Thursday, April 24, 2014

Capture the Beanie Baby!

This afternoon the nature group, performance group, and mail group all joined forces for a game of Capture the Beanie Baby!

Similar to Capture the Flag, Capture the Beanie Baby has the children split into two teams, each of which has one half of the playground as their "territory." The bridge in the middle of the playground is neutral territory where the game begins and ends.

Each team hides its beanie baby on its own side of the playground, and when both teams are finished, they meet back on the bridge. Then the teams swap sides and go searching for the other team's beanie baby. Once a team finds the other team's beanie baby, it races back to the bridge!

The teams worked together to figure out where to hide their beanie babies, and then to find the other team's beanie babies as well. They played three games together during small group time. It was a fun and collaborative way to end the week.

Have a great weekend!

-Ms. Hill

Teaching Strategies Objectives for Development and Learning
Social-Emotional #3: Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It's Art Cart Time!

It's that time of year again! The time where we are able to spend our afternoons outside and create art master pieces! Our art cart is full of markers, crayons, sparkly paint markers and paper! Children are able to sit at the picnic table in the yard and create whatever comes to their mind.
The cart was very popular today since most kids spent the majority of their time outside this afternoon! We all keep hoping the weather only gets better from here on out!!

Teaching strategy #33: Explores the visual arts

Enjoy your day!!
-Ms. Boone

Matching Shapes and Counting!

Today in Pod B, the teacher brought fun learning into the group. It was not your typical group where we dance and move around. The teacher added mathematical aspects. The Children engaged in matching half of shapes with another person who had the other half. They also counted dots and matched the number of dots with another student who had the exact same number.

Teaching Strategies #23 Mathematics: Demonstrates knowledge of patterns
-Ms. Thomas-

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Making Clothes!

Since the dress up clothes have been taken out of the Pine room, the children have been provided with various materials to create their own dress up clothes for the school.  The children can use items like foam, scissors, hole punchers, tape, and a variety of ribbons and threads.  After they complete the clothing piece they have made, they can hang it up for other children to add onto or wear.

Today, after punching holes through foam pieces, Haley and Jana wanted to tie multiple pieces of foam together.  The two wanted to use ribbon to connect the foam pieces, but were unsure how to tie a knot.  With the help of a teacher guiding them through the process of tying a knot, both were able to tie knots in the ribbon.  Haley and Jana both taught other children how to tie knots, as well.

The girls were looking forward to continuing to work on their clothing artwork tomorrow.  It's exciting to see the children able to work together and help each other with their projects!

This is also the last time I will be blogging for the semester.  Thank you so much for giving not only me, but all of us 409 students the opportunity to learn and grow with your children.  I have made so many unforgettable memories.  I genuinely look forward to Tuesday and Thursday's for the time I get to spend with your children.  I hope everyone has an excellent summer and best of luck to all the children headed off to Kindergarten!! 
Miss Adcock 

Teaching Strategies Objective 3: Children participate cooperatively and constructively in group situations.  

A Busy Day for Rhyming!

 Today in the Oak Room, Miss Adcock lead a group discussion about rhyming! She read an interactive book about painting and the children followed the story about a young boy who painted all the parts of his body. She explained the concept of rhyme and how the book had many rhyming words. Many of the children knew the rhyming words and shouted out the body part that came next in the painting!

Miss Adcock read the part of the book where the boy said, "Oh heck, I guess I'll paint my _____." Oliver yelled, "Neck!" When the word for rhyming was "Egg," Mark said, "Leg." Many children offered their ideas for rhyming words as well.

"Pain and rain" - Mitchell
"Pink and sink" - Ne'Siah

Teaching Strategies Gold: Literacy: Objective 15a: Children notice and discriminate rhyme.
Since this is my last blog post, I just wanted to let all of you know how much I have enjoyed my experience as a 409 Student Teacher. I have enjoyed spending my time with your children this semester and will miss them so much!! I have made so many connections with your children and families and hope you all have an amazing summer!
-Miss Wheaton

Monday, April 21, 2014

Wacky Tacky Monday!

Today kicked off our first day of spirit week! The children sported some wacky tacky outfits, hair, and the most common mismatch...socks! We also had a group come in for training, so we had lunch and outdoor time together as a whole school. We even got to have snack outside as well. We also gained a new student today, Sabryna! Today was full of new things and an unusual routine. 

The classrooms have added a few new things as well. In the Walnut room we are sketching a bird's nest made out of clay. Joey was interested in making a birdhouse, so he asked 
"How do I make a birdhouse?"
After examining the bird's nest and looking outside, he had a plan for what to make! 

Teaching Strategies Gold Science and Technology Object #26: "Demonstrates knowledge of the physical properties of objects and materials."

Since this will be my last post on the blog, I just wanted to thank all of you for allowing me to have this opportunity to work with your children. I'm not ready for it to end! Just as a final send off I included a picture of us Monday/Wednesday teachers in our Wacky Tacky outfits :) Thank you again for a great semester!


-Ms. Wolf

Thursday, April 17, 2014

"I found a roly poly!"

Happy Thursday everyone!

Since it was such a beautiful afternoon, the children had the opportunity to go outside during center time in the afternoon. Some children rode bikes, pushed each other around in carts, and created works of art at the art cart. Wesley noticed that there was some wet dirt in an area over by the house. He inspected the dirt for bugs and found several "roly polys", a centipede, and a few tiny worms. 

Wesley said, "Hey Guys, I found a roly poly!". This led to Martin, Mitchell, Gavin and Remy all joining and exploring the dirt and the findings of a multitude of roly polys.

"I lost a roly poly and then found it" -Gavin

"I found a whole family!" -Wesley

"It's the smallest roly poly I've ever seen in my life!" -Wesley

We are excited to be spending this extra time exploring the outdoors in the warm weather! Have a great weekend everyone and remember next week is spirit week!

-Miss Schubert

Teaching Strategies: Science and Technology #24: Uses scientific inquiry skills