January 29th-STEAM

Today we explored more about wheels.  When asked about what wheels do, the children said that wheels “move us” and that “they take us from one place to another.”  We then created our own vehicles, talking about how they need wheels as well as axles to work.

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January 22nd- STEAM

Last week we explored the importance of wheels and how they make things move easier.  This week, we learned about a simple machine called a lever.  In our story, the lever was a see-saw and it had a rigid bar that rested on a sturdy object called a fulcrum.  A lever can lift or move things up and down.

The children used their body weight experimenting with one and then two feet to move a bean bag using our simple machines.  They noticed that our boards in class were a lever, just like the see-saw in the story.  They were also able to find the fulcrum and see that it wasn’t in the middle of the bar.

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January 20th- Choice Time

During these cold days of January, we have been learning about snow and winter!

Out dramatic play area has been transformed into a space for the children to ice fish, get toasty warm by a camp fire, pretend to hibernate like bears and protect themselves from the elements in our igloo. 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   
    
    
    
    
    
 
We were observing snow in the Science Center and deciding if we should eat it when we are outside…(The kids say no- it looks really dirty when it melts!)

   
    
    
 
Playdough, art, and the sensory table!

   
    
    
    
 

  
    
    
 

January 8, 2016- STEAM

Today we began to explore things with wheels!  We learned that wheels help to move objects from one place to another.  We also learned that sometimes people can’t move around on their own, so they use a wheel chair. 

In our experiment, we tried to move a heavy box and a grown up without wheels.  The box was really hard to push and the kids couldn’t even budge the adult!  They decided to use a scooter and it made the work so much easier.

  

  

  

  

  

  
   
    
 
   
    
    
   Then it was time to play on their wheels!