Friday, May 27, 2016

May 27th, 2016

This week, we partied.

We finished our whole alphabet!

Then, we got into a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom theme where all the letters climb up the coconut tree.

We played in our sensory bins which were inspired by the the book...

...and Hawaii.

We practiced our scissor use as we made our own letter trees...

...we listened to the sound recording...

...and we've been reviewing each letter of the alphabet.

We also practiced our math with a 1,2,3 coconut tree.

Creating addition and subtraction sentences, the children used "coconuts" as counting manipulatives.

Then, we learned about hula dancing.

Which, I'm just gonna say it, we're pretty awesome at.

We made Hawaiian leis.

We made Hawaiian pineapples.

We read Hawaiian books.

But, the most exciting part of our week?  We made tomatoes!

Look!  We did that!!!

We are a hula-dancing, tomato-growing bunch!

Friday, May 20, 2016

May 20th, 2016 Jog-a-Thon

We had our annual jog-a-thon today!

After getting the whole gang together...

...we were running!

Oddly enough, we also had a 100% nap success rate.

Thank you to all of our families, volunteers, and contributors!

Friday, May 13, 2016

May 13th, 2016

These past two weeks, we've celebrated our brand, new garden.

 Last week, we started off by spreading lots of new soil out into our empty planter box.

Then, we carefully planted basil, carrots, lettuce, strawberries, cilantro, tomatoes, mint, rosemary, and parsley.

We also discovered that we love watering!

We didn't do half bad!

In class, we started with a new library of books...

...and new sensory bins.

 Then, we updated our door display and created a flower shop.

Throughout the rest of the week, we spent a lot of time in the flower shop.

We learned about the different parts of a plant...

...we pieced together pictures of fruits and vegetables...

...and we watered.

Carefully breaking and rinsing out eggs (followed by a scrambled egg snack), we planted flower seeds inside... make flower heads.  Hopefully they grow!

We didn't forget about our letter Yy, though.

We made our Y-Yaks...

...once we figured out what a yak was.

We also studied Mary, Mary Quite Contrary and made our take-home books.

Oh, and we watered.

Our absolute highlight of the week, however? Worms!  I brought in 100 composting worms from the Mission Hills Nursery and the kids could not get enough of them.

Worms, worms...
...we love worms.

We even love playdough worms.

Finally, we said goodbye to the worms as we let them do the work that they do best.

And then we watered.

PS.  For my birthday/teacher appreciation day, thank you.  Thank you for all of the beautiful cards, generous gifts, and well-wishes.  It made my year! :)