This month the PreK students discovered the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai and his famous work "The Great Wave". We had a wonderful time drawing the waves and painting them with sparkling watercolors. In addition, they learned the term "Mosiac" and created their own images of birds using this technique.
In Kindergarten, the students learned a way of drawing themselves, using shapes, to create a more realistic image (no sticks!) Each student illustrated and wrote their own journal on healthy activities to give them practice in this style of drawing. We also used our best colored pencil skills to demonstrate good craftsmanship in our illustrations.
We continued with conversations using greetings, feelings and questions. The following videos are for you to use at home as reinforcement to the vocabulary.
Preschool: This month students began working from a new book in our Mozart Mouse and Beethoven Bear curriculum. In the month of April we learned about two new notes: the whole note and the eighth note pair! We practiced playing these notes on instruments such as triangles, tambourines, and the Djembe. We also met a new character named Professor Haydn Hippo. He is named after the composer Franz Joseph Haydn from the classical period. Professor Haydn Hippo is also a conductor. We learned that that means that he tells the musicians when to start, stop, play loud or soft and fast or slow. We practiced following a conductor and then even tried out being conductors and using a baton!
Preschool: Students have been working on kicking a moving ball playing soccer, and practiced hand-eye coordination and follow through in T-Ball Game practice. Students practiced base running, batting, and even had a chance to play in fielding positions! Students also had an opportunity to play outside on the playground and earned a free choice P.E. day!
Kindergarten: Students in Kindergarten have been continuing to grow their word processing, computer navigation, and internet safety skills. Students have also participated in discussions about phones. We talked about the difference between telephones, cell phones, and the evolution of phone designs.
Students in Ms Coleman's Kindergarten class have been working on typing out research about leaders in America. Take a look at the Kindergarten students from St. Charles practicing using home row to be efficient typers!