Friday, December 20, 2019

December 2019

This is the last post of 2019!

Holidays Around the World
In the month of December we did a Holidays Around the World Unit. We discussed Christmas in many different countries as well as Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Eid al-Fitr, and Diwali. For each country we read a book to learn about the traditions of the holidays from each country, made a project, colored a picture and ornament.

The countries we discussed that celebrate Christmas are: America, England, Germany, Italy, France, Russia, Australia, and Mexico. Mexico also celebrates Las Posadas during their Christmas. We discovered that each of these countries has a Santa Claus, but the name is different in each country. Some of these countries also have other figures who bring small gifts for the children as well, such as La Bafana from Italy.

The holidays we learned about that are during the Christmas season for the countries listed above include Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Eid al-Fitr, and Diwali.

Kwanzaa is an African diaspora holiday to celebrate their African heritage. We learned African people celebrate this holiday for one week (seven days). Each day they light a candle, which represents one of the seven core principles, and receive a small gift of African heritage, which may be an item with the African flag colors.

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday to celebrate the miracle of the candle oil lasting eight nights when there was only enough oil in the lantern to last for one night. Hanukkah is also referred to as the Festival of Lights. We learned that the holiday lasts for eight nights, and each night a candle is lit on the menorah. The students thought it was really interesting that Hanukkah is very similar to our Christmas, but yet it is very different. One way it is the same, but still different is children receive small gifts for each of the eight nights and children who celebrate Christmas only get gifts one time.

Eid al-Fitr is a Muslim holiday also known as the Festival of Breaking the Fast. The time of this holiday varies because it is determined by the visible sighting of the crescent moon of Shawwal. This holiday marks the end of Ramadan. Muslims wear their best clothes to celebrate, hang decorative lights inside and outside of their houses, and children are given a small amount of money as a gift to purchase small candies.

Diwali is a Hindu holiday also known as the Festival of Lights; it lasts five days and falls between mid-October and mid-November. Hindus use small clay lamps to signify the triumph of good over evil. These lamps are placed into decorative dishes that are painted with Rangoli designs. They also light off firecrackers to ward away evil spirits. Like families that celebrate Christmas, Hindu families enjoy time together, feasts, and exchange gifts during Diwali.

Holidays Around the World Projects
Eid al-Fitr stars (Muslim Holiday)
Star of David (Hannakkah-Judaism), Stockings for America, Pointsettias for Las Posadas (Mexico), and Eid al-Fitr moons (Muslim Holiday)


Along with our fun Holiday Unit this month we were able to enjoy reading with our book buddies, have a little visit from Mr. Deli, and create Gingerbread Houses with our parents or grandparents.

Gingerbread House Making
Everyone who came and built a Gingerbread House had so much fun! All the houses turned out great!

Fun Creating Our Gingerbread Houses

So Proud of our finished Gingerbread Houses!

*Mrs. Cowart & Mrs. Sandy have more pictures of other students. If you would like them please email me so I can ask them for a copy.*

Mrs. Cowart challenged all the teachers to decorate their doors for the month of December. We made our door into the door of a Gingerbread Bakery/House. The gingerbread men and women everyone created at home and sent back to school were hung on the bulletin board to go along with our Gingerbread theme.


On our last day before break we watched Charlie Brown's Christmas Special and colored some fun winter pictures.

Enjoy your holiday break and see you in 2020!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Quick Reminders

Thursday, December 18, 2019- NO Aftercare today because of program this evening.
December 20th-January 3rd, 2020- Enjoy your holiday break!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

November 25-27

It's Thanksgiving week! This week all of our activities and stories pertained to Thanksgiving and the symbols we associate with the holiday.

MATH
Color the turkey by number, connect the dots by the numbers to make a pie, and "How Many?" counting Thanksgiving symbols and writing the number worksheets.

