Welcome to Little Hive!
Mrs. Sewell/Mrs. McKnatt
Because you all have young children and you know how much they love to get creative with recycled items in their play, I hope you’ll understand why a giant cardboard box jump-started a fun project for our girls.
We set the box at the front of our classroom beside our fishing table. The girls hopped into the box and eventually picked up their fishing poles and began fishing. You could see their wheels turning and their imaginations working.
At circle time, we read Not a Box by Antoinette Portis. The only character in the book is a rabbit who keeps reminding the unimaginative narrator that the box is not really a box. The book’s illustrations portray the box as a hot air balloon, a skyscraper, a boat, a racecar, a robot, and a rocket (among other things). When we were finished reading, I asked the girls, “Is that a box?” while pointing to the large cardboard box behind me.
We mixed some paint to create the colors we wanted. The girls loved watching the colors swirl and change. We added more white paint to some of our mixtures to make the colors a shade or two lighter. We experienced some trial and error. This is what makes learning fun and memorable.
Once the paint colors were perfected, we provided the aprons and paintbrushes so the girls could get to work. The girls needed to take turns at the box, and learned to ask to trade colors with friends. Of course, the teachers were right there if someone needed help or encouragement to ask for a new color, or to wait her turn for that new color. Some girls painted pictures on the boat; some told little stories about their paintings; others enjoyed watching their brush strokes cover the unusual canvas. It’s not every day you get to sit on the floor and paint a giant box… I mean boat. : )
Painting on an upright work surface (such as at an easel, or on the side of a large cardboard box) promotes fine motor and gross motor skills in your daughter's hands, arms, shoulders, and core. These skills will serve her well when it is time for your daughter to learn handwriting. She will need good physical stability and posture, as well as a good grasp.
The next day, our boat was dry. The girls loved hopping in and going on a leisurely boat ride. The boat provided more turn-taking practice as it only holds two to three girls comfortably (and safely). Students waited on the banks of the water for their chance to take a ride. We were so proud of the students’ patience.
Our fish, Elsa, is still doing well. The girls have learned fish need water to breath through their gills. We have discussed the way we breath with our lungs on land and how we aren’t able to breath under water. We took a field trip to the Early Childhood/Lower School library to return some great books our librarian lent to us. On our way, we stopped by the Hutchison aquarium. The girls saw “Nemo” and “Dory” and a “funky creature in the cave.” We observed the colorful coral, fish using their fins to swim, and gills to breath. We wondered where the bubbles were coming from and discovered the filter that keeps the aquarium clean. We’re grateful to have this learning opportunity on our campus.
The girls love taking care of Elsa, and taking turns feeding her once a day. We have had an “aquarium” in our sensory table where the girls scoop and pour water, sort fish into colorful bowls, and pretend to take care of rainbow fish.
We hope to take a trip to our school farm in the next week or two to learn how to take care of plants. The Hutchison farm is beautiful and I can’t wait to get the girls out there to explore. Please cross your fingers for some sunny and dry days ahead.
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!