Thursday, March 5, 2015

Read Across America, Dr. Seuss Week

NEA’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too!  CHEERS has challenged each family to spend time each night reading as a family.  What have been some of your favorite books you are reading each night?

Not all of our parents get the opportunity to walk into our building.  This past Saturday our staff volunteered their time to come in and decorate the facility to help surprise our families with Seussville.  We hope you have enjoyed seeing the decorations and it continues to be an encouragement to fall in love with reading!

Class projects, themes, and projects

Our class became scientists with scientific journals.  Doing experiments as a class helped students to understand more what the word hypothesis means and how to make predictions during experiments that are backed up with reasoning.  Students shared their results from the experiments with another student and greatly enjoyed having their own journal to document their findings. (*These journals went home this past week)

While the snowstorms and cancelled school days affected our number of experiments.  The students enjoyed the fun experiments and growth learning about what a hypothesis is and how to make predictions for experiments.

Black History Month gave us the opportunity to share with students the great things African Americans have done to help make our world a better place.  During these talks two of their favorite crafts were making "President Obama" where each student was able to share with us what they would do if they were president.  These crafts are hung up in our classroom and will be distributed at the end of the year with their portfolios.  We also learned who Dr. Martin Luther King was and how he has challenged each of us to show Love and Respect instead of Hurt and Hate. 

We cannot forget to share about our wedding of letters Q and U.  Thank you so much to Miss Jill, our site supervisor, for standing in as our Priest to marry our letters.  The students had a huge blast sharing the items they brought in that started with letter Q and U as well as watching the marriage ceremony and enjoying a cake and cookie at the end. 

Of course our week of our wedding would not have been complete without the opportunity to dress up in costumes in our dramatic play center. 

Jam Day

West Virginia will joined schools and organizations from around the world on February 12, 2015 for a Just-A-Minute (JAM) fitness break. For two years in a row West Virginia has had more schools participate than any other state in the nation.  JAM Day for JAM World Record is the first of its kind physical activity campaign created to rally everyone to pause wherever they are at 10:00 a.m. their local time for a quick fitness break to promote the importance of making physical activity a lifelong daily habit.

Our Pre K class joined in with JAM Day as we danced away to "Happy" led by Miss Scooter.  We participated in stretching and dancing during our gross motor time.

Teaching students the importance of making physical activity a lifelong daily habit is important in our classroom.  Helping children to desire to make healthy choices each day, includes physical activity.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Read Across America, Pre K themes

March 2nd - 6th is Read Across America.  Nationally recognized, this week celebrates the life of Dr. Seuss and his impact on early learning literacy.  Pre K will be celebrating through fun themed days complete with lots of crafts and stories.  

Tuesday, Fox in Socks:  Pre K students will wear their craziest socks to school.  Feel free to let your socks show over top of your pants!  The crazier the better!

Wednesday, One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish: Pre K students will dress in all red and blue.

Thursday, 10 Apples up on Top:  Bring your favorite kind of apple to school.  We will attempt to stack them as high as we can.  Can we stack a whole class of apples?  *We do not anticipate sending the apples home with students*

Friday, The Foot Book: Come with mismatched shoes with crazy socks.  Be prepared to paint with out feet.