Navigator News PM
May 20, 2016
Thank you so much for all of your generous donations and for participating in our St. Jude Trike-a-thon!
This week the Navigators began talking about life cycles! Throughout the week, many friends brought in pictures of themselves as babies and current pictures of themselves. We had fun guessing who-was-who in the baby pictures :) We compared and contrasted the photos, recognizing that people, along with living things, grow and change over time, experiencing life cycles. We then talked about how our caterpillars in the discovery center are changing (getting bigger) and the various life cycles they will/are experiencing. Many students examined them with magnifying glasses and did observational drawings this week. We also used various menus in the dramatic play center, identifying items a baby would have, a child would have, and an adult would have. We also used noodles to demonstrate the different life cycles of a butterfly.
Looking ahead, we will continue to discuss butterflies, specifically touching on symmetry and metamorphosis. We will also discuss the chicken and frog life cycle.
HWT: For Handwriting without Tears, the students practiced writing the letters P and B and practiced the strokes for the letter R.
Jolly Phonics: The students learned the sounds for the diagraphs th and qu.
Hope used different menus in dramatic play this week.
Toys and Games
In toys and games, Dominic played a caterpillar game. After rolling a dice, the friends drew the corresponding body part, completing a caterpillar by the end!
Sand and Water table
Abigail and Lukas enjoyed getting ready for summer by playing with moon sand and various molds.
Toys and Games
Movin' and Groovin':
In M & G outside this week, the students used our school tricycles to practice for the trike-a-thon. While 2 students rode the tricycles, the rest of the class sat as road blocks to help the riders learn how to weave in and out and watch where they are going. We also played red light green light.
Cooking & Conversation:
In C & C the students played a life cycle bingo game. They also used various foods to represent the various stages of the butterfly life cycle.
In music the friends practiced their graduation songs. They also played a movement game. Mrs. Blair had a basket with action words in it that the friends picked from one by one. They then sang a song, inserting the new action word and completed the action.
In library this week, Mrs. Rapoport read What To Do If An Elephants Stands On Your Foot by Michelle Robinson. Our last library session will be next week.
Wednesday June 1-Wagner Farms Field Trip
Wednesday, June 8-PM Graduation 1:45-3:00pm
Thursday, June 9-Last Day of School
- As the weather gets warmer, please remember to have your child in closed toe shoes for the outdoor classroom!
- Looking for a new app? Download Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame! Mrs. Scheele has used this app and the friends love it! It is a great outlet for students to practice problem solving.