Monday, March 31, 2014

This morning we started making marbled paintings using shaving cream and watercolors. When we swirl the colors on the shaving cream it has a marbled effect. Then we can lay the paper on top to transfer the color. 

For Jesus Time we are watching "The Jesus Movie" We started about half way through so that we could talk about Holy Week.

Playing in the rock pit was popular today. Having new shovels and pans sparked new interest in digging.

I apologize for the lack of pictures today. I'm not sure where the time went today.

During our small groups we played a shapes game where we had to take turns rolling the dice and then getting the right color and shape to put on our picture.

Mrs. Horton worked with some friends on finding pictures that went together because they had the same sound. (Alliteration)

Mrs. Helmkamp helped students with their journal and also assessed students on their knowledge of letter identification.

We had a very short free play time today so a few students were able to start making their shields. We will be each making our own coat of arms. First we have to cut our shield and cover it with aluminum foil. Then we will add different colors and shapes and animals to make our coat of arms.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Castle play

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Audrey and Grace taught Alex how to play our new knights game.

This morning in Jesus time the students helped me to recall the lesson we learned this week about the woman who poured fragrant oil on Jesus' feet to show how much she honored and loved Him.

During small groups we worked on grouping objects to count them and make it easier. Such as we know that 5+5= 10 (from looking at our fingers on our hands) so if we have 2 groups of five we can easily add them to make 10. We practiced counting one set and then when we add one more we don't have to recount we can start with what we know and then add the new numbers.

We also practiced our fine motor skills by helping the knight make it to the castle, and by helping tracing and writing in missing letters of words.

We played our dice counting game again as well.

During center time we drew pictures of castles

We worked on painting water for the moat of our classroom castle

We cut blocks to make our castle look more like a stone castle

We all enjoyed playing together in the castle. They kept saying, "hurry get in for protection"

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Classroom Castle

This morning we tried some new games while we waited for our friends to come. We will continue learning how to play our games next week because not all of us got a chance to play.

During small groups today we worked on counting more/less and adding and subtracting, we also practiced writing the letter "C" on the magnet boards along with the letters of our names, and we worked on sorting buttons by color, size, and shape.

We did spend a little bit of time outside this morning. The boys were very excited to see the rock pit filled and new scoopers.

 During center time the students helped me figure out how we could make a castle in the dramatic play center. We made a drawbridge and added cardboard to the top to make the "bumps"

Mrs. Helmkamp had to cut the drawbridge with the big scissors.

We also drew pictures of castles.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Castle project begins

This morning we worked on painting some long pieces of paper that we will use to make a castle in our classroom.

We are also really enjoying playing together with our new castles and knights

During Jesus Time today we smelled some fragrant perfume in a flask. We talked about the woman who rubbed expensive perfume on Jesus' feet. The disciples thought the woman was wasting the perfume when the money could have been used to help the poor but Jesus told the disciples that she did a beautiful thing to honor him.

In small groups we made lists of everything we know about castles, we practiced writing the letter K, and we played a dice numbers game.

We also went to chapel where Mrs. Kuhlmann shared the story of Jesus calming the storm.