Sunday, September 9, 2018

A Peek at our last three weeks!

Hello and Happy Sunday!  We have been busy, busy, busy learning how to play and work with so many new classmates!  Our class now has 27 students - some of us have been to preschool, some have been to K4, some have been at daycare, and some are entering school for the first time!  There are so many new things to learn about sitting on the carpet, raising our hand, taking turns, working together, using materials appropriately, and walking down the hall.  We have enjoyed whole group reading, writing, and math lessons, working with table centers, and working in math stations!  We've practiced using scissors, started our math journals, and did a fun science experiment called Walking Water!  Students have LOVED exploring our playground for outside recess and our gross motor play area in the theater for indoor recess!  We hope to open our inquiry & exploration centers in our classroom this week once we are better able to stop work and clean up our materials in a timely manner (it's tough to stop working when you are having fun!).

This is a great activity you can do at home!  We read the book Mouse Paint where mice played in different colors of paint, which then blended to form a new color!  We tried blending the colors in class to see if this could really happen.  Fill 6 clear cups with water, adding 3-4 drops of red, blue, and yellow food coloring to 2 cups each.  Pull pairs together (red & blue, red & yellow, and yellow & blue) with an empty cup.  Place half of a paper towel (folded up long and skinny) into each cup of colored water, with the opposite end going into the empty cup.  Soon, you will see the water "walking" up the paper towel and moving into the empty cup.  As the two colors blend, you will see what color they create! 

We hope you can join us for Open House tomorrow and check out our classroom!  A parent meeting for IB will begin at 6:00, followed by a brief PTA meeting, then ending with 2 sessions to visit teachers and student classrooms.  The evening will conclude at 7:30. 

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