This week we focused on our unit of inquiry, homes. We read the story The Three Little Pigs and discussed the three types of homes that were in the story. We also focused on story features, including the identifying the characters. The children also had the opportunity to retell and sequence the story using a story board. In addition to reading and retelling the story, the children made three houses, a straw house, a stick house, and a brick house. The children then identified their favorite part of the story. It was a fun week reading and retelling a classic story.
We also started discussing our own homes. On Thursday, we talked about the who lives in our homes. The children then created individual graphs that showed who lives in their home. Check out our hallway bulletin board outside our classroom to see our work.
This week we also started a new activity, Outdoor Centers. Outdoor Centers focus on developing skills outside the classroom. These skills include gross and fine motor skills, cooperation, and problem solving. This week our Outdoor Centers were an obstacle course, sand construction, bowling, and painting with water. See the pictures below and on Flickr to see our work during Outdoor Centers.
We also celebrated Celine’s 4th birthday on Wednesday and my birthday on Thursday. A big thank you to all the parents that contributed to the surprise celebration for me on Thursday. I truly enjoy my work with your children and the surprise made me feel very appreciated. THANK YOU!
On January 21st, we will be starting an activity with PreK and KG1 called Open Inquiry. During Open Inquiry, we will open up the PreK and KG1 classrooms and the children will move and explore between classrooms in a free flow manner. Open Inquiry gives the children the opportunity to interact with new peers, explore different materials, and get to know all the PreK and KG1 teachers. It also helps prepare the PreK students for the transition to KG1 as they will become familiar with the teachers and classrooms in KG1. Since we will be working with all of PreK and KG1, it is very important for your child to wear their PreK UAS red shirt every Sunday, starting January 21st.
Our animal friends from Posh Paws Animals will be coming to UAS. The date is to be determined and more information will be posted next week.
Blue Day will be January 31st. Please send your child to school wearing blue or have them bring something blue for show & tell.
***Important*** Student dress code at UAS was mentioned in the elementary blog earlier this week. Please make sure your child is wearing the UAS school uniform to school (T-shirt, Jacket, shorts, trousers etc). We are noticing many children wearing non UAS uniform clothing. In the Early Years we are happy for children to be wearing plain navy bottoms if need be due to uniform sizing.
Have a great weekend!
Pictures from this week:
Please check out our Flickr page for more pictures.