LITERACY
The books we read this week were "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey!," "How To Catch A Turkey," and "Thanksgiving." There was alot of rhyming in "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey!" and "How To Catch A Turkey. In the book called "Thanksgiving" we learned many facts about the holiday such as how it started, how it was celebrated when it first started, and how we celebrate it today.
In the small group with me we read the two mini books "The story of Thanksgiving" & "Five Little Turkeys"

FINE MOTOR
This week in the student led center the kids colored different pictures about Thanksgiving and they traced different kinds of lines to connect the pilgrims or Native Americans to each other.
With Mrs. Sandy this week the kids made turkey headbands, which they brought home today. To make these they had to trace their hand three times (on three different colors of paper), cut the turkey head out, cut one of the hands out (Mrs. Sandy cut the other two out), and glue their eyes, beak, and gobbler onto the turkey head, glue their hands and turkey head onto the band to put around their head.

Yesterday we watched "Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving" as a special surprise for the short week.

Turkey Headbands


"Gobble Gobble" and flapping their wings (ignore my voice).


UPCOMING DECEMBER DATES

·         Saturday, December 7th- 4K Family Fun Breakfast with Santa from 8:30-10:30 A.M.
o   Where: N1673 Municipal Drive, Greenville WI
o   Presented by: Play & Grow 4K
·         Wednesday, December 11th- NO School
·         Thursday, December 12th- 4K Family Holiday Project 10-11 A.M. in St. Edward School Cafeteria. Meet in our classroom.
·         Friday, December 13th- We HAVE school
·         Thursday, December 19th- Extended Day Friends and St. Edward Students have their Christmas Program tonight @ 10 A.M. & 6:00 P.M.

·         Monday, December 23rd- Friday, January 3rd- NO School! Enjoy your Holiday Break!

**For our Family Holiday Project we are asking if anyone would be willing to donate some of the items needed for the project.
We are asking for:

  • Red & white striped straws or pipe cleaners
  • Sticky Brown foam sheets
  • Rick Rack Trim
  • Cotton Balls
  • Gems or Buttons
  • Large study paper plates
  • Plastic Christmas Trees
Have a safe holiday! Happy Thanksgiving! 



Friday, November 22, 2019

December Upcoming Dates

DECEMBER
·         Saturday, December 7th- 4K Family Fun Breakfast with Santa from 8:30-10:30 A.M.
o   Where: N1673 Municipal Drive, Greenville WI
o   Presented by: Play & Grow 4K
·         Wednesday, December 11th- NO School
·         Thursday, December 12th- 4K Family Holiday Project 10-11 A.M. in St. Edward School Cafeteria. Meet in our classroom.
·         Friday, December 13th- We HAVE school
·         Thursday, December 19th- Extended Day Friends and St. Edward Students have their Christmas Program tonight @ 10 A.M. & 6:00 P.M.
·         Monday, December 23rd- Friday, January 3rd- NO School! Enjoy your Holiday Break!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

November 11-14 & 18-21

MATH
Shapes- we discussed the shapes rectangle, square, oval, circle, and triangle. The kids got to choose a colored shape to create a shape ice cream picture. Once the pictures were created we discussed what letter each shape name started with and glued the shape name onto the corresponding shape.
Counting- Students did two different counting ice cream sheets. They had to say the number that was in the ice cream cone and color the amount of scoops to go with the number in the cone. They did two similar sheets but with pirates to practice seeing numbers, saying them, and counting the amount out.
Touch Counting/Subitizing- to continue touch counting and subitizing, which is seeing dots and being able to know the number without counting every dot, they used real dominions to count the dots and practice subitizing.
Games-This week the kids played counting/number Bingo with Mrs. Sandy in a small group this week. They had to match the number symbol and a picture with that amount on it. Once they got three in a row they had "BINGO." The kids played Chutes & Ladders with me in a small group. The kids had to practice identifying the numbers 1-6 on the game spinner and then counting the same amount on the board game. Also with the games the kids had to learn social skills such as taking turns and helping their friends out if they had a question.

LITERACY
We read many books about winter this week to finish up our winter part of our Season's unit. Next week we will do activities geared toward Thanksgiving. In the month of December we are going to do a Holiday Around the World unit to learn how other cultures celebrate during this time of year.
This week we read with our Book Buddies and the kids are really enjoying it. 

