Friday, June 8, 2018

Week 37: Last week and Goodbyes!

Week 37: Last Week and Goodbyes!

Week 36: Move Up Day and Almost Summer!

Hello Parents!

Its been a great week and an awesome year.  I'm so glad I was able to meet all these young minds!  I'm so sad to see the school year end but its been exciting to watch them grow this past year.  This week, we are focusing on finishing up big works and preparing for the K graduation.  Much of our time has been spent on food preparation works and cleaning projects.  We are all very excited about the last day of school and the big party!

Monday-  At morning circle we reviewed the date and calendar.  We had a donation from M*** of clay so that is a new work, on which we gave a quick lesson.  We also talked about the food prep work and cleaning goals that the class had for the day.  We squeezed lemons; we made homemade fruit jello; and we balled watermelon.  It was very messy and exciting.  It was super rainy in the morning so we worked through midday recess, but in the afternoon when it stopped raining hard we hard extra long afternoon recess.  Very need after all that hard work in the classroom!

Tuesday-  At morning circle we reviewed the date and calendar.  We took a moment to notice the shear size of our counting system.  172 days have passed since the first day of school, and the stick pile is now very large at the physical representation of this.  We tried to remember back to the first day of school and share a story about it.  Some of us were scared to meet new people.  Some of us were excited to get a special treat for going to school for their first time.  Some of us couldn't remember it was so long ago!  We have grown a lot as a class since then and now it was time to prepare for graduation. Today food preparation activity would include cantaloupe balling and cucumber cutting. Other popular works included finishing up old projects in the work drawers or maps in the map basket.

Wednesday-  We again review date and calendar and talked about how far we have come from the beginning of the year.  Some friends shared their favorite works or their favorite memories from the school year.  Then we talked about the remaining food prep work (boy it really adds up when we throw a party!).  Today's popular works included veggie and cheese spears, more jello making, honey melon balling, misc fruit rinsing, and cleaning the classroom.  Some friends also worked on last minutes projects as we went through the work drawers and sent works home. 

Thursday-  Its the day we have all been waiting for: Kindergarten Graduation! We played outside as some of the teachers set up.  Graduation went well and we said goodbye to our eight graduates who will go onto First Grade next year.  Then we ate our yummy party foods and played outside all day.  We did some outdoor works such as washing chairs, but mostly we use the opportunity to play with our friends before summer.

It has been a wonderful year and I'm going to miss all these little faces!  Give everyone big pushes for me!

Ms. Becky and the Preschool staff!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Week 37: Move Up Day and Almost Summer!

Week 37:  Move Up Day and Almost Summer!

Week 36: Insect Investigation

Dear Parents,

Just a remind that next week the Kindergartner Graduation is June 7th at 9 am.  There will be a short ceremony and then refreshments that the child had prepared afterwards.  Please let us know if you can join us.

This week we are busy finishing works in our work drawers and connecting loose ends.  Many old works have seen new life this week, as the children challenge themselves to clean out unfinished works.  We also had "Move Up" day on Wednesday, which was super exciting for our K students to visit the Lower Elementary class and fun for some of our entering preschoolers to get a taste of their first school experience.

Monday-  No school for Memorial Day!

Tuesday- At morning circle we reviewed the date and calendar highlighting the important events this week and next.  We also began the countdown to the K graduation.  Also today we had our second to last Spanish class with Sra. Rosa, where we reviewed fruits and the months of the year.  Popular works today included stamp game addition, bead multiplication, free drawing, silent reading, lacing, pouring, parts of animals, and parts of plants.  At the end of the day we read Mud, by Wendy Lewison.

Wednesday-  Today is Move Up Day.  Our K students got to spent an exciting day upstairs in the Lower Elementary class.  It was so sad to see them leave the class, but refreshing to see them so happy in their new environment for next year.  It also made us realize how far we have grown as a class.  Our little three year olds aren't so little anymore and our four year old are now showing off their leadership skills.  It was refreshing.  We also had our second to last music class today with Mr. Wolfe.  We sang songs with him on his guitar inside and then did movement and dance outside in the beautiful weather.  Popular works today were a combination of teaching some of our new visitors many practical life skills, parts of the animals and plants were very popular choices, as well at stamp game addition.  At the end of the day we read An Island in the Sun, by Stella Blackstone.

