This week in room 1 we have been doing literacy activities. We have been reading the rainbow fish and the rainbow with to the rescue. We enjoyed the book so much that we make our own rainbow fish using playdough and beads. The children enjoyed doing the activity and learned a lot from reading the story.
This week we teamed up with room 3 at the Gillilate building and went to the Fort Harrison State Park. We took pictures of the beautiful pictures of the park and we will take a the photos and turn them into puzzles. We all are working together to make a beautiful puzzle.
The children of Room 1 have been very interested in all different types of puzzles. Today, we used granite tiles to see if we could make one of our own! First, the children simply took a plain tile and hammered it until it broke. Once it had cracked and we had lots of pieces, we took it to see if we could put it back together. The children quickly discovered that getting it back to its original state was almost impossible! Because of this, we brought out some of the puzzles that they already had in the classroom and discussed the characteristics. It didn’t take long for the children to discover that the pictures and particular lines of the puzzles where what we used to understand how to correctly reassemble them. With this, the children took a blank, unbroken tile and added their own artwork to it. Like the first, this tile was broken into pieces and explored by the children. This time, the children had lots of success putting their puzzle together!
Jamiya: It’s a glass puzzle!
Adrian: It’s not like an easy puzzle.
Christian: Yeah, ‘cuz we smashed it!
Daniel: It’s my puzzle.
Jamiya: This one stickin’ together!
Daniel: The pieces are big.
Today the students of the room are celebrating Halloween. The children have been going around the building trick or treating, pumpkin carving and enjoying dressing up as their favorite super hero or cartoon charter. The children really enjoyed the day and are happy to go home with lots of candy!
Room 1 has been going out into the community. We have taken trips to see a horse ranch, international grocery store and Ft. Harrison state park. We enjoy very much seeing what our environment has to offer.
We have been spending lots of time outdoors exploring our neighborhood. We have seen homes being built and neighborhoods expanded. We also enjoy going outside and feeding the ducks at the pond. We are enjoying ourselves and the many things our neighborhood had to offer.
The children in room one have expressed interest in frogs. We have read books and research about frogs and how they live. We took a field trip to the pet store to see frogs and other animals. We asked the expert many questions such as what do frogs eat, do they sleep, and how far do they jump. We all are very excited to continue to learn more about frogs and want to share what we know with others.
The children have found the train sets in the classroom and are enjoying making new tracks! We've also had fun with play doh and playing house in the kitchen. School is off to a great start in classroom 1 at the Gilliatte Building!
We have been making frequent trips to Ft. Harrison State Park. We’ve gone on nature hikes, visited the playground, and saw some beautiful horses. Some of the questions and comments that the students have asked about the horses are:
“How do the horses eat?”
“Where do they sleep?”
“Can I see the teeth?”
“What do they eat?”
“Look it has eyes like us.”
“Does it go to the bathroom?”
We have been spending time exploring seeds and plants. The students planted grass seed in the classroom and they have been making observations and measurements on its growth. They also noticed that the roots get bigger as the grass gets taller. We created mosaic tiles out of seeds, investigated bulbs and planted flowers.