12 Mice on a Clock

We had a fun and busy week last week starting with these wonderful stories we read in class:

  • “A Year With Friends” by John Seven;
  • “Puppies In The Snow” by James Young;
  • “The M Book” by Jane Belk Moncure;
  • “If You Give A Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff; and
  • “A Hat for Minerva Louise” by Janet Morgan Stoeke.

In Nursery Rhymes, everyone had fun singing “Days of The Week”; “Rain, Rain Go Away”; and “If You’re Happy and You Know It”.

In Language Arts, students learned about the Letter M.  To introduce the lesson, the children listened to “My M Book” by Jane Belk Moncure. Then they made these wonderful language arts crafts: “Letter M Collage” and a “M is for Mouse Craft” in which the children created a mouse with the letter M.

In Visual Arts, early preschoolers made a “Melting Snowman” by spreading white finger paint over an entire piece of paper and then adding pieces of the snowman to the art. They also created a super cool “Mouse Coloring Craft” which they colored with crayons and made “extra juicy,” a term that we’ve been using when we’re getting really creative.

In Math, students learned how to count numbers 1 to 12 as they made a “12 Mice on a Clock Craft” with the numbers 1 through 12 on them. They individually painted 12 mice each, and counted each one as they were glued to the clock.

In Science Discovery, students painted with “Ice Cube Painting” which is paint frozen into cubes. The children got to experiment painting by rubbing the colorful ice cubes on a sheet of paper. Students also learned about animals hibernating and their habitats. They enjoyed sorting animals by their homes and where they sleep on sorting mats.

During whole group time, students learned about “The Months and the Seasons”. The young children played a fun educational “Pictionary Game” on the whiteboard in which they guessed which season the teacher was drawing. They participated in making snow angels on the carpet, learning how things melt through crafts and activities, and watched educational videos on the different seasons and how they change throughout the year.

In Autonomy and Social Skills and Work Habits this month, students are focused on improving their skill at identifying the letters in their names through “Name Recognition Activities.” For example. students can now find their cubbies by identifying their names. They’re also making progress with spelling their names!

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