The girls love building a story and telling you all the details. It is amazing to watch their ideas turn into stories. They have fun interacting with their friends and sharing materials. There are 2 trays of loose parts that the girls can choose from. Some of the items are: bugs, stones, fairies, trees, ladybugs, birds.
As we watch the girls build and tell their stories they are showing growth in their Language Development. Their expressive language shows as they:
-Tell the sequence of stories using the materials provided
-Participates in meaningful two-way conversation with another person
-Engages in imaginary talk, likes to make up stories
-Shows lots of imagination in verbal expressions
Has anyone seen ladybugs at their house? This started the discussion: the ladybugs were in our kitchen windows, in my living room, and I think they are bad bugs. The girls were so curious about ladybugs. We set up our ladybug house and the girls have enjoyed watching them grow from the larvae and now they are crawling around looking for something to eat. Did you know that ladybugs hibernate and that is why we are seeing them now? We have read many non-fiction and fiction books that have given the girls lots of new knowledge. They have had so much fun observing and drawing the ladybugs as they grow. The girls are building houses for their ladybugs with hope of them not getting out. After working diligently to build a house they realized they can fly!!!!
I hope your daughter's have shared with you that we have a new area in our classroom where they can build anything and everything. We call this area our "Maker's Station". After reading Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty and The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires the girls were inspired to make anything they could imagine!!! Here are some of the creations they have made:
- A Treehouse
-A snowglobe with a paper chair on the inside
-A blueberry and celery sandwich
-A tree and another small tree
-A pickle on a stick, so your hands won't get juicy
We had quite an exciting Valentine's Day!!! Mrs. Koeppel who is the ballet teacher invited us to watch the 8th grade girls practice some of their ballet. We got to join them as they stretched to prepare to dance and pretend to be butterflies and create hearts with our arms and legs. The girls participated like they had been in the class previously. The 8th graders build a tunnel with their arms and our girls got to dance under. We all curtsied as we left the ballet room as all ballerinas do at the end of a performance. When we got back to the classroom I asked the girls what they learned about ballet. These were their replies:
-there were monkey bars
-they made a tunnel
-we made hearts and butterflies
-I liked all the stuff
-I liked the bridge
-a new pose
After reading the book A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni the girls made their own color. We revisited how to make different colors. It was amazing how much they remembered form the beginning of the year. We also talked about shades of colors and how you can make it lighter or darker. The girls loved mixing the colors they chose and watching it evolve in to the color they hoped for and in some instances a color that was a surprise!! We talked about what we could do to make it more like the color they wanted. It was fun to hear their thoughts and why they would add more or less colors. After creating "A Color of their own" we talked about naming their color. Many of the girls are still trying to decide on the perfect name but some of the names we have are:
-Night time Blue
Ask your daughter about her color and how she made it!!
As we walk back and forth from our classroom to our special classes the girls are often commenting on what is happening in nature. The leaves are all off the trees but there are nests in the tops of trees that they weren't able to see when there were leaves.
What is that in the top?
Who lives in there?
These questions sparked a discussion about what animals do when it is cold outside. We have read many books on this topic: What Do Animals Do in Winter by Melvin and Gilda Berger, Shh! Bears Sleeping by David Martin, Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett, and Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming. The girls have loved becoming so knowledgeable about what animals do in winter.
We brought several boxes in the classroom and asked the girls if they thought we could make something for the animals that needed protection from the cold. We quickly got to work building a tree and the girls have enjoyed putting the appropriate animals in the hole in the tree to stay warm.
The girls are also exploring tracks that animals leave in the snow. They are aware that some animals migrate, change colors, and grow more fur for the winter. They have enjoyed playing in the snow that we have in the tactile box. We separated the animals that sleep in winter and the ones who like the snow. From time to time we might find a deer in the hole in the tree!!! "The bear is sleeping and we do not want to wake him up".
As the girls entered the room they were very curious about what was in the tactile box. I asked them what they thought. All the girls felt like it was ice. Let's wait and see when all the girls get to school what they think. They could hardly wait to see if it was real ice. We had a discussion about what ice is.
You put it in the refrigerator and it makes ice.
What do you put in the refrigerator?
NO - water!!!
Let's see if it is real ice. I let each girl have a cube of the fake ice and some said yes while others said it is not real A couple of the girls put it in their mouth to check it out. We had a discussion what would happen if it were real ice. Then we brought out the real ice!!! The girls had lots of comments!!!
-It is wet and slippery
- It is dripping!!!
- I can eat this ice!!
-IT IS TOO COLD!!!!
Several of the girls went to the sink to get rid of their ice.
It is so fun exploring with the girls. We also walked by the lake on our way back from the gym to see if the lake was frozen!!!
Where in the world?
Before the holiday break we talked about maps and how they help us find our way. We printed out a map for each girl to see where their house is in relation to Hutchison. We have a world map that has animals from the different countries. The girls have had fun coloring and discussing where they want to go. One of the girls pointed to Australia and said, I want to live there!! I hope they share with you what we have been talking about in class.