Friday, June 1, 2018

We’ve had an exciting few weeks! We finished our unit on the five senses.
In our small groups, we sorted items by which sense you use with it (the 
sense of smell for flowers, sight for a magnifying glass, etc) and sorted items 
by how they feel: sticky, smooth, bumpy, or soft. Also, five butterflies emerged 
from their cocoons! We released them and the children were excited to watch
 them flutter away!

We also had our end-of-the-year celebrations. Thank you to everyone who was 
able to attend! The children did a great job singing and everyone was excited to 
have their families visit them at school. Next week we will begin our last unit of 
the year, on camping.

Centers this week:
Dramatic Play: Pet vet
Sensory:  Water
Art:  Collages
Writing: Dry erase markers
Blocks: Legos
Manipulatives: Puzzles

Books we read:
Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Crocodile Beat by Gail Jorgensen

Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 11, 2018

We have had a busy and fun two weeks! We have caterpillars in our 
classroom and have been watching them grow. This week, they went into 
cocoons. The children were excited to think about when they would become 
butterflies (we think it will be early next week!). We have also been enjoying
the sunny weather!

We continued our unit on the five senses. We talked about how our five senses 
help us experience and enjoy the world. We read a book, Seven Blind Mice,
about seven mice who cannot see. They discover something new near their 
pond and take turns trying to figure out what it is, using their sense of touch. Their 
guesses included a cliff, a rope, a snake, and a fan. The last mouse to explore felt 
the entire object instead of just one part, and figured out that the new object was - 
an elephant! The kids enjoyed trying to figure out what the object was along with
the mice. In our small groups, we played sense memory, sorted pictures by beginning 
sound, and sorted pictures by whether they were soft or hard.

Centers this week:
Dramatic Play: Ice cream shop
Sensory:  Beans
Art: Special project
Writing: Model magic and letter cards
Blocks: Farms
Manipulatives:  Pegboards

Books we read:
Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
The Listening Walk by Paul Showers and Aliki
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What do you See? by Eric Carle

Our end of the year celebration will be on Thursday, May 24th! The children will be 
singing songs and celebrating with popsicles. The AM show is at 10:45 and the 
PM show is at 1:45. Younger siblings are welcome. We hope to see you then!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Everyone was excited to see each other after the vacation week! We finished our 
unit on Transportation. We reviewed various forms of transportation and how people 
get from one place to another. We asked the children what their favorite form of 
transportation was. There were a lot of different responses: the bus, bicycles, and 
airplanes were mentioned a lot, along with “the purple train,” “my scooter,” “my 
mom’s car,” and “a pony that I rode on at a birthday party.”

In our small groups, we talked about things you would pack in a suitcase and glued
those things onto a suitcase. Some of the children were unsure of whether or not you 
would pack a teddy bear but after some discussion, it was decided that you could pack
a teddy bear in a suitcase. We also played alphabet memory and did rhyming word puzzles.

Centers this week:
Sensory: Sand
Art: Sailboats
Manipulatives: Sorting vehicle counters
Blocks: Cars and tracks
Writing: Large puzzle
Dramatic play: Space ship

Books we read: 
Sail Away by Donald Crews 
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper 
Thinking with Our Eyes (Social Thinking)

Next week we will begin our next unit, on the Five Senses. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

We started our new unit on Transportation. We learned what it means to transport 
something (to move it from one place to another) and talked about various forms of 
transportation. The children enjoyed sharing their experiences traveling in airplanes, 
taxis, and trains! This week we read The Adventures of Taxi Dog, a rhyming story 
in which a dog gets adopted by a taxi driver. They meet a lot of interesting people in 
their rides around town! The children enjoyed the story because “of the rhyming 
words,” “the dog is silly,” “the dogs gets a home” and “they go to the airport.” In our 
small groups, we played a memory game with our unit words and practiced identifying 
beginning sounds of words.

We sorted forms of transportation by whether they were used on land, in the air, 
or in the water. The children did a great job looking at the pictures and thinking 
about where they have seen those vehicles. We also played “the parking lot 
game,” in which children roll one or two dot dice, then count all of the dots
 together to figure out which numbered parking lot spot (1-12 or 1-6) in which 
to park.  It’s tricky to remember to keep counting on when you go from one die 
to another, instead of starting over at 1, but they did a nice job! They were also 
very excited when their parking lots got filled.

Books we read:
The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra and Sal Barracca
Freight Train by Donald Crews
Road Builders by B.G. Hennessey
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

Centers this week:
Dramatic play: Fishing boat
Art: Watercolor painting
Writing: Unit words and dry erase markers
Sensory table: Vehicles and rice
Manipulatives: Mobilos
Blocks: Trains

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

What a snowy few weeks! We continued learning about community helpers. We talked
about everyone who helps us in our communities:  police officers, firefighters, dentists,
librarians, doctors, teachers, and nurses. The children enjoyed sharing their 
experiences of going to the dentist and picking a flavor of toothpaste!

For our small groups, we practiced counting and producing small groups of objects. 
The children had to give a specific number of bandages to a doctor. They had fun 
making sure they had just the right number! We also matched community helpers 
to the vehicles and tools they use to do their jobs. We matched uppercase letters to 
lowercase letters and then practiced writing the letters. They were all very careful to 
take their time and do their best writing! We made an ABC pattern using police officers, 
mail carriers, and firefighters, and we sequenced brushing our teeth.
Books we read:

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow
A Day in the Life of a Police Officer by Margret and H.A. Rey
Curious George Visits the Library by Linda Hayward
Helpers in my Community by Bobbie Kalman

Dramatic Play: Construction and birthday party
Sensory:  Water and moon Sand
Art: Making firefighters, decorating stamps
Writing: Magnet boards
Blocks: Dollhouses and farms
Manipulatives:  Gears and iPads

Next week we will start the next unit, on Transportation.