Friday, March 17, 2017

March 6th - 17th, 2017

We’ve had a busy and fun two weeks! We learned about chameleons, lizards that change color according to their environment. We read A Color of His Own, about a chameleon that wants a “forever” color. He comes up with an idea about how he can be the same color all the time, but it doesn’t quite work out the way he planned. He’s sad until he meets another chameleon, who suggests they stay together. This way, even though they won’t always be the same color, they will always be the same color as each other. The kids enjoyed watching the chameleon change colors. They also made chameleons at the art table.

In our small groups, we made rainbows out of tissue paper. This took a lot of time because the kids had to scrunch up six colors of tissue paper into very small pieces! They did a great job! We also sequenced a unit book, Dog’s Colorful Day, and matched words that rhyme with color names (red to bed, brown to crown, etc).

Centers this week:
Dramatic Play: Babies
Sensory: Moon sand
Art: Making a chameleon
Writing: iPads
Blocks:  Road tracks and cars
Manipulatives: Magnetic shapes

Books we read:
Elmer in the Snow by David McKee
dear juno by Soyung Pak
Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Friday, March 3, 2017

February 27th - March 3rd, 2017

Everyone was happy to see their friends after the vacation week! We continued learning about color. We read Dog’s Colorful Day, about a dog who goes on an adventure in his neighborhood. While out, he bumps into a various items that put dots of color all over him. At the end of the day, he has ten spots on his white fur and has to take a bath. The kids enjoyed hearing about his adventures and also trying to remember where each splash of color came from! In our small groups, we cut out pictures and sorted them by color; played color and shape bingo; and practiced counting out a certain number of objects.

Centers this week:
Dramatic Play: Laundry
Sensory: Fish
Art: Construction paper collages
Blocks: Cars and blocks
Manipulatives:  Puzzles

Books we read:
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Cat’s Colors by Jane Cabrera

Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 17, 2017

February 6th - 17th, 2017

We started a new unit, on The World of Color. The main concepts for this unit are:
  • Color makes our world beautiful.
  • Color can give us information.
  • Paints and dyes are used to color things and can be mixed to create new colors.
  • Sun and washing can fade colors.
  • Color can be used to identify things.

We read Mouse Paint, about three mice that jump into red, blue and yellow jars of paint. Their feet got colored and they discovered that if they stepped into another color, they would make a new color! In our small groups, we mixed red and yellow, blue and yellow, and red and blue paints to create orange, green and purple. We also tried mixing colors with playdough: we mixed red and yellow playdough to make orange, red and blue playdough to make purple, and blue and yellow playdough to make green. The kids had to work really hard to mix the two colors of playdough, but loved seeing the playdough change colors! In our small groups, we worked on positional words and patterns. We copied an AB pattern using unifix cubes and then extended an AABB pattern. We also celebrated Valentine’s Day. The kids enjoys handing out their cards!

Centers this week:
Dramatic Play: Birthday party
Sensory:Washing dishes
Art:  Valentines and playdough
Writing: iPads
Blocks: Foam blocks
Manipulatives:  Peg boards

Books we read:
Max’s Dragon Shirt by Rosemary Wells
Cat’s Colors by Jane Cabrera
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

A reminder that there is no school from February 20th - 24th. School re-opens on Monday, February 27th. Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 3, 2017

January 30th - February 3rd, 2017

We finished our unit on Wind and Water. In our small groups, we played alphabet bingo and made mugs of hot chocolate. The children wrote their names and ages on the mug, then counted out the number of marshmallows (cotton balls) that corresponded to their age. We also practiced matching rhyming words.

One of the books we read this week is a A Hat for Minerva Louise. Minerva Louise is a chicken that loves playing in the now, but needs warm clothes so she won’t be cold. She tries to find some warm clothes, but finds a  scarf which turns out to be be a garden hose, boots that turn out to be gloves, and a hat that turns out to be a pair of mittens. She uses the mittens as a hat anyways! The children enjoyed laughing at her silly antics!

Centers this week:
Dramatic Play:  Kitchen
Sensory: Moonsand
Art: Watercolor  Rabbits
Writing: iPads
Blocks: Jungle animals
Manipulatives:  Lacing owls

Books we read:
A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Stoeke
The Very Noisy Night by Diana Hendry
Rain by Manya Stojic

Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Janaury 17th - 20th, 2017

We continued learning about wind and water. We talked about different forms of water (water, ice, snow) and what happens when snow warms up. In our small groups, we made a “snowflake tree” and matched snowflakes with numbers on them to branches that had a certain number of dots. It was tricky to keep track of all the dots, but the kids counted slowly and double checked their work! We also spelled our names using snowflakes and sorted pictures of items (snowplow, hat, beach ball, mittens, sled, bathing suit) based on whether or not we use them in the snow.

Books we read:
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Rabbits and Raindrops by Jim Arnosky
A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Stoeke

Centers this week:
Dramatic Play: Laundry
Art:  Kites
Writing: Coloring pages
Blocks: Floor puzzles
Manipulatives:  Magnet boards

Have a great weekend!