Ready for Christmas

Room 4 is ready for Christmas! We have been setting up our classroom Christmas tree, reading Christmas books and practicing our math and fine motor skills with Christmas activities.  Room 4 has also opened a Christmas card mail center.  Students can write cards to their classmates or family members then address them, stamp them and place them in mailboxes.  This is a great way to share happiness and to work on our reading and writing skills.   We are also very interested in candy canes!  We included them on the list of items needed for our tree, completed observational drawings and even went on a candy cane hunt.  Room 4 also is learning about other holiday traditions such as Hanukkah, by reading books, studying a menorah and playing with dreidels.  We love the holiday season!

 

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Blocks & Bulbs

Room 4 has been exploring new building materials in our block area and exploring buttons in many different ways.  We have sorted buttons, created patterns, used them for prepositional words and to help us act out our favorite book Pete the Cat!  We have been busy making books, and working on using more than one color in our illustrations.  We have continued our recycling project by visiting other classes to teach them what we know about recycling and took a trip to our neighborhood recycling drop off bin.  We also planted some daffodil and tulip bulbs around the front yard. Hopefully we will see some beautiful colors pop up this coming spring!

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Recycling

Room 4 has continued to explore the world around them by investigating recycling.   We have discussed why it is important to recycle and how to find the recycling symbol.  We have sorted our recycling materials by what they are made from especially plastic, paper and cardboard.  We are very good at washing out and saving items from our room to be recycled, such as plastic cups and cereal bowls.  As a family connection, we have brought in recyclable items from home and shared our items with the class.  We are also reusing different recycled materials in our classroom such as bottle lids on our magnet board and plastic containers in our block area.  Mrs. Pike came to our room to share what she knows about recycling and how we can best take care of the Earth.   We have also been practicing measuring with yard sticks.  We enjoy measuring our big creations and interesting items from around the room. 

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Colors of Nature

As we head into fall, room 4 is exploring the colors of nature! We took a nature walk to collect different leaves and will then press them into clay.  We were very curious about the different type of leaves, flowers and other items we found all around our school.   We have also been busy with name painting, making slime and practicing our eye hand coordination with hammers and golf tees. We created a new art piece by gluing cut up paint chips onto a previously used canvas. Recycling in action! We also enjoy using different materials to help us practice our language and math skills.

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Buses

Room 4 has been having a great time exploring buses! We see a city bus and many school buses drive by our playground.  We have taken many walks to see the different types of buses and have become very good at drawing what we see. We have also explored different types of vehicles in our classroom with ramps, racetracks, parking lots, blocks, car painting and car washes! We have been busy scientists as well, investigating how oil, water and alka seltzer can create a lava lamp type explosion.  We love practicing our letters in different ways like on the light table and with salt writing.  When the weather was really hot we cooled off and explored physics by playing in the water and pouring it down our new fence tunnel system.  We are always having a great time in room 4!

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Learning & Growing Together

Room 4 has been very busy! We have been exploring our letters with different materials such as playdough and tree cookies.  We have also started creating our own books! We have been counting out sets and exploring numbers with the book 10 Black Dots. We even used the book as an idea to make our own number wall.  Because of our class fish tank, we have been investigating fish. We are working together to create a fish display.  We painted cardboard fish, added different materials and worked together to create a backdrop.    We have also completed some science experiments by creating and exploring Oobleck and mixing colored water with pipettes.  To practice name recognition and early literacy, students in Room 4 find their names every morning/afternoon and hang it on our "Who's here today" display. We also use this to count our friends everyday. We love to learn and grow together!

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Busy Start to School

Room 4 has been very busy the first two weeks of school. We have enjoyed exploring our room, the playground, the atelier and our yard.  We love to paint, explore different materials on the light table, build with blocks and play outside! We have found a few different insects while outside so we have been investigating insects and spiders.  We are also very excited about our class fish tank. We will soon take a field trip to pick out some more fish! We have been having a great time exploring together and getting to know each other.
 
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Summer is Almost Here!

With Summer Break being just a couple of weeks away, we have been extremely busy in Gilliatte room 4!  We are wrapping up our pizza project and our author study on Eric Carle.  We have also been spending a lot of time outside, soaking up the beautiful weather that we have had lately.  The students enjoy going on walking field trips around the school collecting dandelions and flowers and to the duck pond across the street from the school to feed the ducks and the geese.  The students also enjoy making and playing with play dough.

 

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Warm Weather Walks

The weather has been much warmer lately, and we have had several opportunities to go on walking field trips.  Last week we took a couple of walks to the duck pond across the street from the school.  The students enjoyed collecting rocks, pinecones, leaves and flowers for the nature mobiles we made.  We also got to see some geese with their babies!  This week we took a small group of students on a walk to the Noble Romans inside of Ivy Tech.  The students loved seeing how the pizzas were made and having the opportunity to sample some, too!

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Spring has Sprung!

The students in Gilliatte room 4 have been enjoying this beautiful Spring weather because they have had several opportunities to go outside!  The students have enjoyed doing observational drawings of Spring flowers, going on walking field trips to the duck pond across the street from the school, and going on a field trip to Fort Harrison State Park's playground.  Last week, while we were playing outside on the playground directly outside of our classroom, we discovered that a mother duck decided to make her nest underneath one of the trees!  The students have enjoyed observing the mother duck, doing observational drawings of her, and counting the number of eggs in her nest-so far she has seven eggs in her nest!  The students also helped build a fence around the tree to help keep the mother duck and her eggs safe.  We will be choosing a name for the mother duck, and we are anxious to watch the ducklings hatch!

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