Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Friday we came to school to discover that LEAFY WAS NOW A BUTTERFLY!!!

We had a grand send off for him out by the trees behind the new football stadium bleachers.

He didn't want to leave us, but he had to- so we got him on a tree branch- said good bye and left him to start his big migration!
It was actually quite exciting.  Now we are waiting (and hoping that it doesn't happen after Wednesday) for STRIPEY to bust out of his chrysalis so we can have yet another BON VOYAGE send off for him too!

After our super exciting before recess morning- we devoted our day to PIRATES!!  We talked about pirates and that they were real and they weren't very nice people.  We read a couple of funny books that had pirates in them and learned a little poem/song about 5 Little Pirates.  We made pirates on sticks to help us with the visual part of it but I think the kids were a little disappointed when we had the stick puppets because they couldn't really get into the YO HO HO part of the poem/song like they could when they had free hands.  I'm sure you can imagine what they look like with their little eyes squinty and swinging their arms- :)

We had fun WALKING THE PLANK different ways: Forward, backward and sideways with our hats on (we had to take our eye patches off after forward because it was just too tricky with just one eye)

Speaking of eye patches- hopefully your child could tell you what we found out about why pirates used an eye patch.  It wasn't because they had an injured eye- it was because they would flip the patch from eye to eye depending on if they were in the light or below deck in the dark.  (that's what I read anyway- in several different places)  We tried it with the patch over one of our eyes with the lights on as we worked on an activity and then we turned the lights off and switched the patch to see if we could see better with that eye... I'm not convinced that this was the real reason but it was fun to try it out!!  :)

In the afternoon we read a story about a bear who made popcorn... lots and lots of popcorn... so much that it filled his whole house up through the chimney!  We decided there would be big trouble if we ever did that.  Most kiddos were familiar with popping popcorn in the microwave but we decided it would be fun to pop popcorn like the bear in the story did with a popcorn popper!  With a lid that we could watch the popcorn pop!  SO WE DID!!!  You just can't beat the smell of freshly popped popcorn on a Friday afternoon.  We ate popcorn and watched a quick episode of JAKE AND THE NEVERLAND PIRATES.  We only had about 15 minutes to enjoy our popcorn party- things just never seem to go the way I THINK it is going to!  OH WELL!  It seemed to be a hit!

Mrs. Moen came on Monday so we were able to do our LITERACY CENTERS.
Mrs. Moen helped the kids read a predictable text book about Pete the Cat and a BUS!
This activity is made especially fun because the kids use READER FINGERS (the creepy witchy fingers) to help them point to the words as we read!
Mrs. Gerber was in charge of helping us figure out 6 /b/ pictures to put into a basket.
We worked on writing the capital letter B using our wood pieces and then writing them on individual white boards with dry erase markers.  We love using those because you can just wipe it away!!
And of course, a center of iPads

We have been singing the song 10 In The Bed since we started TK during our morning meeting.  It is a great catchy little song that has a cute little video with it and is great practice in counting backwards.  Since this week is devoted to "B"- we expanded on it a bit and cut out 10 numbered bears, put them into a bed and then sang the song pulling out one bear each time just like the song says.

Wednesday we read a great story called ROOM ON THE BROOM.  It has lots of rhyming in it and great illustrations and is just fun to read and listen to!  BROOM was our /b/ word to focus on.  After the story we did a cut and glue sheet that had problems and solutions or "WHO SAVED THE DAY" answers!!  The kids really did a great job with it!  We also started a multi step craft/activity before we went to lunch.

After our noon recess we rested for a bit under our new bedazzling twirling light machine (the kids love it) we rolled one of our giant cubes with pictures of the characters from our ROOM ON THE BROOM story.  Everybody got to roll the cube and as each picture came on top we graphed it!

 The kids were observing so many things... "the dog hasn't had any times yet" "the cat has the most"  We reviewed how graphs can tell us lots of information really quickly.

We practiced our cutting skills by cutting little slits on a strip of fruit roll up.

We had to be careful not to cut to the top or the fruit roll up would cut apart into pieces.  When they were done with that, they rolled it onto a pretzel to make a little broom.

I told them that they could eat it or take it home... they all wanted to eat it, SOOOOOOO we made another one for them to bring home.  I can't guarantee that they will share it with anyone, but there is an extra BROOM for someone!! :)

Brystol is our STUDENT OF THE WEEK this week!  Brystol likes her dog, Riley, does NOT like to go to bed (to which there were several head nods :) ) and wants to be a mermaid when she grows up!  She has 3 big sisters and lives with all of them along with her mom and dad.
Thank you for sharing your pictures with us and telling us a little about you, Brystol!!

Stripey is still a chrysalis.  I will take him home with me this weekend and keep a close eye on him.  If he busts out of his chrysalis before Monday, I am going to try to be a good butterfly mom and keep him alive until Monday.  I'm hoping he won't, but it's sorta the way my luck runs......

I hate to be the grim reaper- but please be mindful that BOOT SEASON IS FAST APPROACHING!
This means that TYING SHOES will become a fairly large issue for kiddos with TIE SHOES!  This is not a skill that we will be taking time out of our day to learn.  If your child has tie shoes, please start practicing now because we all know that yucky weather is just weeks (hopefully) away. Again, if you are looking for a few easier ways to teach your child how to do this simply "google" TIE SHOES and a couple of interesting DIFFERENT ways will pop up.


MONDAY: Library  Snack: Jameson  MUSIC
WEDNESDAY: Snack: Jessa  PE
FRIDAY: Snack: Kai  ART

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