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Friday, March 21, 2014

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Spring Break is almost over and I can't help but remember all the fun things we did right before we left!  We had an awesome trip to the Phoenix Zoo on our last day of school before we went to break!  We started at the Zoolympics which was really fun and entertaining (as well as very educational)!  We learned about different animals and their talents.  There was a weight lifting competition, a race, a balance beam show and a flying style competition!  I don't think I will ever miss this event again when I go to the zoo!  Here are some pictures from that event!

 The Phoenix Zoo was amazing!  Each student got a scavenger hunt to fill out once they find each animal on it.  My students will get a prize if they bring it back to me when school starts again.  We also walked the Arizona Trail, and my favorite was the Bald Eagle.  We have talked in class about what the bald eagle represents so it was awesome so see it standing so tall and brave. 

Here is a recap of the past couple of weeks leading up to our Zoo visit! Enjoy!
 For N week, we did many fun things like our "nail polish nines" which all students loved!  It was a fun experience to feel how the brush moved, to see how the different textures and colors looked, and to even experience the smell was included!
We also used Magic Nuudles for N week!  These are super fun, you just wet them slightly and they stick together!  We did Nuudle sculptures and they were awesome!!!  If your are looking for something fun and not real messy to do at home, these are it! 
Valentine's Day was a blast!  We had fun centers and all week we focused on the letter V!  We also made clay volcanoes and erupted them, talked about what very means and many other activities! 

For S week, we became scientists!  We mixed many different compounds and observed what occurred when we did.  This was one of my favorite centers of the year!

Graduation is coming fast and we only have one more quarter to go! I can't believe how fast and how much these kids have grown and progressed!  I will miss them so much when they go to Kindergarten, but I know they will be very, very successful!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014


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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014

Ms. Laree MWF am - 3's class

Happy Spring! 
We are having a great time in our Forest room. 

Last week we learned about opposites.  We made a puppet out of a paper cup and named him/her “UP”.  Up taught us about many opposites.  The kids loved their puppets.

This week we studied all about apples.  We cut the apples open and looked at them inside.  We saved the apple seeds and then planted them in cups to take home.

We talked all about the life cycle of an apple tree.  We used the cut apples for apple stamping with paint.  We used apples to measure ourselves.  The kiddos thought that was super funny!

We read a book called, 10 Apples up on Top by Dr. Seuss.  As I read the book I stacked beanbags on my head just like the characters in the book did with apples.  We had a lot of giggles!

At the end of the week we tasted red, green, and yellow apples to see what everyone liked best.  It was a tie.  We also tasted regular, strawberry and pomegranate applesauce.  The strawberry and pomegranate were the winners!  We then made mini apple pies for the kids to take home and bake.  They all made sure they had enough cinnamon-sugar for on top!



In our HWOT – Handwriting Without Tears - we worked on the number 10 and the letter A.  I am so proud of how well the kids are doing.  We continue to work on writing their names everyday.  I love to see them improve.

  I hope everyone has a fabulous spring break!
Thank you!! (:
Ms. Laree





Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ms. Gretchen's 3 year olds are really learning!!

We have been learning so much in our classroom! We recently learned all about Apples and it
was so much fun!
For Science, we studied and compared different kinds of apples. We cut them open to look at and count how many seeds were in each apple.....and then we planted them!
This gave us the chance to talk about the life cycle of an Apple Tree. We talked about how it grows and we even got to see a real Apple Tree branch full of beautiful spring blossoms and learned that the blossoms will grow and eventually turn into apples!
For Math, we counted and sorted with different colors of "apples" (pom poms) and matched up the number of Apples to the number in the muffin tin.
For Art, we turned our apples into stamps and stamped on paper. We also used the dot markers, which is a favorite for everyone.
We loved our homemade play-doh and worked hard making round "apples" and placed them on the apple trees.
For Handwriting, we practiced letter A and the students did wonderful!
Meet our new pet fish in our Ocean classroom. The students are thinking about a name for our new friend.

I hope you enjoyed just a little information about what we have been doing and learning about in our class. We have so much fun while learning.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mrs. Nettie's Pre-K PM Class

Hello to all!

Hope your New Year is starting off with much Happiness. We have been enjoying the holiday spirit with some pictures from our Christmas Party. The children enjoyed hot chocolate, creating gifts for their parents, playing "pin the star on the Christmas tree", making reindeer cupcakes and much more.  

Valentine's Day was a fun filled celebration with friends. 

We are so excited to continue preparing for Kindergarten and focusing on a new letter each week. We are getting closer and closer to completing the alphabet. We also have enjoyed creating graphs which help us read information quickly. We have started connecting numbers with their number name and continue with pratice of number value. The children have enjoyed learning about the flag and that each star represents a state. Some of the children come from different states and have shared something they love about the state they come from. We also reviewed that the stripes in our flag represent the colonies and that we have 13 of them. We recently created a collage of children from all different cultures. You can view this in the front window of our school.  

Hope you enjoyed a little insight of what is happening in our classroom.

Mrs. Nettie and Mrs. Lisa