Overview and Goals
As we near the end this session we will continue our overarching focus on life cycles. We will continue to explore our five senses as well as how animals use their senses. The children will continue to explore the theme of transformations in different areas of the classroom. We will continue to draw the children's attention to the natural transformations that are occurring outside.
~We will continue to use watercolors and thin brushes for painting on top of the light table.
~We will continue to create symmetrical art pieces using paint and cut out pieces of construction paper.
~ We will continue to have beads and wire available to encourage the children to explore new ways to express themselves through a different art material. The addition of a light table will create a new perspective for children as they work with the materials. The beads and wire will help foster fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
~Collage materials are still available for children to make creations. We will encourage children to make habitats for animals.
~Markers, crayons, and colored pencils are available throughout the day and in different areas of the classroom to add personal touches to all creations.
~Some children will finish sculpting their clay creations and be able to paint them.
~Children will be encouraged to work with clay using different materials including, their hands, elbows, and rolling pins. We will have pictures to help inspire the children's work.
~ The addition of a chalkboard and desk will provide a kindergarten like atmosphere in the dramatic play area. Pictures of the alphabet, numbers, and pictures of children in a school-type setting will also be added to the area. We will support children as they explore this new environment and begin to engage in school/learning themed play.
~Dramatic play in the "wake-up into spring" cave has been focused on creating habitats for the animals and insects. We will continue to support the children's interest in this topic by asking questions that challenge their thinking and focusing on the reasons behind the variety of habitats animals choose for living. We will draw children's attention to the addition of more detailed pictures of the insect and animal food chains and will encourage them to think about how this affects the animals in their habitat.
~The bird watching area continues to be located on the top part of the loft. The children will have the opportunity to draw the different birds they see and keep track of which birds stop at our bird feeder. We have added an additional bird feeder to allow the children to see the birds close by.
~We have moved our five senses area to the cave. The addition of pictures to this area will enhance the children's use of the sound jars by allowing them to match the sound in the jar to the picture they feel is the best match. The light table hosts natural materials to give the children the opportunity to experience different textures. This area also offers a variety of scents to allow children to use their sense of smell. I-spy games and books are also available to support children's understanding of the sense of sight.
~A mini-compost bin with red wriggler worms continues to be located in the science center. A log has been created for the children to document what they put inside the bin each day. The children continue to help feed the red wriggler worms with paper scraps.
~We will continue to draw children's attention to the growing sweet potato and carrot plants encouraging them to look for differences as the plants grow.
~Our ladybugs are beginning to move on to the next stage in their life cycle. We will draw the children's attention to the ladybug life cycle and encourage them to look for the changes in the ladybug habitat.
Language and Literacy
~The writing center has been very popular as children utilize it to create cards and letters for one another and family members. The children continue to utilize the mailboxes to deliver items to one another. If you would like to deliver a letter or note to your child, please let us know.
~Letter and picture stamps will continue to be available in the writing area to encourage notebook making and writing.
~We will draw children's attention to the addition of the alphabet wall to the area and encourage them to place pictures and stickers of animals and objects under the letter they begin with. This will provide children with the opportunity to develop the skills of letter recognition and awareness of letter sounds.
~Our library has a variety of new books relating to the themes of spring, insects, and plants. There are several books integrated into the different areas to help support children's understanding of how to use books as sources of information.
Math, Manipulative and Games
~The topic of symmetry continues to be of interest to the children. We continue to have painting with folded paper to support children's understanding of this concept. We also continue have folded construction paper and scissors available for the children to cut and discover symmetry in an additional way.
~We continue to feature puzzles and a bug matching game and will support children's continued interest in this topic. These materials will provide opportunities for children to build on discriminatory skills and eye-hand coordination.
~Creative building materials including K-Nex and mobilos will continue to be in the back of the classroom to allow for more room for race tracks. We will continue to support children as they use the hollow blocks and unit blocks to create ramps and racetracks to race their creations on.
~Hollow blocks are still available in the back of the room. The children continue to use the hollow blocks to make ramps of different sizes for their cars to race down.
~Unit blocks continue to be available in two areas of the room. We will continue to encourage the children to utilize the blocks in dramatic and symbolic play. The children continue to use the blocks to create animal habitats in the spring cave. We will help support this play by providing the children with books on animal habitats.
As we spend more time outdoors, we would like to ask you to make sure the children come to school with shoes that are conducive of active play. Tight fitting shoes with rubber soles are the best. This way, the children can enjoy running, jumping, climbing, skipping, and more without slipping and tripping! Thank you.
~The large group games outside have been a big hit with children we will to support children's large motor development, cooperation, turn taking and playing games with rules. We will introduce the concept of a different type of group game with rules this week as we experiment with playing non-competitive games of soccer with small teams on the playground. The children will be encouraged to work together and keep the ball moving as long as they can during their timed game.
Music, Movements, and Large Group
~We will continue to incorporate the topics of insects, plants, and the five senses into all three areas.
~We will incorporate music and movement into large group by encouraging children to move like different animals.
~On Wednesday our classroom will have a visit from a beekeeper.
~The all school pizza party is May 25th from 6:00 to 7:30
Thank you all,
Dalia, Anna, Christina, and Tara