Thank you for the opportunity to greet our wonderful families in person! It was so fun seeing all of you at the car parade. We hope you have a wonderful summer and that you come back to visit us when we reopen. We can’t wait to hear how amazing you’re doing in kindergarten. Peace and blessings be with all of you!
Video - Teachers singing “Moving Up To Kindergarten”
Every year our school has an amazing art show displaying the hard work of our talented students. Even though we couldn’t experience this wonderful tradition in person, we wanted to share some of their incredible work with you. “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso
Our friends busy at home!
Ms. Kelly found some pictures when we were still at school that we thought you’d enjoy seeing. We really miss playing on the playground and taking nature hikes. Some of these were taken on crazy hair day!
Looking forward to our Zoom class meeting on Thursday, April 2nd! Hope your child can join us. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email us! firstname.lastname@example.org
Our friends in action at home! - Please send me pictures of your child to share!
4/1/20 Here are a few more ideas that you can do at home with your children.
The last day we met in the classroom we did a fire drill and talked about having an escape plan to exit your home in case of a fire. An instruction sheet was sent home in the first mailing. Let your child map out your home and discuss how and where they should go in case of an emergency.
Pick a color and let them go on a color hunt to find as many objects they can find in your home.
Playing with water in the sink can be a lot of fun. Make sure they are on an appropriate stool to reach the faucet and inside of sink. Give them plastic cups, spoons, containers and maybe a sponge and soap. Do not leave unattended.
Read! Read! Read! Reading to your child is one of the most important ways to develop literacy!
3/17/20 During the school closure we will be posting activities to do with your children to keep them learning while playing.
We have been preparing to build our leprechaun traps. We drew our designs in our journals and had group discussions about different materials to use. This class is amazing at building and creating. Use any recycled items with tape, string or glue to build a leprechaun trap or any kind of structure.
Put a blanket over a table and play house, camping, store or ice cream shop under the table.. Allow your child to use a few safe items from your kitchen (bowls, spoons, cups) to add to the pretend play. You can make paper money using crayons and scissors to cut. Just remind them “thumbs up when they cut.”
Put some rice or dried beans in a dry, empty bottle to make your own maraca. Use wooden spoon on bowls or pans. Have a rock concert.
Do a freeze dance to practice listening and get some wiggles out..
Take a walk outside and listen to the sounds of nature. What do you hear? Discuss the sounds with your child.
Put some shaving cream on the kitchen table or bathroom counter. Have them practice writing their name or draw shapes. It will smell good and the table will definitely be clean!
Let them cut pictures out of magazines. You can have a theme - categorize colors, foods, animals, etc...
Indoor and Outside Play
Dr. Seuss Games
Sensory Bin - Making Snow & Leprechaun Treasures
Cooking Day - Pizza!!
Puzzles and Writing
Let’s Build and Create
Partner Search and Count
Students were paired up and asked to find and count different things in our classroom.
Our Dentist Visit
Dr. Doshi spoke with us about practicing good dental hygiene. It was fun to see the tools she uses in her office during a cleaning visit.
The groundhog might not have seen his shadow but we sure did!
Argh! Our pirates had a great night reading, doing crafts and having fun while parents enjoyed listening to our guest speaker.
The kids did a great job reading their classmates names and placing cards in the appropriate bag. We had a special cookie snack. We charted candy hearts to learn about most, least and all together. We played sorting games with candy hearts and matching alphabet and numbers.
Construction and Community Dramatic Play
We learned about simple machines and how they are used daily in our everyday routines. We started with the wheel and axle by rolling cars in paint on paper. Next we learned about levers by playing on our indoor see saw. Our next simple machine was a pulley. We got to go outside and pull the American and Maryland flags up and down the pole in front of the church. We had fun seeing how an incline plane works by rolling ping pong balls down a ramp. They discovered that the higher the ramp, the faster the ball will travel. We finished up simple machines with wedges and screws. The kids had so much fun taking apart an old DVD player. They were fascinated to see the inside of an electronic device. Nuts and bolts were used to practice pattern making. We discussed how your hand or a knife can be used as a wedge to cut playdough. A lot of laughs were had when we used a spoon and block to create a catapult using soft pom poms. Several landed in the fabric that hangs from the ceiling.
Our friend, Elliott moved to Korea with his family. Elliott and his mom shared some Korean customs with the class. They also sent us a current picture of the beautiful area they are living in now.
More Dinosaur Fun
We painted dinosaur skin (packing bubble wrap), measured and mixed dinosaur fossil dough, pretended to be paleontologist looking for dinosaurs in sand, used water droppers to “excavate” dinosaurs from frozen ice eggs, did the dinosaur hokey pokey, made dinosaur teeth to create a T-Rex mouth and we got to eat oatmeal with dinosaur eggs for snack!
Three eggs - light brown, dark brown and white. All different on the outside but all the same on the inside. We talked about how we may not look the same on the outside, we are the same inside. We learned about Martin Luther King Jr and how he wanted to spread peace to all people. The hearts represent how we can spread peace in our classroom.
Puzzles and Playdough
Writing and Art
This class loves to build everyday. They have great imaginations and use multiple materials to make amazing creations.
Rolling a tire down the slide is so much fun. They have to yell out “tire coming down!” Then wait for a thumbs up from friends below to show that it’s all clear to let the tire go. They also discovered their own shadows.
Zoo Mobile Visit
The Five Senses
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