Monday, October 27, 2014

A Busy Week in Room 4

Several works have been quite popular recently, including turtle scrubbing, which is part of our study of reptiles this month.  

To scrub a turtle:
1. the child needs to put on an apron
2. set up towels, a tub and bucket
3. then fill a pitcher with water
4. carefully carry the pitcher of water to the tub
5. the child uses soap and a sponge or brush to scrub the turtle clean
6.  to finish, the child needs to empty the bucket of water
7. dry all the materials
8. put them away

This work helps develop and lengthen concentration, as well as refining motor skills and offering opportunities to move while learning.  It also provides the child with the skills to successfully clean and care for his or her environment independently.

Another favorite has been using scissors to cut out a turtle outline, and then attaching the arms and legs with brads.  The children have enjoyed the opportunity to carefully use scissors and a hole punch.  


Tracing letters and numbers was a new work this week and an instant favorite.  The excitement about tracing extended to writing on dry erase and chalk boards, and also to sounding out words with the movable alphabet and then transferring the words to paper.  We’re going to try tracing and writing short stories next week.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Creative Experiences #2

Mystery Painting
Preparing to color a leaf stencil
Water Resist
Leaf Rubbing
Leaf Placemat 

Concentrating on her painting
Corn painting
Easel Painting

Watercolor Resist
Mystery Painting
Finished with the Chalk Leaf
Painting with fall colors
Corn Painting
After painting with the corn
Coloring leaf
busy kids!

Pumpkins, Pizza & Fun

Thank you to Kristi (Xavier’s Mom) for the individual pumpkins for us to decorate!  We were able to paint them with special paint that we made J

Last week we also had a fun time making our own individual English Muffin Pizzas for snack. 


Fall Frolic was a lot of fun this past weekend and some of our students participated:  Rowan, Nora, Charis, Matthew, Xavier and Lily  Congratulations!

Contributed by: Mrs. Rockafellow

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Welcome Autumn

Room 5 is learning about the parts of an apple and parts of an ear of corn.  Many of the children have been talking about the apple: skin, flesh, core, stem, and leaf!

A couple of the days each week we have our outside time on the playground and the remaining days we spend our time in the field behind the school working on running, jumping, kicking, and group games.

In the afternoon, while some friends were resting/napping, the awake children were able to make pancake bites for the parent breakfast--yum yum!

   We had our first parent breakfast last week--what a great turnout!