N E W S  &  L E S S O N S  F R O M  M S.  S U K I ’ S  C L A S S

Issue: April 26 – May 7, 2021

 

Dear Families:

Cherry trees are blossoming, flowers are everywhere, and birds are singing. Signs of spring are everywhere. The children will be engaging in many new projects related to spring. The caterpillars have just arrived to add extra fun to the classroom. Aside from this exciting arrival, there will be many more fun activities such as grinding food for birds, observing how flowers and vegetables grow, and learning about bugs and birds through observation and stories.

The children will practice special songs and prepare gifts to take home for Mother’s Day.

We will continue spending large time outdoors to learn about nature, practice gross motor skills and foster interactive communication.

Warm regards,

Suki, Jeanne, and Janet

 

Theme: Spring/Nature/bugs and Mother’s Day

 

Art:

Watercolor flowers and bugs

Caterpillar and butterfly collages

3D collage with wood pieces

Two color painting at the easel using various tools

 

Books:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle

Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman

 

Grace and courtesy:

To recognize feelings of friends by observing their facial expressions

To verbally express empathy toward friends

To learn basic skills for conflict resolution through story books and discussions

To learn to make appropriate judgements of own actions with adult support

To master our class rules

 

Language:

To increase vocabulary and expand phrases/sentences through talking about Spring, planting, bugs, and birds

To increase language skills between peers

To strengthen comprehension via longer stories

To strengthen response skills to Y/N and Wh-questions

To learn to sustain conversation with adult help

 

Math:

Recognition of numerals 1-10, 10-20 through calendar activities

Practice rote counting to 20

Learning one to one correspondence using numbers and objects

 

Sensorial:

Recognizing wider range of shapes such as pentagon, octagon, hexagon, and rhombus, Matching/sorting those shapes

Learning some 3D shapes

Recognizing size differences including long/short, heavy/light, thin/thick

Recognizing variety of textures such as smooth, soft, rough, sticky, lumpy, prickly

Recognizing different smells of flowers, vegetables, and plants

To experiment with different textures

 

Practical Life:

Transferring objects between cups, using tongs and tweezers

Transferring colored water from one bowl to the other using baster and eye dropper

Tracing defined shapes with crayons and marker

Cutting on lines using scissors

Delivering snacks for classmates

Pouring own drink into a cup from a small pitcher

Working with interlocking puzzles

Stringing smaller beads

 

Science:

Observing how plants grow

Observing how caterpillars grow

 

Songs:

“Inch by Inch”

“Let’s Go Fly a Kite”

“I Love You Mommy, My Dearest Mommy”

“Happy Mother’s Day to You”

“Donut Song”

“Sing, Sing a Song”