# Pre-K News

## OUR CURRENT STUDY IS...

BALLS, BALLS, AND MORE BALLS! This week we discussed if all balls roll and what makes them move. This involved discussing different types of balls and different forces. They all giggled when we learned that footballs roll differently than round balls. Weight and size may determine how far or how fast a ball will roll. Ramps were a huge part of this past week. They know a ball can be pushed to move. If a ball is on a ramp, gravity pulls it down the ramp. The higher the ramp, the faster the ball goes. It was a really fun week of experimentation in large/small groups and as individuals during work time.

IF YOU PLAY A SPORT WITH A BALL AND WANT TO COME EXPLAIN IT TO THE KIDS, Please let us know!

## SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES

ON A ROLL: We had a variety of balls and objects. We tallied which ones rolled down a ramp and which ones did not roll at all.

I'M THINKING OF A SHAPE: We used different shaped objects and ramps again. This time we searched our room for specific shaped objects we knew would roll down the ramps we had created.

ENVIRONMENTAL PRINT: We went on a trip around the classroom, looking for and discussing all print we could find.

BLOW A BALL: After reading the Three Little Pigs, we discussed the force of blowing air to make something move. We tried this with small balls in a tub of water.

LETTERS, LETTERS, LETTERS: We used the letter beach balls again. Fun part is, the game is never the same twice!

BOUNCE: This book is about which balls bounce better. It compared heavier and lighter balls. It helped out with our discussions this week.

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS: We discussed the force of blowing the house down. They all got a chance to pretend to be the wolf!

THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF: The classic story about the troll under the bridge. Kids always end up pretending to be the troll during the day! This will come into play with some small group activities next week.

## SONGS, POEMS, and GAMES!

We played the Thumbs Up game again. This was with the question..."Will it roll down a ramp?" Thumbs up if yes, thumbs down if no. Then we tested it. Though very simple and easy, the kids get a kick out of using this type of communication in the classroom. We found some of them playing this in different areas in the classroom on their own!

## JOLLY PHONICS

Our most recent sound we focused on was "f". The kids are really working hard at reading and spelling basic words. It's great to see how our younger kids are starting to participate more and more each time we do this!