Monday, December 20, 2010

The Musubi Man

Katy McDonald (co-owner of Creative Days Art Studio and Toby Lillig's aunt) shared The Musubi Man with us today.  It's the Hawaiian version of the gingerbread boy story.  She also treated us to a couple songs on the ukulele.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Scenes from A.M. Wonderland

Sam L., Konrad and Sam M. are enjoying building with tools and gadgets. 

Marley and Audrey are sequencing the story of the Gingerbread Kid.  Have they told you the story yet? If not have them tell you today!

Harper is experimenting with Speech Bubbles (Talk Bubbles) when writing like the author Mo Willems.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Scenes from Wonderland

Sam L. and Jameson are enjoying Candy Land.  (One of the new games in the classroom)

With the frigid temperatures we spent a few days having outside inside.  Marley is showing us how she can do jumping jacks on the trampoline.

Painting our Friendship Tree
We now have a Friendship Tree in our classroom.  We will be hanging our ideas of friendship as well as compliments and comments to our friends on the tree.  If you have something you would like to add or a comment your child has made at home, feel free to do so.  The more the merrier.

This week...

This week, the college students lead their last activities for the semester on science.
Miss Lizzie had several versions of Little Miss Muffet to look at and then the
kids made their own curds and whey

Miss Kristin helps with the ingredients for "glurch" (glue, starch and food color)

Miss Terri gets everyone excited about making ice cream in a plastic bag!

Karl gave us a wonderful showcase (inspired by his older sister's inquiry presentation
in the Elementary classroom) on robots. 
Green glurch!

We also read numerous versions of the gingerbread man story, acted it out and decorated our own paper gingerbread babies. 
Be sure to check out the bulletin board in Roxaboxen for some of their beautiful collage creations!  We "studied" Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats and Say Hello by Rachel Isadora to find examples of the illustrator using collage for the pictures. 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Friday Fun

Grandma Mary and her side kick Grandpa Bob (Jonny's grandparents) were mystery readers on Friday.
They also brought the most delicious snack for us to enjoy.  Thank you again!

Liam's new puppy (Jessie) gets more attention than she knows what to do with!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Scenes from A.M. Wonderland

Our Five Senses

For the past two weeks of school, we have been talking about our five senses.  The children had the opportunity to use their sense of smell to distinguish certain smells including root beer and strawberries, their sense of touch to feel different textures with their feet, their sense of hearing to play sound bingo, their sense of sight to mix colors and make sun catchers and their sense of taste to try different flavored apples. 

                                      Are you ready to stick your feet in the cold cooked spaghetti?

                                                  What does a gorilla or a hyena sound like?
                         Michael and Lindsey are using markers and water to mix colors for thier sun catchers.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

What can we do with wire?

We have been experimenting with wire and are working up to making mobiles with 'beautiful stuff'


We just wanted to say thank you to our families for making the book sale such a great success.  And thank you for the wish list books!  We have loved sharing them with the kids--there's just nothing like a good book!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fall Festival

Sean and the SLATE students organized a fall festival for the preschoolers this morning.
We enjoyed apples and caramel dip, played pumpkin bowling and found hidden gourds on the playground and then decorated them.

The boys suggested putting the pins in a square instead of a triangle.
Sean is checking with them to see if they think it's a square yet.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Math games with the college students

"Cover-up 12" with CeCe

Playing "XIX" with Robin

Number Challenge with Maerissa

"One less" with Terry

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Scenes from Wonderland

Hanging our bird feeders!
Miss Sam worked with the children to provide food for our birds during the cold months.  We had previously talked about the squirrels collecting nuts, and this activity gave us some hands on experience with helping out nature.

Writing Center
Our new writing center is a big hit.  We have already gone through two rolls of tape hanging up all their wonderful work.  This has inspired even some of our "less likely to write" friends as well.  If you get a chance climb on up and take a look.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

This week...

Testing our predictions during a sink/float activity
After reading When This Box is Full, Ms. Melissa asked everyone to describe
the secret object in the feely was a gourd.

Making letters with apple pie scented play-doh

Writing with water on the sidewalk

Parachute fun!

We can be authors anywhere!

Painting on a gorgeous Fall day

Saturday, November 6, 2010

"Ever know a 3-year-old?  They dance into their lives.  They express their emotions absolutely and without filter.  They LOVE (LOVE LOVE LOVE) those who love them back.  And they say all kinds of outrageous things, prompting you to stop, pause and truly LISTEN (and think: REALLY? Is THAT how you're seeing the world?  Very cool.....)"

This was written by our very own president Dianne Lynch.
She was referencing the three year old Citizen Jane Film festival with the personality (temperament?) of a three year child.   I had to smile when I saw her question "Is THAT how you're seeing the world?"

Hope you get caught saying/thinking this sometime this weekend...children really are little philosophers!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Tinker Ball

We started playing this game's a lot of fun and helps build reasoning skills.

This week...

Reading Ten Apples Up On Top

How many stars "up on top"?

Playing a number matching games with Ms. Emily

 Working with the rhyming basket (filled with objects that rhyme)
Bradley writes Jack's name down as they prepare to work
with the rhyming basket.