Last week in St. Anthony's Pre K 2 classroom we explored Praying Mantis'. We found a Praying Mantis outside and that led to an investigation about what they eat, where they come from, and how they survive. Our friends came up with three different names to give the Praying Mantis which were Unicorn, KeKe, and Fly Thing. We kept the Praying Mantis as a classroom pet and took a vote to name it, the majority of our friends voted to name it "KeKe".
St. Anthony's Pre K 2 class had a special guest come to visit from Thunder Renovations, Mr. Lonnie. Mr. Lonnie is Miss Angela's dad and he came in as our expert for our Pipe Project that we've been exploring all year long. Mr. Lonnie helped us build a talking pipe for our classroom like the ones we saw at Thompson on our field trip. The children were excited to learn more about pipes and hear from Mr. Lonnie. He enjoyed talking us about pipes and tools, the different things that go through pipes, the different uses pipes have, and the tools he uses when working with pipes. He also showed the kids how to draw a blueprint of the talking pipe and how to use the different tools like measuring tape, a saw, and his special marker to build a talking pipe in our classroom.
Bengy- Mr. Lonnie what goes through pipes.
Mr. Lonnie- Things like water, gas, and sound.
Gabriel- What tools do you use on pipes?
Mr. Lonnie- I use a tape measure, a saw to cut,a hammer, and my special red marker.
Mr. Lonnie what's this number on the measuring tape?
Kayli- 1 6 sixteen
Mr. Lonnie Matthew what's this number on the measuring tape?
Matthew- That's number four!
This week St. Anthony’s Pre- K 2 has been exploring bakery’s. They’ve created menu’s and came up with names for their own bakery’s. Today we even explored making and baking our own bread.
(Quotes from our friends)
Amare- “It looks just like play dough”.
Valeria- “It’s hard to mix it up”.
Gabriel- “We can eat this later”.
Yesterday, our children explored the drain pipes and the fall leaves outside. We had a great time and enjoyed the opportunity to explore the world outside of our classroom.
(Some quotes from our children exploring outside)
Aaron- "Leaves fall it's windy and it just blew because that's what happens"
Valeria- "Because they fall down"
Bengy-"It goes down to the other drain and up the wall to the church"
Yarethzy-"I see snakes and water down there"
St. Anthony's Pre-K 2 has been exploring plants and nature. We have been exploring the different plants around us and what we can do with them. We now exploring plants we can and can't eat.
When we went to Teacher’s Treasure we were able to get foam squares. The kids used items around the classroom to see what they could make.
The girls got very interested in the fabric squares we have in our classroom. They tried to make several things out of them. They first tried to make a rug for their kitchen, and then decided they wanted to be designers so they made a dress for Yaleen to wear.
The project we are working on right now is all about St. Anthony's, the church that we go to. We have visited several times to see what we like about the church and what we know about the church. The kids really like the stained-glass windows, and they like the baptismal water. Some of our students can tell us that Jesus died on the cross and rose again to save them. We are also learning bible songs and bible stories so that we can share them with our families.
We went on a “bear hunt” early this month following along with Steve & Greg’s famous song “Going on a Bear Hunt.” Our students have been interested in bears ever since! We have been studying what they eat and have been searching for bears in our outdoor spaces. Reading about our bears we found out that they eat berries and yellow flowers, so we have been collecting bear food in our play yard.
We had a big storm and went outside to check on our tree. We saw that some had big branches fall off and we discovered a tree that was only a stump. Our group determined that bear must have knocked down the tree! More excitement to come as we continue our bear exploration!
The adventures are endless and new every day! We are excited to explore our environments!