Another busy week in the Owls class! We did a few science observations -(1) predicting how fast ice will melt (sprinkling ice blocks with sugar, salt, plan and in water) - the salt melted the ice the fastest; and (2) making an indoor snowflake - we mixed boiling water with Borax and then put a snowflake we made out of pipe cleaners in the water and watched as crystals formed on the pipe cleaner. Science can really be fun! The Zoomobile came to our school on Friday, Jan. 17 and we learned that animals have some of the same senses we have. We saw a corn snake, a porcupine and a lion head bunny. The Zoomobile was so much fun and we loved seeing all the animals. We even got to pet the bunny, who was really soft! What a fun week!
Week of Jan. 6-10, 2020
Our week has been really busy! We practiced writing the letter "N" and learned about animals in the Winter. Our class sorted animals that like the Winter and snow and animals that do not like Winter. The Zoomobile from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore came to visit us. We talked about different animals and their different tails. Then the zookeepers brought out three animals for us to see and learn about. We saw a snake (a boa snake) and learned that they actually smell by sticking out their tongues. They eat mice and rats, so we didn't have to worry about the snake wanting to eat us! Next, we saw a parrot. The bird actually talked to us - said "Hello" and then spread her wings for us. The last animal we saw was a lion headed rabbit - named Cinnamon. She was eating pretzels and we got a chance to pet her, if we wanted to, and she was REALLY soft! It also snowed this week, so Ms. Angie and Ms. Jeanette brought some snow into our classroom for us to play with. We had such a great time making mini snowmen and snowballs in our sensory table!
Jan. 2-3, 2020
Our class had a great time the first few days of 2020. Everyone was very excited to be back at school and especially to happy to see all their friends again! We talked about our calendar and how we have a new month, a new season and a new year. We wrote the letter "R" and talked about animals in the Winter. We made bagel bird feeders for everyone to take home and hang outside to observe the birds as they ate a tasty treat. It was fun to be back together again!
Week of Dec. 16-20, 2019
This last week in December has been filled with lots of fun! We filled the bird feeder, played Christmas bingo, practiced writing the letter "B" and acted out the Nativity. The Owls also had a great performance at the Christmas Program. Looking forward to a fun time now with our families!
Week of Dec. 9-13, 2019
The Owls had a great week! Some of the highlights of our week were: writing the letter "P," decorating Christmas cookies for snack, using our fine motor skills to pick up straws with tweezers, practicing for our Christmas program, observing blocks of ice as they melted by sprinkling them with salt and going on a treasure hunt (we had to listen to clues to find our treasure - candy canes)! Wow, we really had a busy week!
Week of Dec. 2-6, 2019
Our first week of December was filled with Christmas surprises! Our class tree has lost all of its leaves and now has lights on it. We eat our snack by the light of the tree. We used our fine motor skills to decorate a Christmas tree and our science table is filled with different things that are attracted to magnet wands. We learned the true meaning of Christmas as we heard the Christmas Story (the birth of Jesus) and used our math skills to solve a Christmas symbol "sudoku" puzzle. Not many pictures this week, since we also spent lots of time making gifts for our families (a surprise)! Still a fun filled week with the Owls!
Week of Nov. 25-29, 2019
This was a short week for our school. We still had lots of fun and learned the true meaning of Thanksgiving. On Monday, everyone contributed an ingredient to make a big pot of "Stone Soup." It was delicious, and we loved sharing it with our parents. On Tuesday, every family brought something to school to share for a giant feast that we all shared together with everyone in the school. What a great Thanksgiving week this was!
Week of Nov. 18-22, 2019
This week our class worked on our fine motor skills by writing the letter "E" using white boards, chalk boards and fingerpainting. We also worked on our listening skills by following a set of directions Ms. Angie gave us to build stacks of blocks, using different colors and sometimes only using two colors (that's where our listening skills came into play). We took advantage of the great weather to play outside and we also learned about syllables. We clapped out the syllables in our names and also counted the syllables in the names of some of our toy animals. It was another fun week with the Owls!
Week of Nov. 11-15, 2019
This week we used our listening skills a lot! We went on a treasure hunt to find things about Fall. We had to listen to the clues, make a guess where the next clue would lead us, and work to find a treasure (small packs of Oreos for each of us)! It was such fun! We also did a Science experiment to see what would happen if we mixed an acid (white vinegar) and a base (baking soda) together. We put popcorn kernels into a glass jar with water and food coloring. Then we added the baking soda. When we put in the vinegar, it bubbled up and then the popcorn kernels began to "jump" up and down inside the jar. Wow, we were really excited to see that! We then had popcorn for snack that we made with an air popper popcorn machine. It was a great snack! We continued working on our Math skills by measuring different animals and placing them in order - large to small. We then used our loc blocks again to measure the animals. Using our fine motor skills, we used small hole punchers to punch holes in paper - and we found it was really hard to do for some of us - we really had to use the muscles in our hands. Writing the letter "F" was great fun and we got to do it this week with a wet sponge, with chalk, on a white board and in fingerpaint. Another busy week for the Owls.
