Specialty Teachers

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Mr. Doug Music News: December 2017

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Celebration of Light

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Technology with Ms. Nikki: December 2017

Green Rooms:

icon350x350 Gravitarium Plus is a fun app that combines music, art, and motion into one relaxing yet exciting game.  This application is about light particles and with every finger combination, you create a new effect.  With these effects there are also ten music tracks that are calm and relaxing to listen to.

 

screen-shot-2017-12-15-at-9-31-14-amSAGO Mini Forest Flyer is a fun, open-ended play experience that allows your child to have fun with Robin the bird.  Start out by ringing Robin’s doorbell.  Then, invite her to come outside and fly around the forest with you.  Whether you are soaring through the sky or splashing around in a pond, keep an eye out for the fun surprises that lay hidden throughout the forest!

 

Pre-K and Jr.K Rooms:

screen-shot-2017-12-15-at-9-31-43-amGlow Doodle is a great app that allows one to create drawings with light glow effect. Draw, then press the “GLOW” button…and watch your creation light up and glow!

 

icon350x350Gravitarium Plus is a fun app that combines music, art, and motion into one relaxing yet exciting game.  This application is about light particles and with every finger combination, you create a new effect.  With these effects there are also ten music tracks that are calm and relaxing to listen to.

 

screen-shot-2017-12-15-at-9-31-28-amArt of Glow is a creative, free flowing art application.  Children have the opportunity to choose shape, color, speed and more to create an endless combination of drawings.

 

Coding/Programming (Pre.K/Jr.K)

beebot_1This month in BeeBot Land, our students added more directions to their codes, including left and right.  Last month, we programmed our BeeBot to move forward to a friend; this month, after becoming familiar with left and right, we were able to program our BeeBot to travel to a friend sitting anywhere in our circle.  
screen-shot-2017-12-15-at-9-29-54-amTo go along with our right and left theme, the students were introduced to an app called Code Karts.  This is a pre-programming app that has students use direction blocks to maneuver a race car to the finish line.

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Library with Ms. Talcott: December Highlights

Our favorite story times this month celebrated grandparents and special gifts.

9781580897099The Red and Green Rooms talked about special names for their grandparents before reading The One Day House by Julia Durango.  We noticed that in the story, Wilson had a special name for his grandma too; he called her “Gigi.”  We also noticed that Wilson liked to draw pictures for his grandma, especially pictures of fixing her house and planting a new garden.  But the pictures were not the only gift.  At the end of the book, Gigi’s  neighbors came to fix and plant at her house, too.

The Pre-K and Jr. K classes also listened to The One Day House.  Before the reading,  the children had a question to think about:  What do you think Wilson wants to be when he grows up?  The children noticed that the pictures Wilson drew for Gigi were actually plans.  For example, Wilson drew the tools he would need to fix the chimney and the number of nails to build the garden fence.  Many children guessed that Wilson would be a construction worker when he grew up. The One Day House supported the classroom and family theme of giving to those in need, like how we donate to the toy and coat drives at IPS.

41a8-gd633l-_sx258_bo1204203200_All of the children listened to a paper cutting story that starts with the grandparents’ gift of a tent.  One Red Room class needed me to “cut to the chase” and show them the end result–a paper snowflake–but I’m sure that the children will appreciate the whole story next year!  The story incorporated shape identification, scissor skills and demonstrated referencing previous knowledge from the book Brave Bunny by Ruth Bornstein.   The story also mentioned winter solstice themes such as nocturnal animals, stars, and flashlights.

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Happy Holidays!

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Movement News: December 2017

Since our last newsletter, all classes have experienced the autumn theme.  Some focused on body shapes inspired by leaves, and the effect of a gentle, then stronger, wind. The more advanced students explored these movements, adding the concepts of level changes, general and personal space.  Finally, the older students began  developing dance phrases and performing.  img_2295Please visit the photo gallery to enjoy the images captured.

The last two weeks together before winter break will be dedicated to the concept of relationships:  taking turns with a classmate to lead and follow, as well as working in circle formation. This movement concept teaches how to move in relation to another person or object.

The children have learned so much since September!  Using movement play and interactive storytelling, we have increased our range of motion, coordination, strength, and endurance.  With dance making, we have been involved in problem solving as well as discovering and expressing new ideas.

Happy holidays to all.  Enjoy your winter break and New Year.

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Science with Ms. Mary!

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Science with Ms. Mary: December 2017

In December, we continued our investigations of the five senses.  Our experiences highlighted the senses of taste (salt vs. sugar), touch (“touch don’t tell” game), sight (light and sight and rainbows), and smell (“smell don’t tell” game).
Over the holidays, consider visiting to new exhibit at the Museum of Natural History…Our Senses: An Immersive Experience.