What a wacky week! We had no school on Monday and shortened day on Wednesday, but even with our short week we learned a lot!
This week we began our authors unit in earnest. We are creating a rhyming book, each student is creating their own rhyming story (poem). We are also focusing on our growing fine motor skills, by coloring very detailed pictures and writing the rhyming words of our story.
We began by looking at which words rhyme and we learned that rhyming words are about which words sound the same – it is not about spelling! Once we got the hang of matching rhyming words together, Morah and our kindergarten friends started to read rhyming books to us. We then got to pick out the words that rhymed in the story.
The dentist also came this week and showed us all the proper way to take care of our teeth. It is hard work, but it well worth it to see our bright smiles.
Morah added material to our block center and soon we were creating structures that weren’t able to build before!
We had a smattering of snow on Friday, so we took the opportunity to explore how the playground was effected by the cold weather.
Can’t wait to see everyone next week!
We continued to work on our self- portraits, tracing, coloring and cutting our background items.
We learned that to become a well-known artist it takes a lot of time and practice, so we began to recreate our faces with different mediums. Different kinds of loose parts, watercolor and pens/pencils.
We also looked in the mirror and tried to draw our face shape. Faces come in all different shapes and sizes. There are round, square, oval and even heart-shaped faces.
The letter B greeted us this and begins some of our favorite words such as bead, ball, bean and blue!
We also explored the wintery outdoors and found the small puddles had frozen over. It was very slippery and some of the ice was thin, while others were thick.
This week be began painting our canvas and adding dimension to it. We also spent time looking closely at our features and characteristics.
We also spoke determined what we would like people to know about us from our self-portraits. We picked out a few items and traced those images – they are the last step for the backgrounds of our self-portraits.
As the weather continues to turn cold, we went outside for some wintery exploration. It was interesting to see how winter was changing the landscape around us. It also snowed a bit this week, so we spent some time playing in the freshly fallen snow.
This week we learned all about the P. I wonder what letter awaits us next week.
We had a great week back at Pre-K! We introduced the letter D continued working on our art unit.
Last week we talked all about different types of art (sculpture, painting, drawing, collage, mosaic, and coloring) and found various art types within our classroom. Then we discussed what portraits are and from there we learned about self portraits. A portrait if when an artist paints a picture of someone else, usually only their face, neck and shoulders. A self portrait is when an artist paints a picture of themself.
On Monday we met four different artists and graphed out which one was our favorite. From those four Frida Kahlo was chosen by our class to learn about! We spent all week discovering her work and her life.
On Wednesday we looked very closely at the backgrounds of her self portraits and tried to determine the message and feelings of the artist. The backgrounds of art can help to learn about the personality and or traits of the artist.
We had a great time getting reacquainted with our centers as well! Can’t wait for next week!
Our first day was the beginning of our art unit, which began with the question of what is art?
The students gave a myriad of answers, Art is something we do in school, its a project, it is fun and it is an activity. We then discussed the different modalities that can be used to create art.
This week we spent time getting back into our routines and playing with friends that we haven’t seen all week. It is so great to be back in school.
We met the letter J this week as well. I wonder what letter we’ll meet next week?