Saturday, September 16, 2017

September 16th, 2017

This week, we really jumped into the swing of things.

We continued with our All About Me thematic unit, but we focused mostly on our five senses.

Exploring a new sense each day, we started with our sense of sight on Monday.

We also played with our Mr. Potato Head felt sets...

and we learned about 1 and 2.

Additionally on Monday, we started our track and field experience.  Beginning with long distance running, we discussed maintaining a steady pace and we paid attention to our heartbeat.  
We were great!

On Tuesday, we moved on to our sense of touch.

For an art project, we used several types of materials and explained to Ms. Laura how each one felt.

We got to play with kinetic sand as well.

Continuing track and field, we learned about relays.

They passed that baton better than Usain Bolt and the Jamaican Relay Team.

On Wednesday, we examined our sense of hearing.

Then we were able to listen to audio books and music...

...and, aligning with our Five Senses study, Ms. Laura taught Mis cinco sentidos and the body parts ojos (eyes), nariz (nose), lengua (tongue), manos (hands), y orejas (ears). 

We also heavily practiced the written numbers 1 and 2 in our first take-home books of the year (get used to them).

On Thursday, we got around to our sense of smell.  Using cotton balls soaked in lemon, cinnamon, mint, lavender, spruce, and oregano oils, we tried to guess which one was which.

We also made a big batch of playdough together and used the oils to make it scented playdough.

Watching Olympic track and field events, we prepared for our most exciting main event.

Long jumps.

We were like super heroes!

Even I had to join in.
Nailed it!

Finally, we learned about our sense of taste.
We examined our tongues and taste buds...

and then we got to taste sweet, salty and sour.
Sour is always our favorite part!

We also made collages of a few of our favorite things.

Once we finally finished our 5-senses study, we were able to complete our other take-home book for this week.

My Book About The Five Senses

They were a pretty big hit.

Concluding our track and field experience for the week, we focused on discus throwing events for our last practice.


Friday, September 8, 2017

September 8th, 2017

What a wonderful first week we've had! 

Returning to school after Labor Day, we spent the majority of the week exploring the classroom and getting to know one another.

We also dabbled in a little bit of small-group work.

On Tuesday, we snapped First Day photos...

took First Day measurements...

read First Day books...

and created First Day drawings.

Later this week, we also carefully painted a self-portrait...

...and discussed what we love best about ourselves.
"I love my eyes because they can see!"
"I love my twisty hair because it's beautiful!"
"I love my feet because they can jump so high.  Like, almost to the sky!"

We also heavily discussed emotions and what we may feel throughout our day.

We talked about feeling happy...

feeling angry...

feeling proud...

feeling sad...

and feeling surprised.

We were totally getting the hang of reading together.

This week, we also launched our new Spanish lessons with Ms. Laura.  Starting with the book Como van a la escuela los dinosaurios? (How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?), Ms. Laura read in both English and Spanish.  Then,we focused on the vocabulary words escuela (school), amigos (friends), niño (boy), niña (girl), maestra (teacher), and hola/adios (hello, goodbye).

We also started on our Friday yoga sessions.

It was a week well deserving a batch of First Week Cookies!

Everyone agreed that we are the best bakers ever!

It was definitely a good week!