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Five Day Class News 5/14/21

May 14, 2021
By The Five Day Morning Team

Class: Blue Stars 5 day am

Recap: May 10 – May 14 Preview: May 17 – May 21

Dramatic Play: Kitchen

Focus: Food from Other Countries

This week the Blue Stars learned about foods from different countries around the world.  Our kitchen theme continued in dramatic play with the refrigerator and shelves stocked with fruits and vegetables.  Other shelves contained plates, utensils and appliances such as mixers and blenders.  A refrigerator, oven, and sink added necessary equipment for our kitchen.  With student sized pencils and clipboards in hand, students went around the room taking food orders for the Blue Star Cafe.  Chefs were busy in the kitchen area putting the customer’s orders together.  In the motor room, wrist ribbons were used to swish and spin around the room.

In the manipulative room, students opened and closed 4 jars by using the “righty tighty” and “lefty loosey” rule.  Once the jars were opened, students counted 3 different sets of food erasers.  They then used dry erase boards to practice drawing the number symbols they had counted (9,11, 14 & 18).  They used dry erase markers to trace different shaped lines.  Students used colorful puff balls to fill in circles to make the uppercase “P” and lowercase “p”.  They also used Avery dots to fill in circles to make the uppercase “P” and lowercase "p”.  Students sorted colorful plastic teddy bears 2 different ways.  They also used sticks to add beads to make 3 different pattern “kabobs” such as, AB, ABC, ABB and more.  The Blue Stars continued having fun with our light table.  Students used their imaginations with colorful small plastic shapes to make buildings and other interesting creations.  The Sensory Table contained “chocolate” Play-doh.  Students rolled out the dough and made “cookies” with lots of interesting shaped cookie cutters.

This week our read alouds were: What’s on Your Plate? Exploring the World of Food – Italy, What’s on Your Plate? Exploring the World of Food – France, What’s on Your Plate? Exploring the World of Food – Mexico, What’s on Your Plate? Exploring the World of Food – USA, A World of Food,  Lacey Walker Nonstop Talker

Art and Science/Math Activities:

In art this week, students made food art by using fruit and vegetables to create unique pictures.  Celery, mushrooms, broccoli, apples and oranges were cut and used to stamp and paint with.  Students used different swatches of fabric to make fabric mosaics.  Students painted construction paper with glue and added fabric to create unique art. Students continued to look forward to summer by making thumbprint flowers!  To get our Blue Stars ready for summer, Ms. Sudie used her expertise to help the students make colorful tie-dyed shirts. 

Science continued throughout the week in the kitchen through the fine art of cooking!  Each day we started out by learning about countries and the foods they are known for.  We started out the week learning about the country of Italy and had pizza for our snack.  We learned about the country of France and made homemade granola one day to have in parfaits the next.  We learned about Mexico and Ms. Adriana demonstrated how to make quesadillas for our snack another day.  At the end of the week, we learned about the United States and made low sugar vanilla ice cream.  We even talked about where vanilla comes from and how it is made.  Ms. Christa brought in a real vanilla bean.  The bean was split open and magnifying glasses were used to see the hundreds of tiny vanilla seeds that come from one bean.  These seeds were then used in our ice cream!

May 17 – May 21

The next week our theme will be summer fun!

Water/Mud Day will be TUESDAY May 18.  Please send your child to school in a bathing suit, old clothes, water shoes and sunscreen and please bring 2 labeled towels.

Friday May 21 will be the last day of school.

