PreK Wise Owls

WEEK OF 4/15-4/18

The Wise Owls' excitement grew and grew as the Easter holiday quickly approached. The students continued to participate in many religion, math and fine motor activities throughout the week.

On Monday, the students the Stations of the Cross by putting the events in order of when they happened. The Wise Owls also practiced their counting and number recognition by making an Easter stew.

On Tuesday, the Wise Owls wrote in their journals about what they liked best about Easter. The students also practiced their counting and number recognition by playing a number Easter basket game.

On Wednesday, the students worked their fine motor skills as well as their number recognition by lacing an Easter egg. The Wise Owls also played a "How Many Are Hiding Game" which practiced their addition skills.

On Thursday, the Wise Owls joined the rest of the school at our annual Spiritual Olympics! We had a blast as we joined our Faith Partners in many fun Holy activities.

WEEK OF 4/8-4/12

What a wonderful week it has been as we engage in Easter activities to celebrate this special holiday! The Wise Owls participated in many religion, fine motor and math activities as we explore why this holiday is so important in our community.

On Monday, the Wise Owls practiced their addition skills as they did a Jelly Bean roll, add, and dab! The students also practiced identifying syllables in Easter words!

On Tuesday, the students wrote in their journals about what they would want to find in their Easter eggs. The Wise Owls also worked their fine motor skills as they painted with pom poms!

On Wednesday, the Wise Owls completed a directed drawing of an Easter Bunny. The students also started to make their Holy Week book, where each page explains the different event that happened on each day of Holy Week.

On Thursday, the students played an Easter roll and graph game. The Wise Owls also practiced identifying numbers as more than less by using jars of jelly beans.

On Friday, the Wise Owl classroom had the opportunity to watch the junior high students act out the Stations of the Cross. It was a great learning experience for the students to see how Jesus died for our sins on the cross.

WEEK OF 4/1-4/5

It's finally Spring! Which means the weather is constantly changing! Sometimes we see all different kinds of weather in one week! This was the perfect time for a weather theme! This week involved many science experiments, as well as math and fine motor activities!

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On Monday, the students completed a name cloud activity where the cloud was their name and each rain drop had a letter from their name. This helped work the students cutting skills. The Wise Owls also practiced their counting and higher number recognition by making rain drop ten frames. Special thanks to Otis's Mom for being our special guest reader!

On Tuesday, the Wise Owls wrote and drew in their journals about what their favorite weather is! They also practiced their addition skills by adding together different weather forecasts.

On Wednesday, the students sorted different types of clouds! The Wise Owls also practiced extending and making patterns using sunshine rays!

On Thursday, the Wise Owls made predictions and conclusions about a rain in a jar experiment: What happens when food coloring (rain) is dropped into a cloud (shaving cream)? The students also experimented what objects would the wind blow!

On Friday, the students watched a video and read and article focusing on wind! They then observed what objects blow in the wind by looking at pictures. The Wise Owls also practicing their rhyming with tornado rhymes!

WEEK OF 3/25-3/29

Due to the growing interest, we continued our learning with another week of our pet them! It was an extra special week as we welcomed another to our classroom! We now have a fish named Fishy and the Wise Owls sure are loving him!

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On Monday, the Wise Owls picked a pet and did some research on it to learn different facts about it! The students also practiced labeling the different parts of a fish.

On Tuesday, the students wrote in their journals by answering the question "If you could have any pet, what pet would it be?" After attending the Ash Wednesday Mass, the Wise Owls made a flip book by writing about the 3 ways Fr. Marshall told us we can be closer to Jesus during Lent: Act like Jesus, be friends with Jesus, and talk to Jesus.

On Wednesday, the Wise Owls made a directed drawing of an aquarium. The students also practiced their counting by playing a count and roll game.

On Thursday, the class finally went on a field trip to Petsmart to get our class fish! Special thanks to Elsa and Landon's mom, Otis's mom, Logan's mom, Caleesi's mom, Teddy's dad, and Ciera's mom for joining us on our special trip! The students later played an emotion match game where they had to match a picture of them making a specific emotion to that emotion box. The Wise Owls also made observations of our new class pet fish, Fishy!

On Friday, the students went around to all the classrooms and took a poll about what their favorite pet is. The Wise Owls also wrote facts about fish! Special thanks to Jackie's mom for being our special guest reader!

WEEK OF 3/18-3/22

This week, the Wise Owls dove into an interest over the pet theme we did. This theme included many fun conversations between the students, such as if they had a pet and what pet they would want to be if they could choose! This week also included many fine motor, math, and literacy activities.

