This week we talked about and read a lot of Laura Numeroff's books! Our first book that we read was If you Give a Cat a Cupcake. To accompany this book we colored and created our own cupcakes. Then we traced a couple sentence's that would match our cupcake. We learned through this book and this week that the writing needs to match the picture. As well we are working on learning addition so we put an equation into our paragraph and solved it.
The next book we read was If you Give a Dog a Donut. Before reading this book I had the students start thinking about what they would see in the book. Then while we were reading the book the students' had to be thinking about what their favorite parts of the book was. Before they created their own recreations of their favorite parts, I showed them an example - using lots of detail.
We have been working really hard this week on the letter Tt, addition and continuing to work on the formation of our letters and numbers. This week it's going to be a short blog post, but we need to put a shout out to Kathy in the parish office, who we made valentine's decorations for! We really hope you enjoy them! :)
Hello 4K families!
I just wanted to let you know that we are having trouble with all grades eating or throwing snow this winter. :( Mrs. Seidl and Mrs. Johnson, as well as our other amazing recess women have reminded our St. Mary's friends not to throw snow (dangerous) and not to eat the snow because we can get sick from it. As well the teachers and Mr. B have talked with our St. Mary's friends. If you could remind your student(s) about these things as well it would be great. I really appreciate all of your help and support.
4K did an experiment in January when we first got snow to see the difference of when the snow looks nice and clean to our eyes, but in reality when it melts its really "yucky"!! As you can see by the bag of snow, not what we want to be eating. We have talked about not eating the snow outside, obvious reasons outside is the animal kingdom's bathroom, etc. Still I was getting questioned, "Why can't we eat the snow? It looks clean!" Well then out comes the ziplock bag and out into the playground we go to get some snow! Now the kids know why we do not eat the snow. What may look really pretty and sparkly, isn't good to eat seeing as it has, dirt, road salt, and being an animals bathroom as well. So we melted down the snow in our classroom which did not take long at all and above is the picture of before and after. As you can see it is not so white anymore but water with dirt, etc. in it. But we did also come to the conclusion that it is ok to eat the snow when it is falling from the sky on your tongue, but nothing else!
The friends in 4K got a couple late Christmas presents from my parents. They would have had them before now but they don't live around the area. They were so intrigued, what are the presents for, etc. They finally made a team effort and opened the presents! Revealing two memory games: one frozen and one spiderman! Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Luce we really appreciate the thoughtful gift to our classroom!
This week we have been talking about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We have heard his story, we have talked about peace and diversity (we are all the same on the inside), as well as that God made all of us different for a reason! We did some coloring sheets after watching videos about Martin Luther King Jr. and we looked at some eggs. One brown and one white - do they look the same? Do all people look the same? No! But this is okay! We are all the same on the inside and God created us all equal! We have been working really hard in centers: working on writing sentences, addition, addresses, phone numbers, etc. We are all growing like crazy everyday, not only in height but in our minds and our hearts.
We created, I have a dream projects, after we talked again about MLK. We are all about accepting others and creating an environment for equality and acceptance. In 4K we try to accept everyone for who they are and we grow in ourselves as well as a community to learn about one another. We cut out two hands (one tan and one brown) and interlocked their fingers with a heart that says, "I have a dream." Then I had the students trace the words, "I have a dream to be a..." Once they did this they told me what they dreamed to be when they got older. I wrote it on a post-it and they were to copy it (using their finger spacing if more than one word) onto their paper to complete the sentence. They are really growing from the first day of school. Some wanted to be princesses the first day or a transformer and now they want to be teachers, constructions workers, etc. Working on our "I have a dream to be a..." projects, and one of my boys and one of my girls comes up to me and they say, "Ms. Luce, I want to be a mom and he wants to be a dad. Maybe when we are older we will live together!" The things kids say are so funny, I can't wait to see where each of these 16 amazing 4K friends goes in their lives. They will all do amazing things and impact so many more people, I can say this because they have definitely made an imprint on my heart forever!
On Wednesday, we created I have a dream headbands! These will be able to show all that come in contact with our students that they are accepting of all and they have dreams! :) They really loved doing the headbands! HAPPY PAJAMA DAY! It was a great day and the kids were determined to get their headbands done! They really are doing well with their coloring.
Thursday, we talked about how we are all different in many different ways and that makes the community better; if we were all the same that would make life boring. So what we did is we read the Day the Crayons Quit, to switch things up a bit. Then we tied that back to Martin Luther King Jr. and diversity, meaning not everyone is the same, etc. They know that having different people in life creates a better sense of community and makes life more exciting. We each wrote our name in pencil on our crayon, then traced it with marker. They were allowed to create any type of crayon that they would like! (In previous post from Thursday)
The 4K Crayon Box
Like crayons, we are all different looking and we all have different lives. We all have different opportunities, different families, and more. But like a box of crayons even though we are different we all fit together. All crayons are important to a picture even though they are different colors or sizes, when they come together they end up making something beautiful. Just like crayons 4K has many different people, shapes, sizes, colors. Like we learned today, even though we are different we are all important to create a beautiful community. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we are celebrating our differences and our similarities (diversity) through the joy of crayons.
Hello 4K families,
Just a quick and friendly reminder to send some extra clothes with your student to school in case of accidents or spills here at school. With it being so cold outside and wearing so much gear for the snow, it is sometimes hard to get all of their things off in time to go to the bathroom. (They do go to the bathroom before going outside, but accidents happen) I appreciate all of your help in this matter. Any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call or email me. Thank you! :)
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, we have been talking about him so far this week and about making our dreams a reality as well. Here are some of 4K's dreams! They were asked what they dream about being when they grow up and here is what they came up with. I have teachers, moms', dad's, monster truck drivers, construction workers, vets, cheerleaders, library teacher, army guys, etc. We have so many dreams that change and grow everyday! Like Dr. King had said before the way to get there is through hard work and education!