• Ms. Danielle Hulme

ECC Weekly News - 10/16/2020


Early Learners

This week we continued to learn about all things Fall and added some fun pumpkin activities in too.

We created a Pumpkin Patch for our pumpkins by gluing green and brown tissue paper to brown paper to make vines. The children got to explore and compare different types of pumpkins and gourds. We cut open a pumpkin and explored what was inside. Some of the kids loved it while others thought is was "yucky!"

After reading Going on a Leaf Hunt we asked the children what are some fun things they liked to do in the leaves, then they got to draw pictures of what they said.

Our nature scavenger hunt was so much fun. Each student got their own clipboard with a checklist to keep track of everything they found outside. When they found an item it went into our collection bag and then they got to cross it off their list. After we went back inside we talked about all the different things we found, then sorted all the items into groups! Check out the St. Mary of the Hills Facebook page for more pictures.


Pre School 1

Preschool 1 had another fun filled week of learning, playing and spending time with their friends! We are finishing up our family unit, and putting the final touches on our family gallery. The little artists drew with chalk at our easels to explore using a different art medium in a new way. Our class even went on a Follow the Leader scavenger hunt and found lots of things on our school grounds that begin with the letter “F”! Then we finished up our week with a Fire Safety talk, practiced Stop, Drop and Roll and had a fire (emergency) drill. What a fantastic week!!!


Pre School 2

Preschool 2 had a fantastic week learning about the letter F! They learned the letter sound and many words that start with F. We had a fabulous time creating a friendly frog. Students used their fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination to paint and put everything together. 

Also for F week, preschool learned about fire safety. We practiced "Stop Drop and Roll" and the fire drill. We sang "Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Firetruck". We then went searching for things that start with the letter F. We found a fire extinguisher, fence, fire hydrant, flag, flower, football goal post, and field. They did an amazing job!

This was our last week on the family unit. Preschool had a great time drawing and sharing their family pictures. 

Our top book of the week was Corduroy by Don Freeman. Afterwards, students drew their favorite stuffed animal.


Pre School 3

Halloween is fast approaching and our friends in the Preschool 3 classroom are definitely feeling festive. After exploring the inside of a pumpkin, the children worked together to scoop out the "guts" and estimated how many seeds they thought were inside. The class wanted to turn the pumpkin into a Jack-o'-lantern so they voted on what it should look like. They settled on triangle eyes, a circle nose, and a big smiling mouth. After finishing our jack-o-lantern, the children had the opportunity to get their hands dirty and really examine the pulp. The seasonal, hands on learning experience fostered curiosity and supported science, sensory, and language development.

Pre Kindergarten-1

Pre-K1 had an exciting "E" week! They started off the week making a list of things that started with the letter "E and they made very cute "E" elephants. While making the elephants they practiced cutting, pasting, and fanning paper. They also worked on forming capital and lowercase "E's." To complete their "E" activities for the week they participated in a science experiment called, "The Disappearing Egg Shell." It was hard to wait for the results, but the class was excited to see that the vinegar Ms. King poured over the egg had eaten away at the shell making it disappear! It was a huge hit! To add to our fall theme we completed an acorn writing assignment on why we love the season of fall. I was very impressed with the children's responses to this question and their handwriting was beautiful. It was another awesome, fun-filled week!


Pre Kindergarten 2

Pre K 2 have been busy learning and enjoying time with their friends. We've been focusing on the Fall season and all the fun things that come with it. We have been working hard on writing, and understanding our numbers.  

During Morning meeting we discussed what we liked about the Fall. The children practiced their writing skills as they wrote what their favorite part of Fall is. They also got to explore different types of leaves they collected from outside. After they completed a Leaf Reporting worksheet where they had to draw, measure, categorize and write about their leaf.  

After reading Spookley the Square Pumpkin we talked about the how the pumpkin helped his friends realize how it’s great to be different from each other. That’s what makes us all unique. 

Then each child created their own style pumpkin and wrote down something special about it.


Pre- Kindergarten 3

This week the Pre-K 3 class has been having a lot of fun while expanding their math skills. They began the week by listening to the story “The Runaway Pumpkin” by Kevin Lewis. They then worked together to measure our class pumpkin. First they learned how to use a tape measure and determined that it is 35 inches in diameter. Then they used unifix cubes to create and extend a color pattern and measure the height of the pumpkin. It is 17 cubes high! Next they used the measuring tape and a ruler to determine that the equivalent in inches is 12 inches or 1 foot! They have also been working on shapes and each had a turn to draw a jack o’lantern face on the pumpkin. We also read “The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza" by Philemon Sturges. They were all extremely proud of the shape pizzas they made! They colored, cut, matched and identified shapes, counted and wrote numbers to complete their pizza projects. I hope you all have a great weekend!!