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On Monday, the WIse Owls practiced identifying the initial sound of words by using different pet vocabulary words and then writing the letter. The students also read an article and watched a video all about a specific pet: rabbits!

On Tuesday, it was journal day! The students wrote and drew in their journals about what pet they would want to be! The Wise Owls also went and visited the chapel at SJB, where they drew about what they saw.

On Wednesday, the Wise Owls practiced their counting and adding by putting dog bones in a dog bowl after rolling dice. Some of the students practiced their sight words by playing a pet race game! Other students practiced identifying the beginning sounds of these pet names.

On Thursday, the students practiced their sorting using different pets with different categories! They also practiced their addition by playing a game with hiding and non-hiding fish!

On Friday, the students used their fine motor skills to make snakes! They also practiced writing numbers by participating in a write the room game! Special thanks to Teddy's mom and grammy for being our special readers!

WEEK OF 3/11-3/15

The Wise Owls were feeling the luck this week as we focused on our St. Patrick's Day theme with the upcoming holiday! This week involved many fine motor, math, and literacy activities!

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On Monday, the students worked their fine motor skills to cut out and decorate a shamrock! The Wise Owls also practiced tracing letters by writing them with rainbow colors!

On Tuesday, the Wise Owls wrote their own Rainbow Poem by identifying things that were each color of the rainbow! The students also wrote in their journals this week about when they felt the luckiest!

On Wednesday, the students colored St. Patrick's Day "Color by Code" worksheets. They also practiced their sorting skills with different categories of shamrocks.

A special thanks to all of our wonderful parents who came out for Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday!

On Friday, since the Wise Owls have been working so hard, it was a special movie day! A special thanks to Noelle's mom for being our special guest reader!

WEEK OF 3/4-3/8

The Wise Owls loved learning about the body so much last week, that we decided to do it again this week! We continued this theme by doing many math, science, and fine motor activities this week.

On Monday, the students drew skeleton self-portraits. The Wise Owls also started creating their usable body part vests by adding the stomach!

On Tuesday, the Wise Owls started writing in their journals with their first entry! They wrote and drew about what time that they went to the doctor. The students also added lungs to their body vests. The Wise Owls had a blast at our March Mad Minutes Kick-Off Party.

On Wednesday, the students practiced their higher number recognition and counting by doing a number tooth brush away activity. The Wise Owls also drew pictures of themselves at all ages, such as when they were a baby, a child and an adult. The Wise Owls enjoyed getting together with the whole school at Mass to celebrate the start of Lent and Ash Wednesday.

On Thursday, the students made a class book where they measured themselves with blocks, then recorded how tall they were in blocks. The Wise Owls completed their body vests by adding the heart.

On Friday, the Wise Owls practiced counting using their fingerprints to make a fingerprint graph. The students also used band-aid rulers to measure different parts of their bodies.

WEEK OF 2/25-3/1

It was so great being back with our friends after our week long break! This week, the Wise Owls focused on learning all about their body and teeth! The students asked great questions and learned a ton!

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On Monday, the Wise Owls read an article and watched a video about how we can take care of our teeth. The students learned that even animals have different types of teeth. After reading, the Wise Owls then did a color by number activity with tooth brushes. The students also did a "Time It" activity where they observed how many different exercises they can do in one minute.

On Tuesday, the students used labels and a partner to label the different parts of the body. The Wise Owls also made their own page for a class book where they each gave a way to be healthy.

On Wednesday, the Wise Owls sorted different foods as "healthy" or "not healthy". The students also practiced identifying different shapes by playing a "spin a germ" game.

On Thursday, the students did different exercises to count out syllables, such as push-ups, side stretches, and even jumping jacks. The WIse Owls also completed their February writing pages by practicing writing their name and drawing a self-portrait.

On Friday, the Wise Owls practiced making different letters by using their finger prints with ink pads. They also practiced rhyming by using pictures on Band-Aids to match the words that sounded the same! Special thanks to Will's for being our special guest readers!

WEEK OF 2/11-2/15

It was a loving week in the Wise Owl classroom as we celebrated Valentine's Day before our February break. The students participated in many fine motor, science, and math activities to celebrate this fun week.

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On Monday, the students used heart shaped cookie cutters to make stamp art. The Wise Owls also worked their fine motor skills by cutting strips of red, pink and purple paper and gluing them in a heart shape to make a collage. The students also read a My Big World article and watched a video about being a good friend. The Wise Owls then made patterns using candy hearts.

