Friday, November 10, 2017

November 10, 2017

This week, we did a group lesson on the globes and the world map. The students learned that the globe is a representation of the earth where we live. The Sandpaper Globe is used to teach the children the difference between land and water. The Painted Globe introduces the concept of the seven continents. The World Map is a puzzle that focuses on the individual continents and is what the children use to study the continent names. This year, each child will make his/her own continent map where he/she will trace, punch out, assemble, and name the seven continents of the world. Stay tuned!

Marianne and the Sandpaper Globe
Cameron found North America on the
Painted Globe.
Kent is studying his continents.
Addie is punching out Africa.

Save the date - the HCA Christmas Show will be on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 6:30 pm!  Mrs. Clay and Ms. Brown are busy preparing the Pre-K students for the two songs they will sing in the show.

Singing "Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star" with Ms. Brown

We discussed Election Day in school and the students had their own chance to vote! The Pre-K and Kindergarten students came together to listen to two stories, both written by Drew Daywalt.

Mrs. Barrera read The Day the Crayons Quit

Mrs. DeBardino read The Day the Crayons Came Home

After listening to the two stories, the students (and teachers) voted on their favorite.

Tatum liked The Day the Crayons Quit, while Priya preferred
The Day the Crayons Came Home

We graphed our votes on the SMART Board and counted them up to see the winner. It was a tie! The boys and girls were so excited that both books won.

Even though the weather is getting cooler, the Pre-K students still love playing outside! This week, they were excited to watch the 8th grade students paint some games on the black top for all the students to enjoy, as well as play on the field.

"The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child's own natural desire to learn." 
- Maria Montessori

Nolan is spelling words with the Insta-Learn Board.

Tristan is practicing his handwriting skills.

Kevin is working with the basic set of Geometric Solids.

Show and Tell next Wednesday, November 15, will be something that begins with B.

Please send in your items for the Thanksgiving Food Drive. Each Pre-K student has been asked to bring in 1 large box/bag of stuffing and 2 cans of gravy. These items are due in school by Friday, November 17. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Just a reminder that, due to our Middle States visit, next Friday, November 17, will be a half day for all students and there will be no Kids Club. All Pre-K students, including half-day students, will be dismissed from the Penn Avenue parking lot at 11:30 am. If your child has older siblings, they may be picked up at 11:30 as well - please just let us know.