Friday, January 31, 2014

Snowy Days

I recently had the opportunity to rearrange the classroom to accommodate some new materials. 
In our math area, we now have a small bead frame, fraction puzzles, and an EXTREMELY long rug to accommodate our thousand chain.
Last week, two of our five-year-olds decided to try out the new rug. They counted and labeled beads to 1,000 and then wrote out numbers to 1,000, counting by 10s.
Our Practical Life area was updated as well. 
We switched out pouring dry goods (rice, pasta, beans, etc.) to pouring water.
We brought up some of the furniture from our playroom to accommodate some activities that were apparently too well hidden and not getting used.
top cabinet: replacement towels; bottom cabinet: dish scrubbing
top: hand washing; side shelves: apple slicing and orange juicing
We added lots of new language and reading activities. 
We also replaced our reading nooks with coat rods -- the past few weeks have allowed us ample practice hanging, putting on, taking off, buttoning, unbuttoning, and zipping our coats.
Stay warm and safe, and enjoy the snow!! We look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Happy New Year!!

We have been busy since we have returned from winter break. 
We have been learning about the Arctic and Antarctic and making all kinds of crafts. 
We have enjoyed working with our new fraction puzzles.
And, we have had the first lesson on the farm this year (learning adjectives). So fun!!