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MR. DOUG MUSIC NEWS – NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018

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Library with Ms. Talcott: Happy Endings for 2018!

The end-of-the-year stories contained age-appropriate suspense and very happy endings in Library class this month!!

The Red Room classes listened to tiger stories from different countries.  In The Tiger Who Came to Tea, a story from England by Judith Kerr, a tiger eats all the food on the table in one big mouthful and goes into the kitchen to see what else he can find.  The tiger says “thank you” and leaves a big mess.  When the father comes home he comes up with a good idea:  go to a cafe for sausages, chips, and ice cream!  In Tiger on a Tree, a story from India by Anushka Ravishankar, a tiger swims ashore.  He then gets scared by a goat and climbs a tree.  The tiger in turn scares the villagers.  Should they “send him to the zoo, paint him an electric blue, or set him free?”  The story returns to the opening line, “Tiger, tiger on the shore,” and he is home again, safe and sound.

The Green Room classes joined the Pre-K and Jr. K classes in listening to a Native American story called Thanks to the Animals by Passamaquoddy storyteller Allen Sockabasin.  The Pre-K and Jr. K classes put on their thinking caps and made predictions in the middle of the story as to what was going to happen, and they were right: the baby did fall out of the sled!  All of the children were interested to see how the animals piled together to make a snug house for the baby.

Have a happy vacation and a happy beginning to the new year!

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Movement Class November 2018

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Movement News – December 2018

These last two weeks together before winter break were dedicated to the concept of relationships. This concept included taking turns with a classmate to lead and follow as well as working in circle formation.  This important movement concept teaches the children how to move in relation to another child or object. As a follower, we need to keep up with our leader. As leaders, we are in full control, choosing our direction of travel, level, speed, and locomotion.

We have also been practicing yoga poses and learning how to manage and center our energy through breathing and body awareness.

Wishing you all a happy holiday season.  Have a wonderful winter break!

 

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Science with Ms. Mary: November/December 2018

Subject: Our Five Senses as Scientific Tools

In November and December, the Pre-K and Junior K classes learned about the importance of our five senses:  hearing, touching, smelling, tasting, and seeing. We used a variety of activities to isolate and explore each one. This is an important skill that will assist us in our future science class endeavors, as our senses are the primary tools we use to experience the world as scientists.
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Technology Fun with Ms. Nikki!

For the month of September, our Green Room students only needed to use one app!  The Very Hungry Caterpillar-Shapes & Colors is a wonderful app that has over 50 puzzles in six categories!  Within this app, children will learn to recognize basic shapes and colors, sort and match, work on patterning and sequencing, and much more!

Our Pre-K and Jr. K rooms put their problem-solving skills to the test this month.  With the award-winning app Thinkrolls 2, children navigated through obstacles and solved puzzles (over 200 of them!) to find their Thinkroll friend that is waiting for them at the finish line.

After working on their problem-solving skills with the app on the iPad, our Pre-K and Jr. K IPS students dove right into coding!  With the use of coding apps and our coding robot, the BeeBot, students will learn about concepts such as sequencing, estimation, problem solving, and directions.

For our first lesson in coding, the children were exposed to directional words (forward/straight, backwards, left, right).  To do this, we played a game which did not require the use of an iPad or Bee-Bot. First, rows of circles were lined up on the floor to form a grid. To play the game, one student started at the front of the grid as the robot.  The other children then gave the robot directions (code) to follow so they can get to the exit.  The robot can either step forward/straight one circle, backward a circle, or they can turn to the left or turn to the right. The goal of the game was to navigate through the “cave” to  the exit without touching the floor! This was such a fun way for the children to learn their directional words that they have asked to play this game next week too!

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