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iPads/Technology with Ms. Nikki: New Apps and BeeBot Fun!

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screen-shot-2017-11-16-at-3-06-20-pmSago Mini Monsters is a fun app that allows children to be creative!  Children make their own monsters by swapping eyes, horns, and mouths.  They color and dress up their monster with fun clips, hats and, even mustaches!  This app is great for creating a natural sense of wonder and curiosity while still being safe, fun, and positive.

 

screen-shot-2017-11-16-at-3-06-49-pmWood Puzzle Halloween includes 15 different puzzles that help preschoolers develop key logic and fine motor skills through simple drag-and-drop functions.  This non-scary app has encouraging sounds when a puzzle is completed and fun illustrations that your child will love.

 

screen-shot-2017-11-16-at-3-07-02-pmShape Gurus is a fun, colorful app that encourages children to learn about their shapes and colors as well as showing kids that everything you see can be classified into a shape (i.e. the moon is a circle, books are rectangles, etc).  Not only are children classifying shapes, they are also working on their math skills (matching and sorting) too! There are 27 interactive puzzles that will challenge and excite your children!

 

screen-shot-2017-11-16-at-3-07-31-pmWood Puzzle Maze World Flags is a great app that helps children develop visual tracking, fine motor skills, long term concentration, problem solving and more!  There are many puzzles that focus on world flags, country icons and different cultures

 

Pre-K and Jr.K Classrooms:

beebot_1The BeeBots are here! Our Pre-K and Jr. K started coding this month! Through Bee Bots, children are able to learn sequencing, estimation, problem solving and directional skills.  For our first day, children started their lesson going over the BeeBot language.  They learned the movements and directions the BeeBot can go: right, left, forward, and backward.  After becoming familiar with the language the children were ready for the coding!  Each child had the chance to program the bot to move forward to a partner.  With the use of Unifix cubes, the students estimated how many movements/steps (how many times you push the forward button) it takes for the BeeBot to reach their partner.  After completing the task, students then review how they did.  If the BeeBot went past their partner, the child needs to program the BeeBot to move less (take less steps).  If the BeeBot did not make it all the way to their partner, the child knows to program their BeeBot to take more steps.  Some students were able to estimate the correct amount of movements and had their BeeBot reach their partner!

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Movement News: November 2017

Our weekly movement class provides an opportunity for children to express themselves without words: to present an idea, feeling, or understanding through movement. Each week, the children experience dance concepts such as space, levels, size, shape, and effort. While exploring these concepts, they begin to master the language of dance.

Since our last newsletter, the children have explored the concept of time, focusing specifically on fast and slow movements.

As we approached Halloween and the children were chatty about the events of this day, I introduced our first “movement sentence” while telling a story about a haunted house.   We needed three words (beginning, middle, end) to help us; starting with slow and ending with fast, we explored the ways we could move slowly and quickly. The children came up with “sneak” for our slow movement and “escape” for the fast movement. My role is to challenge the children as they perform our phrase. For example “can you sneak – in a low level – backwards – in a curved pathway?” This guided improvisation will become more and more familiar in class as we progress.

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Next up, we will focus on the changing season and onset of autumn, the perfect inspiration for dance-making.

The older children are ready for developing skills, creating sequences of movement, sharing, and viewing. We begin to incorporate word boards, dance stations, and sentence strips, where we contribute ideas, problem-solve, share our choices, and appreciate the choices of others.

The results include: floating, falling, swirling, turning, rolling, and spinning. Exploring our leaf shapes and using our movement words, the children work to create a dance simulating the effects of a windy day. The children engage in swirling, flying, rolling, skipping, floating, sliding and eventually coming to rest in their beautiful leaf shapes.

 

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Science with Ms. Mary: Sound

We explored sound during the month of November.

We experienced how a rolled-up piece of paper can be used as a megaphone to amplify sound. The children listened to a balloon “sing” as air passed through its neck, and compared this to the way our vocal cords produce sound. We felt the vibrations on a tuning fork and on a homemade kazoo.
Finally, the children made a cup and a string “turkey,” which combined amplification and vibration to produce a wonderful gobbling sound!