Thursday- We welcomed our Kindergarten class back and reviewed the date and calendar at morning circle.  In lieu of daily goals, I challenged everyone to choose a challenging work, a work from their work drawer and a fun work.  Popular works were Parts of Books, Stamp Game Addition and subtraction, bead multiplication, sound box, pouring works, land forms, tying works, painting works, a geometric solids.  At the end of the day we read Fish is Fish, by Leo Lionni.

Friday-  Today is the first day of June.  We reviewed the date and calendar at morning circle and had a quick lesson on the external parts of a horse.  A student I*** shared with us some of her horse's mane and hay and we discussed what the mane is used for and what horses eat.  Popular works today were letter writing, Stamp Game addition, geometric solids, coffee grinding, sound box, land forms, pouring works, spelling and parts of booklets.  At the end of the day we read Rooster's Off To See The World, by Eric Carle.

Thanks for another great week!
Ms. Becky and the Preschool Staff

Important Dates:
June 1st:   Talent show (6:00 tonight)
June 7th:   Preschool Graduation (9 am) and last day of preschool
June 11th: First day of Summer Camp Program.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Week 36: The Ants Go Marching and Fire Drills!

Week 36:  Community Meeting

Week 35: Insect Investigation

Dear Parents,

Just a reminder that the end of the year is approaching!  Please check the lost and found for missing items.  We also wanted to announce that the lower elementary is collecting food for the Friendly Kitchen.  If your family wants to donate a canned food, please bring it to the collection box located in the school's library!  And as a reminder there is no school on Memorial Day (Monday May 28th!)!

Monday-  Today at circle we review the date and calendar.  We went right into work session.  Popular works making ant hats, stamp game, botany three part matching, and parts of animal cards   We also had a fire drill in the morning.  At the end of the day we practice for community meeting.

Tuesday -  We began the day with extra early Spanish class and circle time.  In Spanish class with Sra. Rosa, we review fruits and went over the months of the year.  Afterwards we hosted Community Meeting and performed the "Ants Go Marching One by One." It was a super busy day!  Popular works included binomial cube, pressure cylinders, botany insets, sand pouring, land forms, lacing, stamp game and bead multiplication.

Wednesday-  Today at circle we review the date and calendar.  We pointed out that in five days it will be Memorial Day and there's no school.  Popular works today included letter writing, parts of a horse, map tracing, sound box, lacing works, pouring works, yellow and read knobless cylinders, multiplication board, and creative writing- songs.

Thursday- Today at circle we had a birthday walk.  Happy 4th birthday S*******!  Ms. Becky had to take a sick day so I'm writing this from my notes.  "We had another fire drill today.  Popular works included lots of math and science.  Metal and botany insets were also very popular today.  In the afternoon they read Fireflies in the Night, by Judy Hawes."

Friday- Today at circle we reviewed the date and calendar.  We recalled that Monday is Memorial Day and that there is no school.  We briefly talked about how some people celebrate it.  Then we jumped into work cycle.  There was great progress on the K challenge to complete their workbooks before the last day of school.  There was also a lot of independence accomplished in revisiting older works.  Popular works included amphibian continents, Stamp Game addition and subtraction, Bead board and bead group multiplication, nesting dolls, twisting works, handwriting, tree/bush/herbaceous plant sorting works, and flower arrangements.  We also spent a fraction of time starting on the big clean up of the classroom and a good chunk of time enjoying this very nice weather outside.

Thanks for another great week!  Happy Memorial Day!
Ms. Becky and the Preschool Staff

Important Dates:
Monday May 28th- Memorial Day- No School
Friday June 2nd- Talent Show
Thursday June 7th- K Graduation and last day of preschool
Monday June 11th- Summer camp starts.

Poppy and Genny doing the sound boxes