The Medieval Times were far different from the time we live in today. This week we have been reviewing the Feudal System and and the different people that lived so many years ago. Our older students have been making visuals to help us understand the ranking system. Our younger students have been learning about the people that lived during this time period and what their roles are.
This week, the students worked together building a castle out of cardboard boxes. They had to be strategic in where they placed the boxes or the castle would fall down! This activity was a great way to encourage students to cooperate and take turns in large and small groups.
This morning some of our preschool students conducted several surveys. Some included favorite numbers, colors, and flavors of ice cream. Students practiced writing skills during this activity and used tally marks to record their results. The students then compared the numbers for each response.
After our K-1 Showcase this morning, our students enjoyed “Journey”, a word-less picture book by Aaron Becker. Mrs. Clifton did a wonderful job engaging the students in questioning, foreshadowing, and predictions. Our preschool students really enjoyed interacting with the elementary students and sharing in that reading experience.
This morning we had our very first K-1 Showcase of the year. Students brought in their favorite stuffed animals, toy trucks, a special blanket, a microscope with real bugs, a dollhouse, and a special hermit crab. We enjoy sharing this time with our parents, classmates, and preschool friends. We ended the morning by sharing a wordless book called Journey. We are already looking forward to next month’s showcase!
On Tuesday, Miss Taylor did a small group where the students discussed and created a list about what they would find in a castle. Next, the students worked together to create a picture containing everything on their list! Next, we worked on out first letter sounds and labeled our castle.
This week, we had a preschool family bring in caterpillars to share with the students. We have a tank with a Milkweed plant, 2 fat caterpillars, 2 chrysalises, and 3 baby caterpillars.
The students have taken a true interest in learning the life cycle of a butterfly — it will be beneficial for them to actually witness this process taking place in the classroom. We will keep them in the tank until they turn into beautiful butterflies!
We encourage you to ask your child(ren) what they are learning about butterflies!
On Tuesday, Fruit Loop came back to Stephens Preschool! Fruit Loop is an Albino Corn Snake — he is friendly, non-poisonous, and is orange in color. We have spent the last couple days learning various facts about snakes and discussing how to handle them, carefully. Be sure to ask your child(ren) what they have learned about Albino Corn Snakes. A few of the facts we have discussed are —
1. They eat frozen mice and drink water
2. They don’t digest the mouse bones so spit them up.
3. They use their tongues to smell
4. They like to be warm