Mrs. Barnes’ Class
Week of December 8-12, 2014
We started a new theme this week which discussed the four seasons and the weather that we usually see in each season. This is an area that is difficult for preschoolers to understand because they have a hard time separating seasons from weather. While we have talked about both of these topics from the beginning of the school year, I am focusing on helping them understand that we have four seasons that rotate in a pattern each year and what types of weather changes we see with each one. We have also been sharing our theme with Christmas of course since its right around the corner.
Some of the activities we did in math were making patterns with pony beads and pipe cleaners, using geometric shapes to complete Christmas/winter pictures, making playdoh ornaments to match the # shown on Christmas tree mats. (Objective met: Sorting, Patterns, Counting, Connects numerals with their quantities, classification, geometric shapes)
The dramatic play area was set up as Santa’s workshop. The students were able to use blocks and tools to make different things for Santa to deliver. Some of the students were making houses, castles, and forts for our Elf on the Shelf (Kiki) to hide/play in. One student even role played as Santa and patiently waited for the other 2 friends (elves) to finish the toys so he could deliver them J (Objective met: Manages feelings, responds to emotional cues, interacts with peers, makes friends, solve social problems, balances needs/rights of self and others, engages in conversation, sociodramatic play)
We continue to practice fine motor skills by doing a variety of activities in our classroom. Some of the activities we practiced were snipping and cutting wrapping paper over the sensory table, wrapping blocks with wrapping paper, moving pom-poms from a bowl to a work mat using tongs, picking items up with tongs and transferring them into a container, rolling playdoh, practicing different writing strokes at the writing center and during graphic practice. (Objective met: Uses fingers and hands, uses drawing and writing tools, identifies numerals, uses print concepts, and demonstrates emergent writing skills)
In our art center students were able to make a reindeer ornament using their handprints, stamp Christmas shapes with paint using cookie cutters, free draw pictures with markers . (Objective met: Uses drawing and writing tools, uses fingers and hands)
Science focused on classifying items according to our four seasons. The students had to match items on cards for each season. The tricky part was that some of the items could be classified under more than one season. An example was the sun, we could put the sun with any of the four seasons because we see the sun all year round. It was fun listening to some of the kiddos debate why they put certain items with a season, and then the other kiddo would argue why it should be under another season. I surprised the class by bringing some snow into the classroom for them to play with as well. They thought it was really cool to see how a little baggie of flakes could turn into a big tray of snow just by adding water! They were also amazed at how the snow felt very cold, just like real snow does outside. (Objective met: classification, uses scientific inquiry skills, sorting)
We did spend some time outside this past week since the weather decided to cooperateJ. I taught the kiddos how to play Duck, duck, goose this week and we also had a snowball fight. I found a great idea on Pinterest that uses cups, balloons, and pom-poms. It was funny to watch them challenge each other to see who could pop their snowball the highest in the air. Please continue to work with your child at home on those self-help skills with their coats, hats, and mittens. With 20 kiddos at one time it sometimes takes us 15 minutes to get everyone bundled up for outdoor play. That only leaves us about 5 minutes for playtime. I know that sometimes it seems easier to just do it yourself but in the long run it will save you time and help your child learn self-help skills if you encourage them to practice zipping on their own. I always have them try to zip by themselves first, then if they can’t I will start the zipper for them and encourage them to finish zipping it up the rest of the way. Be sure to write your child’s name inside coats and sweatshirts as another student in the class may have the same one.
Again, please check your child’s backpack and folder daily. I continue to see some students with notes and items in their folders from weeks ago. I am also having some students come to class without a folder or backpack. Please send both of these everyday as we have notes and other papers that need to be sent home daily and it makes it much easier for the students to have something to put them in. Thank you in advance.
One last note that I would like to share with you is that I will begin celebrating half birthdays for all those kiddos who have summer birthdays. Since they do not have the opportunity to celebrate their actual birthday I would like to allow them to bring in treats and celebrate on their half birthday. I will check in with you about a week or so in advance if your child has a summer birthday to see if you would like to send treats or not.
December 17th: 3-yr old Christmas party
December 19th: Christmas parties for 4-yr olds
December 22nd – January 4th: Christmas break
January 5th: School resumes