We have had a wonderful week learning about sea life!
Many awesome sea creatures were created by the boys this week! We learned about crabs on Monday and the boys loved pretending to walk like crabs to get around the room! We painted paper plates red and created our very own crabs using pipe cleaners! We then learned about jellyfish and watched clips of how they float through the air and how they use their stingers to inject others to protect themselves. The boys were in awe of the many different colors and shapes jellyfish come in! We created our own using paper bags and paint! It was a really fun project and turned out quite beautifully! Next, we used our fine motor skills to complete a beautiful under the sea coloring page! The boys have really grown in their ability to grip crayons with the correct grip and color with intentionality and focus instead of just scribbling! Then, we learned about sea turtles and watched how they fight to make the long journey from their nest to the ocean without getting swooped away! The boys loved cheering them on, and shouted with excitement each time one turtle made it safely into the ocean! We had a guest speaker come teach us some more fun facts about sea turtles as well! We created our own sweet baby sea turtles using a turtle template and torn up brown paper for the turtle’s shell! Mr. Hancock even popped in and joined us in creating these fun turtles. The boys did a great job covering the whole turtle with the brown pieces! They loved pretending to race them into the ocean! We also created our own delicious ocean using vanilla pudding cups, blue food coloring, graham crackers, mini umbrellas, and Swedish fish! These were just as beautiful as they were delicious! We ended the week by learning about the octopus! We learned octo-means 8 and that’s what an octagon has 8 sides and an octopus has 8 tentacles! We counted out 8 cheerios for each tentacle and glued them on! The boys did a great job counting out their cheerios and gluing them to each tentacle! Then, we sorted rainbow goldfish and graphed them according to their color. The boys’ math skills of one to one correspondance and sorting have grown impressively this year! Finally, we joined the other class for our beach party to celebrate the end of our Under the Sea unit! We played with water tables, boats, bubbles, and sidewalk chalk, while enjoying popsicles and many other fun activities! We really enjoyed the boys’ beach party attire! It was a great week in the YK2 room!
We look forward to our last week with the boys next week!
***Miss Kinney and I have our last after school adventure Monday! We are having a fun Splash day! Sprinklers, popsicles, and lots of fun will be had!***
Please read your “Reminder” sheet we sent home about all the information for next week! Don’t forget, our class party is Tuesday and we will not be coming to school that day. We will meet at the Children’s Museum and it will start at 9:30. Also, Wednesday is our last day of school and it is a half day (Dismissal at 10:15)!
Aloha! We loved learning about ocean animals this week. We made sea turtles out of egg cartons, jelly fish out of paper bags, and octopi with 8 legs using cheerios. The boys loved reading stories about the sea life found in the ocean and watching videos of different animals during lunch. Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle was a class favorite. We also really had fun dancing together to beach music. We enjoyed some tasty treats during discovery this week including beach pudding and rainbow Goldfish (which we graphed before eating). The highlight of the week was our "beach party" on Friday in our courtyard. We opened up the water table, let the boys "clean the school" with squirt bottles, enjoyed the bubble machine, and drew shapes with sidewalk chalk.
We look forward the next few days with your boys. Monday is our last full day of school and the last day you will need to send water bottles, lunches, and tote bags. You will not need to send anything with your child on Wednesday, unless he is attending aftercare. On Tuesday, we will meet at the Children's Museum at 9:15 for our class party. There will be no school before or after. On Wednesday, we will dismiss at 10:15. Have a wonderful weekend!
We have had a great time getting tropical in YK this week. We began the week talking about the ocean and how, just like the rainforest, there are different layers as you dive deeper. The boys made the connection that the bottom of the ocean floor is dark just like the forest floor! We talked about other things you might see on or near a beach like sand, palm trees, volcanos and sand castles. The boys enjoyed several beach crafts. We loved making palm trees with dotters. The highlight of the week was our focus on pirates. The boys loved reading the book Pirate Boy by Eve Bunting. We discussed whether or not we would enjoy being pirates and came to the conclusion that it would be fun for awhile, but we would miss our mommies and daddies! We made our own pirate boys after reading the story and made a pirate ship the next day. Ms. Kinney from YK2 led an underwater yoga session for the whole grade and it was so much fun. These boys are much more limber than their teachers! On Friday, we learned about submarines and what they see underwater and enjoyed some Pirate's Booty for a snack. We introduced our new shape (oval) and color (gray).
We will continue working with ovals and the color gray next week and will focus on ocean animals. We really enjoyed celebrating our YK moms on Tuesday and hope you all feel very loved by your sweet boys this weekend!
Summer fever has official hit the YK room with all these fun under the sea activities! This week focused on beaches and boats. We have loved reading each morning from our fun under the sea book and learning about a new sea creature each day. We particularly loved looking at and learning about the puffer fish. Our crafts this week have been so much fun creating. Some of our favorite crafts included pirates, submarines, and sail boats. Our centers were also such a great hit! The boys were completely in control of choosing centers and they had so much fun doing that!. Letting them choose and getting that free play time in is so important to their developmental areas. It is allowing them to use their creativity while developing their imaginations, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength! We finished the week with some super fun under the sea yoga. We are sure the boys would love to show you some of their favorite poses! We also, wanted to thank the moms for coming to our special event Tuesday. We are so happy we were able to celebrate each one of you and the boys were so excited to give you all the special crafts we have worked very hard on!
Next week, we will continue our under the sea unit. It will also be our last full week of school! Time sure has flown by! Our class party will be Tuesday May 23rd. If you choose to join us on this fun day make sure you have sent in your entrances fee. We also wanted to remind you that we have a few summer camps available for the boys to sign up for! You can check those out on the PDS website. We hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s day weekend!