Here are two groups of pictures...one from a few activities during the week. Another set from the Halloween fun, including stations, the parade, and our special celebration. Thanks to the room parents...and ALL FAMILIES for helping out and pitching in the make this a memorable day for the children.
Here are dozens of pictures from the field trip - including our hike together, snack, and a classroom lesson. We also toured the barnyard and the inside area, which has been recently updated. The weather was perfect and we had a great day together. We focused on the fall season, the eventual change to winter, as well as categorizing animals/features. We used our five senses (taste was ONLY during snack) to explore the great hiking trails together. Thanks to family member that chaperoned this field trip!
This week's photos are from various classroom learning and play activities, as well as our firefighter visit. Thanks for taking time to discuss important safety reminders with your child via our checklist. We had a great visit and conversations about fire safety, planning, and prevention. See below for a fire safety song from YouTube.
The pictures are a snapshot into our days this time of year...here is what we are currently doing in K-4 - many of which you will see below.
We have been working on waking up stories in writing, including writing names of people and labeling people and things that are important in our stories. In reading, we have been reading and rereading our Star Books, which are storytelling books with great characters, setting, problems, solutions, and language. In math, we are representing numbers in many ways and will begin to compare sets and numbers. We completed our fall tree and weather page as we track seasonal changes. We also are going to begin our letter writing instruction, while still revisiting number formation to establish good writing habits.
Here are several pictures from the week, including our fall tree, leaf collection, and leaf sorting. You will also see some of our writing, reading, and math learning as we begin to expand into new areas of our curriculum.
As we completed each of our 26 art centers for our A to Z Days, students went on a letter hunt to seek out and post up letters of various fonts, including bold and italicized versions of both uppercase and lowercase letters. Even students that can recognize a majority of letters benefit from this work to recognize all forms of each letter. This will benefit them as they read more print in the world (environmental print) and to work to identify words and letters in various books and magazines. It also builds upon visual skills and develops a sense of flexibility with concepts that seem so cut and dry, such as letter identification. Please excuse mistakes and upside down letters :).
Here is another mix of pictures from the week...writing, reading, math, games, play, partner work, creation, art, and the imagination playground.
Here is our latest 'movement' video as we reinforce letters and sounds, as well as words that begin with the sound and letter formation. We will move along from A to Z over the next month.
Finally, we are wrapping up our initial number writing practice. We do revisit this throughout the year. This video is a great tool, along with the pictures below, as your child may write numbers in various ways at home.
One of our themes we focus on to support learning is all areas is Apples/Five Senses. The pictures will show you a bit of what we worked on throughout the week in reading, math, science, and more. We labeled, sequenced, sorted, tasted, read about, wrote about, etc...all things apples. We did get to making our applesauce on Thursday - a copy of our recipe came home as well. THANKS TO ALL FAMILIES FOR SENDING IN APPLES TO SUPPORT OUR CLASSROOM! Keep scrolling for a few of our favorite 'warm up' video as well.
We tried a few different types of apples earlier in the week. They all tasted/looked/felt/smelled/sounded much different from each other. Here is our voting chart. Your child can count them and let you know which one is more, fewer, and if any are equal.
K-4 Students read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. This book demonstrates that we are all capable of anything, as long as we are willing to ‘make a mark and see where it takes us’. We decided to open our painting center by painting our own versions of dots. We hope everyone enjoys our Dot Art Show. We hope you are inspired to try something new by ‘making your mark and seeing where it takes you’ - just like we do each day in Kindergarten!