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January 2015

Mystery Reader

We welcomed our second mystery reader of the year this afternoon. Mrs. Rosemary, Tavish’s mom came to read two books with us. The first one made us all laugh because there aren’t any pictures but makes the reader say silly words. The second book was by author and illustrator Chris Gall. Rosemary brought in an actual painting he had done before it was turned into a book.

 

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Destination Imagination

Today, during Destination Imagination, preschool and elementary students took on a fun and interesting task. They were given 15 pictures of random children doing various activities. As a group or individually, they had to create a short skit about what they thought was happening in the picture of their choice. Everyone successfully completed the task.

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Small Groups

This week, preschool changed their focus to diversity. We have discussed how being unique is important and how it makes us individuals! We have discussed with students that just because someone looks different doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be treated equally.

We explored how our complexions are different, body types are different, and how our facial features are different!

Today, during small group time, the preschool students participated in various learning experiences to discover how they are similar and different from their peers.

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Weather Inquiry

Miss Allison is working with some students and they are inquiring about the water cycle. After their research, they may choose between creating a song, a dance, a theatrical experience, or a visual art to showcase the parts of the water cycle.

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The students of Miss Dawnavyn and Miss D’s group are excitedly inquiring about volcanoes. Their research will be displayed next to their 3-D volcanoes they plan to make after they collect newspapers.

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Meet Our Preschool Student Teachers!

Kaitlynn Rasmussen –

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     I was a 2009 graduate of Harrisburg high school where I played basketball and softball.  Following high school, I attended Sam Brown’s Cosmetology Institute. In March of 2010, I graduated from cosmetology school having earned my cosmetology license. I worked through the summer of 2010 and then started my education focus at Moberly Area Community College.  I married my high school sweetheart in December of 2012 and then completed my Associates of Arts in teaching in May of 2013. January of 2014 I started here at Stephens College.  I am currently projected to graduate December of 2015. I am so looking forward to starting my career in the education field, sparking imagination, creativity and love for ones own knowledge and potential. In the future I plan to return for my masters degree in Special Education.

Karlie Gore –

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Hello All!

I’m Miss Karlie, and I will be the student teaching in the Preschool this semester! I am so excited to work with your children. I know we are going to have a great time learning alongside each other. I am currently a senior at Stephens College, and have attended Stephens for all of my undergraduate work. Before I attended Stephens, I attended school in the Wright City School district. I have experience in Kindergarten, preschool, and in Stephen’s multi-age classroom consisting of students from Kindergarten to 5th grade. I was a student teacher at Lee Expressive Arts Elementary last semester. My favorite color is Purple and I love the Rugrats! I am truly looking forward to learning with your children!

The Colors Of Us

This week in preschool we have been talking about diversity. Today, students explored the many different skin tones that exist in the world. They investigated the multicultural paints to find one that best matched their skin color. The students then painted their hands with their color match and added it to a classroom handprint collage.

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Diversity

During our theme of Diversity, students in one of our small groups read the book titled The Colors of Us. After reading this book students discussed what it meant to be different and what it would be like if everyone were the same color. Next, the group painted puzzle pieces to make an unknown shape the next day. Students really enjoyed painting with various colors using sponges. They worked diligently to make their pieces colorful. Today, students used teamwork to put the pieces together and create a heart. After the puzzle was made, students worked with the teacher to tape the pieces together and put it on the wall for everyone to see. If you have a second, take a look at this beautiful creation some of our students made!

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Worms or Noodles?

Today we placed dyed noodles in our sensory table and left them out for the students to explore. We did not tell the students what they were but let the students investigate. The students narrowed down the options to either noodles or worms. The preschoolers were fascinated by the slimy, wet texture of the noodles. Some of the students dove right in with their hands while others used tweezers to explore and examine. The students even used magnifying glasses to take a closer look at the noodles.

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Eden did not like the way the worms felt. Her face really expressed her feelings well.

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Measurement & Data

Elementary students have been graphing, measuring various lengths, investigating what can be weighed by grams and kilograms, and measuring for volume. Below are some shots from around our classroom.

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