Welcome to Little Hive!
Mrs. Sewell/Mrs. McKnatt
Our first week back from winter break was a blank slate. We knew we would continue our shape study and meet a new friend (triangle), but we wanted to see in which direction the girls would lead us for our other areas of learning. We introduced frozen triangles in ice and plastic penguins with loose parts of “ice” for pretend play in our small world center, along with other play centers around the classroom. We waited to see what ideas might take off. The girls immediately began creating stories in their play with the penguins. We were excited to see this development. We encouraged their story-telling by asking questions about their penguin characters.
The students had questions for us, too. “What do penguins say?” The girls wanted to make noises with their play, but they were unsure how to make a penguin sound. We used our SmartBoard and the internet to explore some educational penguin documentaries. We listened to the penguin sounds and attempted to copy their noises. It’s a difficult sound to mimic, but the girls enjoyed trying.
The next day, another friend made a request. She said, “I want to see the penguins swim in the water.” We explored another documentary on our classroom SmartBoard to find real life video of penguins swimming in Antarctica. The girls were fascinated by the way the penguins glided through the water and plopped their bodies out onto the ice and snow. They enjoyed watching the classic penguin waddle and copied the walk in their play. In these documentaries and informational video clips, we discovered many facts about penguins. Our amazing school librarian provided us with Penguin books to extend our learning. These books reinforced the facts we had heard in our videos. The books had great images of real penguins in the wild. You could see the girls soaking up the information at circle time on the carpet. We learned about where penguins live and pointed it out on the globe.
In hopes of extending the story-telling and pretend play, we made pretend snow for our penguins.
Pretending with penguins in the sensory table:
I had a quesion for the girls to evaluate their knowledge of penguins. I asked, "Girls, let's think about this question... How could we describe a penguin to someone who had never seen a penguin before?"
We did a science experiment to explore the properties of ice. From our classwork, we knew ice was cold. And we knew ice was frozen water. We took a bowl of warm water and added ice cubes. I asked the girls to guess (to make a hypothesis) about what might happen to the water and the ice if we added ice cubes to warm water.
(Touching the water)
The students have been fascinated by the fact that penguins eat fish. They have talked a lot about fish swimming in the water, seeing fish in the ocean, and how fish use their fins to swim.
We introduced a fishing game with number and color matching. The girls would pretend to catch a fish and feed it to our penguins.
This admiration for fish inspired us to get a class pet - a fish. Always ready to be big helpers, the Little Hive students helped put together the fish habitat in the fish bowl. The girls voted on what to name our fish and "Elsa" won the vote. "Anna" was a close second.
We are excited to see where this fish study might take us. As is the Reggio Emilia approach, we will be following the lead of the students to see how the topic grows. Be sure to follow along on the blog and the Instagram account.
Welcome to Little Hive! We are excited for a wonderful school year. Check back here for updates on what is going on in our classroom!