Friday, March 22, 2019

We’ve had a busy few 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 and were 
happy that he found a friend and didn’t stay sad!

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! Many of the children asked if they could take their rainbows home. 
Currently they are on our walls but they will be sent home in a few weeks. We 
sequenced a unit book, Dog’s Colorful Day and played color memory. We also played 
Color and Shape Bingo which was a big hit! The kids loved taking turns drawing cards 
and were very excited when they got to place a bingo chip on one of their shapes.

Centers this week:
Dramatic Play: Kitchen
Sensory: Colored shaving cream / water with bubbles
Art: Watercolor painting
Writing: WikiStix
Blocks:  Jungles
Manipulatives: Pattern blocks

Books we read:
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
dear juno by Soyung Pak
The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni


Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

This week 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. 
Colors 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. 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 will also have a small Valentine’s Day 
celebration on Thursday!

Centers this week:
Dramatic Play: Kitchen
Sensory: Colored macaroni
Art:  Valentine’ Day cards
Writing: iPads
Blocks: Trains
Manipulatives:  Color puzzles

Books we read:
Max’s Dragon Shirt by Rosemary Wells
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
The Group Plan  (Social Thinking)

A reminder that there is no school from February 18th - 22nd. 
School resumes on Monday, February 25th.

Friday, January 11, 2019

We started a new unit, on Wind and Water. We talked about what we know about 
wind. The children had some great answers, such as, “It blows the leaves,” “it 
makes noise,” “wind can be cold,”  “it’s breezy,” and “you can’t see it!” We talked 
about how wind is air that moves, and even though you can’t see the wind, you 
can see things that are moving in the air and you can feel the wind. We also
 talked about water and the different forms of water. In our small groups, we 
sequenced how to make a snowman, counted snowmen, and played alphabet 
memory.

Books we read:
Rabbits and Raindrops by Jim Arnosky
A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Stoeke
One Winter’s Day by M. Christina Butler

Centers this week:
Dramatic play: Post Office
Blocks: Farms
Sensory: Washing dishes
Art: Balloons
Writing: Model magic and letter cards
Manipulatives: Gears


Next week we will continue learning about wind and water. Have a great weekend!

Friday, December 21, 2018

These past few weeks we have been doing a mini-unit on gingerbread. We read The 
Gingerbread Boy and The Gingerbread Man and talked about how the stories were 
similar and how they were different. We also read The Gingerbread Girl, a story about 
the gingerbread boy’s younger sister. In this version of the book, the fox tries to eat her, 
but she outfoxes him! They then go on to be friends. In our small groups, we extended 
a pattern, sorted gingerbread cookies by size, and played a memory game with words
from our unit books. We practiced positional words (on, above, below, next to, and in 
between) and also spent time practicing for our Family Show! Thank you to everyone 
who was able to attend!


Centers this week:
Dramatic Play: Kitchen
Sensory: Bubbles
Art:  Snowflakes
Writing:iPads
Blocks: Legos
Manipulatives: Magna tiles

Books we read:
The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
The Gingerbread Man by John Rowe
The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Ernst
Gingerbread Boy Loose in the School by Laura Murray

There is no school from Monday, December 24th through Tuesday, January 1st. 
School reopens on Wednesday, January 2nd. Have a great week!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Week of November 5th & 12th

Hi everyone!  We have been working hard in the Outstanding Owls classroom.  We started our friends unit this week and started talking about what it means to be a nice friend.  We practiced being nice friends during playground and choice time. 

This past week & next weeks books:
The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza
A Pocket for Corduroy
Matthew and Tilly

Choice time centers:
Hot chocolate/grocery store
coloring
jungles
puzzles
play doh
books
beans

Small groups:
sequencing making a pizza
making our own pizza
following directions activity
counting book
designing our own pocket for Corduroy

A reminder, there is no school on Monday November 12.  There will be a half day on Wednesday November, 21st -- dismissal will be at 10:40.  There will be no school on November 22nd or November 23rd.  Parent teacher conferences are on November 29th - no school for students that day. 

Have a great long weekend!