Using fine motor skills to squeeze out water from sponges to water our garden and water play.

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Our journey to the Moon was Awesome!

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Ringing in the New year! Happy 2019! “Hey- ours crowns have numbers.” 

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We were so grateful to have had Mrs Beverly at FPP for almost 30 years. Cheers to her and all the children she has loved over the years. We wish you well on your next chapter.

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12 days of Christmas  

jumping into spring??

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April showers hopefully bring May flowers

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Our December has been filled with oodles of doodles!  We have been working on our  December book study - Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle. The kids have been busy making stars for our door decorating contest. It is beautiful!  Lots of fine motor activities! 

 

We have also been busy making drums, flutes and piccolos for our 12 Days of Christmas.  10 Pipers Piping 9 Drummers Drumming!  The children made drums using a sensory activity with wet paper and cardboard circles. They can actually be played!  The bulletin Board is awesome and we think we will save it for the art walk in February for everyone to admire.

 

Our circle time this week  has been focused on Jesus and why we celebrate Christmas.

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We concluded our book study of The Fox and the Falling Leaves by going on a nature hike and collecting signs of Fall. We looked them over and glued them on our very own tree.

We have also been studying seeds. We have taken seeds directly from the plants (not seed packets). We studied how they all look different, how some are protected in pods, some have ways to cling to people and animals as ways to be travel and be planted in other regions.  We then planted our own greenhouses that hopefully will bring us signs of life all Winter and , if all goes well, we can plant outside in the spring. 


We loved talking with all of the parents at conferences.


On to Thanksgiving prep....

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It is officially Fall in room 202 between the pumpkins and World Series celebration!  We hope that your kids enjoyed showing you their jack-o-lanterns. They were so cute!  Mrs Beverly led an awesome day of World Series fun with homemade baseball caps and baseball lacing fine motor practice. But that wasn’t all we did this week. We spent time carving a pumpkin and cleaning out the pulp with a drill and electric mixer blade. (This is great tip for Home. It made a messy job very easy and the kids loved it). We discussed different parts of the pumpkin including seeds, pulp, stem, etc. We will finish up the week with our STEM pumpkin study. We will weigh the pumpkins and discuss the terms heavier and lighter as well as measure for comparing smallest and largest. We will then hammer in nails and pegs and add rubber bands and yarn to decorate our pumpkins and continue to strengthen or fine motor skills. 

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We have been busy ‘down on the farm’ this week!  We have planted seeds in rows, painted and milked a cow, and made sheep masks, butter and popcorn!  We have discussed the animals that live on the farm (adults and baby names), what is grown on the farm, and what we eat that comes from the farm.


All of our activities have purpose as you will see on our weekly planner that comes home on Friday. Our sheep masks were created by pinching clothes pins to pick up cotton balls which strengthens fingers and hands for fine motor skills that are needed for writing. Shaking the cream to make butter is a great gross motor activity. Although easy for adults, the shaking takes coordination for young children. The planting of seeds is not only fun but great for little fingers to practice picking up small beans and also following our rows in parallel lines. I hope they have had as much fun as Mrs Beverly and I have this week. What an awesome class! 


Next week PUMPKINS!

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Our week has been wild and messy with all our 'monsters'. We have read lots of monster books including Monsters New Undies which the kids loved!!  They also had a ball using a rubber mallet to hit cotton rounds to create splat monsters. What a fun and great  fine motor hand and arm strengthener.  The symmetrical paint smear monsters look adorable and the names are even better. When inside the building come take a look. These will decorate our halls until closer to Halloween. As always, we have had a blast with your kids. 

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Dear Parents,


We"ve had another great week!


We've had a chance to start learning about each other by sharing our family pictures at circle time and we will continue this week with our "all about me" bags.


Thank you for taking the time to make the collages, and for helping your children fill their bags.  They are very special to them and a fun way for us and their friends to get to know them a little better! 


The students finished creating their self portraits using markers and crayons and this week and next we will be doing another version -adding buttons, yarn, glue and scissors to the mix!  Everyone has now been weighed and their height measured to use as comparison at the end of the year.


We will be talking about emotions this week and next including how we might best handle different feelings and situations. 


It really is a joy to watch them explore and discover new things at school - in the classroom and on the playground!


We are looking forward to a wonderful week three !!


Best,


Kim and Kay😊