On Tuesday, the students had a blast making a snowman in their monthly art class! The Wise Owls also played a roll and add game and used Valentine stickers to cover the number they rolled. They also practiced taking polls to see who liked what better.

On Wednesday, we jumped for SJB in gym class. The students practiced letter recognition by dotting letters when they identified them on heart cards.

We would like to give a special thanks to Luca's Mom, Jackie's Mom, and Will's Mom for making our Valentine's Day so special with the party they threw for the Wise Owls!

On Friday, the Wise Owls observed if candy hearts dissolved in different liquids. They also used their fine motor skills by weaving hearts! A special thanks to Teddy's dad for being our special guest reader!

WEEK OF 2/4-2/7

We were so lucky with such great weather this short week! It was great to finally get back playing outside after being cooped up in the classroom for a couple months! This week, we focused on learning about polar animals!

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On Monday, the students used the new classroom touch screen board to match different shaped penguins to their corresponding shape iceberg. The Wise Owls also practiced making patterns using ice cube trays and unifix cubes. The Wise Owls also worked with a teacher to make their own penguin directed drawing. This helped the students to follow step by step instructions.

On Tuesday, it was the 100th day of school! The Wise Owls had a blast at our pep rally! The students wrote about what they would do if they were 100 years old, followed by taking a picture that made them look 100 years old. The Wise Owls had a great time making 100 ingredient trail mix as well!

On Wednesday, the students practiced identifying and matching upper and lowercase letters using polar animals and snowballs. The Wise Owls also did an experiment where they learned how penguins stay warm with feathers.

On Thursday, the Wise Owls did a write the room activity where they had to find a polar animal vocab card and practice tracing the words on a clipboard. They also played a hide and seek iceberg game that involved number identification to find the hidden iceberg.

WEEK OF 1/28-2/1

The weather might've been cold, but that didn't stop us from celebrating Catholic Schools Week! We had a blast with all of the fun activities this week to celebrate how wonderful our school is. We are so blessed to be SJB Eagles!

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On Monday, the students made tape art! After painting, the students peeled off the tape, which made the outline of the Cross! The Wise Owls also wrote and drew about why they loved SJB. These can be featured on the first floor bulletin board! Our Catholic School Week activity today was to create a door decoration based on kindness. Our theme was "We Life Each Other Up With Kindness". Make sure to check out the Wise Owl door to see all the sweet reasons we can be kind to each other that the students said.

On Tuesday, the Wise Owls practiced identifying the letters in their name by doing a "Search and Dot" using different colored dotters. The students also made prayer books. This helped the students focus on reasons why we pray. The students' 4th Grade Faith Partners visited to read each students' favorite book that they brought from home. What a special activity!

We hope everyone stayed warm at home on our Cold Days Wednesday and Thursday.... Brrrrrrr.

It was a fun Friday to end Catholic Schools Week with Mass and a Movie! Special thanks to Finnbar's mom for being our special guest reader!

WEEK OF 1/22-1/25

It was a short yet exciting week as we wrapped up our melting theme! The Wise Owls are ready to show off their knowledge and hard work at the science fair this weekend!

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On Tuesday, the Wise Owls sequenced how an ice cube starts as a frozen solid, until eventually melting into a liquid. The students also made melting snow art by placing snow on top of tissue paper until the color leaked onto a piece of paper.

On Wednesday, the students also made crayon molds by melting crayons in cupcake tins. The Wise Owls also watched as marshmallows melted when they made hot chocolate!

On Thursday, the Wise Owls practiced their number and shape identification as they used playdough to form these numbers and shapes. The students also used mittens to make their names!

On Friday, the students rewarded their melting success by melting marshmallows and making S'Mores! The Wise Owls also pretended that aluminum foil was ice and painted on it. Special thanks to Tess's Dad for being our special guest reader!

WEEK OF 1/14-1/18

It was another fun and exciting week in the Wise Owl classroom. This week, we started preparing for our upcoming science fair and learning all about melting! The students completed many exciting experiments and activities to learn about different things that can melt.

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On Monday, the students participated in an experiment where they had to find ways to a piece of chocolate with their hands! They learned that doing small exercising and moving around causes it to melt. The Wise Owls also played a game on the new interactive t.v. where they identified if a certain picture was frozen or melting. This helped the students identify different objects that can melt.

On Tuesday, the Wise Owls read a My Big World article that focused on ice and how it can melt. After reading, the students made an outline of a snowflake by drawing it in number order. The students also participated in an experiment where they observed if salt or sugar melted ice cubes.

