Snow Dough!

Inspired by Peter’s saved snowball in The Snowy Day, we played with homemade balls of snow dough!

Here is the recipe if you would like to make some at home.

The kids made all kinds of creative snow things like snowman, snow burritos, snow scenes, snow lady bugs, and snow pterodactyls! It was fun to work with our hands, be creative, and just enjoy being together!

Cozy Day

Today was the coziest of cozy days. We made hot cocoa and everyone helped stir!

We let it heat up while we cuddled up to watch The Snowy Day.

We enjoyed our cocoa with freshly popped popcorn (thanks Ms. Alice and Mrs. Groner)!

We made snowy winter trees which turned out magical and beautiful.

We ended with some cozy Jiji Math time!

What a wonderful day!

Learning Lately

Reading: We continued our work with blending sounds together and breaking words apart with tapping. We also continued to practice sight words. We read fun winter books this week and continued practicing making connections.

Writing: This week we used our writing time to finish sharing about our family traditions, clean and organize our seat sacks and finish up a special surprise project.

Math: We played a variety of math games and counted by 5’s and 10’s. We  explored capacity by scooping with different sized containers and comparing how much each container will hold.

Science/Social Studies: We continued learning about a variety of holidays celebrated in winter like Christmas, Kwanza, Divali, Hanukkah, and other holidays!  We learned that each holiday has something special and unique about it. We also learned that many holidays celebrate love, peace, light and hope!

A Very Special Gift for You

The children have been working hard to make a gift for their families that is beautiful and useful! We worked on it a little each day for the last 13 days! We are bringing the gifts home today and the kids are supposed to choose if they would like to give it to you right away or save it for upcoming holiday! Here are the kids decorating their gift bags.

Family Traditions Sharing

The kids have done a wonderful job sharing about their family traditions! It was really special for each child to have a chance to share, and for the rest of us to get to know each other on a deeper level. Thank you for your help preparing your child at home! I compiled all the family traditions forms into a class book and made a copy for each child to take home. Hope you enjoy reading it!

Learning Lately

Reading: This week we did not learn any new letters, we just practiced all the lower case letters. We also learned how to using our fingers to tap and blend to read consonant-vowel-consonant type words. We continued reading stories and making connections as we read. In small groups we practiced a variety of strategies such as pointing to each word as we say it, looking at the picture, checking the beginning sound, and asking ourselves if what word we are saying looks right and makes sense. Not every reading group practiced all those strategies-each group practiced one or two based on the needs of the children in our group. We continued practicing reading sight words.

Writing: We worked on doing our best spelling this week by stretching out words and writing all the sounds we hear. We use the word wall to copy words correctly. I am encouraging the kids to make sure to draw pictures and writing words every day.

Math: We introduced weight and capacity this week! It was fun to explore using the pan balance and scoops and containers! We explored building numbers with unifix cubes as well as as solving number stories using counters and pictures.

Science and Social Studies: We enjoyed sharing family traditions this week as well as learning about the many different winter holidays celebrated all over the world.

Gummy Bear Party

Today we celebrated our great behavior with a gummy bear party! You may be wondering…”why gummy bears?!” You may also be wondering, “what does one do at a gummy bear party?!!?” I got the idea for the party because the kids love dancing to the gummy bear song!

Here is what we did…

I left a little clue on the kids tables to help them figure out the theme of the party.

We started the day with a 5 lb bag of gummy bears! The kids enjoyed feeling how heavy it was.

Don’t worry- we still have 3 pounds left for another day. We did not eat 5 pounds of gummy bears in one day!

We started by setting up a gummy bear experiment. We hypothesized and checked our results later in the day to see what happened.

We transformed ourselves into gummy bears by making hats!

We danced the gummy bear dance multiple times!

We made bear origami…We went step by step.

We sorted and graphed gummy bears to round out the gummy bear experience with a little math.

What a fun and silly day!