December 15, 2017- STEAM

We made gingerbread slime today with our STEAM Friday friends! Next week we will be reading lots of gingerbread man stories, so we thought it would be fun to make some slime for everyone to play with.

Here is the recipe we used. It turned out great! We only needed to add a bit more borax than the recipe called for.

https://www.naturalbeachliving.com/gingerbread-slime-recipe/

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December 8, 2017- STEAM Friday

The children used technology and blocks to explore and build famous structures from around the world!  They worked in small groups to look at pictures and videos online of the Great Wall of China and the Eiffel Tower and then collaborated on the process of building the structures.

 

Today in Art, the children talked about surface tension in kid friendly terms with Mr. T. Students learned about how materials like chalk would interact with water in both whole and crushed form, and why a whole piece of chalk would sink, while chalk powder would float.
We added crushed chalk to water and dipped drawing paper inside to create a cool effect on the paper. Next week when the papers are dry, we will be drawing on them with black marker.

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October and November 2017- Choice Times

The last couple of months we’ve explored many themes in our dramaticplay area- fire safety, doctor and veterinarian office.

The children made a boat out of the big blocks, drew a map and went on a treasure hunt!

An Ice Cream Shop

The ever popular play dough table….

A bridge for the Three Billy Goats

A bed for Goldilocks and baby bear

Math and Science – Pom Pom bees were used to “pollinate” the flowers on the trees by moving silver and gold pollen (glitter) back and forth between the trees.

How many cubes does this apple, pumpkin, corn or gourd weigh?

Creativity in the art center and on the carpet with our handwriting pieces (lines and curves) with gems.

A flower, hive and honey.

Literacy– sorting by initial sound, singing 5 Green Apples and reading Brown Bear!

October 20, 2017- Apple Orchard field trip

During our studies of all things fall, we learned about apples and pumpkins and our class took a fabulous field trip to a family owned Apple Orchard. We picked apples and pumpkins, learned more about bees and pollination, and discovered how cider was made in house. It was a beautiful fall day and a wonderful way to extend our learning outside of the classroom with our families!

October 19 and November 8, 2017- Signs of fall walks

There are so many fun things to do and explore in the fall! The children were so excited to go for a walk and see the leaves changing colors and starting to fall. We’ve read lots of books about autumn and leaves and have had many discussions, as they children were fascinated by the colors and collected leaves daily for our science center. We learned that the trees don’t need the leaves when the weather gets cold because the job of the leaves are to make food and in the winter the trees go dormant– still alive but not growing.

Here are pictures of the trees in mid October and early November –

October 18, 2017-   Choice time- playing, learning and growing together 

The last couple of weeks our class has been growing immensely as a classroom community.  We are learning about friendship (including ways to fill one another’s “buckets”) as well as all the ways to be engaged and involved in our various centers.

In the block center, the children have discovered the big blocks and are making ships and various other things to drive and ride!  They have also discovered our pictures of famous structures and are working together to build them.  The children are enjoying building with a variety of other materials as well and the unifix cubes are making a daily appearance as the children make patterns and count the cubes.  At the art table, the kids are experimenting with the independence of being able to choose various art supplies to create with as well as focusing on making one of our letters of the week.  We cut paper for C, used dot markers for D and cut out eggs for E.  The alphabet letters are always popular and the children are making them with playdough as well as spelling their names in the ABC center.   The children continue to gravitate towards our math and science centers as well dramatic play.  These last couple weeks we have been buying produce from our farmer’s market, weighing pumpkins and gourds in math and sorting animals by their type (mammal, fish or bird) in science.





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September 29, 2017- STEAM Friday

During these first few weeks of school, our Friday friends have been exploring plants and seeds from our school garden. Our curiosity was piqued when I brought in a ginormous sunflower from my home garden. The children took the seeds out, opened them up and began asking many questions. They wondered how the seeds grow into plants and they wanted to see other types seeds to compare them to the sunflower. We went out into the school garden where we found some yummy vegetables to taste as well as discover where the seeds were located in the plant and what color, size and shape they were. Many of them were much smaller than our seeds from the giant sunflower! We even used the vegetables to make art prints. 


September 28, 2017- First Month of School

Another school year is off to a fabulous start!  Our new preschoolers have been busy making friends and learning all about school this month.  They have been actively engaged in play at our learning centers in the classroom and enjoying their daily specials- art, music, media and physical education.  We have spent time outside and are learning yoga on rainy days.  Our class loves to dance and sing!  Our current favorite songs are- 5 Brown Buns, 5 Green Apples and 10 in a Bed. Please enjoy this snapshot of our classroom community!