On Wednesday, the students painted ice cubes to see if paint would melt ice quicker! They also worked their fine motor skills by making a shape using beads. They then used to heat to melt the beads together to form the shape!

On Thursday, the Wise Owls participated in a melting snowman experiment. Throughout the day, the students observed and took notes regarding what happened to the ice snowman when he was left out of the freezer. The students concluded that he melted and became water. The students also used a hair dryer to melt crayons!

On Friday, the students used letter stamps to make different words and names. This helps the students with letter and letter sound identification.

WEEK OF 1/7-1/11

We sure did miss each other over our two weeks off for Christmas break! This week, we met our newest Wise Owl friend, Bisbee! We also learned about a brand new season through our theme this week: Winter!

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On Monday, the Wise Owls read two My Big World articles! One was about hibernating animals and the other was about polar bears that live in the Arctic! These articles included activities involving counting and graphing and then identifying hibernating animals in a group.

On Tuesday, the students practiced their measuring by using snowball rulers to measure different objects! The Wise Owls also made salt paintings!

On Wednesday, the Wise Owls practiced identifying syllables in winter words using clothes pins! The students also focused on their own creative idea about how a snowman would melt if they got to pick. They then painted their melted snowman with puffy paint.

On Thursday, the students practiced their beginning sounds by matching pictures of different winter objects to their corresponding letters. As a social/emotional activity, the Wise Owls picked one friend in the class and wrote about why they are friends, then drew a picture as well.

On Friday, the Wise Owls created a winter scene, using a bare tree and white paint as snowflakes. The students also practiced writing their name and drawing themselves for their January writing page.

WEEK OF 12/17-12/21

WE DID IT! We finally made it to Christmas break! What a fun first half of the school year we had in the Wise Owl classroom. Before you check out all the fun things this final week before Christmas break has brought, Miss Cristina and Miss Allison would like to wish every Wise Owl and their family a very Merry Christmas and an even happier New Year! We cannot wait to see everyone back in 2019 when we come back from our two week break!

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On Monday, the Wise Owls participated in a Write the Room activity! This helped the students practice identifying and writing different letters. They also decorated bags to put their beautiful gift for their parents in!

On Tuesday, the students had the best time at our first field trip! The Wise Owls were so entertained by the "Mrs. Claus" play.

On Wednesday, the Wise Owls practiced matching lowercase and uppercase letters by using dotters! The students also made a delicious treat that we hope everyone enjoyed in their present bags!

On Thursday, the students spent some quality time with their 4th grade Faith Partners by visiting them in their classroom!

On our last day before Christmas break, we went to Mass to celebrate Father Wayne's last school mass at SJB. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR US, FATHER WAYNE! We also watched "The Star", a movie the Wise Owls recommend to all about the first Christmas.

WEEK OF 12/10-12/14

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year and the Wise Owls are really getting into the spirit of Christmas. As we continue with our Christmas theme this week, we continued to focus on math, literacy, fine motor skills, and more!

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On Monday, students practiced their counting and number recognition by making Santa 10 frames. They also practiced story retelling by describing their favorite part in "The Gingerbread Boy" and then drew a picture of it. We also placed a pretend fire above a candle on our Advent Wreath to celebrate the second week of Advent.

On Tuesday, the students used their fine motor skills to practice writing letters with Christmas sprinkles.

On Wednesday, the Wise Owls made Christmas stew! This helped the students practice 1:1 correspondence as well as practicing number recognition.The students also read a My Big World article about gingerbread! They also completed an activity where they had to color the different shapes on a gingerbread by a certain color. The Wise Owl classroom also had a special visitor: SANTA!

On Thursday, the students had a BLAST at our annual Christmas concert. We hoped everyone enjoyed the show!

On Friday, the Wise Owls learned about the true spirit of Christmas as we made blessing bags to give to others in need. Thank you to all our wonderful parents who donated materials for these blessing bags! The students also practiced their cutting using wrapping paper! A special thanks to our wonderful room parents for coming into the classroom and doing a special craft with the Wise Owls!

WEEK OF 12/3-12/7

It's officially December! Which means we officially start focusing on one of the most exciting parts of our school year: Christmas! This week, we did many activities focused on Christmas that helped with our fine motor, literacy, math skills, and much more!

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On Monday, the students decorated Gingerbread to help decorate the Parish Hall for Cookies and Cocoa with Santa on Saturday! The Wise Owls also made a Christmas tree collage using wrapping paper clippings that they cut themselves!

On Tuesday, the Wise Owls worked on their positional words by making a positional word book. They had to listen to the sentence on each page and put a Gingerbread Man where the sentence said it had to go. The students also made a special, secret craft. The Wise Owls also had their monthly art class!

