Kings and Queens

Students enjoyed several read-alouds last week including “The Birthday Queen” by Audrey and Don Wood; “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen and Bagram Ibatoulline; and “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” by Dr. Seuss, a classic tale of one king’s magical mishap.

In Language and Literacy, students really had fun learning about “Kings and Queens” and how royal families were once the most powerful people in their kingdoms. They got the best of everything: They wore the crown and held an orb and scepter to symbolize their power and leadership, and showed they were in charge. They also learned that kings did not have to say “please” and “thank you”, had servants to help them get dressed, and anything they touched was considered royal. Only the king, queen, their daughter (the princess) or son (the prince) could use royal items.

The language of instruction used this week were: royalorb, scepter, and rules. Through a lively discussion, the children learned that the word “rules” can mean 2 things: having rules in the classroom or ruling over a certain area or land, like the way Queen Elsa rules the kingdom of Arendelle.  Queen Elsa’s visit to Meadows allowed each student to make a clear connection with what they learned about kings and queens during the week. When one student saw Queen Elsa hold a scepter, for instance, she exclaimed, “Look! Queen Elsa is holding an orb and a scepter!”

In Writing, students practiced writing the words in, the, just through rainbow writing.

In Autonomy and Socials Skills, the children pretended to be “rulers” of their own kingdom this past week. They played in the child-sized castle set up in the classroom, wearing the golden crowns they decorated with sparkly stickers during Visual Arts. Each student felt like a king or queen. The dramatic play center enabled them to play using their imagination by re-enacting what they learned from the stories they heard. As the pretend “rulers,” they continued to build their confidence, communication, and leadership skills.

In Visual Arts and Science, students used eye droppers and liquid water color to diffuse paint on a heart shaped paper. They observed how the different colors cover and mix the paper together. Take some time this week to see your child’s beautiful and colorful “water color hearts” in the hallway which is a border for the snowmen craft.

In Math, students practiced counting by 10’s to 100. They also practiced writing by 10’s until they reached 100 on the small white boards using dry erase markers. They played the 10’s Counting Game and used unifix cubes to make a 10-wand (i.e., stack of 10 cubes). We also also worked on putting numbers 10 to 100 in order.

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