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.
We are finishing up our project on babies. We took a field trip last week to East Tenth United Methodist Children and Youth Center to see a baby room and to interact with the babies. They compared the baby room with our room, noting that they have cots too but they’re just smaller than ours. We learned that the baby room has centers and identity boards like ours but they have gates to keep the babies in whereas we do not. After the field trip we reflected on what we have learned from this project.
“They eat pineapple like us.” – Omar
“Some go to sleep then they get woke up.” – Ben
“Babies can paint too.” – Ma’Kyla
“The babies like books.” – Ben
“The toys were smaller and ours are bigger.” – Ben
“The teachers keep the baby milk in the refrigerator.” – DaMaury
“I liked when we read with the babies.” – Ma’Kyla
Room 1 is continuing our investigation of babies. The students tried various kinds of baby food. Banana was their favorite flavor, but they did not like the rice or corn. We also talked about how babies stay healthy and we shared our baby pictures with each other. We are continuing to work on our letter and number identification skills, and how to spell our names.
Some of the comments from the baby food taste test:
“It smell like baby food.”
“Banana taste good.”
“I don’t like corn, it taste nasty.”
“I liked the mango and banana. The corn is nasty.”
The students in room 1 have decided to investigate babies. They are curious about how to take care of babies, what they eat, and how they stay safe. Many of the students have brought in pictures of themselves when they were babies, which have sparked some very interesting conversations. In addition, the students have been engaged in our small world play sensory stations. They especially enjoyed exploring bears, and other arctic animals and their habitats.
The students are excited to be back to school after the long winter break. We have been having a lot of fun with science lately. We made snow, experimented with popcorn, baking soda and vinegar, and we made sensory bottles using magnet chips and magnet wands.
Room 1 has been busy preparing for Christmas. We have made cookies, created a classroom Christmas tree and opened a gift wrapping station in the room. At this station, the students can select an empty box and choose the type of wrapping paper and bows to use. The students have really enjoyed talking with one another about their “gifts”, plus it has been a great way for them to practice their scissor cutting skills.