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Three Day AM TWT Class News 11/19/21

November 17, 2021
By The Hummingbird Team

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      Class: 3 AM TWT – Hummingbirds

 

Recent News:

BOOKS – We read/sang One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B.G. Hennessy as we learned about the first Thanksgiving.

SONGS – We danced to “Powwow” by Jack Hartman.

ART – We learned how the Native Americans used pictographs to tell stories and stamped some onto our tea dyed t-shirts. We also strung beads into necklaces.

SCIENCE – We experimented and discovered that cranberries float in the water due to the pocket of air inside the fruit.

ACTIVITIES – We shucked corn, scrubbed potatoes, and mashed sweet potatoes.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to and helped at our feast! You helped make the day extra special as we gave thanks for all of our friends and family.

Week of 11/30-12/2

Theme: Native Americans Past & Present

Dramatic Play: Native American Village

 

Highlights: 

THANKSGIVING BREAK will be November 22nd-26th. We will resume class on November 30th.

In the Dramatic Play Room we will continue to have a Native American Village with a teepee, a wigwam, a river to catch toy fish in, babies with cradleboards, horses, plastic food, and a fire to cook over.

Tuesday (11/30) we will read When the Shadbush Blooms as we talk about Native Americans past and present.

Wednesday (12/1) we will have Music with Ms. Ruth and Spanish with Ms. Mary.

Thursday (12/2) we will learn about Native American instruments.

Please check your email for a Sign-Up Genius invite for Parent-Teacher Conferences. If you did not receive an email, please let Miss Lily know.

We hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Lily, Janet, and Pamela

Three Day AM TWT Class News 11/12/21

November 10, 2021
By The Hummingbird Team

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      Class: 3 AM TWT – Hummingbirds

Recent News:

BOOKS - This week we read How Big Was a Dinosaur? by Anna Milbourne as we compared the wide range of sizes of different dinosaurs. We also read My Mouth is a Volcano! by Julia Cook to illustrate the importance of listening to others and waiting for our turns to talk instead of erupting (interrupting). Best Thanksgiving Book by Patricia Whitehead helped us kickstart our preparations for Thanksgiving.

SONGS – We did the “Turkey Tango” by Lee Campbell-Towell.

ART – We sprinkled baking soda onto paper and then used eye droppers to squirt vinegar mixed with food coloring onto the paper and watched the bubbly reaction. We also stomped toy dinosaurs’ feet into paint and then walked them across our paper to leave footprints behind.

SCIENCE – We made baking soda and vinegar volcanoes and dyed t-shirts with strong tea and watched in amazement as the t-shirts changed from white to brown.

ACTIVITIES – We played with sequencing cards to put stories together in the right order, and played Pictionary to demonstrate how paleontologists have to piece together as much information as they can find to figure out what kind of dinosaur they have found.

Week of 11/16-11/18

Theme: Thanksgiving

Dramatic Play: Native American Village

Highlights: 

In the Dramatic Play Room we will have a Native American Village with a teepee, a wigwam, a river to catch toy fish in, babies with cradleboards, and a fire to cook over.

Tuesday (11/16) we will stamp our tea dyed t-shirts with Native American pictographs.

Wednesday (11/17) we will have Music with Ms. Ruth and Spanish with Ms. Mary.

Thursday (11/18) we will have our Thanksgiving Feast at 10:30am! We will have our feast outside on the playground at the picnic tables. Parents are welcome to join us on the playground this year as long as you keep your face mask on the whole time.

Please check your email for a Sign-Up Genius invite for volunteering to help with our feast. If you did not receive an email, please let Miss Lily know.

Thanksgiving Break will be November 22nd-26th. We will resume class on November 30th.

We hope you have a good weekend!

Lily, Janet, and Pamela

Three Day AM TWT Class News 11/5/21

November 03, 2021
By Hummingbird Team

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      Class: 3 AM TWT – Hummingbirds

 

Recent News:

BOOKS - This week we read Patrick’s Dinosaurs by Carol Carrick, How Big Was a Dinosaur? by Anna Milbourne, and Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki as we learned about dinosaurs and their fossils.

