So the forecast is predicting snow this week (possibly Tuesday), so make sure everyone has warm mittens, hats, and jackets. A second reminder is that our winter break begins Friday December 22nd. Solstice Celebration is on Thursday December 21st. If the weather looks bad for Thursday, we’ll hold the celebration on Wednesday the 20th. So check your emails for weather updates!
This week, our students prepared works for community meeting and started making gifts. As a class we started talking about amphibians, in particular frogs, and are still reviewing the water cycle. Some of the students continued practice their daily planning. Many students enjoyed the watercolor works.
Monday: At circle we reviewed the water cycle. Some students got a jump onto their daily planning goals immediately after circle, and others needs a gentle nudge during work cycle. Many students have started holiday handwriting books, while many of the younger students are mastering the control of their hands with sewing, stenciling, and sandpaper letters.
Tuesday: Began the day, reviewing the water cycle again and adding words (precipitation, condensation, evaporation). Many big works were started today such as watercolor painting, 5 and 6 cube chain, and spelling works with fill in the blank sentences. Today’s highlighted work is the watercolor painting. This independent work includes preparation for the work (wearing aprons) and also cleaning up workspace afterwards. We also enjoyed another Spanish Class with Sra. Rosa, and we’re making great progress at our continent song.
Wednesday: Today we have 12 days before our winter break, so we began the day reading the Twelve Days of Christmas, by Jan Brett. Mr. Wolfe sang more holiday music during music class. Popular works today include skipping counting books, watercolor, rolling pin, tracing with a stylus, map tracing, and cursive works. Today’s highlighted work is the rolling pin work. It gives a child the opportunity to explore how much pressure and wrist twisting one must use to roll out some play dough in a flat manner to then use cookie cutters to make shapes.
Thursday: At morning circle we began our next class of vertebrates, the amphibians. New works include, 3 part matching external parts of a frog card set, matching frog story and fill in the blank cards. This allows our entire class to have frog work at their level, whether it is just matching image level, matching label level (word base), and reader level (beginner and advance). Another notable activity is that two students opted to participate in the school wide spelling bee. We are very proud of them for gaining that academic and social experience, and trying their hardest among all the students in the school. We ended the day finishing up our Mummies in the Morning book, and singing the 12 days of Christmas.
Friday: At morning circle, we had our lesson on clay ornaments. Many students worked on their special projects. Other popular works include stamp game, snake game, bell counting, watercolor painting, sand paper letters, and candy cane making. Today’s highlighted work is bell counting, with uses attractive bells as ornaments to numbered Christmas trees. A child has to match the number of bells to the numeric symbol on the tree.
That sums up another week at GVS! Thank you!
Ms. Becky and Preschool staff!
Important dates to remember are:
December 19- Community meeting
(Our class is hosting so hopefully everyone will be there)
December 21- Our Solstice Celebration
(With a snow date for Wednesday Dec 20th)
December 22- Jan 2 – No School for our Holiday Break.
Jan 17- Family Night 6:30-8:00