May 12th- STEAM

Today we explored different ways that illustrators make art. We have been reading stories by Leo Lionni and noticed that he makes his art by stamping different materials. We also read a story illustrated by Kevin McCloskey and he used paper bags for his illustrations. We thought it would be fun to combine the two techniques!  First, we collected items from nature and then we stamped them on brown paper bags. Check out our process!

March 13, 2017- Study:       Animals in Winter 

Right before the first day of spring and in the midst of a winter storm (hopefully the last snow fall!) we have concluded our study of animals in winter.

We read many books about animals and what they do during the winter.  The children even acted out one story in our “bear den.”  They also created a variety of animals and put them on display in the hallway.  The children chose the animals they wanted to make and depicted them in their own way- paying close attention to the colors and shapes of their bodies.  They placed them in their winter dwellings- underground, in a tree, den, or deep in the mud.  


March 10, 2017- STEAM      

We made slime today!  The kids were able to take some home and we made a batch for our M-Th friends too! 😀


Giant Fluffy Slime:
Ingredients: 

20 ounces glue

2.5 teaspoons baking soda

Food Coloring or die…(I used frosting color, because its what I had)

2 cups shaving cream…(I used Pure Silk Sensitive Skin, because I wanted something that was low oder).

Saline Solution…(I found this in the pharmacy area, near contact cleaner at Meijer for 3.89 for two big bottles).  

Big Bowl for mixing

Big spoon

Bowl with lid to store your slime in

Steps:

Pour your glue into the big bowl. Add the baking soda and mix well. 

Add your coloring. You want to make the glue mixture a shade darker than you want your final slime to be, because the shaving cream will lighten it). 

Add the shaving cream and mix well. 

Slowly start the squirt in some saline solution. Squirt a little in and mix well, repeat process until the slime is the texture you desire. I mixed with a spoon until it started to combine, and then I mixed the rest of it with my hands. I made mine so that it would not stick to our hands. ***(If your slime seems almost how you want it, wait for 3-4 minutes, then play with it for 2-5 minutes…if its still a little sticky add a few drops of saline solution at a time.) IF you add too much saline solution it will make your slime really hard and not stretchy.  

October 31, 2016- Pumpkin Study

Our preschool class has begun an investigation with pumpkins as our focus.  We are creating a documentation panel outside of our classroom in the hallway.  We posed two different questions for the students to consider when observing a large orange and white pumpkin- “I see…” and “I wonder…”  Megan and I are documenting what the children are saying as well as adding pictures and art work.  As we move through the topic based around the children’s interests, we invite anyone who stops to read about our work, to make a comment or write a question on a sticky note provided.  This makes our work more dynamic and interactive!

In our science and math center, we are doing many activities related to pumpkins: weighing, drawing, observing, reading about, and pounding

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