On Wednesday, the students practiced making gingerbread patterns! The Wise Owls also played a gingerbread man race game to help them practice their counting and their number recognition.

On Thursday, the Wise Owls practiced their letter recognition by matching uppercase letter cards to their proper lowercase letter cards. The students also played a fun gross motor game where they did different Christmas themed actions. The Wise Owls also got a special visit from St. Nicholas on St. Nicholas Day! Thanks St. Nicholas for the special treats in our shoes!

On Friday, the students made Gingerbread Stew! This helps them practice their counting by counting out ingredients and number recognition by seeing how many of each ingredient they need. They also played a letter game where they listened to the first sound of a picture, then colored the corresponding letter on their gingerbread man.

WEEK OF 11/26-11/30

We hope everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving. Even though we missed each other, we jumped right back into all of the fun in the Wise Owl classroom on our first day back! This week, the students engaged in a construction theme that worked on skills such as literacy, math, and fine motor.

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On Monday, the Wise Owls practiced measuring with a ruler to measure different lengths of tape! The students also practiced their counting and number recognition while playing a construction board game.

On Tuesday, the students practiced sorting objects by size by sorting different sized buildings from big to small. After reading the story about Noah's Ark from the Bible, the students practiced retelling the story by sequencing pictures from the story.

On Wednesday, the students made blue-prints of a building design they wanted to make out of wooden blocks. The Wise Owls also learned about 3D shapes by building with them.

On Thursday, the Wise Owls created the design they made in their blue-print on Wednesday! The students also practiced their beginning letter sounds by matching cones to with letters to pictures with the corresponding letter sound.

On Friday, the students made shapes with popsicle sticks! They also made maps of their rooms!

WEEK OF 11/12-11/16

This week, our theme was Thanksgiving. We took this week to discuss all that we are thankful for in our wonderful lives, while also focusing on building math, literacy and even science skills!

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On Monday, the students practiced their number recognition, counting, and 1:1 correspondence by making a turkey stew! They followed a recipe and counted out different objects, like legs, eyes, and feathers to crate a stew! The Wise Owls also read an article and watched a video all about being thankful and different things we are thankful for. They then did a comparing activity where they identified which plate had more or less amounts of food.

On Tuesday, the students worked their fine motor skills by completing different cutting challenges! They also practiced understanding different positional words by acting like turkeys on chairs.

On Wednesday, the students made Thanksgiving dinner plates by identifying syllables in different Thanksgiving food words. Depending on how many syllables the word had, each student placed the food on the 1, 2, 3, or 4 syllable plate. The Wise Owls also discussed the different things that they were each thankful for in their lives and then painted the turkey with what they shared on them.

On Thursday, the students shared who they were thankful for in their lives and then wrote them a thank you note. They also participated in an activity where they practiced putting numbers in order using turkeys after reading the story "10 Little Turkeys".

On Friday, the students read an article and watched a video all about turkeys. They then completed a tracing activity after reading. The Wise Owls also practiced writing letters by writing them popcorn kernels!

WEEK OF 11/5-11/9

We cannot believe it is already November! The saying is true: Time flies when you're having fun! And that is exactly what's been happening in the Wise Owl classroom! This week, our theme was all about the Farm, which fits in perfectly with the fall season.

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On Monday, the Wise Owls practiced counting and number recognition by making farm 10 frames. They also practiced story retelling, an important literacy skill. Students listened to the story "Click, Clack, Moo! Cows That Type" that retold their favorite part of the story to a teacher, then drawing a picture of it.

On Tuesday, the students gained knowledge about maps! Students created their own farm map by drawing how to get to the different places on their farm. The Wise Owls also made a class book called "Old McWiseOwls Had A Farm". Each student made a page by picking a different farm animal and then drawing it for the book! The students also had their third Art class of the year with Ms. Petie! In honor of the 2018 Election, we read "Duck for President" at closing circle. We then discussed the importance of voting and making our voices heard! A special shout-out to all those families that voted!

On Wednesday, the students worked on rhyming by matching pictures of farm words that rhymed. The Wise Owls also practiced identifying syllables in farm words by participating in an energizer game. Students did different moves, such as jumping and clapping, to identify the syllables in these words.

On Thursday, the students made shape gardens! By making shape gardens, the Wise Owls traced different shapes on different stems to make a flower. They then were challenged to draw these shapes themselves on different stems. The students also did a science experiment where they made butter! Their hard work tasted even better!

