National Donut Day!!!

In honor of National Donut Day Room 5 celebrated by making donuts and opening up a donut shop! First, we made our own donuts and each child designed some donuts of their own. When the kids saw how delicious their donuts looked they decided it was a good idea to open up a 'Donut Shop!' 

Some of the kids made money and some decided to make some other kinds of donuts to sell. They talked about what kinds of donuts people would like the most and how much they could sell them for. Then, we decided it was a good idea to sell some milk and coffee with our donuts! After all of our products were ready we opened up our shop and the kids sold donuts to one another! Happy National Donut Day!!!

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All sorts of FRUITS!

Some of the students in Room 5 started talking at breakfast time one day about different kinds of fruits. Then it got brought up again during playtime in the kitchen later... 

"I think this is an orange"

"This is strawberry"

"No that rasberry"

Because of their interest in fruits a grapefruit, tangerine, blood orange and regular orange were purchased and brought into the classroom. First we cut up the fruits and noticed how inside all the fruits looked a little different even though the outsides looked a lot alike. We used our sense of touch and smell with the fruits. Then we decided to use the fruits to paint! We loved watching how the fruits stamped on our papers!

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Observing the Outside!

Today we took a trip outside and observed what we saw all around us- the sun, leaves on the ground, cars, houses, buildings. Then we made observational drawings of those things we saw in the world around us and talked about them as we drew!

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Puffy Paint!

We have been really working with 'process art' in Room 5! The kids are especially interested in making their own materials that they can use for art projects! So this time we decided to look up a recipe to make our own puffy paint. All of the kids helped make the paint by following a recipe and then of course had a blast using the paint to make colorful artwork of their own! 

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Our Own Packable Snow!

Since we are still so interested in the weather and snow we decided to do a science experiment where we took frozen baking soda and shaving cream to make our own packable snow! We talked about how it felt in our hands and had so much fun making snow balls, snowmen and all sorts of things!

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Snow, snow snow!

Our friends in Room 5 have been especially curious about the snow. We have found different ways to incorporate this in our classroom. We used our sensory table to make our own "snow" and then we were curious if snow could be different colors. So we spent time talking about this and using water colors to paint our own snow in the room. We loved watching the snow slowly turn different colors and watching the colors mix.

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Spider Project.. continued!

Room 5 is still busy and engaged on our 'Spider Project!' We had a spider expert come in to talk to the students about things they wondered about spiders. We also created our own spider web in our classroom based on what our students' ideas were for creating the web. On Family Night our friends and family helped create clay spiders of our very own based on what we have learned so far.  Then our explorations led us us to the Indianapolis Museum of Art where we explored the Hundred Acre Woods and kept a special look out for spiders! We can't wait to see where this project takes us next!


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Student​s in Room 5 have been particularly interested in spiders! It all started when we found a spider outside and decided we'd better name it then we started asking all kinds of questions like: do all spiders look like this? do all of them have fur or just some? can spiders see us? are they boys or girls? Our explorations have taken us to books about spiders to learn more about them, observational drawings and a special spider hunt we went on as a class! We are excited to see where our Spider Project takes us next!

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Shadows, Bugs and Imagination

The children of room 5 at the Gilliate building have been visiting the studio and relayed that they are still showing lots of interest in the lights. To support this, a small shadow provocation was introduced so that interested children could explore the shadows of different items. This brought on some awesome conversation! In addition, this particular classroom has been showing great interest in bugs. So, we of course had to go outside to hunt for some, dig through our studio’s natural items, and observe any findings closely. Some children demonstrated their creativeness in other area. For example, some were turning boxes into cars while others were becoming waitresses!


Sadik: Shadows!

What can make a shadow?

Sadik: Manos.

Aiden: Spiders

Samaria: Did you know a crocodile mouth can make a shadow? Your hands can make shadows too… and faces!

What if I told you that anything can make a shadow?

Samaria: But a clock can’t make a shadow.

It can’t? Should we see?

Genesis: It does! The pencil can.

Aiden: The glue!

So, why do these things make shadows?

Aiden: ‘Cause it bright enough… ‘cause it too light.

Samaria: Every time there’s no light on and there is just another light on it makes a shadow.

Aiden: If a light make a shadow and you can see it, you see the sun and it’s bright enough ‘cause it’s hot and you never touch it before. And the clouds cover the sun and then it gets dark.


(Ants inside the wood…)


Angel: They finding food!

Abraham: Come here ants!

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Supporting New Curiosities: Pigs

The children of room 5 at the Gilliate building have shown interest and are beginning to hold discussions about pigs! To really get things going, the class took a trip to the library to gather books, discuss specifically what they’d like to learn about, and of course explore the library!


Tell me about the pigs in your books…

Alyssa: He smelling the camera!

Nakai: Look at his teeth. It sharp!

Alyssa: I see black on his legs ‘cuz that’s mud.

Alyssa: They’re babies are eating.


How do they eat?

 Nakai: With their teeth!

 McKenzie: He’s mad. Now he’s happy. They get like that when they play and they eat.

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