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Thursday, April 12, 2012


Hey families!

Gearing up of summer? Our preschool year has almost come to and end (SAD FACE!)----and your child will have nearly 4 months off of school! OH NO!

I will send home a summer learning pack at the end of the year filled with great ideas on how to incorporate learning into every day summer play.

If you are interested in some FREE games, please check out my Teacher's Notebook shop (see link on the left of your screen). These items are available to YOU for FREE!!! Even if there's a price tag attached to an item, you do not have to pay for it! If there's anything you want, please just E-mail me and I will be happy to send you the PDF of the game. All you have to do is print and enjoy!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Our chicks are here, Our chicks are HERE!!!!!!

Okay, so just so ya'll know, this is Mrs. Powell and Ms. Schneider's FAVORITE project of the entire school year. I love so much about our classroom and curriculum----but this is so very fun---it takes the cake! 

Living in an area surrounded by farms, all of our students can relate (and are interested in) all things agriculture. We certainly can attest to that, and take full advantage of the resources at our fingertips----like our very own, Mr. Finstrom! 

If you know Mr. Finstrom, he one of our 3rd grade teachers, and is also a farmer! If you've been to Geers Farm in McBain, you more than likely saw Mr. Finstrom hard at work on his farm.

He kindly brought us a whole pail of fertilized eggs. We are so excited to begin incubating them and hatching them in our classroom! MRS. Finstrom (our Jr. Kindergarten teacher) is just happy her husband is moving some eggs out of their house :) Oh, the life of a teacher and what we do for our students! ;) 

Time to study....we are chick Egg-sperts in the making!
Ms. Schneider reads a non-fiction book about the life cycle of a chick.

It takes about 18-21 days for a chick to hatch. We have a timeline ready to go. Each day we will look at our model chick eggs and see the growth and development, then we hang that picture on our timeline. 

Ms. Schneider is such a proud Mama Hen! She's been warming up the incubator all morning and it is ready for our fine feathered friends! 

Our Egg-sperts are so excited to tell their families---we wrote a letter and colored a picture to remind them to tell everyone all about it! 

Want to see our incubator and eggs? C'mon in after school and chick  check them out! 
Your child can tell you ALL about it! :) 

Come On Down To Our Farm Y'all!

Yee-Haw! It's springtime (I think?! Despite the recent snowfall)....and we are all about the farm and animal babies in our classroom. Our students know quite a bit about farms already, and even have some great questions we are hoping to answer throughout this unit. Some questions are....

Why do pigs oink so much?

Why do horses neigh; why do cows moo?

How many days does it take for a chick to hatch?

Where does a farmer get his/her supplies?

What do goats, chicken, pigs, cows, and sheep eat?

Why do horses need saddles?

Why do pumpkins grow on a farm?

And more! We also talked about how we find answers to things we don't know. It's important to be resourceful people. As a class, we decided we can ask a friend, a teacher, an adult, look on the computer/internet, look in a book or magazine, or take a field trip----going right to a farm would be awesome (but unfortunately, we cannot go there at this time).

If anyone happens to know why pigs oink so much---please feel free to drop me a comment....otherwise, Mrs. Powell is going to have to Google that one! ;)

Well, as always, I have an overwhelmingly large amount of pics. We've been up to a lot of fun and learning---so here they are!

Meet Bessie Jean! 
You've probably heard about our milking cow, Bessie Jean!
She's a stubborn 'ol gal who often makes a mess----has your child come home smelling like milk?!?! 

We often get asked how we milk a cow in the classroom...
well, we just use some little household cleaning gloves and fill them with milk.
Instant udders!!!

Here's Farmer Shelby milking our cow!

Yes, normally at snack time we give your children silverware.....EXCEPT for when we are learning about a certain farm animal and answering YOUR children's burning farm questions. Remember that question---what does a pig eat? SLOP, of course! We read a book about it, looked at pictures, and ate some slop of our own---sans the spoon.

Want our recipe for slop? Simply combine yogurt, granola, and fruit! 

Mmmmm, or should we say "OINK, OINK!"?

Here, Kylee explores little spring surprises in the sensory table. 
She's finding lots of tiny little spring animals! 

GASP! WOW---what's in there Clarabelle?

Oh, this is our game called Score!
Spring soccer, anyone?

Open up a soccer ball (or other sports ball) - and find tiny little letters or numbers.
Then, record what you found on the Score sheet! 
This is great letter recognition, number recognition, and writing practice!

We also made some adorable farm art! 
Come check out the cows and pigs in our barn. 
They are outside the classroom entrance! 

 We also patterned, sorted, and added farm animals! Here, you can see that Kylee sorted the animals by type and size. Way to go, friend!

 "The Ethans" have been loving the puzzle center this week! Today, they put together EVERY puzzle available! Our floor was so colorful. :) Look at this huge farm floor puzzle they conquered together! YAY for teamwork!

 In other news----very UN-farm related, we are quite excited that the Tigers are having such a great season already! Are they winning tonight? I lost track of the game due to blogging about my cute little preschoolers. GO Tigers! And....GOooooooo GSRP! Check out our big hitters!

Hey batter batter----SWING!