Mrs. Barnes’ Class
Week of January 19-23, 2015
It was a great start to the New Year coming back from a 2 week break! The first few days we had to get back into the groove of our routine and going over a few reminders, but overall it was a pretty good week. We finished up our theme on seasons and began a new theme on animals. We also welcome a new month and a new year!
Some of the activities we did in math were sorting lid and animal counters, geometric shape pictures, patterns, number puzzles, matching numerals to items. (Objective met: Sorting, Patterns, Counting, Connects numerals with their quantities, classification, geometric shapes)
The dramatic play area was set up as a veterinary clinic for a while and now it is a pet store. There were several items in the clinic that were realistic to an actual veterinary clinic. I also included some puppets and stuffed animals for the customers to have looked at. They enjoyed looking at x-rays, using tweezers, a bandage, and a stethoscope. I brought in some dog and cat toys, treats, food, dog coats, and other items that you might buy in a pet store. The kiddos were able to shop for items as a customer, run the cash register, and stock the shelves. (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. The kiddos practiced their cutting skills by making snowflakes. They couldn’t believe that cutting triangles into a folded piece of paper could make different snowflake patterns. There was a lacing activity with letters that helped build those muscles in the fingers. Another activity they enjoyed was the alphabet popsicles. They had to match the upper and lower case letters and then snap them together. We continue to practice holding our writing utensils the correct way and this week they were asked to fill in missing parts for a snowman. This activity encouraged them to look at a picture of a completed snowman and decide which parts were missing from a few other pictures and add those details. We are making a classroom book about pets which encouraged them to draw a picture of their own pet, or a pet that they would like to have and write the name of that animal at the bottom of the page. They have had plenty of practice learning to zip their own coats with this cold weather as well. Have them show you how well they can zip at home! Please encourage them to practice writing their name at home; some of the kiddos are still struggling to spell their first names without help. (Objective met: Uses fingers and hands, uses drawing and writing tools, identifies numerals, uses print concepts, letter identification, and demonstrates emergent writing skills)
Science focused on classifying items according to our four seasons. The students completed an activity where they had to decide what types of activities they would do in each season by matching picture cards to season cards. Another sorting activity they participated in was to sort items into baskets according to whether it was an item used for a dog or a cat. (Objective met: classification, uses scientific inquiry skills, sorting)
We did spend some time outside this past week since the weather decided to cooperateJ. We all have a little bit of cabin fever being cooped up in the classroom for so long. 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.
January 30th: Grandparent’s day celebration
February 7th: Father/Daughter dance
February 11th: Valentine’s party for 3-year olds
February 13th: Valentine’s party for 4-year olds
February 16th: Conferences
February 17th: Conferences
February 19th: No School (conferences)
February 20th: No School (conferences)
February 23rd: No School (professional development)