SONGS – We danced and stomped around to “We Are the Dinosaurs” by the Laurie Berkner Band.

ART – We painted with dinosaur stamps and made bubble wrap prints.

SCIENCE – We made our own fossils by squishing small toy dinosaurs into play dough and looking at the imprint they left behind. We also discussed the different between a carnivore (meat eater) and an herbivore (plant eater).

ACTIVITIES – We used a balance scale to compare the weights of different dinosaurs to different animals we see at the zoo today. We also practiced making repeating patterns with various colors of puzzle tiles.

We’ve started doing the calendar every day to learn counting, numerals, days of the week, months of the year, and even patterning. Our pattern for the month of November is orange turkey, brown turkey.

Week of 11/9-11/11

Theme: Dinosaurs

Dramatic Play: Dinosaur Land/Dig Site

 

Highlights: 

The Dramatic Play Room will continue to be a Dinosaur Land with lots of dinosaurs, dinosaur costumes, binoculars, colored masking tape lake and nests, and a fossil dig site.

Tuesday (11/9) we will learn about volcanoes.

Wednesday (11/10) we will have Music with Ms. Ruth and Spanish with Ms. Mary.

Thursday (11/11) we will start our Thanksgiving preparations.

We hope your weekend is dino-mite!

Lily, Janet, and Pamela

Three Day AM TWT Class News 10/29/21

October 28, 2021
By The Hummingbird Team

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      Class: 3 AM TWT – Hummingbirds

Recent News:

We are excited to share with you that Miss Pamela has joined our teaching team.  She has been in our classroom since mid October and is a long time friend of The Acorn, having taught here for 16 years!  Pamela has vast knowledge of child development. She has an Associate's Degree in Child Development and a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She holds her certificates in Elementary Education and Music Education. She loves music and will add a lyrical element to our classroom. She and her husband, Brian, have two grown children who attended The Acorn. Kylah is a nurse and Travis is in the dental field. In her spare time, Pamela enjoys traveling, reading and various forms of dance. We know you will enjoy getting to know her.

BOOKS – This week Ms. Jo visited us for her special telling of A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown. We also read So That’s How the Moon Changes Shape! by Allan Fowler to learn the phases of the moon.  Then we read Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood for a fun fictional story with lots of rhyming words and discovered the importance of a good mechanic. For Halloween we read and moved to The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams.

SONGS - We turned on our imaginations again for “An Adventure in Space” by Greg and Steve.

ART – The Art Room was dark all week long and lit by black lights! We painted paper plates with fluorescent paint to make our own colorful moons that reflect the black light just as the real moon reflects the sunlight. We also played with glow-in-the-dark silly putty, Crayola Glow Stations, and moon sand with glowing astronauts and stars in it.

SCIENCE - Mr. Rich came and showed us some of the fascinating things dry ice can do.  We learned how it is made and that the “smoke” is really carbon dioxide vapor.

ACTIVITIES – We got to practice our scissor skills by pretending our scissors were rockets and cutting up the line on the paper to the moon at the top.  Sometimes the paper was taped to the wall, so it would be easier for us to use the proper hand grasp on our scissors.

PAJAMA DAY! – We all had a fun time wearing our pajamas to school and seeing our friends’ and teachers’ pajamas too! Thank you to everyone for participating.

Week of 11/2-11/4

Theme: Dinosaurs

Dramatic Play: Dinosaur Land/Dig Site

Highlights: 

The Dramatic Play Room is now a Dinosaur Land with lots of dinosaurs, colored masking tape lake and nests, and a fossil dig site.

Tuesday (11/2) we will begin our study of dinosaurs.

Wednesday (11/3) we will have Music with Ms. Ruth and Spanish with Ms. Mary.

Thursday (11/4) we will talk about fossils and paleontologists.

We hope you have a happy and safe Halloween!   

Lily, Janet, and Pamela

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