Tuesday, January 5, 2010

January 5th, 2010

Today we were so thankful to be back at school after winter break. We took turns sharing with a buddy about how we spent our special vacation. We had so many wonderful stories about our time spent with our family that we had to get them down on paper! We talked about the many ways that authors record their stories - some authors just draw pictures to get their ideas down on paper (they are called illustrators) and some authors draw and might add some labels, too! Both are good ways to make sure stories aren't told and then "disappear into the atmosphere!" When we write our wonderful stories down, we'll have them always.

Ms. Katie modeled the story of her snow day spent playing with her dogs Duke and Maddie. We helped her sound out the word "Sno" (snow).

In centers, we illustrated our stories about the snow! Ms. Katie wrote down the stories we dictated to match our illustrations. Some of us used the alphabet sheets to sound out labels like "snow" and "snowman." We are real Writers and though we read and write all day, every day, this is an area that we will be focusing on intensely as our "theme" for the next three weeks.

Most of us wrote about snow or our holiday break!

We use alphabet sheets and other authors (good authors work together!) to help us sound out words!

Snowball fight!

Also in centers, we played the "alphabet fishing" game to work on both letter recognition and letter sounds. We love this game!

We also had music with Ms. Shelley. Here is a video of us singing our opening song to each other! We love music time and we are wonderful musicians!

In art, we read a story (Mouse Paint) about mice who dip themselves in paint and then stomp in paint puddles to mix beautiful colors. As we read, we made predictions about what colors the mice would mix next. We predicted many colors (including black and brown) would be produced from primary colors, and some Readers were surprised to "read on" and find out that red (or magenta) and yellow make orange, blue (or cyan) and magenta make purple, and yellow and cyan produce green. We talked about how magenta, cyan and yellow are the primary colors, or the three colors from which all other colors can be created.

After we read Mouse Paint we got to mix our own colors! Today we just experimented with magenta and yellow to make orange. Some of us painted specific pictures, some of us just enjoyed mixing and experimenting with the colors.

We added more yellow or more magenta to create varying hues of orange.

We also used our paint brushes to create different textures (splotchy, smooth) and talked about the strokes we used (straight line, jagged line, circles). Not only does art give us an expressive outlet, it also gives us an opportunity to learn new vocabulary and hone our fine and gross motor skills!

As we continue on the next few weeks, expect to see more experimentation with color and further growth in our literacy skills!


  1. Dear Dolphins,

    I liked playing grizzlies and the fishing game. I liked playing hide and seek with Jelani.

    See you Thursday.


  2. Dear Ms .Katie,
    I had a great day at school, and I'm a HOT-Head because I have to go to bed soon. Love Jelani

  3. Dear Ty,
    I am so glad you have a good time at school! We had a good time today playing The Hungry Caterpillar game with you today! You are a master counter! See you Thursday.
    Love, Ms. Katie

  4. Dear Jelani,
    You are a hot head? Not my Jelani ;) Hope you had a good day with your buddy making butter today! See you Thursday!

    Love, Ms. Katie