Ms. Murray's Classes
Hello Families! I apologize for the late blog post.
Thank you to all of those who donated dry erase markers! The kids love using them to practice name writing and free draw.
We had a fun last week before vacation. On Monday and Tuesday, students practiced letter formation on a giant poster on the ground. They used dot paint to "dot" the letters, while identifying them. I assisted with that and also let them know a word that starts with that letter (example: B for Boat).
On Wednesday and Thursday, we enjoyed dancing to different types of music with scarves. They threw the scarves up in the air, caught them, and twirled them.
This week was our last week at the space station in our dramatic play. What fun they had! Over the course of this unit, they traveled to Mars, "called" and "emailed" their families to let them know they won't be home for dinner due to space travel, used the mission control, checked fuel tanks, and SO much more! Every student was immersed in this experience.
Ask Your Child: Did you use dot paint on a big poster? Were there letters or numbers on the paper?
Have a great school vacation, see you on March 6th!
Hello Pre-K Families!
We had a lovely time of celebrating friendship this week. Students were interested in writing Valentine's Day words, exchanging valentines and playing heart-themed games. Math and literacy were woven into the Valentine's Day activities, and they were excited to flex their skills.
Outside was a blast this week! We found very tall mountains to climb on and deep snow to trudge through. We are very lucky to go to school with such a variety of places to play!
Science fun: we made oobleck this week! Oobleck is a mix of corn starch and water (so easy!). We used food coloring to make the oobleck different colors. The students enjoyed this fun sensory experience and couldn't wait to go home and tell you all about it. If you would like to make oobleck at home, the recipe is: 1 cup corn starch, half cup water. Mix together and enjoy!
Ask Your Child: Did you make oobleck this week? Tell me about it. What color was your oobleck?
Have a wonderful weekend,
Good evening Families,
We had another stellar week in pre-k. All the kids (and grown ups) enjoyed how warm it was, and took advantage of that by exploring all around the building outside during recess time. On Thursday, we got to see someone checking out the generator to make sure it still works, it was exciting for them to watch that!
Our space unit is still chugging along, and they are all enjoying different aspects of it. They are making flight plans, counting the crew, and even "emailing" their families to let them know they will be going to space.
We worked on different types of name writing this week, from name puzzles, using dot paint to write their names, and using different colored crayons to write rainbow names. Younger students are becoming more and more familiar with their names every day.
We also practiced letter recognition this week with a game called "read, write, build". The students picked a letter card, wrote the letter, and then found the letter from the magnetic letters. They were all very proud of themselves!
Ask Your Child: Tell me the space station. Are there space parts? What do you do with them?
Lots and lots of pictures this week!!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Hello Pre-K Families,
Please be sure your child comes to school every day with the following items: a water bottle, utensils (if needed for snack or lunch), and all outdoor gear. Thank you!
The kids are loving the space station! They are showing off their engineering skills by using "space parts" to add things to the rocket ship. They are truly immersed in the experience! We've been enjoying books about space by Oliver Jeffers, such as How to Catch a Star and Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth.
We were also working on our fine motor skills this week, using small pencils to write space words, and using dry erase markers to follow different space themed dotted lines.
On Wednesday, the kids really enjoyed conquering the giant snow piles that are out behind our school.
Not much to report on this week, since pre-k only had one day of school. The students on Wednesday enjoyed playing on the climbing structure in the snow, sliding down the slide, and trudging through the deep, deep snow!
Next time your kids come to school, the dramatic play will be a space station! We had a lively discussion on Wednesday about outer space, and boy, do they know their stuff! Below is a picture of what they said astronauts need, see, and can do. They came up with amazing answers, and can't wait to become NASA employees.
Enjoy your weekend!
We had a fun week of exploring the snow outside and inside our classroom. We brought snow in to put into the sensory table this week. They had a ton of fun using small Arctic animals and discussed the animal's habitats.
As we get closer to February, we will focus more on friendships by reading books about friendships and having more in-depth discussions about our classroom community.
Our dramatic play will be changing soon. Next week, we will have a conversation about what we would need to add to our dramatic play area to turn it into NASA! I think they will enjoy it!
Have a good weekend!
Hi Pre-K Families,
We had a fun week of exploration, emotions, playing, and color mixing! We focused heavily on emotions this week. Around time of year, all of the students know each other quite well and are very comfortable with each other, so intentional teaching around their own feelings and feelings of others helps put things in perspective for them. Everyone enjoyed making the "emotion face" of their choosing and then cut it out onto feelings posters with pictures from magazines. Check out our bulletin board in the hallway to see the posters!
