Monday, May 28, 2018

This week the PK, JK and K kiddos enjoyed some refreshing popsicles to celebrate Mrs. K’s last day. We wish her well as she moves on from Roycemore, but we are thankful for all of her support.

In P.E. the parachute was a blast! We played a variety of games that required listening and patience.  :)

In math stations, the kiddos used manipulatives to create their own addition and subtraction number stories. They took turns creating a story for their partner to solve, and showed their work on their number mats.  Also, this week we focused on measuring. The children used rulers to measure and record various items. 

The children have been working hard on their memory books reflecting on their favorite field trips, activities and memories with friends!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The K-kiddos had a blast exploring at the Children’s Museum! Check out the fun below:

Literacy stations and word work: -ow and –ew endings 

Stamp, spell and write activity!

Reader’s workshop- We read the story, How I Became a Pirate by David Shannon and Melinda Long. In their journals, the children drew their own treasure map and explained where they would hide their treasure. They sure came up with creative answers! :)

Science- The children investigated different parts of a ladybug including the head, thorax, wings, abdomen, antennae and eyes. Next, they labeled the parts and created their own ladybugs using paper plates. and painted on their spots and features. These will be displayed in the hallway.

Math stations- We continue to play a variety of games to help strengthen our number confidence. This week a few of our stations helped us solve different equations by filling in a part of the number sentence that was missing. Finding the answer to 5+7=__ isn’t so bad, but when you have __+7= 12, we have to figure out what strategy to use and this can be tricky!

The children have enjoyed listening to our newest Magic Tree House book, Sunset of the Sabertooth. Throughout the story, I will pause and have the children predict what is going to happen next or take on the role of the character to see what they would do in a particular situation.

Finally, we wrapped up our week diving into art history and learning about Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel. The children imagined they were painting the ceiling as they laid on their backs! They absolutely loved this project! 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

This week we began our spring and ladybug unit. The children loved playing outside this week and enjoyed the beautiful weather!

Ladybug art and spring pictures! The kiddos painted with watercolors and used construction paper to create these beautiful pictures.

Ring toss, hockey, scooters and hot potato in P.E..oh what fun!

Language Arts

For Reader’s Workshop we read the stories Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Pigeon Wants a Hot Dog and Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems. Not only are these books fun, but the children worked on the skills- connections, opinion and predicting.

Literacy Stations- The games this week focused on ending digraphs and missing blends.  In small groups, the children used shaving cream to practice smartie spelling and handwriting!  This is always a favorite activity and easy to do at home to reinforce these skills!  Also, the kiddos completed a picture sort with r-controlled vowels (or, er). 


Math stations- The children used ladybug and insect manipulatives to practice counting on and finding the missing addend.  
We played the game ‘popcorn’ counting by 5s and 10s to 100.  In a circle, the children have to listen to the friend before them and follow with the next 5 or 10.  The kiddo who lands on 100 has to pop out of the game until there is only one person remaining. Not only does this game help with listening, but also the children are practicing good sportsmanship!

Reading buddies

Upcoming Events

FIELD TRIP to Kohl Children’s Museum- Friday, May 11th. Please bring 10 dollars this week. 

Art Culmination Night- Monday, June 4th from 5-6PM

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Flat Stanley has become quite the world traveler! This week he visited Boston, Massachusetts, Naples, Canada, California, and Morocco!  Also, we had a special guest visit our classroom and teach the children about Islam and Muslim traditions. She read the story, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, which beautiful pictures highlighted the culture. The children learned about the Quran and got to see authentic jewelry and dress.  Also, they tried Barfi (a sweet treat) and Samosas (savory-fried dish with spiced potatoes and peas) All of the kiddos tried these new foods! 

Earth Day

The Pre-K and K kiddos discussed a variety of ways they could help the Earth and shared their ideas through pictures. Also, they used puffy paint to create an Earth mural.  

STEAM challenge

The kiddos challenge this week was to create a catapult using popsicle sticks, rubber bands and spoons.  When the catapult was complete, the children launched pompoms and measured the distance.  They loved figuring out how to increase the distance of the pompom each time.

Language Arts
Literacy Stations- The skills we worked on this week were manipulating initial sounds to make new words and blends.  Also, the children sorted pictures and words differentiating between the short and long U. The literacy games this week were based on the theme of Earth Day. The kiddos identified the problem and solution from the story, Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Swartz, at the listening station. At the writing center, the children wrote post cards.  

Birthday Celebration!

In P.E, the children participated in a color bean bag race! 

Reading buddies :)

We will continue Flat Stanley and Around the World themes this week.