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February 26, 2021
Reminder: Parent Happy Hour with Jen Cort
Pre-K has been working together to write an illustrated story, “Another.” So far, they have written twenty pages together! It is a true collaboration of ideas, combining concrete interpretations of the illustrations with more abstract concepts. Creative writing helps to develop students’ cognitive growth and organizational abilities, while writing the story as a group allows them to hear and incorporate other’s ideas with their own. Studies have also shown that those who are strong in creative writing are stronger in subjects like math, sciences, and languages. By using their imaginations and creativity, Pre-K students improve their ability to come up with alternatives, therefore broadening their thought process and strengthening their ability to problem solve and analyze.
All About Ants
Ants capture the imagination and Pre-K has had a wonderful two weeks learning “All About Ants” during Project time with Varley. This study focused specifically on ants while allowing a real breadth and scope into other areas. Pre-K explored ants, from ant colonies to ant bodies. They asked questions, talked about ants, watched videos, read books, created an ant colony art installation in the room, and wrote an ant story to accompany their installation. Part of their work was exploring an interesting topic, part was a prelude to an upcoming ant/insect study, and part involved incorporating key concepts and skills Pre-K students are strengthening. For instance, this unit provided opportunities to work on number sense (counting, one-to-one correspondence), literacy (writing names, learning new vocabulary), storytelling (learning how to tell a beginning, middle, end), fine-motor skills (drawing, writing, coloring, cutting, taping), shapes (needed to make their ant art sculpture), and colors (comparing colors students might find in “real” life to colors they thought would complement their installation). Students worked individually creating ants out of paper and tape and then collaborated to create their culminating art installation and story. In two short weeks they accomplished a lot!
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Thursday, March 4
Meeting for Worship, join us on Zoom, 9-9:30 am
Thursday, March 4
Talking to Young Children about Race and Racism, 8pm
Thursday, March 18
Grandparents and Special Friends Day