Thank you so much for coming to our first Learning Comes Alive! It was so great seeing everyone coming together as part of the Happy Hippo community. The children were so excited to share their environment with you and bring you into their world.
The children put a lot of thought into the morning, thinking before hand about what was important to share with you. The top ideas were: making butterflies, drawing, and building with blocks and legos. Their play is their work and their learning, and is so incredibly important to their development. Thank you for coming and engaging intentionally in their play. The Happy Hippos loved visiting with you!
Last week the Happy Hippos reconnected with an old friend, the traveling teddy bear, Jessie! Jessie Bear is a traveling bear who visits seven schools every year and comes back to us at the end of the school year. If you want to know more about Jessie Bear’s adventure please click the link.
Many of the Happy Hippos met Jessie last year and were excited to see her again. We used this as an opportunity to discuss how we’ve changed since Pre K1.
We also thought of what we’d like to do with Jessie. The Hippos were interested in playing hide and seek, musical chairs, creating with Jessie, playing dinosaurs and blocks, and taking Jessie to the playground. We were able to do most of these!
This week the Happy Hippos began investigating hippos. We learned about where hippos live, what they eat, and observed what they look like. We then created hippos with various art materials, drawing pictures, creating with salt and glue, and modeling with clay and paint. We discussed what we now know about hippos and practiced describing our work.
This investigation really helped the children to get excited about being in the Hippo class! Children started to show more pride in our class name, they started pretending to be hippos in their play, and were able to remember quite a lot of information about hippos!
PS: Take a look at the new “Meet the Happy Hippos” page to learn a little more about where the hippos are from and what languages they speak.
This week the Happy Hippos continued to work on developing our class community. We started our sign in routine, created our alphabet and number display, reviewed and drew our classroom agreements, and had our first safety drill. We also drew our first self portraits of the year! Can you recognize your child’s drawing?
Welcome to the Happy Hippo class blog! Throughout the year, I will be using the blog as a way to share the teaching and learning that goes on in PreK 2A. It has been a pleasure getting to know the Happy Hippos and their families this last week. In the classroom, we focused on building our classroom community by creating our class alphabet, name cards, and various art work to decorate our class. We learned about various animals and voted on our class name. We enjoyed playing, creating, and reading together as we learned more about one another.
Next week we will continue these efforts by creating our first self-portrait and our number wall. We will begin to sign in in the mornings, and might start choosing several class jobs.
Over the last two weeks, the Tiger Cubs have been sharing about their family. This exploration culminated in our Fathers’ Morning celebration.
Discussing and drawing our families with our learning buddies from KC.
What do your Mom and Dad do for work? What is their job?
“Make something.” – Ella
Preparing presents for Dads.
Thank you to all of the dads that were able to make it! The Tiger Cubs loved sharing their classroom and interests with you. It was a very special morning.
The Tiger Cubs have been busy learning about Halloween! We discussed what parts of Halloween are real and pretend, and enjoyed lots of fun activities before the parade and carnival on Friday!
We made skeletons, black cats, and spiders.
We asked the question, what are you going to be for Halloween? We then made our own class book.
A Halloween treat! We were lucky enough to have some parents come in for a fun afternoon snack!
We sang 5 Little Pumpkins with and without props.
We decorated our classroom door with a festive sign.
We talked about the letter H. H is for Halloween.
We decorated our bags for the carnival. Some friends made monsters, cats, and skeletons. Others used materials representative of Halloween.
We had fun dressing up for the parade and carnival. There were many fun games and activities! In the afternoon, the Tiger Cubs went on a walk to look at the decorations throughout the campus.
Deciding on what to share with parents for Learning Comes Alive.
Enjoying sharing our space and routines with families for Learning Comes Alive.
Learning about fire safety in preparation for our fire drill. Making fire hoses out of cardboard tubes.
Fire safety continues. Making fire truck scenes using a variety of materials.
“We can cooperate!” – Miranda
Tiger Cubs loving our first water play day! Pretending to be sea otters, sharks, and dogs.