   
On Thursday we read a winter book that only had pictures. When I made up the words for the pictures the kids thought it was really neat, especially when they got to make up the words for the page. They were really excited to be the author of the book.
We practiced the letters "Ii" & "Tt" this week. To do this we worked on tracing and then writing them as well as saying their names and sounds. We will do a tracing and writing worksheet as well as a mini book for each letter of the alphabet in our small groups throughout the school year.

SCIENCE
We did a pine cone experiment! We put a few dry pine cones into a container with red food coloring and water. We let them sit overnight and rechecked them the today. After covering the pine cones and setting them in a safe spot we made a few predictions (big word!). Our predictions were the pine cones were going to get big from all the water, they were going to sink from all the water, and they were going to turn red.
When we opened the container today to check the pine cones we discovered that only one of our predictions was correct; the pine cones turned red. They continued to float and they got thinner because they were wet. We decided to make another predicition that we can check out on Monday. We predicted that the pine cones will dry and get bigger by leaving them out to dry all weekend. The kids are very excited to see what happens to the pine cones on Monday!

                             Pine Cone Experiment
  

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL
We have been learning about different emotions. The emotions we have discussed are surprised, angry, happy, and sad. We have looked at pictures and discussed what each emotion looks like and feel like. The kids also tried each emotion and looked at a friend when doing them. It was very funny to watch, especially when trying to make a sad face; alot of them giggled the whole time.
Everyday we remind ourselves to use our calm bodies, listening ears, quiet voices, and attentascopes with our watching eyes.

November 4-7

Last week was a busy week! The kiddos were still coming down from their sugar high from Halloween and it was conference week for the teachers and parents. Even though it was crazy we all enjoyed the week!

MATH
On Monday we finished one last Halloween worksheet to help practice counting. Students had to match Dracula holding a number symbol (i.e. 5) to a picture with the same amount of little Draculas. Ex. If Dracula was holding the number symbol 5 the students had to match it to the picture that had 5 small Draculas on it.

Students practiced dot counting this week by using flat, large, domino dice. They had to touch each dot and count them as they touched them.

LITERACY
Students read with their book buddies on Tuesday.
As a class we learned our November sight word "the." We read a mini book which had one sentence on each page with a picture of an animal. After reading the sentence the students had to highlight the sight word.
                       Book Buddies
   

ART
Students created their Halloween Monsters, which are hanging up on our classroom bulletin board. Many of the parents were able to see them during their conference.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

November Book Orders!

REMINDER!

Dear 4K Parents don't forget November book orders are due this Thursday, November 14!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Upcoming Dates

Dear 4K Families,

Here is a list of some upcoming dates to be aware of.

NOVEMBER
Wednesday, November 27th: We have school today!
                                                4K Extended Day- No School
                                                NO Aftercare today

Thursday, November 28th: NO SCHOOL! Enjoy your Holiday Break!

DECEMBER
Monday, December 23, 2019-Friday, January 3, 2020- NO SCHOOL! Enjoy your Winter Break!
                              *HASD informed us we DO NOT have school Thursday, January 2nd.


*I have not heard anything yet from HASD as to what and when our rescheduled field trip will be.*

October 21-24 & 28-31

Dear 4K Families,

Last week the kids had a quick vision screening through the Lion's Club. They came into school and tested the kids' attentascopes (eyes) to make sure they can all see.The kids were super excited and discussed that they had to get them checked so they could see where they were walking as well as being able to know what to do in the classroom.

We also had two bus drivers come to school with a big school bus to teach us about bus safety. They were able to sit on the bus to listen to the rules and how the bus driver keeps them safe. The kids were also given the chance to practice walking across the street safely. To do this they had to watch the bus driver for the safe signal, stay behind the yellow post on the bus, then cross in front of it once the bus driver gives the safe signal, and then double check the other side of the bus before crossing the street.

