February 27 – March 3, 2023
What a great week we had! We enjoyed the outside and made some beautiful art! I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet with most of you and talk about how amazing your kids are!
We experienced art in nature. We went on a walk collecting things to create art with. We assembled our beautiful art museum. I hope everyone had a chance to check out our work.
Report cards went home Tuesday. Let me know if you didn’t get yours. They made it to folders, but you just never know what happens between here and you! LOL!
Pizza Friday is March 10th for our all day friends.
Photo Link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/RtyEebYLW6doqwJY9
February 13-24, 2023
Hey there! We have had a busy couple of weeks! Valentine’s Day party… field trip… assessments, oh my! We discovered movement in art by observing and creating in the style of VanGogh, Picasso and Matisse. We also explored creating layered art with mixed media, in the style of Jasper Johns.
We will have conferences on Thursday and Friday. I believe just about everyone is signed up. There will be no afternoon programming on those days. Every child needs picked up at 11:30.
This week, our art unit focus will be on art in nature. We’ll sketch the art we see on our walk, collect items from the forest floor to create art, and paint with mud.
Have a great week!
Photo Library: https://photos.app.goo.gl/2UCh2MMnNgrDFgrGA
+ March 2 & 3 – Conferences (No PM classes)
+ March 10 – Pizza Friday (all day students)
+ March 15 – Fire Drill
+ March 23 – Tornado Drill
February 6 – 10, 2023
This week has been fun! We focused on mixed media art and discovered the works of Jasper Johns. We recreated one of his most famous pieces, Numbers, with our own special twists!
Since we made it past 100 days of school, we are working on counting by 10s to 100. This isn’t necessarily a PreK required concept, but it helps us keep the decades in order as we count past 20.
I know that I haven’t been sending home books. We will start again next week I’m going to send home both the alphabet readers and the reading journals on Tuesdays. Please do them some time during the week and return no later than the following Monday. I know everyone is busy, so I feel this way, you will be able to work them in at your convenience. It will also help me to keep track of everything.
Please help your child to write their names using lower case letters. We have begun to write our last names as well.
We have lots of fun stuff coming up! Our Valentine’s Day Party is on Tuesday. If you signed up to bring something, please have it to school on Monday. Conferences are coming up on March 2 and 3. There will be no afternoon PreK on those days. I would love to have an opportunity to sit down with each of you and share how wonderful your student is. Be sure to sign up for a time! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040949AEAC23A1F85-spring
We will be wrapping up our art unit shortly and will be walking to the Mansfield Art Center the second week of March. I will send home a permission slip because our schedule will be changing and we will be leaving our school property. Parents do not need to attend this trip.
This week’s pictures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/9GuDunW79D9x6ZWV7
January 30 – February 3, 2023
We explored sculpture and the art of Alexander Calder. We focused on balance. Calder’s art highlights many elements of physical balance. We also reflected on balance in our lives as one of our IB PYP Learner Attributes.
We created our own mobiles using shapes and various classroom materials. We are continuing to work on those next week. We also created art using lines of construction paper.
On Friday, we celebrated or 100th Day of School! IT was a day filled with activity and fun! We did 100 exercises, created 100 dot crowns, ate 100 snacks, and predicted where 100 steps would make us in the building. Our 3rd grade buddies helped to to predict and then count 100 steps to check! We had so much fun!
Next week, we will be having our first Spanish class with Señor Diaz.
Conferences are coming up the first week of March. There will be no afternoon PreK. Follow this link to choose when you would like to come and talk about how amazing your child is! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040949AEAC23A1F85-spring
If you have not re-enrolled for next year, please do so ASAP! Prek and kinder are always the first to fill up. Enrollment is now open to the community. I don’t want any of my best friends to lose their spot.
Pictures from this week: https://photos.app.goo.gl/4kEX8qfVsZ7BwFh7A
January 23-27, 2023
This week was quite different with the snow days and delay, but we still really enjoyed playing with art. I have begun assessments in preparation for grade cards and conferences. Your children are brilliant!! Be sure to check your email for links and lists of upcoming events and information!
January 17-20, 2023
What a wonderful start to the new year! We are working so hard on our art unit! We are exploring and creating art, using many different materials and styles. The summative project for this unit will be a student selected gallery of their work that will be displayed in the main building gym during our spring conferences.
The winter weather is FINALLY here! Please be sure that your child has snow boots, a warm coat, snow pants, gloves and a hat, as well as a seasonally appropriate full change of clothes. We will be going outside for at least 30 minutes each day that the feels like temperature is over 20 degrees.
Valentine’s Day is coming up and we will be celebrating! Please check your email for the class list.
