Pre-K: Knuffle Bunny, Kandinsky and Kangaroo Jumping
During "Kk" week, your children, again, experimented with being authors, artists, scientists and athletes! Here are some highlights...
Language and Literacy
Pre-K Boot Camp is officially underway; this week, in addition to practicing wall push-ups, children further strengthened their core and shoulder muscles by writing and drawing while lying on their backs under our literacy table. We taped paper to the underside of the table and each member of the class took turns in pairs using colored pencils and crayons while on their backs! All of these exercises will help to strengthen the muscles children will be using more, and for longer periods of time, once they enter Kindergarten next fall.
We read the Knuffle Bunny series, books 1-3, and talked about the terms “characters,” “plot,” “problem” and “solution.” We also asked the question, “Where?” We noticed that in each of the books the characters encountered a different problem and came up with a solution. With only a little guidance, Pre-K then wrote the next installment of Knuffle Bunny 4, which they called, Knuffle Bunny and the Baby in Paris. The children will be adding their illustrations next week. Then, Martine and I will assemble a book for each child that will include the story and each of their coloring pages; so, each book will be slightly different. Stay tuned!
Math and Science
Using paper kites, children beaded kite strings according to the number on their kite. We used the numbers 1-20 to start to expose children to the numbers 11-20, and they did beautifully. We also matched numbered keys to their respective locks, which, for some reason, is a huge hit every year. Finally, as a part of our Kandinsky exploration, children worked with both squares and circles; see below for more details.
For Science Thursday this week, Martine led a discussion of how far a kangaroo can jump (25 ft!). Then, she brought the class into the big room, where she had taped off 25 feet, so that children could visualize how far that actually is. Each child, then, had the chance to jump as far as possible and we compared jumping distances. She continued the activity on Friday, by asking children to jump just like kittens and koalas on our classroom number line.
Our artist this week was Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian artist who painted squares with concentric circles. After reading The Noisy Paintbox (another wonderful book for talking about how our different senses work together), we looked primarily at Kandinsky’s 1913 painting Squares with Concentric Circles. Over the course of two days, children painted their own primed canvas squares, drew concentric circles on them, and then painted each of the circles in the way Kandinsky himself might have. Take a look at our bulletin board for our final homage to the artist!
Finally, World Kindness Day was this Wednesday. We celebrated the holiday by asking children to think once more about how to answer the question, “How can we be kind?” Throughout the rest of the day, we noticed the class making that extra effort to help each other and, maybe more importantly, not calling attention to their own acts of kindness. As we’ve said before, this is such a kind class, and we are so proud to be a part of their year.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Emily and Martine
Questions to ask your child:
What color is your Kandinsky background?
Where does Knuffle Bunny 4 take place?
How far can a kangaroo jump?
What’s your favorite game with Coach John?