We are LOVING LEARNING in Pre-Kindergarten!
This week we celebrated our love for science with some hands on science inquiry. We talked about which Valentine’s candies might sink and which float and discussed the different properties that each candy had that made them sink or float.T he kids formed their own hypothesis, collected data and wrote the results of what they found from their experiments.
On Friday, we celebrated the 100th Day of School with our Kindergarten friends and our 2nd grade buddies. Our day together was spent learning about ways to make 100 and groups of 10 by graphing, sorting, adding, measuring and even using some geometry. The highlight of our celebration was the 100 exercises we did with our Kinder friends! We have all worked so hard in these first 100 days of school! It’s been so fun to see what a LOVE for learning our sweet little ones have!
Art with Mrs. Santucci
It’s all about castles and fairy tales in art right now. We learned how to draw castles adding extra elements to make them look like they have dimension. The kids enjoyed adding their own personality to the pieces by choosing to add things like windows, flags and a variety of other details. They finished them off with bright watercolor paints. Moving forward, these young artists will create a 3-dimensional castle using wood pieces and paint. It will be so much fun to see what they create with their vivid imaginations and a few materials! Look for these in the art show coming up in May.
In Pre-Kindergarten we have been studying all about the Arctic and Antarctic habitats and what the animals who live there need to survive. One of our favorite lessons was Ice Painting where the students had to imagine what it would be like to be an animal from the south pole living on a sheet of ice and snow. Our little scientists asked questions, made predictions and gathered information to help them determine what life would be like to live as various arctic animals. The kids were so excited to share what they had learned with one another so we took some extra special sharing time from our science notebooks!
Fall has been a fun and active time in PE for Pre-Kindergarten. We have been experimenting and practicing skills with many different types of equipment. Our classes have been focused on moving safely in open space and working on hand eye coordination.
In Pre-Kindergarten we all have a dream, much like that of Martin Luther King Jr. Last week we spent some time celebrating what makes each of us unique and the dreams we have for one another, ourselves and our world. We read the story “The Crayon Box that Talked” by Shane Derolf and Michael Letzig and learned that just as all of the colors of the rainbow are needed to make a beautiful picture, each of US are needed to make our community complete. The kids then decorated their own crayons and wrote what they felt makes them special and unique. To culminate, we invited our 2nd grade Core Virtue buddies over to share our stories.
Being mindful of ourselves and others is a very important part of our days in Pre-Kindergarten. The week before winter break, we began our time together listening to Miss Banni who read us a story called “A Perfect Gift”. We talked about how each of us is a unique and perfect gift and that sometimes the most important gift isn’t something that can be wrapped but rather something inside of our heart to be given to someone else. The answers the kids came up with included kindness, love, heartfulness, joy, peace, hugs, and many others. As a visual representation, we created an ornament that included our special gift inside to hang on our Christmas trees. As we begin a new year together, may we all take a moment to enjoy one another’s gifts each and every day.
We have become world travelers in Pre-Kindergarten! In order to learn more about the ways other countries celebrate the holiday season, we have prepared suitcases and gotten our passports ready to travel around the world! On each travel day, the kids grab their boarding passes, passports and suitcases and board our simulated airplane to fly to our destination and learn all about how people around the world celebrate different holidays or celebrate the same holidays differently. We have had so much fun learning about the importance of gingerbread in Germany and why pinatas are popular at Las Posadas parties in Mexico. There is still more fun to be had as we travel to Israel, Holland and end our worldwide excursion by visiting China. It is so fun to see the kids eyes light up with excitement each day when they find out where our next adventure will leads us!
Music with Mrs. Miller
Our Holiday Sing-A-Long is right around the corner! We are so excited to show our parents all the hard work we’ve done in preparing for this fun evening. Please have your student to their classroom at 5:30pm on Thursday, December 21st in festive Christmas attire (dressy is not required). Our show will begin promptly at 6:00pm and following the conclusion, we invite you to join us to walking or driving to our neighbors at TouchMark and blessing them with a few Christmas carols. We will sing 3 songs as a school community at the end of our show – and you’ll have the lyrics on your programs to take with you to TouchMark. The residents are very much looking forward to seeing us and we are excited to have this Community Partnership in giving to others. Thanks for all your support!
Our Pre-Kindergarten students have spent the past couple of weeks discovering the world of meteorology by making observations, predicting, collecting data and graphing our weather here in beautiful Central Oregon. Part of their unit included watching our favorite KTVZ Chief Meteorologist, Bob Shaw, each day to see what the daily weather will be like. Last week the kids got the special chance to go visit Bob and the rest of the KTVZ crew to learn about a day in the life of a Chief Meteorologist.The highlights of our trip were learning that Bob has to put on makeup before his newscast and watching ourselves on camera! We have truly turned into a great little bunch of meteorologists in Pre-K!
Our budding little scientists have just started learning about force and motion. The kids experimented with “push and pull” using matchbox cars and we talked about what makes an object move in different directions. We got so excited about this topic that we decided to take our little scientific engineers to the Design Lab where each student paired up with a friend and then interviewed their partner to see what their favorite color and animal/character was.
Next, they drew out a prototype of a marble maze they could make for their partner. On Friday, we went back down to the Design Lab to create a marble maze perfect for our partner. Not only did the mazes turn out amazing but more importantly the students felt so good giving (and receiving) something personal and special from their friend. It was the very heart of gratitude!
We have been having so much fun learning all about pumpkins in Pre-Kindergarten! Last week we took at special field trip to Smith Rock Ranch to learn how pumpkins grow. Once we brought our pumpkins back to school, we conducted some pumpkin investigations which included measuring and weighing, exploring if they sink or float, and getting a little messy by carving our classroom pumpkin and counting out the seeds! We added many great observations to our science notebooks. We culminated our learning with roasting our seeds from our class pumpkin and eating them for snack! So yummy!
Art with Mrs. Santucci
The leaves are falling and in art class, PK is learning all about the elements of art through creating a variety of fall-themed art pieces. In learning about color, your budding artist was introduced to Henri Matisse and created Apples on a Yellow Plate. To learn about line, they created bird line drawings. Wait until you see how adorable they are! To learn about texture, they created painted paper and collaged a colorful fall tree. Using shapes, we read the story of Pezzetino by Leo Lionni, and they created their own creatures and thought about how we are all unique and made up of many pieces that create the whole of who we are. There is no end to fun as we learn how to use paints, texture tools, pastels and sharpies, among other things, explore art mediums and creating something new each day.