Welcome to Little Hive!
Welcome to Little Hive!
We have had a wonderful and busy year in Little Hive! We have grown to love all of the girls in our class, and are so excited to see them continue to grow in Pre-K. Thank you all so much for sharing your daughters with us, we have truly had an awesome year. Check our the video below to see what fun we have been up to throughout this school year. We hope you all have a great summer!
-- Mrs. Sewell and Miss Maury
Over the past few weeks, our Little Hive girls have had the best time investigating and exploring how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. We have loved watching our classroom caterpillars transform into a chrysalis and eventually complete the metamorphosis into butterflies. Each day the girls have eagerly checked the science center to see what the caterpillars looked like.
This past week has been especially exciting as our butterflies finally emerged from their chrysalises. The girls loved looking at the butterflies flying around and talking about them to each other:
“The butterfly is trying to get out of his cocoon.”
“They start to be cocoons and the wings hop out an they are butterflies.”
“The butterflies are going to hatch!”
“The one that bumps his head is coming out.”
“There is four butterflies.”
“One is climbing, climbing, climbing.”
Today all of the Little Hive classes ventured to the farm to see what spring had brought to the farm, and also to release our butterflies! We met with Mrs. Riddle, the horticulturalist, who showed us all the things that you can taste, smell, and touch on the farm. First, we got to taste some sugar snap peas straight from the vine. They were delicious!
Then, we got to smell some mint that Mrs. Riddle had growing on the farm.
Finally, we got to touch a plant called fennel, the girls thought it was so soft and tickley!
After we took a tour around the farm, we found a shady spot to release our butterflies. We had to give some of them some encouragement to leave the only home they had ever known, and the girls had a great time cheering “Fly butterflies, fly!”. All of our butterflies eventually flew away, and we are excited to see them all around school. One of our little girls said it best: “The butterflies went away. It was AWESOME!”
On Monday, we introduced some special visitors to our Little Hive classroom -- five very small caterpillars. The girls loved looking at these caterpillar friends and counting how many we had.
We learned that these caterpillars will grow and grow and grow until it is time for them to form a chrysalis, or cocoon, in their habitat. We read the story Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert, and learned that we had caterpillars that would eventually turn into Painted Lady Butterflies! The girls have been anxiously checking in on the caterpillars every day in our science center. Recently the girls have noticed that the caterpillars are moving toward the top of their habitat, and we hope that they will begin the process of shedding their exoskeletons and hardening into chrysalides. We cannot wait to see when they make their cocoons!
Our Little Hivers have been busy working on a special project for Miss Maury this week. Next week Miss Maury will be preparing for her wedding, and we thought we would give her new husband some tips on some of her favorite things. We compiled an advice book, see what advice our girls had for the new Mr. and Mrs. Dicken!
Little Hive has been buzzing with creativity lately! The girls have been creating some beautiful artwork, and have been sharing all about what they have created. Take a look and listen to the stories we have been working on in Little Hive this week:
"Words, words, words, e, i, o, w. My name, Mommy, Daddy, and Maddie. I'm going to use green. Green's my favorite. Put it on the paper. I'm not done yet. Now I'm going to use yellow. Wow! Do you see this? It's brown, so cool! Ok, I'm not mixing colors. Stir it up, mix it up, mix it up, put it on the paper. A little green, it's just like brown! It's ok, all my colors mix it up!"
"I drew my name. How do you do your name? That's my name. Look at what I did. Look at this! I'm going to smell the pen. That looks so pretty Mrs. Sewell, I can do that. Now I'll do MY name. Now I'm painting my Mommy, I need some help. It's getting bigger and bigger. I want some pink. That's so beautiful!"
"I'm coloring. I'm coloring a monster. Now I'm coloring a lion. This is his head, this is his tail, these are his feet. You're sharing with me, we both have pencils. I'm done coloring, and now I'm painting. I'm coloring another lion. Now it's black. I want orange now. I'm getting yellow now, so I have to wash the color off. You have to wash your colors so you can get more paint."
"This is Rapunzel's face. This is her dress. Her dress is purple. Her hair is yellow, it glows! Her hair glows! These are her fingers. I made Rapunzel. My mommy will love this; so will my sister. Her name is Caroline. It's Rapunzel."
"I'm drawing something. I'm drawing Cindy Circle. Its a kitty cat. There a kitty cat. A kitty cat needs legs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Look! Eight kitty cats. I'm giving her hair, brown hair. Now you have to clean it. Kitty cats go 'Meow!'."
"A worm in the dirt. Look! It's a seed. Look, its a worm; round and round - it's a round worm. That was fun, now I want to color. I drawed a worm! That's green! Now I'll use red, I did it. Now paint the paper. See it's a dinosaur. Now it's a lion gecko. Where's Owlette? Owlette is in yellow. Look it's PJ mask! Now I'm done."
"I'm going to make a little Cindy Circle and a triangle, and a rectangle. I'm making a bird right there. I make an airplane and a hat. This is a cat. This is a bear, a little bear. This is a line like we walk on. It's a brown shoot. I'm not done yet! It's brown, paint, paint, paint. It's red! I'm painting the bird green, and I'll pain the house red. Now I'm painting a red sky and a blue sky."
"I'm making a bird. It has a bird wings." What kind of bird are you making? " I don't know. I'm using brown again. Now I'm using the pink one, more pink." What kind of bird is pink? "A peacock bird." Are you making a peacock? "Yes. Now I'm done."
