Thursday, January 30, 2014

Winter Blues

With all of the crazy cold winter weather and missed school, it feels like we haven't gotten back into our groove.  Hopefully the weather will settle down a bit, not only so we don't miss any more days, but so we can get outside to play in the snow!

Here are a few of the things we've been keeping busy with this month:

We've really been focusing on learning our uppercase letters.  Everyone is doing really well!   

We've been practicing listening for the beginning sounds of words, and also trying to match up phonetic sounds with the appropriate letter. 

Writing uppercase letters is another skill we've been focusing on, and we will continue to do so for the rest of the year.  During this activity, students rolled a die, and wrote the letter that was rolled on a recording sheet.

Since we haven't been able to play outside, we've had extra time to play in our classroom!  This has given us the opportunity to build some pretty cool things!  We've built a rocket ship, dog house, and hot air balloon, and currently we are working on a play house! 

Last week we finished up our winter unit by making polar bears using Oreo cookies.  All of the kids agreed that eating them was the best part!

One day in dramatic play last week, a few of our girls had a pretty serious Doc McStuffins scenario going on.  So fun!

We've been building marble mazes too!  Lots of team work and problem solving skills taking place! 

We also have a ball maze activity where students have to work together to build a maze using tubes and connectors, and then try to predict which hole the ball will exit from.  

 Some of our friends have been very involved in making jewelry in the art center.  Thank you to the families that donated supplies at Christmas time...all of the children have really enjoyed the new materials!

Next we will be learning about Valentine's Day, love, and dental health.  Please keep an eye out for a Valentine's Day party sign-up sheet that will be posted soon!  

We also have a new student teacher who will be working with us beginning next week!  Her name is Miss Tara and she will be in our classroom on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  

Stay warm!

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