Monday, November 16, 2009

Bark George!!

On Friday we got the wonderful opportunity to see one of our favorite classroom books "Bark George" come to life through Paul Mesner Puppets. The children had a wonderful time watching the puppets and meeting Paul Mesner and his crew after the show. Parents if you are looking for a great family outing then I would check out the Paul Mesner Puppet Studio. The studio is one of the leading puppet studios in America.

El viernes tenemos la maravillosa oportunidad de ver uno de nuestros libros favoritos de clase "Bark George" cobran vida a través de títeres Paul Mesner. Los niños pasaron un tiempo maravilloso ver los títeres y el cumplimiento de Paul Mesner y su tripulación después del espectáculo. Los padres, si usted está buscando una gran familia excursión a continuación, le echaría un vistazo a cabo el Estudio de Paul Mesner Títeres. El estudio es uno de los principales estudios de títeres en América.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Block Play=Learning

The following information on the importance of block play comes from National Association of Young Children (NAEYC)

Socially -- Blocks encourage children to make friends and cooperate. Large block play may be a young child's first experience playing in a group, while small block play may encourage an older child to work with others in solving problems.

Physically -- When children reach for, pick up, stack, or fit blocks together, they build strength in their fingers and hands, and increase eye-hand coordination. Around two, children begin to figure out which shapes will fit where, and get a head start on understanding different perspectives -- skills that will help them to read maps and follow directions later on. Blocks help kindergarten and primary grade children develop skills in design, representation, balance and stability.

Intellectually -- Blocks help children learn across many academic subjects. Young children develop their vocabularies as they learn to describe sizes, shapes, and positions. Preschoolers and kindergarteners develop math skills by grouping, adding,
subtracting and eventually multiplying with blocks. Older children make early experiments with gravity, balance, and geometry

Creatively -- Blocks offer children the chance to make their own designs, and the satisfaction of creating structures that did not exist before. Beginning at the age of two, children may use a variety of blocks for pretend-play. Children may become life-sized actors in large block structures, or use figures to create dramas in miniature landscapes.
Children value their own block structures whether or not they represent specific things. Rather than asking a child, "What did you make?" say, "Tell me about what you made." This will encourage a dialog and offer the child new opportunities to explore.

Hirsch, E.S. 1996. The Block Book.(Third Ed.) Washington, DC: NAEYC. #132/$5.
NAEYC. 1993. Block Play: Constructing Realities (video). Washington, DC: NAEYC.#838/$39.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Celebration Pictures

Here are some pictures of our celebration with 8th grade. The 7th and 8th grade students were great hosts and made us feel real welcome. Thanks-Mr. Nick

Aquí están las fotos de nuestra celebración con 8 º grado el pasado viernes. Los chicos más grandes fueron grandes anfitriones y nos hizo sentir realmente bienvenidos.
Gracias de 8 º grado-el Sr. Nick

Working with the big kids!

Last week Pre-K helped 8th grade move and smooth two huge piles of woodchips for our playground. We worked for about 40 minutes in the morning and for an hour in a half in the afternoon. It was a wonderful learning experience for the children as they got to work together as a community and complete a incredible task. The next day we had a celebration with 8th grade and made some new "Big Friends". Today we reflected on our experience by writing and drawing. Parents ask your child about the work they did with 8th grade and the woodchips.

La semana pasada, Pre-K ayudado a mover de 8 º grado y lisa dos pilas enormes de astillas de madera para nuestro patio de recreo. Hemos trabajado durante unos 40 minutos en la mañana y durante una hora en medio de la tarde. Fue una experiencia maravillosa para los niños, ya que se pusieron a trabajar juntos como una comunidad y completar una tarea increíble. Al día siguiente tuvimos una celebración con el 8 º grado e hizo algunos de los nuevos "Grandes Amigos". Hoy reflexionamos sobre nuestra experiencia de la escritura y el dibujo. Los padres se preguntan a su hijo sobre el trabajo que hicieron con el 8 º grado y la astillas de madera.

Pumpkin Patch

We had a great time at Johnson's Farm in Belton Mo. We got to pet some of the farm animals, find our way through the maze, play in the hay, and pick a pumpkin to take home. The kids did not complain once about getting rained on and slipping in the mud. It was a pretty nasty day but we made the best of it!

Tuvimos un gran tiempo en la granja de Johnson en Belton Misurí Llegamos a acariciar algunos de los animales de granja, encontrar nuestro camino a través del laberinto, jugar en el heno, y recoger una calabaza para llevar a casa. Los niños no se quejó una vez acerca de cómo la lluvia y los resbalones en el lodo. Fue un día muy desagradable, pero hemos hecho lo mejor de ell