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 

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
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
play doh

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!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

A note from Nurse Jes

Dear Parents and Guardians,
As we approach flu and cold season I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone about Burlington Public Schools policy and procedures regarding when and when not to send your child to school. Please review the "Red, Yellow, Green Light" illness guidelines found here. It is imperative that every student and staff member abide by these guidelines to keep our school healthy and safe. At school we encourage and teach proper handwashing to limit the spread of disease. Please help your child with this at home as well. Please remember that this is important to keep every child safe, especially our students with immunodeficiencies. I kindly ask for your cooperation with this and please don't hesitate to contact me with any quesitons or concerns. 
Jessica Gearin MEd, BSN, RN
BECC School Nurse

Friday, November 2, 2018

Week of October 29th

We had a very busy week in the Outstanding Owls classroom!  We ended our family unit and celebrated with dress up day!  We got to go up to central office, the LABBB office (in the high school) and the principal's office at BHS and show off our dress up.  We even got special treats!  Starting next week, we will start our friends unit.  The main focus of the friends unit is:  talking about friendship, how to be a good friend and ways to resolve conflicts with friends.  We will work on this unit throughout the month of November. 

This weeks small group activities:
Handwriting without Tears - drawing short lines and long lines with the letter F
Dot markers and lacing a spider web (2 day project)
Alphabet BINGO

waffle blocks with cars
making letters with blocks
Chutes & Ladders
Hot Chocolate store
Spider web game (putting the correct number of spiders into the web)
building with straws and different materials in the sensory table

The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin
Clifford: Halloween Howl
Daddy's Little Boy
Possum's Harvest Moon
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late

REMINDER- November has a lot of days off!  There will be no school on the following days: 
Monday November 4th (professional development day for teachers)
Tuesday November 5th (election day)
Monday November 12th (Veterans day)
Wednesday November 21st (no afternoon program)
Thursday November 22nd & Friday November 23rd (Thanksgiving break)
Thursday November 29th (conferences day)