Math
Students have been working with numbers by using magnetic numbers, matching puzzles together with numbers and pictures, and completing fun worksheets to match the number to the picture with the correct amount.
This week the students played "Roll & Cover/Color" twice. The first time they rolled the dice and colored a candy corn picture to practice numbers 1-12, and the second time they rolled a single die to practice numbers 1-6 and colored a ghost.
Students read a mini book with Mrs. Sandy this week during small groups about counting candy. In this book they practiced reading and seeing number words, touch counting candies (on the pages; no real candy was used), reading and seeing color names, and coloring the candies the correct colors.
Yesterday, the students colored pumpkins with shapes on them for morning work. During small groups they had to count all the shapes and color how many of each shape onto a graph. They watched me demonstrate how to do it, then they all counted their own pumpkins and graphed the amounts independently; everyone did very well with it and really enjoyed doing it. For each small group Miss Peters graphed the total amount a one shape so the kids could see how many in all the group had.

Literacy
Students have been working with letters through games and puzzles. Last week we completed a book using our sight word "-at". Students had to high light the word, say it, then say a word with "-at" at the end of it. Ex. cat, hat, bat, were some of the words they saw in their book. They also worked with the sight word by completing a worksheet that was all about "at". They had to find and circle the word, point and say the word, then we read two sentences with the sight word in it.
We have been working on rhyming. When reading books I will say two words and if they rhyme the kids will say, "That rhymes, that rhymes." and if they don't rhyme they say, "No way!" They have also completed a couple fun worksheets to practice their rhyming in small groups.
This week the kids read two mini-books with me in small groups. The first one was about creatures of Halloween. They used their pointer finger to track the words as we read the story and they were able to create the last page of the book by drawing the picture of what they are going to be for Halloween and saying the sentence for the page, which I wrote underneath their picture. The second mini book we read was about sounds we hear in October, especially around Halloween. The sounds were a witch broom swishing "sh," a ghost sound "oo," an owl sound "oo," a pumpkin laughing "ee," and a cat meow "ow." The kids had a blast reading the book and making the sounds the characters made.

Art
Students colored a spooky tree scene this morning which they were able to take home and hang up for Halloween. They also chose one book mark to color. I will laminate them and give them back to the kids to keep.

Social/Emotional
Every week we do a Second-Step card that has a puppet skit, a picture and short reading, and a couple activities for us to practice the skill for that week. So far we have learned about using our listening ears, our attentascopes (eyes), and using self-talk. The kids have been able to practice these skills often in our classroom. When they are struggling to focus we ask them to take their attentascopes out and this helps them refocus their bodies very quickly. Once everyone has calmed their bodies they put their attentascopes away, but have to imagine they are still out so they know what they have to do next in class.
We teach the kids to use their strong voice and kind words and actions with their friends so they can all play together and enjoy having all their friends in class. We also teach them to take calming breaths or going to the Safe Place in our classroom if they need a little extra help to calm their bodies before participating in class activities again. Our Second-Step program will discuss different calming breaths in a few weeks as another tool for them to use.

Fall/Halloween Classroom Festival
Today we listened to some spooky music while the kids ate snack and colored their bookmarks, we watched a fall movie, and played different Fall/Halloween games. Jaxton's mom, Miss Jenny, joined in the fun today as well! The activities we did were Halloween Bingo, Roll & Color a Ghost, and counting and coloring the matching number of candies on a worksheet (no actual candies were used). Some of our friends brought in a little "treat" for their friends to bring home.

Bingo

















Ring Toss


Cover a Ghost


Color the Candy



Fall Fest @ St. Ed's- October 17, 2019

Dear 4K Families,

All of our friends who attended the 4K Fall Fest Family Night had a blast! They were able to make their own paper Jack-O-Lantern, search for creepy crawly bugs in a sensory bin, play an acorn math game, color a Fall Mural, do a Witch Hat Ring Toss Game, and run a fun obstacle course our gym teacher, Ms. LeClare, put together. It was a fun night!

                                                                  Awesome Costumes!
 

                                                   Creepy Crawly Sensory Bin


                            Jack-O-Lantern Art Project
                                    

                              Obstacle Course


                               Witch Hat Ring Toss

SUPER excited about getting a ring on the hat!




                               Reading Time


                               Acorn Math Game
 

                                            Fall Mural
Everyone took a turn to color the mural!