North America: Is the third largest continent in the world. There are four big countries: Canada, Greenland, the United States and Mexico. It has high mountains and flat grasslands. It has swamps, forest, deserts and even volcanoes. Most people speak English, Spanish or French.
South America: Is the fourth largest continent in the world. It has tall mountains and flat grasslands. The worlds largest rain forest is in South American and is called the Amazon rain forest. There are may unusual plants and animals.
International Festival Rehearsal | April 18th 6pm-7pm
International Festival Show | April 20th 5:30pm-8:30pm
Vowels and consonants: The students learned to recognize and distinguish vowels from consonants, which is an important step in the development of reading and writing skills. We talked about how all words contain at least one vowel. The students were quickly able to recognize the vowels, which is great because they will have a strong foundation for learning rules and spelling patterns for short and long vowels, final vowels, unaccented vowels, silent vowels and irregular spellings.
Construction Boxes: The students used the constructive triangles in these boxes to learn that all plane geometric figures can be constructed from triangles. They worked with two different rectangular boxes, a triangle box, and a large and a small hexagon box. Each box they used contained triangles of different sizes, shapes, and colors. They used the boxes to explore and set a foundation for later concepts such as equivalency, similarity, and congruency.
Butterflies and Caterpillars: The students learned that butterflies are insects. They also discovered that a butterfly’s life cycle is made up of four parts, egg, larva (caterpillars), pupa (chrysalis) and adult. We talked about how an adult butterfly will eventually emerge from the chrysalis where it will wait a few hours for its wings to fill with blood and dry, before flying for the first time. The students learned that butterflies often have brightly colored wings with unique patterns (symmetric). We read about how most butterflies feed on nectar from flowers and have taste receptors on their feet.
Germination: We talked about how germination is the process of seeds developing into new plants. They learned how certain conditions need to meet in order for this process to take place. We discussed how there needs to be a lot of water so the seed can fill up starting the imbibition process. Which is where the wateractivates special proteins, called enzymes, that begin the process of the seed growth.
Geometric Solids: The kindergarten students learned the names for all ten of the geometric wooden solids: triangular prism, rectangular prism, cube, cylinder, cone, triangular pyramid, square pyramid, sphere, ellipsoid and ovoid.
Plants and Flowers: We learned how plants grow in many places: parks, forests, yards, fields, deserts, lakes etc. We also discussed how all plants need sunlight, water, air and food to grow. The children learned the different parts of plants and their purposes. For example the stem helps move food and nutrients through the plant or flower in order for it to grow.
March 23 | Pajama and Show N Tell Day
March 23 | Bring Your Parent to Work Time
March 26 – April 2 | Spring Break
A peak into next week: Butterflies and Caterpillars
Insects- The students learned that most insects do more good than bad. That bees, wasps, flies, beetles, mosquitoes and butterflies are great pollinators. Some insects eat other insects, keeping each insect group from getting too big. We also talked about how insects like ladybugs are a farmers best-friend, because they eat tiny crop eating insects called aphids. They also learned that all insects have three main body parts: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. The head has large compound eyes, the antenna (feelers), and the mouth parts. That the thorax is the middle region of the body and has the legs and wings. Then, their is the abdomen.
March 13 | Parent teacher conferences (Pre-K & K families only)
Shapes- The students learned that there are different types of triangles (equilateral, scalene and isosceles). They also learned the names of polygons such as: 3: triangle 4: quadrilateral 5: pentagon 6: hexagon 7: heptagon 8: octagon 9: nonagon and 10: decagon.
Music with Water- We lined six glasses up next to each other and filled them with different amounts of water. The first one had a little and the last one was full. Then, we took a pencil and hit each glass of water. We discovered that the glass with the least amount of water made a low sound and the glass with the most amount of water made a high sound. We talked about how when we hit the glasses with a pencil it creates sound waves, which travel through the water. More water means slower vibrations and a deeper tone.
Walking Water- We placed three glasses side by side, filled the two outside glasses with water and food coloring (yellow and blue) and left the middle glass empty. Then, we twisted two paper towels placing one end in the glasses with water and the other end in the empty glass. After about 30 minutes we noticed that the water started to climb the paper towels making its way to the empty middle glass. We learned that this process is called capillary action and is also how flowers and plants move water from the ground up through their stems and into their petals and leaves.