• Laura Sechler

The Penguins in April

April Topics

  • How do plants grow? We...

  • read and discussed the book, Seed to Plant, by Melvin and Gilda Berger.

  • planted our very own sunflowers.

  • watched kidney beans sprout in a Ziploc bag.

  • discussed what plants need to grow.

  • The Penguins are budding scientists that don't mind getting dirty and are really good at using their "observation" skills.

  • Farm Animals: The Penguins had a wonderful time on their field trip to NCSU Farm Days. We...

  • had a chance to get up close to many farm animals.

  • sat on some farm equipment.

  • The most exciting event of the Field Trip was getting to choose what flavor of Howling Cow ice cream we wanted.

  • Environment: In celebration of Earth Day, the Penguins discussed the importance of taking care of our planet.

  • We became "trashologists" to explore what we can learn about people from their trash.

  • We went through a large bag of trash and discussed what could be recycled and how some of the trash could be repurposed.

  • Endangered Animals: In keeping with our Earth Day theme, we discussed that keeping our environment clean is important to the lives of humans and animals.

  • We read the book, Endangered Animals, by Faith McNulty. The book explained the importance of caring for our environment and also showed pictures of animals that are now extinct.

  • Art: We made our very own pet rocks!!! We also made art out of "trash."

  • Cowboy Days: The Penguins learned what it means to be a cowboy.

  • In Art, they made their own bandannas, vest and horse.

  • We used our imagination to pretend what it would be like to be in the Wild West.

  • Some of the Penguins favorite cowboy books were :

  • Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse by Rebecca Janni,

  • I Want to be a Cowboy by Firefly Books, and

  • Why Cowboys Sleep with their Boots On, by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton.

  • Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) Letters: s, h, b, p, i j, l, t and k.

  • ​The Penguins practiced how to write the above lowercase letters by using various HWT methods. They:

  • Learned to listen to HWT prompts to write lowercase letters

  • Played with the HWT Magic C Bunny to learn the different lowercase letters you can write with the lowercase letter "c" -- c, a, o, p, d, g and q.

  • Practiced writing the letters on HWT chalkboards

  • Used a sand tray to practice writing each letter with our fingers

  • Used Therapy Dough to continue to strengthen our hands and fingers.

  • We continued to have fun with our Letter Land characters. We started sounding out three letter words while acting out the Letter Land characters and the sounds they make. Ex.: C (Clever Cat), A (Annie Apple), T (Talking Tess)

  • We also came up with words starting with each of the above HWT letter sounds.

  • Literacy and Math:

  • We continuously review all upper- and lowercase letters we have worked on thus far this year.

  • We introduced opposites this month. Along with rhyming words, we will continue working with this concept through the end of the year.

  • To help with our listening and retelling skills, the teachers are reading chapter books to the Penguins during lunch. Our first book was Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osbourne. Currently, we are reading Midnight on the Moon by Mary Pope Osbourne.

  • We introduced how to write the numbers 1 - 10.

  • We continue to work on recognizing numbers 1 - 30.

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