Regis welcomed some invertebrate visitors to the 3 Pre-K classroom last Thursday: Rocky, Journey, Diego, Garden Dirter, Lamber, Man Worm, Mommy Worm, Worm, and Wormy! These special friends made a guest appearance when 3 Pre-K studied the letter "W" last week. Each student received a tray of dirt with an earthworm to examine in the classroom. After they named their worms, the boys took their new wiggly friends to the garden to return them to nature. "This is the first year we let them go in the garden, and they loved that," said Mrs. Joan Ezell, Regis 3 Pre-K lead teacher. "We talk about earthworms being helpful creatures...and [the boys] got to see that."
"Mrs. Ezell, that was awesome," exclaimed Zane Guha, 3 Pre-K student, as they walked back to their classroom from the garden.
In addition to making some earthworm friends, the focus on all things "w" included: talking about the season of Winter; a watermelon seed art project; reading the fiction book, The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli; creating a workshop in the play kitchen area; and reading the non-fiction book, The Worm by Elise Gravel.
Every week throughout the school year, the 3 Pre-K students meet a new Letter Friend as part of The Letter People curriculum. "The boys get so excited about meeting each new Letter Friend. We do them out of order so they don't know what's coming next," said Mrs. Ezell.
"One of the things that makes it so neat is that each letter has a different personality," said Mrs. Sandra Peterson, Regis 3 Pre-K lead teacher. "Ms. W has words all over her, so a lot of the words that she has on her have to do with weather—windy, wet—and it makes it special for each letter."
The 3 Pre-K classrooms each have a cardboard house where new Letter Friends will appear each week. "The boys walk in on Mondays, and they are so excited because they look and see that someone might be peeking out of the house," continued Mrs. Peterson. This week, the students met Mr. C, who had a very hard time getting out of his house because of his colossal cap.
When the students meet a new letter, they learn to identify the letter and practice writing the capital letter throughout the week. They also have show-and-tell, bringing an object from home that starts with the letter of the week, and they listen to the specific Letter Friend song throughout class (listen to Ms. W's song here). The students have met 12 letters so far this year: B, C, F, G, H, J, M, N, P, S, T, and W. Only 14 more to go!