September 16, 2016
- Building material (siding, bricks, wood, etc)
- Windows (how many, location, shape)
- Doors (how many, location, shape)
- How many stories (predict)
- Backyard/front yard (trying to predict who might live in this home)
We will also looked at the interior of each home:
- What rooms are in the home
- Functions of the room
- Location of the rooms
Students have been comparing and contrasting their different homes based on their exterior and interior characteristics.
- Art: Creating our houses and focuses in the exterior characteristics (doors, windows, roof, chimneys, and building materials)
- Science: We have been explorer different building materials such as: bricks, wood, tiles, and granite pieces. Students have compared them to one another and used them to build their own homes in the science investigation site.
- Blocks: The doll house was out in the block site this week along with the furniture for the home. The students used the furniture to create and compose the interior of the house.
- Dramatic Play: Each day this week dramatic play has transformed into a different room of a homes. We have had the kitchen, dining room, family room, and a playroom/basement.
Moving and Grooving
This week in Movin’ and Groovin’ we did an obstacle course to clean up Ms. Rachel’s room! She left it quite a mess! The kids worked on stair climbing by being encouraged to use an alternating foot pattern on the steps. They jumped off a higher surface (with help
if needed!). The walked across a balance beam and some of them were able to bend down to pick up a toy without losing their balance! Then the kids complete a series of 6 2-foot jumps until they got to the toy box to put in the toy. Not only did the kids work
on gross motor coordination and balance, they also worked on sequencing, impulse control, turn taking, and following multistep directions!
The second step theme of the week is focusing attention. We practiced our listening song and learned about an “attentoscope” (cupping hands around eyes to zoom in on important information.) The classroom theme of the week was houses (interior and exterior) and we learned about safe and unsafe situations in and outside our houses. Ask your children about some of the ways the dinosaurs from our story stayed safe! We also identified ways to stay safe in different areas of our houses such as walking up and down stairs, being careful with utensils, wearing a bike helmet, and more!
Cooking and Conversation
This week cooking & conversation reviewed and reinforced our study on homes as part of the community unit. The whole class reviewed the vocabulary exterior and interior and students identified the exterior features of a home by listening to descriptions of their function and attributes. Students worked in small groups to follow auditory directions to design an edible home and participated in a house bingo-like game to match items within the home to the interior rooms they are most likely found within. We topped off our house with triangular grilled cheese sandwiches as our roofs. The young explorers really enjoyed their recipe this week and did a great job demonstrating mastery of the latest classroom vocabulary!
What's Coming Up?
- Wednesday-Friday- Post office and review
We will also be continuing this exploration the following week by adding the police and fire station!
10/3 - No School
10/12 - No School
10/19 - Parent-Teacher Conferences
10/20 - Half-day AM attends
10/21 - No School
Here is our mystery explorer schedule for the rest of September:
30th: Jenn Loewy
Mystery explorer will be from 2:30-2:45 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you! Shhhhhhhhh! Remember it's a surprise!