We made Vegetable Pizza!

 

The students helped Miss Megan shred the cheese using a cheese grater and cut bell peppers into smaller pieces.  They were able to construct their own pizza using half of an English muffin, tomato sauce, chopped bell peppers and mushrooms, and cheese.  They could put whatever combination of ingredients they wanted. Miss Megan baked them in the oven in our classroom and we ate them with our morning snack.

Making our pizzas:

before and after baking

Before
After

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our taste test:

 

Our conversation:

After we constructed, baked, and ate our pizzas, we all came to the Blue Carpet together and discussed our pizzas.  Children made connection with each other as they discussed ingredients they put into their pizzas and which they choose to leave off.

We graphed whether or not we liked our pizzas and counted.  We noticed that a larger number of people liked their pizza and a smaller number of people disliked their pizza.

 

Reading about Pizza:

Miss Megan also borrowed books from the library about pizza including:

The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) – by Philemon Sturges

Curious George and the Pizza – by Margaret and H.A. Rey

Pete’s A Pizza – by William Steig

To watch video books of these pizza-themed books, you can go to the Books about Pizza page of this website.

 

 

Using our Teaching Strategies GOLD objectives for learning, this shows students:

  • 1b. Following limits and expectations
  • 3a. Balances needs and right of self and others
  • 7. Demonstrates fine-motor strength: uses fingers and hands
  • 8a. Comprehends language
  • 8b. Follows directions
  • 11a. Attends and engages
  • 17a. Uses and appreciates books
  • 18a. Interacts during read-alouds and book conversations
  • 20a. Counts
  • 22. Compares and measures
  • 28. Uses tools and other technology to perform tasks
  • 37. Demonstrates progress in listening to and understanding English

Book: Play With Me

To begin our new unit of inquiry, Play gives us opportunities to learn.  We read the Play with Me, a Caldecott honor book, by Marie Hall ets.  The children participated in reading the book by contributing language from the book and answering questions asked.

 

Using our Teaching Strategies GOLD objectives for learning this shows students:

  • 1b. Following limits and expectations
  • 11a. Attending and engaging
  • 17a. Using and appreciating books
  • 18a. Interacting during read-alouds and book conversations
  • 18b. Using emergent reading skills
  • 37. Demonstrating progress in listening to and understanding English
  • 38. Demonstrating progress in speaking English

You Can Do It!

Independently Putting on Coats & Jackets

We are big encouragers of independence in preschool! Learning to put on coats and jackets independently is an important skill to master for this age group.  I wanted to provide some insight into the easy-to-do method you can encourage your child to do at home that we do at school.  You can read information and watch a video here.

Book: Room on the Broom

This week we read Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler.  We used book pictures to tell the story!

Using our Teaching Strategies GOLD objectives for learning this shows students:

  • 1b. Following limits and expectations
  • 11a. Attending and engaging
  • 17a. Using and appreciating books
  • 18a. Interacting during read-alouds and book conversations
  • 18b. Using emergent reading skills
  • 37. Demonstrating progress in listening to and understanding English

UPDATE: Teaching Strategies GOLD

Dear Parents,

The teachers will be sharing documentation with you regarding your child’s time in the classroom this year. You will receive an email from My Teaching Strategies. You will be directed to set up an account with Teaching Strategies (TSG) in order to view what your child’s teacher has sent you. You will only need to do that once. All subsequent documentation will be easier to view. All of this information will be accessed by using your SCIS-parent email account. If your child is returning to our school from Nursery or Preschool and you have accessed TSG using another email address, you will need to use the SCIS-parent email account in order to access your child’s information from this point forward.

Please contact me directly (hknight@scis-china.org) and cc your child’s teacher if you have any difficulty either setting up an account with TSG, or in viewing it. Please be descriptive about where you encountered difficulty.

In some cases, both parents have set up an SCIS email and therefore, both parents will be directed to set up an account with Teaching Strategies. In other cases, only one parent has a SCIS-parent account and therefore they are the only contact that will be receiving updates. If you would like updates sent your spouse, please share his/her SCIS-parent email with your child’s teacher.

Thank you for your patience as we work with Teaching Strategies to get this platform up and running. Please remember we are offering a workshop on Thursday, October 12 to share more information about this tool. You can register here…

October 12 10:00 am Session

October 12 5:30 pm Session

 

Warm Regards,

Heather Knight

ECE Vice Principal

We made APPLESAUCE!

This morning we made applesauce in Miss Megan’s classroom!

We used:

  • 8 apples
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • the juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • a little cinnamon
Before

The children cut the apples using knives, juiced the lemon with a juicer and added all the ingredients into a bowl.  Miss Megan stirred the ingredients in front of the children and placed it into a slow cooker (CrockPot).  We left it in the slow cooker for 3 hours on high and then tasted it before we went to lunch.

Ask your child what they thought about our applesauce!!

 

Using our Teaching Strategies GOLD objectives for learning, this shows students:

  • 1b. Following limits and expectations
  • 3a. Balances needs and right of self and others
  • 7. Demonstrates fine-motor strength: uses fingers and hands
  • 8a. Comprehends language
  • 8b. Follows directions
  • 11a. Attends and engages
  • 11b. Persists
  • 20a. Counts
  • 22. Compares and measures
  • 28. Uses tools and other technology to perform tasks
  • 37. Demonstrates progress in listening to and understanding English

 

 

Writing Focused Read Alouds

Dear Parents,

Writing Focused Read Alouds have begun in preschool and I am delighted to let you know that you will soon be seeing the work of our Preschool authors heading home in backpacks. Please note that these precious writing pieces will look different for each child and I encourage you to ask your child to “read” it to you. Every writer needs an audience!

Largely, these books will be several sheets of paper stapled together, most likely with scribble-like writing or drawing on some of the pages. This IS writing for your child and should be referred to as such. The Preschool teachers and I are asking that you only CELEBRATE this work.

Your child may or may not remember what they wrote or “read” it differently to you each time. That is expected at this level of development. Some things you may notice in their writing that you can point out:

  • Child wrote (or attempted with a squiggle or letter) his name.
  • Writing on all pages (remember this could be a scribble, drawing or any type of mark on the paper).
  • You child may have used different colors or shapes.

 

Some things that you should not be asking your child to do at this point:

  • Write their name correctly.
  • Write letters.
  • Write words.
  • Draw representationally.

All of these things will come in time with the careful work of our skilled Preschool teachers nudging your child forward in developmentally appropriate ways. I strongly encourage you to keep one of your child’s books that come home in the next couple of weeks. There will be so much to celebrate as the year progresses!

Below are some examples from Miss Megan’s classroom.  Play the video for Miss Megan’s explanation.

 

 

 

If you have any questions, please email me at hknight@scis-china.org or your child’s teacher.