On Friday, the Wise Owls made their own mini book about different animals that live on the farm. These mini books teach us about different parts of a book, how to read from left to right and even helps us identify different letters in different words. The Wise Owls also did some research about different farm animals and recorded different facts that they learned. We then shared our research with the whole class!

WEEK OF 10/29-11/1

The week the Wise Owls have been talking about for weeks finally came: HALLOWEEN! We had a spooktacular week with each other and loved seeing all of our friends in their fabulous costumes!

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On Monday, the Wise Owls used candy corn to help us trace the letters of the alphabet! The students also practiced recognizing syllables in different Halloween words by participating in a "Clap and Build" activity.

On Tuesday, the students practiced writing and tracing numbers by completing a "Write the Room" activity. The Wise Owls walked around the room and traced the numbers that they found on a recording sheet. The students also played a "Monster Race" counting game. This helped the Wise Owls practiced counting and number recognition.

On Wednesday, the students had a BLAST at the Halloween Fest. They played numerous games and won lots of candy, all while looking fantastic in their costumes! What a fun, successful day it was!

On Thursday, the students made Halloween patterns! They also made a "Witches Brew" stew. This helped students with counting out objects and number recognition by following a recipe.

WEEK OF 10/22-10/26

As we continue into our Fall season and quickly approach Halloween, it was a perfect time to focus on a Pumpkin theme! Throughout this week, we did activities that strengthened our math, science, and fine motor skills. A special thanks to all of the Wise Owls for helping Miss Cristina make her Robot costume for Halloween using recyclable materials! She cannot wait to wear it!

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On Monday, the students made pumpkin collages using different orange and patterned paper clippings. The Wise Owls also did a Roll and Cover activity that involved them rolling a dice, counting how many dots they landed on, and dotting the corresponding number on their Spooky Pumpkin sheet!

On Tuesday, the Wise Owls watched a video and read an article that taught us different facts about pumpkins! We learned that pumpkins can be different shapes, sizes and colors, as well as the different parts of the pumpkin. They then completed an activity where they had to observe which pumpkin had more seeds out of a pair! The students also took part in a fine motor activity where they poked holes in a pumpkin template using a toothpick at the carpet!

On Wednesday, the students worked on identifying the different aspects of the life cycle of a pumpkin. They observed that it starts as a seed, then grows into an orange pumpkin. The Wise Owls also made their own "Spookley the Square Pumpkin" after reading the story!

On Thursday, the Wise Owls did a fine motor activity where they had to lace the vine of their pumpkin1 They painted paper plates orange and then used green yarn as the vine to lace with! They also completed a pumpkin investigation where they observed the different part of a pumpkin, measured different aspects of it, and even took a look at what was inside the pumpkin.

On Friday, the students worked on shape identification by created shape pumpkins! This helped the Wise Owls identify how many corners and sides different shapes have! They also planted their own pumpkin seeds and recorded what they think was going to happen to the seeds throughout the next couple of days!

WEEK OF 10/15-10/19

The Wise Owls were so interested in our theme last week, that we continued to learn and focus on reduce, reuse, and recycle this week! We continued to use this theme to focus on language arts, math, and fine motor skills.

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On Monday, the Wise Owls focused on practicing how to identify the amount of syllables in words. We used words related to recycling to practice this. The students also practiced drawing different shapes by tracing Earth's that were in different shapes.

On Tuesday, the students practiced number recognition and counting by completing a Earth ten frames activity. The students identified the number on each Earth then used Q-tips and paint to dot the proper number of boxes that corresponds with the number. The Wise Owls sorted letters based on if they had straight lines, curvy lines, or both!

On Wednesday, the Wise Owls played a matching game where they matched a recycling picture to the letter it started with. This helped us work on identifying letter sounds. They also completed their October writing page, where they practiced writing their name and drawing a picture of themselves.

On Thursday, the students went from classroom to classroom taking polls. Questions for these polls included: do you have a garden, do you recycle, and do you walk to school. We learned that other PreK students are mostly environmentally friendly. The Wise Owls also practiced writing letters with gel!

On Friday, the students used recycled materials to make musical instruments! We also did a counting activity that measured different pictures of plants using seeds! This helped us practice writing numbers and 1:1 correspondence when counting.

WEEK OF 10/9-10/12

During this short week, we learned about the 3 R's to protecting our Earth: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The Wise Owls caught interest in learning different ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle in every day life, and how this benefits the Earth that God created.

