The students are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Spring! They have been working on making flower bouquets made of clay and wire and painting them beautiful pastel colors.
The children of room 1 are beginning to show interest in learning about food. To strengthen this curiosity, we asked the children about their favorite foods and if they could make some of them using clay.
What is your favorite food?
Tu Comida Favorita?
Dasaii: Hamburger is my favorite. I’m just pretending.
Elva: Cereal. I’m making chicken pizza!!!
Room 1 has been working on developing fine motor skills through various explorations in the classroom. The children have particularly enjoyed feeding Room 3's caterpillar with rose petals that we have found outside. We have also had so much fun putting together dinosaur puzzles and some of the children have created their own dinosaurs by tracing the shapes themselves!
Students in Room 1 have begun exploring their creative talents with 'sticky gum tape.' The special adhesive allows students to create fun and unique cardboard creations and gives them quite a bit of creative freedom. This activity helps to strengthen fine-motor development skills, creative processes and cognitive understanding. The students love this project and being able to express themselves through such simple materials!
Room 1 has spent the first days of the new school year getting to know one another and exploring their surroundings. The students have been finding their favorite things in the classrooms and learning everyone's names!
The children in room one have been reading about the construction machines they have been seeing during our walks around the Gilliate building. The information they have been obtaining through reading the books helps them to verbally express their observational drawings of the machines as well as when communicating to each other about them. Last week, we were kindly introduced to the bulldozer when its operator surprised us by driving the machine right in front of the children as he waved and pressed the horn!
Cristian: “I saw a bulldozer, a dump truck, and an excavator.”
Karter: “I saw a trainer tracks (crawler tracks) and I saw arm scooping up the dirt with teeth and a bucket. And I saw big tires too.”
Vivian: “I like looking at the green excavator chop, chop, chop the rocks, and the crawler tracks were like this big!”
Iker: “I saw the bucket pick up the dirt and pick up all the dirt and then pick up the rock and put it in the dump truck.”
Maryae: “I draw the teeth, the excavator and the dump truck. They was digging up the dirt and picking up the rocks and put it in the dump truck.”
The children in room one have still been doing the Football project. We had studio time with Mr. Bryan and after went outside to play a game of football. The children and Mr. Bryan really enjoyed themselves!
Room 1 at the Gilliate building has been studying the great game of football! In support of this, they were invited to the studio to study the details of the football itself while recreating one of their own with clay. The children worked very diligently in forming football shapes and using tools to create the smaller, finer details!
Vivian: We run super-fast, then the football players go in slow motion.
Daniel: They throw to the team so they can get a touchdown.
Christian: They really, really fast so they get the touchdown.
Daniel: They kick the ball so the other team so they can get the touchdown.
Group: Oval… circle!
Vivian: We covered up all the cracks.
Karter: It’s so smooth! I put a lot of water on it.
Daniel: Some stripes.
Iker: My mom showed me (how to make stripes).
Vivian: Well, it has a lot of stripes. It has lots of holes ‘cause it’s clay.
Daniel: Mr. Bryan, I want to do this too (points to the white stripes). I want to do some stripes on the side.
Kamarion: I’ma make a football like here (points to the real football and then shows me the start of his clay creation).
Jamiya: I’m rollin’ it and it makes it soft. Squish it down and make it like that.
Makaya: Look at my hands!
The children in room 1 are still exploring football. We have been looking at the safety of the football helmet. We have done drawings of what a football helmet looks like.
The children in room 1 are still talking about football. This week we talked about football equipment and sports stadiums. We are soon to plan a field trip to see a real football stadium.