Saturday, October 24, 2015

Signs in our World

Our class has been working on exploring the many signs that are in our world. We are learning to read and recognize environmental print through exciting explorations of our classroom, school and neighborhood! We learned about how signs are helpful to people and can help them be safe and follow rules.

 Our class took a neighborhood walk around our school. Using a visual checklist, we marked the signs we noticed along the way. We noticed many "No Parking" signs, crosswalk signs and even signs at the playground.

We also visited the New York Transit Museum and noticed may signs that help people get from one place to another in our city. We noticed subway signs, maps and bus stop signs. We even got to make buses to take home! Next time you are walking in the neighborhood with your child, look out for signs together!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Building Shapes and Exploring Nature in October

This week we have begun our unit on shapes and have been exploring shapes in a variety of ways. Students have been using our many math materials, as well as craft materials to create shapes. We are also working on sharing and explaining how we used our materials. Below, students are using cubes, wikki sticks and Popsicle sticks to make squares.. Look how many different ways we can make squares!! In the light box center, students are using shapes of different colors to create pictures and tell stories with them. We also noticed how some colors mix together to make others. 

 In our Science center this week, many students began bringing in items from nature to share in our "Nature Basket".  We have found acorns, leaves, bean pods and pine cones. The students love touching and exploring these items hands on and can learn so much from them. We learned about all the different places seeds can be found in nature.

In Ms. Kim's music class students have been working on using their singing voices to sing high and low. Here students use a piece of string to represent their voices going high and low. There are so many ways we can use our voices to make music!