What a strange week! I hope everyone is enjoying the fresh snow even if it did come with some strange schedule rearrangements. I for one was bummed to miss school on Thursday as I has a super fun day planned. We will be sure to get back into the swing of things just in time for February break! Next week will be our last week before the break and we will spend it finishing our exploration of mountains and the continent of Asia and will fit in some Valentines day fun. On Thursday of next week we will end this section of the year by celebrating the Chinese New Year.
On Monday we had what I like to call a regroup day. We have had such a busy and task oriented last few weeks that I felt the children needed a low key day with some very open ended play. We had play dough out, watercolor painting and some of the students got caught up on their passports from all of our busy traveling! The results of the previous night's Super Bowl game were on the minds of many of the children and that topic took up a good deal of our conversation time on Monday morning. I had no idea there were so many Eagles fans in the area and it was really fun to hear the kid's reaction to the game. We also had music with Miss Katie on Monday and she continues to introduce the students to the new section of music. If your child has not listened to their CD that may be a great weekend activity.
On Tuesday we began our last "trip" to the continent of Asia. We will be staying in Asia until February break and learning about the animals, people and mountains of the continent. We did our last page in our passport book and they will be coming home next week. The students are particularly excited to bring their passports home, so make sure you check them out as they have all worked really hard on them. On Tuesday we also played with our new play dough which students pretended was a mountain for their pandas to climb and we began making our Chinese lanterns to decorate the room for Chinese New Year.
On our last day this week, Wednesday, we worked on our lanterns again and some students were able to finish them. They look wonderful hanging in the classroom and I can't wait till all of them are finished. Students also played in the water table with a mixture of rice, black beans, panda bears and blocks. The students' Draw & Write journals were also out on Wednesday and some of the children are really coming up with some great stories to put in them! We also watched a really neat video on the Himalayas that took the students on a quick journey from a city on India through the hills and up into the mountains all the way to Everest! I will include the link below so they can view it again. Some of the comments such as "that looks peaceful" , "wow" and "I be that's a 4000 footer" were priceless to hear from the students! The mountains of Asia, especially the Himalayas are truly magnificent, I love that they could recognize that.
Books from the week:
Coming soon! I don't have the list at home with me.
Have a great weekend and STAY HEALTHY!!