"I'm making a lion, a big lion. I'm drawing a gecko on top of his head. Gecko and lion. Here's his head. This is going to be Scott, the bad guy in Lion Guard. Here are Scott's feet. I'm drawing a line and some dots. I'm using black. Now, I'm going to get yellow. After you are done, you have to put the brush in the water to change colors. There's still more yellow I can use. I'm going to use brown, it matches the paint brush. I'm going to show my Mommy my painting. I'm going to put some blue here. I have to put it in the water, and then tap,tap, tap, tap. Now I'm making Scott's cheek. Now here is his other cheek. I'm going to use more purple - I'm not done yet! A little more purple. I'm done!"
"I'm drawing a lion. I drawed his tail. The lion has a head with a mane that says I love you so much. The lion don't want nobody to get on his tail. The lion goes 'ROAR' and nobody gets scary. People gets scary of lions. Come down, go up, come down. It's like dots. This is a giraffe line, and this is a straight line, and this is a lion like a rectangle line. It's like a lion, but not a lion, but it is a lion. The giraffe will come to the lion and it will be scared. Nobody is scared of the lion."
"I going to draw a ballerina. I draw a tutu, it's black. It's a ballerina. Look it's eyes! I'm making something, some more. I make the hair. My ballerina. I'm done. It's green! It's getting purple! Purple, purple, purple! I'm making a bird, see a bird. This is a bird, a BIG bird. That's the Mommy, the Daddy, it's a family. Now here's the baby. Baby, baby, baby, baby. Now that's enough. Now I'm mixing, mixing, mixing."
"Draw. Penguin. Drawing, drawing. Bird, bird. Circle, circle, Ready, drawing. Pretty! More. This one. White. Blue. All done!"
"I am going to draw something that is gray. A bird with some wings. here's the beak and wings. I made a bird. A long bird. Now here some little bees. I drawed some little bees. I am going to draw a hippopotamus. I made a baby hippopotamus, I am making him bigger. I am drawing an elephant, here is his head, here is his trunk, and here's his ears. I made a chicken, I made a rooster. I made a sting ray. All four things are friends. Lots of them! Lots of animals!"
Our girls have really been stretching their imagination, and have been creating lots of amazing projects using wire. Each girl has created something in the wire center, and has told us a great story about what she made. Take a look at the stories that they have told us.
We had such a fun and wonderful day today in our classroom! The girls loved showing their Moms around the classroom, and sharing their favorite centers with their Mamas. The girls enjoyed coloring, playing in playdough, playing with blocks, hosting their moms in the Little Hive restaurant, building in the block and magnatiles centers, using our observation skills in the science center, and playing in the sensory bin. We loved getting the opportunity to show our parents what goes on in our classroom every day. As you can tell we are busy working and learning all the time! We also had such fun celebrating Miss Maury at our school Bridal Shower. The girls loved eating cupcakes, and loved giving Miss Maury their presents at our circle time. We can’t wait to see pictures from her big day in a few weeks! We thank everyone who was able to attend and made today such a success and a fun time!
The Little Hive girls participated in the St. Jude trike-a-thon this Wednesday, and had a wonderful time! The girls loved riding around on their bike, trikes, and scooters outside of Abston, and they really enjoyed having their Moms and Dads there to cheer them on. Thank you all so much for all of your help for making this event such a success. We were able to beat our fundraising goal by $5,000 and raised a total of $15,000. This is a great way to introduce the Little Hive girls to philanthropy and why it is so important. We also had a lot of fun in the process! Check out all of our trike-a-thon pictures below, or head over to our class smugmug to download your own copies.
The girls have been anxiously anticipating Easter! We have read all about the Easter Bunny in our books this week, Happy Easter Mouse! By Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond and Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventure by James and Kimberly Dean. The girls have loved hunting for easter eggs in the classroom, and have had a great time opening and shutting the eggs. The girls have also loved working on matching the colors of the eggs together. In the painting station we have been using pastel paints to paint beautiful eggs, just like the ones we read about in Happy Easter Mouse!. Check out all the pictures below from this week!
We hope you have a wonderful long weekend, and we will see everyone back at school on Tuesday!
The Little Hive girls had lots of fun celebrating the first day of spring this week! We learned all about the season of spring and what this season brings. The girls were excited to read the story “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle, they loved learning how a “giant” flower can grow from a teeny tiny seed. After reading the story, the girls loved looking at the book and retelling the story to each other:
"All the other ones go fast, but the tiny one goes slow."
"A giant BIG flower."
"Oh my goodness, it’s bigger than it’s friends."
"Look the wind is blowing."
After reading our story for the week, we decided it would be fun to plant our own seeds and see if we could grow our own giant flowers. We planted our seeds this week, and we are patiently waiting to see what kind of beautiful flowers they will grow in to.
The girls have also been busy in all of our centers exploring different activities with flowers and focusing on spring. In the sensory bin, the girls have enjoyed using the shovels and rakes to dig in the “dirt” and have had so much fun looking for worms. In the art center, the girls have been working hard on painting coffee filters that we will turn into beautiful flowers once they are completed, and the girls have also been sorting flowers based on the shapes on each flower. They have loved talking about all the shape friends that we have met in our classroom so far this year.
We have had a great week in our class learning all about spring, and can’t wait to talk about Spring and Easter even more next week! A few reminders, the St. Jude trike-a-thon is quickly approaching! We invite all our parents to help us give back to the kids at St. Jude and watch us ride on April 4th ! In order for your daughter to participate, you will need to turn in the Parent/Guardian permission slip that was sent home with your trike-a-thon information, so make sure to get that turned in! In previous years, Hutchison is one of the top fundraisers in the country for this event, so we hope you will help us to keep up the good work. As always, feel free to let me or Miss Maury know if you have any questions, and we hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Welcome to Mrs. Sewell and Ms. Maury's Little Hive class blog! We are looking forward to a great year, and can't wait to share all of our learning with you.