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On Tuesday, the Wise Owls had their second art class, where they made pumpkins out of modeling clay. In small groups, the Wise Owls sorted letters that were and were not in their name. They also examined 3 different sensory bottles that represented air, land and water pollution. They then recorded how plants, animals and people would feel in these 3 types of polluted environments.

On Wednesday, the students sorted different types of trash, such as plastic, paper, metal, composte, and glass. They also discussed how they can be good Stewards by talking about how they can help our Earth that God created.We also started making our crayon molds. Students used broken crayons to make different shapes using cupcake tins.

On Thursday, the Wise Owls wrote and drew about how they can help the Earth. They also used observed different recyclables using magnifying glasses, a scale and rulers!

On Friday, the students used water pollution bins to learn about how pollution affects our waters and the creatures and plants that live in them. Students used tweezers to try to get all the garbage out, but learned that it's hard to get all of the garbage out once it's in it. We also played Recycle Bingo to learn more vocabulary terms.

A special thanks to all the families who contributed recyclables for our classroom and helping the Wise Owls learn from a hands-on experience!

WEEK OF 10/1-10/5

The first week of October was the perfect time to do a fall theme in the Wise Owl classroom! We engaged in many activities that included language arts, math and fine motor skills!

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On Monday. the Wise Owls practiced their cutting by completing a fall cutting page! They also made their own fall collage using cut-outs of different fall things.

On Tuesday, the students were visited by a Chicago firefighter who taught us about fire safety! The students wrote and drew about their favorite things about Fall. We also practiced counting syllables in different Fall words using a dotter sheet.

On Wednesday, the students practiced identifying even more syllables in words, but instead by participating in a movement game. They also practiced identifying letters on different leafs using a find-and-dot sheet.

On Thursday, the Wise Owls practiced graphing by playing a roll-and-graph game. The students rolled a dice, identified what Fall picture they landed on, a certain amount of Fall materials they needed according to a recipe card, then counted them out in a bowl.

On Friday, the students played a Fall roll and cover game. The students rolled a dice, counted how many dots it landed on, then counted unifix cubes to cover their counting mat. The Wise Owls also practiced sorting by color, shape and size suing leafs.

WEEK OF 9/24-9/28

The Wise Owls got in touch with their inner scientist as they explored our apple theme. Our week was jam packed with science, math, and literacy activities to explore this theme. This week, we also started our school wide Kindness challenge. This week's challenge? Say hi to a teacher by addressing their name!

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On Monday, the Wise Owls used their fine motor and fine art skills as they used apples to stamp paint. They also learned that scientists "examine" different things by completing an apple examination. Our question of the day during morning meeting was, "Do you like apples?" The students also got a visit from two special guest readers: Miss Allison's Mom and Dad from Florida!

On Tuesday, the students learned that scientists make predictions. We predicted how many teddy bear counters, links and blocks it would take to make the same weight as an apple. We used a balance scale to test our predictions and then recorded our data. We also read a My Big World article and watched video about apples. We then completed a color by letter activity where they had to color apples depending on if they were red, green, or yellow.

On Wednesday, the Wise Owls focused on labeling the life cycle of an apple. They learned that it starts as a seed, then grows on a tree! They also used their five senses to describe an apple during a taste test!

On Thursday, the students labeled the parts of an apple, including the core, seeds, stem, leaf, flesh and skin! The Wise Owls also practiced rhyming using apple flash cards.

On Friday, the Wise Owls practiced counting, 1:1 correspondence and number recognition by playing an apple roll and cover game. Student rolled a dice, counted the number of dots, then dotted the number on their recording sheet! They also played a card matching game where they matched the number of apples to the basket with the correct number on it.

WEEK OF 9/17-9/20

We had a colorful week as we focused our theme on colors. During this week, we did many activities centered around colors that covered areas such as math, fine motor, and science.

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On Monday, the students explored colors through water color painting. The Wise Owls also did a science experiment that explored what happens when you mix two of the three primary colors together. We did this through colored water. At morning meeting, our question of the day focused on who was wearing the color red.

On Tuesday, we practiced writing letters using shaving cream! We also played a fun color matching game that worked our gross motor skills. The students ran and matched cones to their corresponding color mat. At morning meeting, our question of the day focused on who was wearing the color green.

On Wednesday, the students practiced making patterns by using colored unifix cubes! They also went on a color hunt where they found objects in the classroom that was a specific color. We then shared our objects that we found at closing circle. At morning meeting, our question of the day focused on who was wearing the color red. At morning meeting, our question of the day focused on who was wearing the color blue.

