We're sorry for not updating as much as usual this week, we've been so busy having fun in the sun! Here's what you missed:
On Tuesday we learned about Sunflowers and made our own classroom garden. We used our hand prints for the petals. We read Sunflower House by Eve Bunting and then we drew our own summer gardens in our journals.
It was also the perfect day to give the patio toys a nice wash. We had tons of fun using sponges and soapy water to clean EVERYTHING in the yard!
Thursday brought another team art project. We worked together to move balls covered in paint across our paper. It was hard trying to work together for this project! We had to use our words (which was a challenge in itself) to figure out how to move the pool. We had fun practicing teamwork and communication!
Great news!! We collected enough cans to purchase a game for our classroom! We bought "Trouble" and we're so excited to play it with the kids! Thanks for all of your help so far! Our cans have purchased literacy journals and a game so far. Let's keep up the great work (and recycling)!!
Kool-Aid painting with kool-aid and ice cubes! No hands allowed!!
Today we kicked off our Summer fun week with kool-aid painting! Each child had a piece of paper sprinkled with kool-aid. Then we gave them an ice cube and told them to move it around their paper without using hands! The result--a sticky, sweet masterpiece! We also read Curious George Goes to the Baseball Game and talked about our favorite summertime activities.
Each week we have new literacy and math centers. Here's a peek at our math centers for this week:
We have been learning about some really cool zoo animals this week in preparation for our field trip to the Toledo Zoo on Friday! Tuesday and Wednesday we learned about Buffaloes and Seals. Tuesday we read Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick and watched a youtube video about Native American cave paintings (where buffaloes were sometimes featured!). Then we made our own cave paintings!
Wednesday we read the non-fiction book Beautiful Zoo Animals and learned some general facts about many different kinds of animals. For our craft we made Harp Seal pups out of a sock and some stuffing. The students loved building homes for their baby seals! In the morning we also went on a long walk around the neighborhood. Check our flickr group for a cute picture!
Journal Entry: make your own animal
To start off our zoo week, we created our own animals in our journals. Speaking of journals--everyone loves them! We have been using our journals every day as one of our literacy centers. The kids also like using free time to write in their journal. We have been encouraging them to label each page with the date so that we can track their progress.
We read a silly book called, Never, Ever Shout in a Zoo! by Karma Wilson. We will definitely not shout in the zoo on Friday after reading what happened in the story!! For art we made kangaroos. Did you know that a baby kangaroo is called a joey?
To prepare for our zoo trip next friday, this week's theme will be zoo animals!
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We concluded our short weather unit today with the book On The Same Day in March... by Marilyn Singer, which visits some of the world's countries and shows how different the weather can be in different places on the same day. For art, we did "water painting," which is using a big paint brush and water to paint anything in the yard!
We have also been learning about the water cycle.
Photo Credit: http://water.nationalacademies.org/images/water_cycle.jpg
We spent this rainy day inside learning all about rain and the water cycle! We even painted with rain drops!
We also watched this Magic School House video after we talked about the water cycle. Ask your student to see if they can remember the cycle!!
ABC centers this week have been going well so far. We are working on word family wheels, letter sounds, sight words, and journal entries. Quite a few of our students are getting the hang of s t r e t c h i n g words out to hear the sounds and then putting them back together to form a word. We play a game called "Mystery Word" where the teacher stretches out a word and the kids have to guess which word is being said. Then we practice stretching it out all together.