The girls have loved spending time with Senor Chelsoi. They have learned so much this year in Spanish. As I listened to them reviewing their number and colors this week I was so impressed with all they could recall. I hope you enjoy these video clips and pictures of the girls participating during their Spanish class.
The girls have enjoyed learning about the famous french artist Henri Mattise. They learned as he got older he painted paper and cut out shapes to create his art work. The girls also learned that he taped chalk on the end of a long pole and drew his grandchildren's faces on the ceiling. We had a long discussion about this and we all decided this would not be a good idea for any of us!!!! We had fun painting, cutting, and creating collages like Matisse. This was a great opportunity for the girls to use their fine motor skills,learn about a famous artist, and work together with their friends to create a work of art.
The girls painted with their favorite bright colors. They worked hard to cover all of the white.
It was amazing to see how the girls could turn the paper to cut the designs. They have done a great job cutting straight lines and large shapes but this was the first time that had so many curves.
The girls created these beautiful masterpieces!!!! Ask your daughter about Henri Matisse.
We have been talking about our mothers this week as we prepared special treats for Mother's Day. You are loved very much!!! After we read the book My Mother Is So Smart
by Tomie dePaola we asked the girls why they thought their mother was smart. I hope you enjoy this video of your daughters sharing their feelings about you. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
The girls have been very curious about the goslings we have on our campus. We have been reading lots of books about the pond and nature in the Spring. Some of the books include: Pond Life by Kathryn Lasky, Splash by Ann Jonas, Good Morning Pond by Alyssa Capucilli, and In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming. When I asked the girls what they would like to know about the pond these were their responses:
See some ducks!
See some beautiful birds!
Do the geese swim?
Who swims in the pond?
Are there butterflies in the pond?
Do ducks swim in the water?
Are there tadpoles?
Are there fish?
I want to see dragonflies!
I want to see frogs!
We have had fun making trips outside to see if we can see the things they want to see and have their questions answered.
Your daughters love to paint. They love painting at the easel, watercoloring with brushes and droppers, and finger painting. I love to hear about the pictures they paint and to hear them discuss with their friends how the colors mix and change. This week we dropped watercolors on coffee filters and watched how the watercolor ran. They loved going to the sink and letting the colors run off into the sink. We also added scrappers to the easel and the girls have loved making designs in their paintings. They discussed different types of lines and shapes. It is lots of fun to play with paint!!!!
After a week of rain we were so excited to see the sun. We decided it had been a long time since our last visit to the construction site. The girls were so surprised to see all the changes. I asked the girls -
What's on the outside?
Look at all the bricks on the walls, girls!
It almost looks like a house!!!
Can we draw?
I forgot to bring our pads and pens
Why did you do that Mrs. Towner?
I am so sorry girls!!! We can come back next week and draw.
We discussed the things that were going to happen inside the building when the building was finished. I told the girls there was going to be a place where you buy snacks when you come to a sporting event. When I got through talking several of the girls said -I am hungry!!!
Nothing like the power of suggestion!!!
As we walked and talked the girls told me about other construction sites they had seen with their parents. It is exciting to see the girls make these connections and then come in the room and build in the block center. I can tell you have great conversations with your girls.
Building a castle!!!!
The block center continues to be a favorite spot in the classroom. The structures are getting more elaborate. When we inquired about the structure this is the girls shared with us.
What is this? A castle
What is this wall with all the cars? The cars are for raising money . Lots of people are going to buy them.
What are they raising money for? They are raising money for the princesses to go to the ball.
What are those blocks around the outside for? They are to keep people in and there is a door to let them in. It's a wall like Humpty Dumpty.
What are the round blocks for? They are the stages for the princesses to dance and perform on.
What are the blocks in the front for the cars? They are the driveway.
These blue blocks are the guards for the castle! These blocks on the wall are to make the wall big.
What is the ruler for?
So the people can see out of the city.
We can't forget the trees outside!!
People and animals are going to dance at the ball. The animals have to dance because all the people are late.
They are royal pets.
Our castle is finished !!! It has a window.
The girls had a fun time riding for the children at St. Jude. I was so proud of all of their hard work. I could tell they had prepared for the event. We talked about how special it was to be able to help the children at St; Jude. They really seemed to grasp the concept of helping others. What a fun time and we appreciate all your efforts to help raise the money. What a huge accomplishment!!!!
After reading the book My Garden by Kevin Henkes I asked the girls what they would like to plant in a garden. I love all their responses!! In this book the little girl wants to plant jellybeans with hopes of growing a jellybean bush, seashells with hopes of them producing roots and shells, and magical flowers that change colors just by thinking about it. This is a very fun book and the girls loved coming up with their ideas. They also loved watching this video with their friends.
I am always amazed at what the girls are creating in the block center. I walked up to this scene and asked the girls what they were building and this is the conversation we had;
What are you building?
We are seeing what size Maggie Nell is.
What size is she?
We don't know, we are going to find out.
Okay Maggie Nell you just hold these animals -you just play with them.
After a while I came back to find out what size Maggie Nell was.
Did you find out what size Maggie Nell was?
No -not yet.
How are you going to find out what size she is?
When we get through building.
Are you getting tired of laying there?
No - I'm not tired
She is a 01 size!!!!!
The girls created their own math lesson. I was so impressed to see how they were working together and had a plan to what they were doing.
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