Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Other Activities

We learned about Hanukkah through a story and made Menorahs, cutting them out and gluing them on paper. We will talk about lighting the candles next week when Hanukkah begins, pretending to light a candle each day. We are busy making presents for our buddies as well.

We have been exploring BeeBots, small programable robots. The big challenge is to make the BeeBot go around a wooden block. Here the BeeBot is moving along a number line. Some children will learn how far the BeeBot will move each time you push the button.

During free choice time, children are playing with the Lego pirate ship, working on a floor puzzle of the US and building a sand tunnel. The two children with their arms wrapped around each other are doing an "ankle shake" morning greeting.

Patterns in Math

We have been working with patterns during the past few weeks. Beginning with AB patterns such as red-yellow, red-yellow, red-yellow, we have been creating patterns, making pattern snakes and learning to break apart our patterns. Next we will explore what part of our pattern repeats and learn to break our patterns into units. As we beging to explore AAB patterns these questions get increasingly complex. We have some initial hypotheses about patterns, including patterns go over and over again and that you can tell what comes next in a pattern. After exploring color patterns, we looked at patterns using numbers. We played hopscotch and then sat down at the table and tried our hand at 1-2 patterns and variations thereof.

Thanksgiving Fun

We wrote a book of things we are grateful for shortly before the break. We also created a tree of thanksgiving by tracing and cutting out large leaves and writing about something for which we are grateful. We read the story I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie, and created an old lady with which to act out the story.