Monday, March 11, 2013

A, E, I, O, U...and sometimes Y!

Now that the kids are short vowel experts, they're working to learn how to read and use long vowels.  Singing songs has been a fun way to practice our skills this year.  Here are some You Tube songs all about long vowels.  We hope you enjoy singing them at home with your child!

Super e

Long Vowels

When Two Vowels Go Walking

That Magic E

Vowel Teams

Silent E

Magic E

Evil E

Silent E....How it changes everything!

EE long E

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Let's Rock & Roll!

We have enjoyed being scientists for the past few weeks.  We have sorted materials by exploring their physical features.  This practice helped us for our next discoveries:  sorting rocks.  Did you know that all 5 & 6 year olds LOVE rocks.  Once our studies began, they look for them everywhere!  They sorted them by color, size, texture (rough/smooth), stripes or no stripes...their ideas for categories were endless...and so were the amount of rocks that they found and brought to school.  Next, we explored soil.  We found all kinds of things in soil - even some that wiggled at us as we were examining it with mangifying glasses.  We compared soil that the kids brought from home with soil that we found at school.  There were lots of similarities and differences.

The study of rocks brought us to the study of some very interesting things made from rocks...some beautiful and very famous national symbols.  We have learned about the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the White House.  These great landmarks are made of rock:  marble, granite, sandstone and limestone.  Did you know that the Washington Monument has over 890 steps to get to the top?  How about that the Lincoln Memorial has 36 columns because there were only 36 states with Lincoln died? 

We have certainly learned some interesting things in social studies and science!