PK3.3 - Peek at the week

12th - 16th September

Sesame Street: Two-Headed Monster Takes Turns

Hello PK3.3 parents!

Learning to share can be a challenge for young children, but sharing is an essential skill needed for play and learning throughout childhood. You can help your child learn to share by giving them plenty of time and opportunities to practice. Here are some ways to encourage sharing in everyday life:


  • Point out good sharing in others. You can say things like, ‘Your friend was sharing her toys really well. That was kind of her’.
  • When you see your child trying to share or take turns, make sure you give lots of praise and attention. For example, ‘I liked the way you let Jane play with your train. Great sharing!’
  • Play games with your child that involve sharing and turn-taking. Talk your child through the steps, saying things like, ‘Now it’s my turn to build the tower, then it’s your turn. You share the red blocks with me, and I’ll share the green blocks with you’.


This week we have been focusing on how we make and keep friends and how we can be part of a group. We began the week asking “What does take turns mean?” and practiced with a game of "my turn at the microphone". The children took turns to hold the microphone and initiate a conversation. They practiced being good listeners and only talking when they were holding the microphone. We also recorded the children so they could listen to themselves and hear how they sound when we played their voices back.


Together we made a class book with pictures and narrative about what we like to do with our friends at school. The children also made friendship bracelets to share and, in the library, materials were available to make friendship cards.


On Friday we shared a snack with our new friends in the grassy area. What a wonderful start to the year it has been!


Have a great weekend!

PK Team

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New study unit: Balls

We have noticed that the children are very interested in balls. They’re curious about different kinds of balls, how people use balls, what they are made of, what is inside them, and how high they can bounce. We think balls will make an interesting study.

If you can, we would like your help in gathering a collection of balls to investigate. We’ll need many different types of balls. Here’s a list of suggestions, but you may also send in balls that are not on the list. We’ll take good care of them so we can return them to you at the end of the study.


  • baseball, basketball, beach ball, bowling ball, cotton ball, crystal ball, doggie ball, football, golf ball, kickball, Koosh® ball, marble, ping-pong ball, pool (billiard) ball, racquetball, soccer ball, tennis ball, volleyball, WIFFLE® ball


As we study balls, we will learn concepts and skills in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology. We’ll also be using thinking skills to investigate, ask questions, solve problems, make predictions, and test our ideas.


What You Can Do at Home

  • Spend time with your child, playing with balls of all shapes, types, and sizes, such as playground balls, tennis balls, ping-pong balls, Koosh® balls, volleyballs, baseballs, footballs, and marbles. Talk about what the balls are made of, whether they are heavy or light, and whether they are big or little.
  • Wonder aloud with your child to encourage his or her thinking about balls. For example, you might ask, “I wonder what’s inside a tennis ball. I wonder how far you can throw a foil ball, a beach ball, or a tennis ball. How can we find out?”
  • Help your child use all of his or her senses when playing with balls. You might ask, “What does it look like? Feel like? Sound like? Smell like?”
  • See how many types of balls you can find around the house and in your neighborhood.
  • Play a game while riding in the car, bus, or train. Think of all the words that contain the word ball in them. Look for examples of balls around you.


At the end of our study, we’ll have a special event to show you what we’ve learned.


Thank you for playing an important role in our learning.

Stories, songs and rhymes:

Stories:

  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Hooray, a PInata! by Elisa Kleven. A sweet story about a girl called Clara who picks the perfect dog piñata for her birthday party. She names him Lucky and takes him everywhere with her. But when it’s time for the party she doesn't want to lose her new "pet". Her kind friend, Samson comes to the rescue with a different piñata that nobody will mind breaking. We made our own piñatas in class, practicing our cutting and gluing skills.

Songs:

  • Freeze dance
Freeze Dance for Kids | Dance Music for Kids | The Party Freeze Dance Party Music for Kids

Fun with fruits!

Thank you to Dane's Mom, Christen, for coming in to help make fruit pizzas with us on Thursday. Together we talked about the shapes of the fruits, identifying circles and triangles. Then we talked about the colors, texture and smell of the fruit. Finally we got to taste as we made yummy pizzas and finished with a story; The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli.

It was a fabulously fruity activity!

Read-Aloud: "The Watermelon Seed" by Greg Pizzoli - A Book for Kids

In the library with Ms Nuri

This week Ms Nuri introduced the children to the delights of the books written by Eric Carle. We joined in identifying and counting everything the hungry caterpillar ate as he traveled through the story.

PE and Garden with Ms Sharon

PE: Catching with a Scoop – At the grassy area, children were invited to select a ball and a scoop, and stand far enough apart so that they don't touch each other. They practiced holding the scoop in one hand and the ball in the other hand and then throwing and catching.

Group problem solving: "How can the Gingerbread man get across the river?"

The children brainstormed our problem and worked together to come up with solutions of building a bridge and a boat from wooden blocks.

Look at what else we have been doing.......

Friendship Friday - shared snack

Thank you all for making our Friendship Friday such fun! The sun was shining as we joined for a picnic outside to share our favorite treats.