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Family

We had a wonderful time learning about families this week. We started off by talking about the people in our families and made a chart, showing each family member.

Then each child counted the number of people in their family and looked at the chart to see which family had the most and the least number of people in it.

We used props to tell the story, Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman.

  

During circle, the children chanted  a repetitive line from the book and answered questions about the story.

We practiced our scissor skills by cutting out pictures from the story. We sent home a “Story Bag” with all of the cut pieces so that the children could retell the story at home.

We placed the props in our block area so the children could act out/recall the story. One friend enjoyed having Mrs. Zohab read the book to him again.

The next day we read, Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer. This is a book about a boy who goes camping with his dad. We expanded the children’s comprehension by setting up a campsite like the one in the story.

Here is a child cooking a fish for dinner, like Little Critter did in our story.

We made a campfire with tissue paper and paper towel rolls…We talked about fires being “hot.”

A friend is pretending to be Little Critter’s dad, “reading” a story  to the kids at bedtime.

Uh-oh…Here comes a bear. In the story, a bear came and took the fish that Little Critter caught.

On the last day of the week, we learned about babies. We brainstormed (Brainstorming is a necessary step in problem-solving, where people come up with possibilities or solutions to problems.) and made a written list of things that we knew about babies. In making our list, everyone’s contribution was added  to our list.  This activity reinforced Habit #4 “Think Win Win.” When we brainstorm, we see that everyone’s thoughts are important and are respected.

In circle, we read a factual book about babies.

         

Friends pretended  to care for babies, giving them baths in the water table.

Next, we refined our hand-eye coordination by “making bottles” for our babies.

    

The children enjoyed taking care of their babies…

  

   

We also used teacher-made puzzles and games. The children labeled and matched objets that babies might use.

 

 

 
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Winter Party

We joined with Mrs. Stanley’s class for our winter party.

The  children enjoyed playing in various centers…

and took turns at the art center making gingerbread houses.

This activity helped to develop self-care skills. Children iced their houses using craft sticks which is similar to spreading butter or jelly with a butter knife…

They decorated the houses with candy…

handling small pieces of candy and placing them on their houses.

The proud owner of a gingerbread house….

(Thank you to our families for sending in supplies for this craft and to Mrs. Stanley for sharing these photographs.)

 

 

 

 

 
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Peanut Butter & Jelly Crackers

As part of our “Fun with Food” theme, we made peanut butter and jelly crackers.

This was a great activity to practice following directions and

sequencing the steps involved in a task.

First, we counted out two square crackers

Second, we used a plastic knife  to spread peanut butter on a cracker.

Next, we spread jelly on the other cracker.

The last  step  was to press the two crackers together…

Learning new skills helps us to feel independent and proud.

 

 

 

 
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Responsible Helpers…

in Building Independence/Self-care Skills , by Donna Dickerson

Each week we rotate jobs in our classroom to give students opportunities to be  responsible helpers. The children take their jobs very seriously and enjoy taking care of our classroom community.

These friends are weather helpers. They are wearing “weather glasses” and reporting on daily weather conditions.

 

 
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Building Self-care Skills

in Building Independence/Self-care Skills , by Donna Dickerson

This marking period, we are increasing the children’s self-care skills by having them pack up their own belongings in the afternoon. They are expected to put their folders, communication notebooks, and lunchboxes in their backpacks and zip them up, as well as put on/zip up their coats.  Here is a photo of our class relaxing from all that hard work and getting ready to walk out and meet the buses.