We’ve officially concluded our Study of Instruments. Everyone should have their own copy of our DVD that highlights our study (copies went home last week).
One of our PM class friends invited us to come to her grandparents restaurant, so we did! On Mon, Feb 11 we visited Carmen’s Restaurant. But before our trip we made a Concept Map of “What We Already Know About Restaurants” and started a list of questions we have…
It was a fabulous day at the Panora Food Pantry
(located in Faith Bible Church)!
Our preschoolers took 8 apple pies (which they made last Thursday)and 175 packages of food!!!
This video REALLY helped our preschoolers understand why a food pantry is important. It is made for the whole family, not just for preschoolers. It’s so awesome, it won an Emmy! Click Here to see it!
We got to see volunteers cutting up all the pies and putting them into triangle shaped containers. Every person in a family who gets a Thanksgiving Basket from the Food Pantry can choose to finish up their Thanksgiving Dinner with a piece of pumpkin or apple pie.
Touring the part of the church that is “The Food Pantry”…
Counting the packages of food we brought (60 in the AM, 115 in the PM=175 packages of food)…
We found all the Thanksgiving ‘Baskets’ (brown paper bags) ready to be picked up after the turkeys get delivered from the grocery store tomorrow morning…
We were also very interested in another closet in the church’s kitchen…
It holds large equipment used for community dinners (every month on 3rd Wednesday)…
ANYONE is welcome to come enjoy-the next one is this Wednesday at 5:30pm.
This is the page in the book that inspired it all…
One of our friends found an idea in a book that she wanted to try, so we did! It was a little messy, but it’s only water At first we collected all kinds of cups from around the school…paper, plastic, 1 jar & coffee cups. A few kids realized the ‘hard’ or ‘glass’ ones (i.e. coffee cups & jar) worked the best so Miss Deb & Miss Holly brought more ‘hard’ & ‘glass’ ones from home the next day.
Here’s what we learned…
We finally collected the pumpkins from the Outdoor Classroom and brought them inside. We had one that was still green and sorta squishy so the AM class dug into it to see what was going on inside it. (One of our friends cut into a seed to see if there was blood inside it!) We (teachers) were afraid it was rotten. It wasn’t though…just underdeveloped, which made it very ‘juicy’!
Then the PM class needed a pumpkin to dig into so we got out an orange one, but it was harder to get open… finally the idea to throw it on the ground was all we had left, so we put down a table cloth and…
We walked to the High School on Tuesday to see and listen to more instruments. The AM class visited not only the band room, but also the choir room! The preschoolers had a good discussion about whether or not the singing voices in the choir are an instrument. We also talked a little about the ‘books’ (music) that the high schoolers use to know how to use the instruments to make the song…it’s like reading a book! That’s why we work so hard to learn our letters in preschool!
Special thanks to Mr. Bauch and Mr. Helm for letting us visit and ask questions!!!
Extra thanks to Jacki and Kathy for coming along for the journey!
Since then we’ve had fun listening to our songs in the classroom for instruments! So far we’ve heard guitars, drums & a flute! We may have just started a new Study of Instruments (or sound, or music…)???? It’s very exciting!
Our Letter of the Week was ‘F’ this week. During our book “Fifi’s Ferret’s Flute” Miss Deb mentioned that Miss Holly used to play flute. So she brought her flute to school and it was a big hit! All kinds of questions and curiosity about instruments…so that lead to an email to our High School band teacher Mr. Bauch. He said we could come visit on Tues (23rd) to learn about other instruments.
We could always use extra sets of hands & we love to share our learning so feel free to join us at 9am or 1:15pm!
It was a beautiful day on Monday so we got out the large pieces of fabric that we (teachers) have been told can be used for the kids to get creative with (making ‘rooms’ or ‘tents’ or ‘hammocks’). We’ve never tried before since this structure was just built over the summer, so we let the kids problem solve away!
They figured out all on their own that the buckets (right side up or upside down) and rocks from our rock collection would help hold the fabric to the posts! They also figured out (all on their own again) how to build a ‘swing’ (is what they call it). They negotiated how to take turns and how to fix it when it started to fall…we were outside for a long time that afternoon! So much great learning & conversation was happening! What a great day to be a teacher!
It was quite chilly this AM (which is hard to predict when the forecast calls for warmer weather in the afternoon).
I hope you noticed the handy pictures on the back of the newsletter last week to help young kids put on their coat independently…it sure comes in handy at recess time around here! Please encourage independence at home when dressing in the mornings and when dressing for outdoors. We will notice a big difference in our amount of playtime outside, I promise!!!
So just to be safe at this time of year please always put an extra jacket/coat in your child’s backpack along with hat & mittens/gloves. If they aren’t needed they can stay in the backpack, but it’s better to have & not need than to not have at all!
(October’s newsletter & the handy coat flip method are links under the ‘Newsletters’ tab)