Please take a moment to check out the email I sent with all applicable links and additional information on current happenings in class.
Photos of our Buckeye Museum field trip and Christmas festivities, as well as class happenings are available to view here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/CiMGY2G4dqFdJjseA
December 5-9, 2022
We took a trip around the world this week. We learned about four winter celebrations. We investigated the traditions and how the homes were decorated for each holiday. We were able to notice similarities to our Christmas in every holiday.
Our first stop was Ramadan. Many people all over the world celebrate Ramadan. We sponge painted crescent moons and stars since these are symbols of the holiday.
Next, we were off to Israel to learn about Hanukkah. We counted and sorted gelt (coins). We learned to play dreidel and did a little adding and subtracting while we were at it!
On Wednesday, we headed to Italy to learn about the Feast of the Three Kings, Epiphany, and La Befana. We laced and decorated stockings for La Befana to put treats in.
Finally, we stopped by Mexico to celebrate La Posada. We used our fine-motor skills to make torn paper poinsttias. We learned the legend of the poinsettia and why it is a Christmas flower.
Remember, we are having our field trip to Little Buckeye Museum this coming Wednesday. Please be sure your permission slip and money is in by Monday. If you have any questions, please send me a Remind.
Pictures from this week: https://photos.app.goo.gl/wyRfsGrWF1ZtaLp27
November 28-December 2, 2022
What a wonderful week! I missed my friends so much, but they all talked about how much fun they had during Thanksgiving Break.
This week, we did learning engagements and activities based in several of Jan Brett’s books. She is an extremely talented artist and author. Her books usually involve animals and frequently have “clues” or insights into what is coming up in the story or what is happening behind the scenes. We only read 5 of her many books. They would be a great addition to your story time at home.
We made mittens from paper and punched holes so we could lace them together. Hole punching is a fun way to build fine motor strength. We also used hole punchers to when doing a letter matching activity. We made snow slime for our winter animals. We created igloos like the ones the 3 snow bears lived in. We discussed how arctic living is different from living in Ohio.
In addition to our daily morning meetings, we did several math activities. We used the mittens we made to create a number matching game. We put a number on one mitten and that amount of stickers on the other. We estimated the amount of snowballs in the jar… which inevitably ended in a snow ball fight! Animal stamps were used to create patterns.
Our poem this week was about animal homes. During our hike in the woods, we looked for animal homes and signs of animals. We found spider webs, an ant hill, and a bird nest. We also noticed that all of our pine cone bird feeders were gone. All that is left is the yarn! We found initial consonant sounds of several animal names.
We tested the warmth of a mitten using our thermometer. We discovered that the temperature in the mitten was the same as the classroom. We also discovered that our hands were warmer inside the mitten than outside of it.
For Spanish, we watch “The Mitten” in Spanish and learned the names of each of the animals in Spanish.
We made a special thing with our buddies that my friends can’t wait to share with you.
We closed our morning with an awesome pair of mystery readers!!
Check out photos for this week:
November 14-18, 2022
This week, we were so excited to see snow!! We caught so many flakes on our tongues! With this new wintry weather, please be sure that your child has snow boots, snow pants, gloves and hats in addition to a warm winter coat. We normally go out when the “feels like” temperature is above 20 degrees.
As part of our unit on Homes, we read books and engaged in many activities related to the many versions of “The Three Little Pigs.” We discussed the different houses and building materials. We also compared the stories themselves to work on comprehension and understanding.
Alphabet readers came home on Tuesday. I read the book with each of them and we talk about our literacy skills here at school. When they bring the book home, I just ask that you have them read it to you. This builds confidence and is an additional opportunity to use their emerging reading skills.
In math, we worked on creating and recognizing groups of 3 and measuring with our own choice of unit to measure. We measured various structures; both man-made and student-created.
Next week, we will only be in school for Monday and Tuesday. We will be doing various Thanksgiving/Thankfulness activities. Please continue to send in shoeboxes for our summative project.
For this week’s pictures, check out our online album!
November 7-11, 2022
This week, we dove into our unit on how our homes reflect identity and circumstance. We made houses from shapes and dictated a tour of it. We talked about and read a book on how houses are built. We even learned about all of the different people that are needed to build a house! We reflected on what it would be like to move into a new house. Friends who have experienced a move shared their thoughts. We planned what we would need to pack. Most of us chose to pack toys!
We practiced counting items to 20. For Spanish, we have been focusing on shapes and colors.
We ended our week working with our buddies and participating in a school-wide project for Veterans Day. We made beautiful cards to send to our deployed service men and women.
Photo link for the week: https://photos.app.goo.gl/bnLMuideuJRGEZEt6