Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Afternoon Outing

Though the weather outside is frightful, 
the animals in the science lab have been delightful, 
winter recess--winter recess--winter recess...

Thank you Mrs. Hill for sharing your time with us!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Apple Tasting

Thank you Mrs. Lute (Annika's mom) for taking the time to teach us about different varieties of apples.


We look forward to seeing you and/or your child’s guests on Tuesday, November 25th from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. for Grandparents and Special Friends Day! If you or a loved one are not able to attend, we will be streaming the program portion of the morning live at the following website: http://www.twitch.tv/tmastream There is no password required. The page is simply “unlisted”, so it can only be viewed by people who have the direct link. Please note, the link will only be active during the program portion of the morning from approximately 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fancy Quesadillas!

The children from Room 4 made quesadillas for snack.  Each child created his/her own quesadilla to taste:
"After washing your hands, put a tortilla on your plate.  Spread on refried beans.  Spoon on some salsa.  Sprinkle cheese on top. Watch it cook.  Carefully remove the quesadilla from the toaster oven.  Yum! "

The best part was eating the quesadillas with friends.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fun with Art

Creative Experiences has been lots of fun this fall!

The new Practical Life works were popular this week.  Children practiced putting on a pair of mittens and a hat.  We’ll put out snow pants to practice with soon!  The children have been tonging leaves, squeezing sponges with a special fish press, sweeping up leaves, and polishing wood, silver, or brass.

Wednesday we made fancy Quesadillas!  The children spread on refried beans, salsa, and cheese, and then we baked our treats in a toaster oven.

Surprise – snow!!  The children were so excited to go play outside.  Friday we went sledding down the hill on the side of the playground.  We do go outside to play throughout the winter unless it is 15 degrees or colder (temperature or wind chill), so dress warmly!  To play in the snow, children need snow pants and boots, mittens and hat.  They will not be able to sled or play in the snow without these.  Please label as much as you can, to avoid mixing up or losing snow pants, mittens, etc.  You are welcome to leave a pair of labeled snow pants at school.  Please let me know if you need your snow pants sent home.  Let’s go play in the snow!!

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.