St. Anthony's started school this week and the children in Pre-K 1 have been busy exploring our different spaces.
Our class has been identifying more and more letters as we continue studying our stories. Many friends have been noticing the first letters in their name and showing one another which letter belongs to them. We invited them to create their letters with some straws that they cut into small pieces. We now have a beautiful display of their creation and a starting point for them to discover first letters of all kinds of things!
Our class has continued our study of books and have learned many new things together! We have been very impressed with how our students have begun to read to themselves independently. With books they like and books which are easy to follow they are quickly gaining skills in picture to word correspondence and are able to tell a story using picture cues!
Our class has found a project! Our friends are becoming curious about books. We decided to visit the local library to get books that we could pick out for ourselves. The favorite author right now is Mo Willems, and we have been conducting polls to determine the favorite book in the classroom. We are very excited to pursue the students’ excitement for literature!
In December, our class was enjoying the changing seasons! We had many friends asking when it will snow, and we studied the sky to see if there were any snow clouds in it. We waited expectantly for the first snowfall and there it was! We made snowballs, some friends tried recreating Olaf, and we brought some into our classroom for further study. What a great way to kick off the holiday season!
Our class explored pumpkins and gourds in October. We dissected pumpkins, drew our observations of pumpkins, and even used the rinds as stamping material. We explored our world to find a project, and are keeping busy with current discoveries!
Our class is continually exploring the materials and provocations in our classroom and outdoor spaces. We are getting used to using our fine motor skills through art and construction. We are exploring new spaces to learn and to play. Whether we are discovering new bugs outside, painting leaves, or building incredible structures, we are learning to live as a community in our room. Many exciting experiences to come!