Our Crayons Talk

This week we have been working with colors, crayons, markers and paints! We’ve been mixing and swirling colors together to see different results! We’ve measured, sorted and graphed our crayons! This week has been so much fun! Check out our pics!

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We’re Batty About Pre-K

We spent a week discovering bats and spiders. We also compared and contrasted these two creatures. We learned that bats are mammals just like humans and whales except they can fly. They can find their way around through echolocation. We discovered that spiders are arachnids and have eight legs and some can have up to eight eyes.

We enjoyed spider and bat crafts, graphing spiders and bats, we created a venn diagram comparing and contrasting, we sorted, patterned, practiced the letter ‘s’ and ‘b’, and the number ‘8’. Of course, we did much more so check out our pictures!

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Pre-K is Falling for Fall

Leaves are falling, leaves are falling…on the ground…on the ground! Look at all the colors…look at all the colors, falling down…falling down! Red, orange, yellow and brown…and brown!

A lot of math and science was used this week with leaves. We also learned some new vocabulary words–chlorophyl and pigment. Check out our pictures to see what we’ve been up to in the Pre-K room!

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Apples

Apples BIG and Apples small! Guess what? In Pre-K, we like them all!!!

We have spent a week of exploring apples! We’ve painted and stamped with them, sorted them, patterned them, counted them, tasted them and even cooked them!
We used our math skills to compare their sizes and colors. We made applesauce by cutting, measuring, mixing and following a recipe. We were scientists investigating the inside and outside of an apple, learning the process of how apples grow and what season the apples are ready to be picked from the trees.
We’ve learned some new songs about apples, practiced our names and letters and of course our numbers too! We are really getting good at this Pre-K business!!! 🙂

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Fabulous Fun in Pre-K

We’ve started out this year in Pre-K having an amazing time. We’ve been exploring our names through puzzles, painting, writing and practice. Our Pre-K students have been working hard at enhancing their math skills by patterning, sorting, matching and counting! We’ve also been enjoying art, music, getting to know one another and making new friends! Our year is off to an awesome start!

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Do Pre-K students hibernate?

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As the weather gets cooler, we are reminded that the season of winter is on its way!  The last week of November, the Pre-K students had fun learning about bears.  We discovered that there are 3 bears found in North America:  the black bear, the brown (grizzly) bear, and the polar bear.  The students did an excellent job helping to make a t-chart (notice the lines look like a t) about things we knew about bears and things we learned after reading some non-fiction books.  We discussed that bears hibernate in the winter and got to read about a few more animals that hibernate in the winter as well! We did decide that Pre-K students do not hibernate! 🙂

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Pre-K students are continuing to discuss and learn the difference between fiction and non-fiction books.  A clue that helps us determine if a book is fiction/non-fiction is looking at the pictures on the cover and throughout the book.  The fiction books we read have illustrations in them and our non-fiction books have real pictures in them.  Non-fiction books also have facts in them and our fiction books are make believe!  When you are reading at home, make sure to ask your children if the books are fiction or non-fiction and why!  They love to help me figure this out in class!  🙂

We also spent some time reviewing our shapes!  We looked at pictures of objects and decided what shape it was and made our adorable square bears that were hanging in the hallway!  The kids are mastering identifying their shapes, but just a friendly reminder that we refer to a diamond as a rhombus!  This is a tricky word but they really practiced it at school!  We also got to sort our bears by size and we worked on making sets.

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We finished our week by reading a fiction story, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and began working on retelling a story.  We used a flannel board to retell the story, which was a lot of fun!  The kids are learning to retell a story on three fingers. We introduce the concept of retelling the beginning, the middle, and the end of the story!  You can practice this at home with stories you read too!

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Fall fun

 

 

 

 

 

Can you believe October is over and we are only 14 days away from Thanksgiving?? The season is flying by and we have been having a great time in Pre-K.  Over the past couple of weeks, we have continued our conversations about the Autumn season by learning about pumpkins.  We got to explore pumpkins with our senses, which was a lot of fun.  We then decided to journal about our favorite sense we used to explore the pumpkin. We also learned to order our pumpkins by size (small, medium, large).

Afterward, we learned about the life cycle of a pumpkin (seed, seedling, vine, pumpkin) and we used the seeds from our classroom Jack-o-Lantern to try to grow our own pumpkins.  We learned to grow pumpkins we need seeds, good soil, water, and sunlight.  We’re keeping track of the seeds by drawing our weekly observations.  Hopefully, we will see something sprouting soon!  We also decided to see what happens when we try to grow pumpkins, but don’t give the seeds any sunlight or water.  We made several predictions, but overall we predicted that no pumpkins would grow.

We had a great time at Totstober and talking about Halloween!  Everyone was very excited to share about their costumes.  All our Halloween candy came in handy, because we got to practice our sorting skills.  I loved the way the students were able to come up with several ways to sort our candy (size, chocolate/non-chocolate, colors, and same candies together)!  It was tempting not to eat it, but we made it! 🙂

 

We also celebrated the spooky holiday by making green slime.  Most of the students enjoyed the squishy slime, but a few were hesitant to touch!  It’s a fun, easy project that you can do at home.  Here is the recipe:  White School Glue, Liquid Starch, and Food Coloring.  Mix two parts glue to one part liquid starch and add a few drops of food coloring.  Mix with and spoon and then knead with your hands.  Voila, you have slime!