On Thursday, we did more experimenting with color mixing -- with snow! We all put small tissue paper squares onto paper, then scooped snow on top. As we waited, the snow melted and mixed the colors.
As always, we have a great time playing outside in the mounds of snow we have here at Rumney! Please make sure your child has everything they need each day (snow pants/suit, hat, mittens, boots, jacket).
Enjoy your weekend!
Happy New Year Pre-K Families!
We had an extremely short week, and that two hour delay was quite unexpected! With these two days back, we were getting back into the swing of routines, remembering our classroom rules, and talking about being safe.
Each morning, the students answer a Question of the Day. Questions range from "Do you like carrots?" to "Do you have 7 letters in your name?". They all really look forward to answering it, and enjoyed doing a new addition after called The Feelings Wheel. It is a small wheel that they can move the arrow to describe how they're currently feeling. It was introduced this week, and we will continue it every morning as we delve deeper into feelings.
We enjoyed color mixing this week and will be learning more about mixing colors over the next few weeks!
Enjoy your weekend with your children!
Hi Pre-K Families!
There will be no school until January 2nd, 2019.
We made it to vacation! The children had a very excited and jam packed week of winter activities.
We finished up our Artist in Residency with Marv Klassen-Landis. They looked forward to seeing him every day and loved hearing all of his stories! The students participated in story-telling, and helping Marv create stories. The students even made their own stories as a gift to Marv! Each child added parts to the stories. The MW group wrote a story about all of them sleeping over at Rumney! The TTh class wrote a story about a cow. Both stories are posted at the end of the blog.
The TTh class had a very special visitor -- DJ Barry, Evelyn's dad! DJ and Evelyn gave each child a World Cow t-shirt, which is the t-shirt company that DJ owns. We all wore our cow shirts and had a very fun day. Thank you DJ and Evelyn!
This was our last week of the pizzeria. When the children come back, we will start something new in the dramatic play.
On Wednesday and Thursday, students enjoyed wearing their PJs to school and got to watch a sweet video. We watched The Snowy Day, the movie that is based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats. They cuddled up with their blankets and rest mats while watching the movie.
Ask Your Child: Tell me about story telling with Marv. What stories did he tell you?
Extra question: Did you watch the movie The Snowy Day? Tell me about Peter and his Nana's Mac and cheese.
Please enjoy this time off with your families, see you in the new year!
MW Story: The Sleepover: These preschool children are getting ready to have a sleepover at school. They will read books and play basketball in the gym. They are going to eat cookies, tomatoes, cucumbers, orange and spaghetti. Ms. Honi, Ms. Murray and Julie are going to spend the night too. The teachers have to do work like put music on. The children will play hide and seek in the classroom. They will hide in the pizzeria and in the cozy corner. They will be nice to each other. The children will go to bed late... in 100 minutes! Before bed the children will wash their faces and brush their teeth. They will have a hard time falling asleep, so the teachers will play music and read more books. By 6:00 all the children will be asleep. Goodnight children!
By: Serena, Kristopher, Mayla, Isabelle, Abi, Rosie, Elka, Kaitlyn
TTh Story: Once upon a time there was a cow eating hay. The cow's name was Cowey. The cow was very thirsty so he went to the lemonade store. Cowey spilled his lemonaid and felt sad. Next Cowey went to the grape store for grape juice. Cowey met his friends named Spider and Fish. Mr. Cowey Blank joined the friends and together they went to the pizzeria for pizza and goldfish.
By: Ben, Davina, Addy, Evan, Blakely, Evelyn, Taylor, Tristan, Loren
We have LOVED participating in the story telling Artist-in-Residency with Marv Klassen-Landis. He came to each class twice this week, and told fun and engaging stories. He had the kids on the edge of their seats wondering what will happen next. Marv will be joining us next week as well as he wraps up the residency.
On Monday, we had a great time exploring the woods during this snowy season. On Tuesday and Thursday, we enjoyed time in the gym jumping, running, and rolling on mats.
On Tuesday, we watched a wonderful clip from Sesame Street about a character named Julia who has Autism. The students then had a conversation with an outside consultant from Seeds of Change in Montpelier to learn more about Autism. Here is the link to the Julia video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKCdV20zLMs
We are in the home stretch to winter vacation, and looking forward to this last week together before 2019!
Have a great weekend,
Hello and welcome to the Rumney Preschool blog for Ms. Murray's classes! You will find information about what we do every day in preschool along with important announcements.