“I am wonderfully made!” The past couple of weeks I’ve learned a lot about my students and their families. We talked about how families were alike/different. The children discussed how many people were in their family, and then drew pictures of them.
All about Me sacks were shared and enjoyed by all. The items brought by the children certainly gave an insight into their unique and individual personalities.
One of our focus questions included, “What should we do if we get sad or scared at school?” The question brought about some very good responses such as: “tell a teacher,” “hug a luvie,” “find a friend,” “hug my teacher,” “look at our class Kissing Hand book,” and “find a friend.” Discussing emotions with children helps them learn to recognize their feelings, understand why they are feeling that way, and find ways to express their feelings appropriately.
Bunnies, and turtles, and hamsters, oh my! On Monday we began our study of pets. Mrs. Tracy’s class shared Aubrey’s bunny, while Rhodes told us all about his turtle. Mrs. Diane’s grandson, Maddex, has allowed for us to keep his hamster during the course of our study. The class also discussed what had to be done to care for a turtle and hamster, as well as some special characteristics of each animal. Some characteristics included: soft fur, sharp teeth, little tail, four paws, hard shell, pattern on shell, hides its head, and swims.
Vocabulary words such as domesticated and wild were introduced. We practiced our sorting and classifying skills by sorting domestic animals (dog, cat, turtle) in one box, and wild animals (tiger, bear, gorilla) in another box.
Our Creative Play area was turned into a Pet Clinic complete with stuffed animals, bowls, leashes, collars, and a veterinarian doctor kit. I do believe we have some future veterinarians in our class!
The children created one of a kind dog houses in blocks. They also scooped, measured, poured, and searched for uppercase letters in our Sensory Bin filled with colorful fish gravel.
Knowledge of print and its uses includes understanding that print carries a message and that print is organized and read in particular ways. We certainly found this to be true when making modeling clay. The children followed along as I read the recipe. We talked about what might happen if I didn’t follow the recipe in order. They were quick to tell me that it probably wouldn’t turn out right! Each child participated in measuring, pouring, and stirring. The best thing about making it, was getting to play with it. A fun time was had by everyone!
The main objective in technology for the past couple of weeks has been how to use a mouse. I was amazed at how quickly the class caught on! Vowels are being studied in Spanish, along with learning how to introduce themselves in Spanish. In music, the children are having fun learning about new instruments, as well as new songs.
As you can see, PreK is a busy place! Check back in a couple of weeks for more exciting PreK adventures.