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.
One of our highlights this week was learning all about plants and nature. On Tuesday, our science teacher, Ms. Brannon visited our classroom and to help us make some predictions about how plants grow in a greenhouse. We then “planted” bean sprouts in our own “greenhouses” and taped them to our classroom window to observe what will happen in the coming days.
Another highlight of our week was taking a nature walk and discovering different types of leaves. We discussed what makes leaves change color and what happens to leaves as they go through their life cycle. It was a truly a great week of fall in Pre-Kindergarten!
With Halloween just around the corner, students are enjoying some fun Halloween songs from Quaver in class! To take a peek at one we learned, visit this link for a little pumpkin fun! http://bit.ly/2wRRLv8.
We LOVE our 2nd Grade Core Virtue Buddies! To get to know one another better, the Pre-K and 2nd graders got together and created a collaborative painting. On one half of the face you will see each student created a self portrait, demonstrating how they see themselves. Then on the other half of the face the child’s buddy painted them, showing how they “see their buddy”. At the end we shared something that was special about one another. It was truly a great way to learn about one another while expressing ourselves artistically at the same time!
Design with Mr. Lenz & Mr. Seehausen
The first few weeks of school brought a lot of activity to the new design lab. As new teachers to Seven Peaks, we have been working hard to understand the school, its students, and collaborate with teachers in order to integrate design thinking with their current lesson plans. So far everything has gone extremely well, and the kids’ excitement and curiosity for the design lab has made the space even more rewarding. We are finally approaching 100% as we put the final touches on the design lab space. We worked long days all summer and built the lab from scratch with the help of other staff members, students, and volunteers. Recently we shut down the lab for two days to complete the installation of a dust collection system, but now that we have it in place, we can begin woodworking projects that require air filtration to keep our lab clean and safe.
One of the best aspects of the design lab is its accessibility to all grade levels. Our PK and K students came in to design sun shades to keep some of their stuffed animals cool. They were teeming with curiosity and used some of our kid friendly tools to construct their unique sun shade designs out of materials we have in the lab.
We are off to a great start of the school year in Pre-Kindergarten! Though there were many highlights of our learning last week, one of the biggest hits was a visit to our school garden! Upon arrival, we noticed that the garden was overflowing with ripe, ready to be picked carrots of all shapes, sizes and colors! After picking, we took the carrots back to our classroom, washed them and learned more about how carrots grow and how they help our bodies. We then enjoyed our carrot snack together and topped it all off by taking our leftovers down to 4th grade to feed to their pet rabbit. It was a great day of learning and curiosity! We are all very excited for our next trip to the garden when we will be able to pick tomatoes!