Salt Art

We practiced writing letters in salt & got to do a fun project with Mr. Bryan in the art studio.

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Puzzles

Today we explored working on putting puzzles together.  Many friends worked together to complete the puzzles.  Another activity was dancing with balloons.  They really enjoyed these activities. 

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Painting Pine Cones

Today the children explored painting pine cones. They used different paints and glitter to make their beautiful art work.

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Monster Books

We explored stringing beads and buttons. We made our own monster books after reading Night Night Green Monster and Leonardo the Terrible Monster.

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Students New and Old

Welcome new and old students! This week has been dedicated to welcoming students to St. Mary’s! We have been learning about material and classroom schedule! The children are exploring trains and art materials. Looking forward to a wonderful year!

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Restaurants

Children have continued their interests in restaurants.  They continually ask  about the types  of restaurants we will find near us,  To answer their question, We made our first visit to Jackamo’s Pizza!  During this visit children got to observe and ask questions about the restaurant.

Questions asked during visit:

Where is a menu?

Can we get pizza here?

What is the Gorilla on the menu?

What can we eat?  Do you have my favorite pizza?

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New School Year, New Friends

As we start another school year, the children are learning about their new school and friends.  They have started planning, constructing, and building castles and pawn shops.  Children have explored a variety of materials in the classroom including, different ways of measuring.

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Building Materials and Machines

In room 2 we are still continuing our exploring with building. We are learning about building with different materials and the different machines that help build things like houses and tall office buildings. We continue to read books, look at pictures and videos learning how things are put together. We are having exciting time learning and exploring how things are built and will continue to understand as much as needed and build our own houses, and tall buildings.

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Mix it Up

Children read “Mix It Up!” by Henre Tullet. (A story about color mixing). After reading “Mix it Up,” children mixed the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) to transform into different colors!

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Ongoing Construction

We continue to investigate building and construction. The study has led the classroom to a third visit to the construction site on 56th street. Children noticed the building has new siding, brick, and wood. The children were encouraged to do another observational drawing of the building. Children have dictated stories about structures they have built and explored new building materials. Buildings are everywhere in the community and vary in size, color, construction, material, function, and location. They have begun learning about construction workers’ jobs and the purposes of different structures. We go in and out of buildings every day and see new ones being constructed.

Children are intrigued by building and creating but demolishing and disconnecting as well. For the next several weeks children will learn about simple machines and how they work, shapes in architecture, measuring using objects as units, and that tools can be used in different ways. Children will continue having opportunities for firsthand exploration. They will expand their knowledge and understanding of building materials and physical forces.

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