Week of Nov. 4-8, 2019
The Owls had a really fun and busy week! We worked on our math skills by measuring the length of things, and our friends, using loc blocks. We made rainbows, also using the loc blocks, and talked about positional words like "before and after" "on top of and on the bottom." Using our cutting skills also kept us busy. The school had some really exciting news this week - the baby chicks hatched! We got to observe them and even hold them, when they visited our classroom. We also began practicing writing the letter "F," which we will continue to do next week. On Friday, we learned about Veteran's Day and had a parade to celebrate all the people who help keep our country safe. Our class had a great time and learned lots of new things this week!
Week of Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2019
The Owls had lots of fun this week. We used our math skills to measure ingredients to make pumpkin pancakes for snack. We practiced taking turns and played the memory game. Our class had a great time, and used lots of math and science skills as we cut open a pumpkin and got to see and feel what was inside the pumpkin. We estimated how many seeds were inside and then counted all the seeds! We voted on a hat and a name for our pumpkin (her name is Ursula and she had 295 seeds inside). As we learned about curves, we made the letter "O" and used our blocks to measure one of our friends to see how long he was! Halloween was lots fun and we loved sharing our costumes with our friends. We also played Halloween Bingo and "pass the pumpkin" and had to pick an item that began with the letter "p" when the music stopped and we were holding the pumpkin. On Friday, we did a science experiment by putting whole milk and food coloring on a plate. We then dipped Q-tips into dish detergent and touched the food coloring with the q-tip. We learned that the fat in the milk "reacted" with the soap in the dish detergent and caused the food coloring to "dance and move." It was really fun!
Week of Oct. 21-25, 2019
What an exciting week for our class! Two chicks arrived at school! We got to observe them in their home (the brooder) and also 6 eggs arrived. They are in an incubator now, and we will keep observing them and waiting for baby chicks to hatch. We worked on our fine motor skills by hammering golf tees into pumpkins. We also made some beautiful mosaic leaves using glue and tissue paper. In math, we measured several pumpkins and then placed them in order - smallest to largest. Ms. Angie also introduced us to a 10 frame. Each day, we will practice making the number 10 by adding different numbers together, and then writing out the number sentence. We are having such a great time with all of our new friends as we continue learning about Fall.
Week of Oct. 14-18, 2019
Our class had another busy week. We worked on our fine motor skills by practicing lacing. We talked about apples and cut them open to see the seeds inside. We tasted three different kinds of apples (Granny Smith, Red Delicious and Ginger Gold) and voted for our favorite. We had a fun math lesson by working with a 10 frame and had fun practicing different ways to make the number 10. Another math game we played was with clothes pins. We had to pinch the clothes pins and place them on a hanger, using our counting skills to count from 1 to 20. The Owls had a great time this week!
Week of Oct. 7-11, 2019
This week the Owls were very busy. We talked about the size and measurements of items and made predictions about which items would fit into a small space. We opened our listening center and had lots of fun listening to books. We also worked on our fine motor skills by writing in shaving cream and measured small toys and put them in order from smallest to largest (using many different math terms). We were still able to enjoy the great weather outside and had great times on the playground and taking nature walks. It was a fun week!
Week of Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2019
The Owls have been busy learning about Fall and settling very nicely into a routine. We've been practicing our fine motor skills by lacing, writing in our journals and playing with play dough. We used our Handwriting Without Tears wooden pieces and made Mat Man, which will help us learn how to draw a person. We played alphabet bingo to use our letter recognition skills and also learned how to play dominoes. We talked about Fall and made a web about all the things we know about this season. In Science, we did an observation to find out what would happen when we placed pine cones in water (would they sink or float; would they stay open, or would they close up). We also talked about positional words - top, middle and bottom, and made traffic lights with snap blocks. It's been a great week!
Week of Sept. 23-27, 2019
We've had a great week! We continued to work with our wood pieces, followed more two-step directions, and practiced more directional words (top, bottom, beside, behind). We also began writing in our journals - the kids did such a good job with them! We voted on a name for our class owl - the that got the most votes is Cinnamon. We also make some new play dough for the classroom and voted on a color to make it - blue! Our class has had a wonderful first month of school!!!
Our first few weeks
Our class has had lots of fun getting to know each other! The weather has been great, so we've been having great fun on the playground. We've been building with blocks, making patterns, practicing directional words (in and out, above and below) and following two-step directions We also began working with our "Handwriting Without Tears" wood pieces that will help us write letters. Please be sure to check back every few weeks to see how much fun the Owls are having!
First Lutheran Preschool 3604 Chatham Road Ellicott City, Maryland 21042 410-465-5977