Friday, September 21, 2018

COLOR WEEK CONTINUES!


Dear Parents,

We continued our color theme by reading At the End of the Rainbow, by A.H. Benjamin and then we made our own rainbows. First, we put a dot of paint on our paper in each color of the rainbow and then use a squeegee to blend all the colors into a fantastic rainbow.  The children had the biggest smile on their faces after discovering how easy it was to make a rainbow.  They children now know that the colors of a rainbow are always in the same order red, orange, yellow green, blue, indigo, and violet (roygbiv).


On Tuesday, the children made a color mixing chart. They learned how to mix primary colors to get secondary colors.  The children now know that red and yellow makes orange, red and blue makes purple, and blue and yellow makes green.
Ms. Lisa brought in her glockenspiel, xylophone, rain stick, and rhythm drum on Thursday.  The children marched to the beat of the drum, sang the "Eensy Weensy Spider," "The Muffin Man," and "Peas Porridge Hot."





We introduced the letter "F" on Thursday.  The children learned how to sound it out and then practiced writing it in their workbooks. The children also brainstormed words beginning with the letter "F" such as:  Fish, Firetruck, Food, Fun, Fruit, and Friends.

Notes from Ms. Peishuan:
We talked about Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, also commonly called the Moon Festival. It is the thanksgiving holiday for the Chinese and many other Asian peoples. Celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month. This year it is next Monday on September 24th.  Ms. Peishuan brought in pomelos and moon cakes, the traditional foods of this holiday to the class.
yòu zi

pomelo, oriental grapefruit

yuè bǐng

mooncake (esp. for the Mid-Autumn Festival)














Reminders:
No school next Monday and Tuesday (Sept 24th and 25th)

Love,
Ms. Bonne and Ms. Denise

Friday, September 14, 2018

EXPERIMENTING WITH COLORS!

Dear Parents,



We introduced our unit on colors by reading The Color Book by Dayle Ann Dodds, Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert, A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni, and Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue by Laurie Rosenwald.  


On Wednesday, the children made marbleized paper by covering a plate with shaving cream.  Then they used eye-droppers to add various colors to the shaving cream.  The children stirred all the colors together and then pressed a sheet of paper on top of it.  Finally, we scraped the shaving cream off, and as a result, beautiful  marbleized paper appeared.






On Thursday, we practiced writing the letter "L."  Some of the L words that the children came up with were:  Lion, Lemon, Lizard, and Lukas.


We continued our color theme by making salt paintings.  First the children swirled glue onto their paper and then poured salt over it.  Finally, the children added various color of liquid watercolor with eye droppers.  The results were spectacular!  






Other fun areas in the playground:



We found two toads in the playground : 

Music with Lisa:






t. She brought in        
In Mandarin, Ms. Peishuan taught the children the word hat. She brought in a few of her own in various colors  and the children passed them around while practicing saying the new word “hat.”  At the end of her lesson, she stacked all of her hats on her head and we all counted them in Mandarin.

戴帽子
dài mào zi
帽子
mào zi
hat
cap

戴帽子
dài mào zi
to wear a hat









 yī / 
one

èr / 
two

sān / 
three
. She brought in a few of her own in various colors  and the children passed the

 We ended our week by doing a science experiment on capillary action, or in other words walking water.
~First we placed 6 glasses on the table.
~Next we added water and food coloring to every other glass.
~We then folded 3 paper towels in half 3 times.
~Dipped the paper towels into each glass.
~ We waited 10 minutes and then checked.
Ask your child what happened next. 
We learned how to mix colors.   We now know that red and yellow makes orange, red and blue makes purple, and blue and yellow makes green.









Reminders:  
Please send your child to school with proper utensils
for lunch and afternoon snack.

Please make sure your child has at least 2 complete sets of clothing in their cubby.

Love,
Ms. Bonne and Ms. Denise
                                                                 

COLOR WEEK CONTINUES!

Dear Parents, We continued our color theme by reading At the End of the Rainbow, by A.H. Benjamin and then we made our own r...