned the letter "R" this week.
We read our "My Rr Book". Some "R" words we read were: rabbit, rainbow, rake, ring, and rooster!
We created "'R' is for Rabbit" crafts!
"'R' is for Rhinoceros"! We also have been exploring dinosaurs this past week. We worked collaboratively to create a Rhinoceros collage while practicing cutting skills and strengthening fine motor muscles.
To close our "R" week, we watched Sesame Street's "Letter R" podcast
and made a list of "R" words that we learned throughout the week!