Thursday, January 12, 2017

Way Out in the Desert

Way out in the desert 


This week we learned about the desert.  We read a great book, "Way Out in the Desert".  Each page has a number that you try to find.  The kids did an awesome job finding all the numbers. 
Can you find the number 5?  If not, ask your child. I know they can find it.  :)
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This toe-tapping text will have you singing along with the lovable creatures of the desert in no time! Filled with vibrant illustrations of many of the charming plants and animals that call the Sonoran Desert home, Way Out in the Desert is a wonderful teaching tool that takes you on a trip down memory lane. If you remember singing Over in the Meadow as a child, now you can give your children their own memories of this timeless tune.

We also sang about the desert.  

Going to the Desert
("She'll be comin' around the mountain")
We are going on a journey to the desert
We are going on a journey to the desert
We are going on a journey, we are going on a journey
We are going on a journey to the desert

Oh we'll see a roadrunner, watch it go, whoosh, whoosh!
Oh we'll see a roadrunner, watch it go, whoosh, whoosh!
Oh we'll see a roadrunner, oh we'll see a roadrunner
Oh we'll see a roadrunner, watch it go, whoosh, whoosh!

Oh we won't see snow or ice while we're there, Brrr, Brrr
Oh we won't see snow or ice while we're there, Brrr, Brrrr
Oh we won't see snow or ice, oh we won't see snow or ice
Oh we won't see snow or ice while we're there, Brrr, Brrrr

Oh the sun will be shining, yes it will, whew, whew
Oh the sun will be shining, yes it will, whew, whew
Oh the sun will be shining, yes the sun will be shining
Oh the sun will be shining, yes it will, whew, whew

Oh we'll see a saguaro cactus, while we're there, ouch, ouch!
Oh we'll see a saguaro cactus, while we're there, ouch, ouch!
Oh we'll see a saguaro cactus, oh we'll see a saguaro cactus
Oh we'll see a saguaro cactus, while we're there, ouch, ouch!

The Animals In the Desert
("The Wheels on the Bus")
The jackrabbit in the desert hops like this, hops like this, hops like this
The jackrabbit in the desert hops like this, all night long

The coyote in the desert howls Awwww, Awwww, Awwww
The coyote in the desert howls Awww, all night long

The rattlesnake in the desert goes hiss, hiss, hiss, hiss, hiss, hiss
The rattlesnake in the desert goes hiss, hiss, hiss, all night long

The roadrunner in the desert  runs fast like this, fast like this, fast like this
The roadrunner in the desert runs fast like this, all night long!

I wish I would have gotten more pictures this week but sometimes we are so busy and I don't get a chance to grab my camera.  

We made snakes out of beads.  We encouraged making patterns with the beads.  Some kids got the concept of patterns and some just needed to work on their find motor skills.


We are working hard on projects for our Open House.  If you don't see much work coming home in the next couple weeks, it is because we are saving it for Open House.  The kids have been working on their cutting skills.  This is a difficult task for many and for many this is the first or very beginning of learning to use scissors.  

We are making our desert scene where we are going to put our cactuses and colored desert animals. 



Here is one of the way that we encourage using fine motor skills.

Painting a cactus
Way out in the Desert, we are digging in the sand.

The kids could retell the story, "Cactus Hotel". 


We also did some desert yoga!  We didn't get any pictures of them this week.  See if your child remembers how to do the camel, cactus flower, gecko, sunshine and jack rabbit.

We spent a lot of time working on the letters of our names this week.  Ask your child what letter their child's name starts with.  When the children come into the classroom they find their names and move them from home to school.  First and last names are up there now.  Be sure to ask your child what their full names are.  Some know them and some need a little more practice.  
Here we are tracing our first initial at the easel.



Friday, January 6, 2017

Way up in the A/rctic

We felt like we were in the arctic this week!  :) 

The kids were very excited to learn about the arctic. We read a really fun story, "Way up in the Arctic" by Jennifer Ward.  The kids loved finding each number on the pages.  The book is about animal moms and babies that call the Arctic home.  Each page is sung to the tune of "Over in the Meadow".  
After we read the story, we laid out different arctic/antarctica and non-arctic/antarctica animals and the kids picked the ones that lived in the 

We are working really hard on cutting with scissors.  Here we are working on our penguins. 





We also made igloos.  We talked about building the igloos from the bottom up just like blocks.  




Working on our yoga!!  T/TH class doing the "Moose" pose aka warrior 1.  
The "walrus" aka cobra pose
 "Walrus"
 "Whale" aka locust pose

Ask your child what's in the reading corner!  :)

Work time

 
 



Snowy Pokey

You put your right mitten in, you take your right mitten out, you put your right mitten in and you shake it all about.
You do the snowy pokey and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!
Left mitten
Scarf
Right boot
Left boot
Hat
Snowself


Monday, December 5, 2016

Around the World

We cannot believe how fast December is going already!  We were extremely busy last week preparing for Christmas!  One of the important things we learned about was the nativity story.  We read a story about Jesus' birth and went on a scavenger hunt. Ask your child who they found with their clue.  After we found them all, we put the nativity out for the children to retell the story.

We also put a nativity scene in the apple tree room where they could retell the story to their friends.
We learned that there are 7 continents in the world.  Here's the song and craft we did.
North America
South America
Europe
Asia
Africa
Where is Australia? Here is Australia.
Don't forget Antarctica.
Don't forget Antarctica.

We have new playdough for the month of December.  Ask your child what scent it is.


We are busy decorating our Christmas tree in the classroom.  The kids are making inset ornaments to hang on it. 

Painting at the easel
 Practicing writing our names

Yum!  Applesauce!

Reading about the world

During attendance we looked for the letters of the alphabet.  When it was their turn,we would show and tell them a letter, they would find it and match it up.