Thursday, November 29, 2012

September - Sometimes learning is messy :)

September – A brand new class of cutie patooties!  There are four young gentlemen and five young ladies.  Although they were excited for school to begin there were a couple that were nervous that first day…….some of them were even the kids J!  The theme for the month is “Courage”.  We focused on new beginnings like going to school, making new friends and acquiring new skills.  Here are a few things we learned:
Phonics – A is for alligator, ants and apples
                  B is for bubbles (in your milk), balloons, ball, bears   We even ate BAGELS on B day
                  C is for cat, cookie monster and cookies      We made COOKIES on C day
                  D is for dinosaurs, doll
                  E is for egg, elephant
We learned new songs like “The ants go marching one by one”,  “Five little monkeys”,  “C is for cookie”, “Dinosaur baseball game” “If you’re a tyransaurus swing your tail” (tune If you’re happy) and our welcome song “Here we are together”.

We made pages for our counting book 1-6, sorted objects, identified recurring patterns on our calendar and counted ants, dinosaurs, bubbles, apples and eggs.

We read "Little Quack", "Pippins Big Jump", "Ten Apples up on top", "The Kissing Hand", "Brave Irene", "Goldilocks and the Three Bears", "If you give a mouse a cookie", "How do Dinosaurs Eat their food?", "The Cow loves Cookies", "An Egg is Quiet",  "How do dinosaurs clean their rooms?", and "Green Eggs and 

I believe that the best moments of learning are often MESSY so we had discovery moments like blowing up balloons with a 2 liter bottle filled with baking soda and vinegar, being archeologists and melting ice cubes that had dinosaurs frozen inside (See pictures above), baking cookies, blowing bubbles in our chocolate milk, digging for dinosaur bones in our rice bucket, blowing soap bubbles in the backyard and searching for plastic eggs that contained animals other than birds (ie. reptiles).  

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