Growing in PK 3.1

Ms. Ginni's Class

We Love Pipes!!!

Our preschoolers have become detectives throughout the classroom, school, and playground and also at home, as we identify and explore pipes. As our pipe collection grows, so do our conversations about pipes. What do we notice about the pipes? How are some of the pipes the same? How are they different from one another? How are pipes used in houses, building, and gardens? Which pipe is the most interesting to explore? What if there were no water pipes?

We’ve added small pipes and tubes to the block center for children to build water systems and props to the dramatic play area to create a fire station. In art, the children have used plumbing pictures to create pipes in colorful backgrounds, used PVC pipes for sculptures and straws to create abstract pipe projects.

PLEASE help us build our pipe collection!!! we still have 2 more weeks to study pipes.

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Daily Routine: A Framework for the Day's Events that Supports Children's Security and Independence

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Ms. Ginni decided to change our sign-in routine this week and invite us to sign-in to preschool each morning on a small booklet.

It is a new classroom procedure that we have never tried before.

But to give you the idea of how this works in our classroom:

As the children come into the classroom each morning, they will find their booklets set out with a name card and a pencil.

They will sit around the carpet to write their name and wait for the teacher.

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During circle time we also practice guessing numbers and identifying letters, numbers and words.

Playdough + Drinking Straws = Simple Fun

Playdough is such a versatile play material that we really can’t get enough of it in our classroom.

This open-ended building project works very well for our Pipes study unit. We used colorful straws as connectors......

Ms. Ginni avoided the temptation to step in and helped us or to "make it look like something." Creativity and confidence is unleashed the more the children do projects independently.

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Abstract Art!

Abstract art isn't just about random objects drawn or painted onto a canvas. It is an expression of the artist's emotions at the time of the piece's creation; it is intended to evoke an emotion in the viewer, as well. This can seem like a concept that would fly over the heads of many adults, let alone children, but with a few fun projects like this one, kids can learn about this expressive form of art quite easily.

This week Ms. Gaby (our Art expert) helped us in the art center with this colorful backgrounds. This is the first step to create a master piece. Next week you will see the final product.

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SAND, WATER & PIPES

Our sand & Water tables have seen the most action. The children have enjoyed investigating all of the pipe configurations as they explore how the sand and water flows from one pipe to the other. Be sure to ask your child about the water pipes in our classrooms.

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Name Puzzle

This name puzzle was easy to make and fun to play with. Not only will this activity help to teach your child to spell his or her name, fine motor and cognitive skills will be challenged as well. We added a sensory interest by cutting their letters out of two different textures.

We are sending home this game as a Family Connection Activity, so you can play with your child at home.

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Happy Birthday Lia!

We celebrated in the classroom with Lia's family her 4th birthday! She shared some pinkalicious cupcakes.

Thank you to her family for sharing this special day with us!

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How does water get to your tap?

How Does Water Get to Your Tap?