We hope you have a delicious weekend,

Ms. Christa, Ms. Adriana and Ms. Sudie

Five Day Class News 5/7/21

May 06, 2021
By The Five Day Morning Team

Class: Blue Stars 5 day am

Recap: May 3 – May 7  Preview: May 10 – May 14

Dramatic Play: Kitchen

Focus: Mothers and cooking

This week the Blue Stars started to learn about mothers and babies in the animal kingdom. A forest habitat that included a pond, along with our classroom tree, took up center stage on our classroom wall.  It included lots of mother and baby animals.  Mommy frogs and toads had eggs and tadpoles hiding underneath lily pads.  Mammals such as a brown bear and her cubs strolled through a meadow while a doe and her fawn stopped to look around.  A mother turtle along with her hatchlings sunned themselves on a log.  A mother loon swam in the pond while her chicks swam behind.  Mother duck watched over her eggs in a nest as two snakes slithered away from their eggs hidden underneath some logs.  Cardinals and woodpeckers each had some eggs peeking out of nests in our classroom tree.     A kitchen themed dramatic play helped the kids get ready for some cooking and baking.  Our shelves were lined with fruits and vegetables.  Kitchen appliances such as a refrigerator, oven, and sink added necessary items to our cooking theme.  In the motor room, Sit ‘n Spins were used by students to move like a mixer!

In the manipulative room, students matched pictures of baby animals to pictures of their mothers.  They chose one of 3 different types of food shaped lacing cards to lace.  They used dry erase markers to trace different shaped lines (ie. wavy, curvy & jagged).  Students used colorful puff balls to fill in circles to make the uppercase “N” and lowercase “n”.  They also used Avery dots to fill in circles to make the uppercase “N” and lowercase "n”.  The Blue Stars continued having fun with our light table.  Students used their imaginations with colorful small plastic discs to make pictures and patterns.  The Sensory Table contained sudsy water and mini sponges so students could spend the time chatting while doing dishes.  Students worked very hard and had lots of fun washing the classroom’s plastic dishes.

This week our read alouds were: Some Moms, Mom School, My Mother is Mine, What Moms Can’t Do, I Love Mom, The Way Mothers Are, Love You Forever.

Art and Science/Math Activities:

In art this week, students cooled off by doing some ice cube art.  Liquid paint and water were frozen together in an ice cube tray.  The resulting “ice cube paints” were used to paint colorful pictures as they melted.  Students painted on easels, with the theme “things they do with their mom”.  Students used roller brushes to make unique paintings.  Large hearts were used to do symmetry painting.  One side of a large heart was painted while the other side was left blank.  Students then folded the paper and pressed the two sides together.  When the heart was opened, it revealed a symmetrical painting!

We had another visitor in the classroom this week.  We were joined on Monday by a Gulf Coast toad!  Ms. Christa heard a toad trilling on her front porch and had to bring him in for the class to see.  Our student herpetologists observed our toad, and gave reasons he was a toad and not a frog.  Student comments such as, “His skin is bumpy.”, “His skin is dry.”, “He is not in water.” And “His markings!” all helped identify him as a toad and not a frog.  Once again, our class exercised our suffrage and voted on a name for him.  Each student suggested a name and after voting on all the names, Mr. Toad was selected.  He only visited the class for one day and was released back outside Monday afternoon.

Science continued throughout the week in the kitchen through the fine art of cooking!  Students helped make butter by shaking canning jars filled with heavy cream.  They also saw how yeast was “woken up” with warm water.  Flour was added to our activated yeast and students got a chance to knead our dough.  The next day, students got to have homemade bread and butter for their snack.  Students made smoothies in a blender one day and ended the week by making popcorn using popcorn kernels.

*A huge thank you goes out to the Blue Star moms who attended our special Mother’s Day celebration.  The children worked hard on making this a special day for their moms.  Students started out the event by serenading their mothers with the songs, Days of the Week, Months of the Year and the ever-popular Tooty Ta.  Next, students sat on a beach towel with their moms where a bucket full of goodies awaited them.  Inside each bucket was a picture the students painted for their moms of something they love to do with their mom.  A tic-tac-toe game, a bag with supplies for making amazing bracelets, a book and a tasty snack completed the bucket contents.  Dictations were read to accompany beautiful portraits of their moms.  Lots of fun was had and the event ended when the Blue Stars gave their moms a special gift.  Our Blue Stars were so happy to share this time with their mothers.  We all hope you had a wonderful time!

May 10 – May 14

The next week we will be learning about animal parents with a special focus on different food from other countries.

Water/Mud Day will be Tuesday May 18.  Our last day of school is Friday, May 21.

We hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend,

Ms. Christa, Ms. Adriana and Ms. Sudie

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