On Thursday, the Wise Owls practiced number identification, 1 to 1 correspondence, and counting by making color stews! Students identified the number of each color they needed on recipe cards and then counted each number out into their bowls. Students also made color books where they drew an object that was each particular color. At morning meeting, our question of the day focused on who was wearing the color orange.

WEEK OF 9/10-9/14

The Wise Owls are spending these first couple weeks of school getting to know each other more and more. This week, we focused on learning about our families and how each one of us are different from one another, while also finding some similarities among us as well.

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On Monday, students used alphabet magnets to make family themed words using word cards. Students found each letter to make the different words on the cards. Students also practiced story dictation as they drew a picture of their family and told the story about what was happening in the picture. During morning meeting, we observed who did and did not have a pet in their family.

On Tuesday, we read our first story of the Bible: The Creation Story. We then did a sequencing activity where we put in numerical order what God created on each day. The students also focused on themselves as they wrote and drew about something that they think they are good at. During morning meeting, we discussed as a class different types of homes families can live in. We then wrote our ideas down on a chart. We also we had our first art class with Ms. Petie where we created shape dinosaurs!

On Wednesday, the students practiced their number identification and counting as they played a game where they had to match the number of family members to the correct number located on each house. The students also drew a family portrait of their own family. During morning meeting, we discussed as a class different members that can be in a family. We then wrote our ideas down on a chart.

On Thursday, we had a fun-packed morning with meeting our 4th grade Faith Partners for the first time. We started by going to a prayer service at the church and then returning to our classroom where we were able to play with our Faith Partners in order to get to know them better. The Wise Owls practiced writing with their September writing page, where they practiced writing their names and drawing a picture of themselves. The students also created their own "Wise Owl, Wise Owl, What Do You See?" class book, which they each made a page for. During morning meeting, we discussed as a class different activities families can do together.

On Friday, the Wise Owls made their own family books, which included details about their families such as things they like to eat and places they like to go. They also created their own murals in small groups using paint. During morning meeting, we observed who in our class was the oldest, middle and youngest child in each of their families.

WEEK OF 9/4-9/7

It was a short, yet fun week in the Wise Owl classroom as we explored our "All About Me" theme! The Wise Owls enjoyed learned fun facts about everyone in order to get to know each other better.

On Tuesday, the students worked their fine motor skills as they used Play-Do to make their own facial features on play mats! They also expressed their emotions and drew about how they were feeling on this particular day. They helped us learn that everyone can feel different emotions from one another. During morning meeting, we took a vote about which ice cream flavor was everyone's favorite. Chocolate won with 12 votes!

On Wednesday, the Wise Owls created a fun "Guess Who" game where they stated 3 facts about themselves. The students then guess who each mystery person is at closing circle. The students also completed an "All About Me" page that states many facts about them. During morning meeting, the students shared their favorite color!

On Thursday, we were visited by Dr. M, who taught us how to be kind to one another and how to better workout our differences when we have them! We later talked about what we learned during morning meeting. The students also had a blast doing a science experiment by making slime!

On Friday, the students used a variety of materials to make a body collage. They also used 1 to 1 correspondence to measure how big their feet were using unifix cubes!

WEEK OF 8/27-8/31

Welcome to the 2018-2019 Wise Owl Blog! We are so excited to share all of the fun activities we do and all the exciting things we are learning about here!

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On Monday, the Wise Owls dove into a number recognition and counting activity called "Back to School Stew". The students identified and counted the number of each ingredient they needed to add to their "stew" according to a recipe card. The Wise Owls also participated in a watercolor painting activity where they had to paint over a secret message to see what it said (Hint: the secret message was their name!). During morning meeting, we observed who has the letter "A" in their name.

On Tuesday, the students practiced writing different letters in their name using gel bags! They also identified the first letter of their name and then decorated it using tissue paper. This helped us practice using the proper amount of glue. During morning meeting, we observed who has the letter "E" in their name. We also had a great time at our first Spanish class with Miss Parker!

On Wednesday, the Wise Owls completed name puzzles! They also practiced writing their name using Playdough! During morning meeting, we observed who has the letter "I" in your name. We had a blast at our first gym class with Miss KIm!

On Thursday, the students watched a video, read an article and completed a coloring activity that focused on coming back to school! They also worked their fine motor skills by using q-tips to write their names with paint. During morning meeting, the students observed who had the letter "O" in their name.

On Friday, the Wise Owls ended the week by practicing writing their name using dot markers! They also practiced recognizing the letters in their names by making beaded bracelets with our names. During morning meeting, we focused on the letter "U" and identified who did and did not have that letter in their name.