We learned about the five senses this month. We did a taste test of different apples, tried to determine what was salt and what was sugar, wrote in shaving cream, smelled different spices and painted with spices. We made Christmas gifts and played inside during the cold weather. We also continued to make patterns, write new letters and learn about the Christmas story. We will finish up the five senses our first day back from break when we cook allergy-friendly spice pancakes.
We were busy this week learning about the Mayflower, Pilgrims, Native Americans and the first Thanksgiving! We started making our Mayflowers on Tuesday and sailed them on Thursday. Children first painted their boats, then chose the shape of their sail, traced and cut it out. Then they attached it to the popsicle stick and added playdough to help it stand up. Before we sailed our ships, we experimented with what sinks and what floats (did you know a clementine floats?). We set sail and used our breath to push the sails through the water. All of the boats sailed across with only a couple capsizing, but all kept floating!
Shapes, Goodbye to Chicks and Floating
We started learning all about 2D and 3D shapes. Children have built with shapes, sorted shapes, made a shape turkey and wrote what they were thankful for on their own feather. Our chicks and chickens went home this week. We had so much fun watching them grow and hatch-what an incredible experience to see newborn life in our classroom. We also started playing with cranberries in water. We are watching them float no matter what we do! Next week we will float our own Mayflowers that we will make with yogurt cups and different shape sails. On our nature hikes, we are checking on our jack-o-lantern decay and our bird houses. The birdhouses in the woods have had lots of visitors. We are hoping the bird houses by our classroom windows will get visitors soon!
The first week of October, our class started discussing all different types of homes that people can live in. The second week, we started discussing animal homes and went on a nature hike to look for animal homes. We found ants under logs and rocks; we found spiderwebs and a big birds nest high in a tree! We are looking forward to having chicks and their home come to our classroom next week.
We used the lines and curves and found a partner to make letters. We journaled about what we can do in our homes. It sounds like everyone is a big helper in their house!
We have also been going to Chapel every Wednesday and Music with Ms. Karen every Thursday. Check out the Music page for more pictures!
Mixing Colors, Playground and Handwriting Without Tears
Our class learned the primary colors: red, yellow and blue. They learned that primary colors make secondary colors. We mixed colored water, colored paint, made a color rainbow and firecracker painting of colors. We also mixed colored fruit and made purple fruit “ice cream.”
Children have also discovered if you dig deep enough you can find worms on the playground. We think a worm study will be in our future! We also started playing with Mat Man which is made up of lines and curves and all of our letters and numbers are, too! We will continue to play with big and little lines and big and little curves as we start writing letters in October.
First Days of School
The Hummingbird Class is off to a great start! We are learning all about red behavior and green behavior. We always want to try our best to choose green behavior in school. We also are learning how to make friends, share and take turns in our centers using our “tag buddy.” We learned about Hummingbirds, too! We counted the number of letters in the word, talked about other words that start with “H” and watched a short video on hummingbirds. We learned they hover and make a humming noise because their wings flap sooooo fast. We pretended to be hummingbirds before our snack time. We also started making our own circle to add to our class wall which will become our class caterpillar. Every student traced a circle, cut it out and wrote their name on it. Next week students will paint their circle and paste their picture on their circle. We had a great two days and are looking forward to more fun next week!
First Lutheran Preschool 3604 Chatham Road Ellicott City, Maryland 21042 410-465-5977