Welcome to Little Hive!
Mrs. Sewell/Mrs. McKnatt
December has been a great month in the Little Hive! The girls have welcomed me into the classroom and I’ve so enjoyed being with them. We have been busy bees working and playing and singing and dancing.
As I’ve interacted with the girls and seen them work around the classroom, I can see how much Mrs. Sewell and Mrs. McKnatt have taught your girls already this school year. The girls work well together and know how to take care of their classroom responsibilities.
We started December by meeting a shape friend, Cindy Circle. Our circle song taught us that “Cindy Circle goes around and around.” Round drums in Music, hula hoops in Movement, circle songs in Spanish, and a circle hunt around the classroom were just a few of the highlights from our circle study. We learned how to draw a circle (as part of our pre-writing work) and studied snowmen to see how circles could be put together to make a picture. We also watched a perfectly straight line bend and form a circle. Wow! This blew the girls away and they loved playing with their own lines (pipe cleaners) to make circles. Learning is so much fun, especially when it’s hands-on.
”A circle is a shape. Like the moon!”
”The ball is a circle.”
”The ornaments are circles!”
”I can roll my hula hoop and it’s a circle!”
The following week, we introduced the girls to a new shape friend: “Suzy Square.” Suzy Square has just four sides. The square song was a fan favorite (see video). Our square hunt showed us just how many squares we see in the classroom every day – A LOT! The girls painted with square blocks and made square impressions in our play dough. We sorted circles and squares at the carpet and the girls loved showing off their shape knowledge. It was fun to see the girls experimenting with how squares could break into two pieces to form two rectangles or two triangles. Geometry at work during snack with our square cheese! : )
”It’s a square!”
”Look! I have one too!”
”Now I have two rectangles.”
”And Mrs. Rainer make me two triangles with my cheese!”
”I see squares on the carpet.”
We look forward to meeting more shape friends in January after our holiday break. Until then, you can help your daughter spot shapes in the world around her.
Gingerbread cookie cutters in our play dough center were a big hit for most of December, so we chose to dig a little deeper into the story The Gingerbread Man before the semester ended. We ate gingerbread cookies at snack time, went on a gingerbread scavenger hunt and counted our findings, made gingerbread play dough, painted with gingerbread puff paint (glue+shaving cream+watercolor paint+cinnamon), and acted out The Gingerbread Man story at our “small world” play center. We love to see the girls telling the story while recalling the characters and plot.
“I’m the little old lady... and here’s the little old man.”
“I put my cookies here.”
”Oh no! He’s running away!”
”Run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man!!”
We celebrated the holiday season at our class party by decorating our very own gingerbread cookies! Thank you to our room mom coordinator for providing the gingerbread cookies, icing, and sprinkles. The girls had a blast! We were so happy our gingerbread cookies didn’t run away – like the cookie in The Gingerbread Man. : )
We hope you enjoy your hand painted tree ornaments from your daughters. They were excited to create a special gift for the people they love.
Wishing you a happy holiday season with family and friends!
Welcome to Little Hive! We are excited for a wonderful school year. Check back here for updates on what is going on in our classroom!