Saturday, 23 April 2016 00:00

April 7-12

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Mrs. Barnes’ Class Preschool News April 7-12 At School The month of April has been busy already! We have been on two field trips within a week and celebrated our 100th day of preschool  April 1st we had the opportunity to watch The Cat in the Hat at the Civic Center. The kiddos all seemed to enjoy this play a great deal! On April 5th, we visited the Temple Theater to watch Egg. Our 100th day of preschool was celebrated on April 7th in our classroom. I had several activities that were geared toward 100 and the kiddos were also able to enjoy a Dr. Seuss cookie with milk during snack time! Three Chicks Bakery in Polk City does a great job making my cookies each year, Thank you Amanda  We began a new lesson this week, Growing and Changing. The first part of this theme will focus on how people grow and change. We discuss how we begin as a baby, become a toddler/school aged child, and then grow into an adult. The last two sections will discuss plants and animals and how they grow and change. Some of the activities we began in math this week were sorting/grouping colored beads (using chop sticks), bubble count (matching the number of bubbles to the numeral), Writing our numerals, Matching a numeral with dots and placing that number of rings on a peg . (Objective met: Sorting, Patterns, Counting, Connects numerals with their quantities, classification, and numeral identification) The dramatic play area was set up as Community Helpers. Because we are discussing how we grow up into adults it’s always a big hit to have the community helper dress up clothes out during this theme! They never get tired of dressing up as police officers, fire men/women, pilots, doctors, and nurses. They have even become quite imaginative with some of the items back there this time around. A few of the kiddos are using the pretend scissors and have become beauticians so they can make sure the police officers and other community helpers are being well groomed….Lol! The blood pressure item was used as a faucet to rinse hair, and the item they would give shots with is used to put shampoo in the hair so they can wash it before they cut it. We also had a very detailed discussion about how WE NEVER try to cut our own hair (or anyone else’s hair) and we only use the scissors for cutting paper when mom or dad is watching us at home. (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) In science we planted a Lima bean in a mini green house. Each kiddo has their own green house with a paper towel (for moisture) and a Lima bean. I wrote their name on the green house and hung them in our window for sunlight. We are going to check them daily and see what changes take place. As long as everything goes as planned, each kiddo will be able to transplant his/her Lima bean into a little cup and take it home. It’s fun for them to see how the roots, sprouts, and eventually leaves form in this process. (Objective met: classification, uses scientific inquiry skills, sorting) The sensory table has been filled with sand for a few weeks now. I tried to change it out but they won’t let me, they are enjoying the sand. I’m hoping to have something new in there at the end of the week. I think I’m just going to have to change it out and make it a surprise when they come in on Thursday. Our art project is a little time consuming so we have been working on it for over a week now. We are making a paper plate sheep with cotton balls and glue which tends to be a little messy and kind of lengthy because they like to see how many cotton balls they can fit on their plate  They sure are cute when they are complete though. Many of them want to make one and I just don’t have the heart to tell them no, so we will continue this project until nobody is asking to make one. (Objective met: hand-eye coordination, cutting, coloring, fine motor practice) The weather is finally beginning to get nicer and we are able to play outside almost every day again. Please remember that it is Spring and we never know what the weather is going to do. Please send a jacket/coat with your child each day just in case. I would rather have you send jackets/coats with them than not have them warm enough when we are outside. It does tend to get a little chilly some days and with the open space on the playground you really feel the wind when it’s blowing. I would also like to ask each of you to talk to your kiddos at home about classroom and playground rules. They are all excited to have nicer weather and be playing outside on the new playground equipment. With that being said, I have seen some “not so good” choices being made in our classroom and out on the playground. Please visit with them and remind them that we do still have six weeks left of school and that it is very important for them to learn as much as possible while we have school. This is always a struggle for teachers during this time of year because they would much rather be outside playing than sitting in a classroom. But with your help, I know we can finish this year smoothly  Important Dates:  April 19th: Hearing rescreening (for any student who was absent)  April 21st: Graduation pictures (4-yr olds only)  April 26th: Spring concert at 6:30 pm in the church ( all 3 & 4 yr olds)  May 11th: Field trip to the zoo (3-yr olds only)  May 13th: Kindergarten Connection (4-yr olds only)  May 24th: Last day of school for 4-yr olds  May 25th: Last day of school for 3-yr olds  May 26th: Preschool graduation (4-yr olds only)
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