The children have been exploring with Magna Tiles. They've taken pictures of them as well as built with them.
Lately, we have been doing several activities in the classroom. We have had some fun with different building materials and creating some interesting structures. We have been painting with cookie cutters and evergreen branches from the bushes outside. It was an interesting experience to watch them paint with the branches instead of paint brushes. Some of the kids have also been making some interesting racetracks using blocks and other materials.
The kids have also been working on photo books. They are writing descriptions of the pictures they took that will be put into our books. We have worked on the construction part of our photo book and used glue to attach the outside and inside cover papers to the boards. We will continue to work on the books.
We did some more work with light and shadows and created a shadow box using a flashlight. The children got to experiment with my own digital camera and take pictures of the different shadows they created in the box. We also took some great pictures of the sunflowers outside on the playground! The pictures above are all child taken photographs.
We continued our exploration of camera with some work in the studio of lights and shadows. Mr. Bryan helped us with looking in mirrors to see different reflections as well as lights to see shadows. The children took some great pictures. We also studied our shadows outside using chalk to draw them and watered down paint to spray them.
We continued to discover with playdoh today using popsicle sticks to create different sculptures. The children also enjoyed some time in the studio with Mr. Bryan painting with sticks and exploring with different types of nature materials.
Thursday we continued to experiment with different types of food including rice and garbanzo beans. The kids used glue to make the beans stick to the paper and create their own artworks. It was fun to watch them experiment with the glue bottles and learn about how glue works.
Today we continued to learn and experiment with food including flour! We got a bit messy and wrote letters and drew pictures in the flour. The children loved the feel of it on their hands. It was fun to watch them experiment with the flour and see how much they could manipulate it. We also worked with dry erase boards and practice writing more letters.
We continue to learn all about the materials in the classroom, how to use them and what we can do with them. The light table is a fun way for the children to learn how light can change the color of the different materials. We also used chalk and small chalkboards for the children to feel the texture of chalk and also to see what they could create with the different colors of chalk.
We have a new and exciting investigation coming together in Room 3! After deciding that we needed to find more natural materials to utilize in the classroom, we began searching neighboring areas around our school. We found tons of stuff, but the children we’re far and away the most interested in the rather large, fallen branches that we kept finding. So naturally, we brought them back and discussed what we could do with them. There were lots of amazing ideas, including building a teepee. Right away we tried to take the large branches and build this rather large structure. We had some success, but in the end it just wasn’t going to work. So, we then began to research and plan. We’ve been viewing instructional videos, drawing up plans, and are now building a miniature teepee using what we’ve learned. We are excited to try it out on a full scale again!!! There are more cool things to come!!!
The children of Room 3 have been as busy as ever. Recently, we have been getting ready for the holidays by putting up and decorating a Christmas tree and writing letters to Santa. Hooray for literacy! Speaking of literacy, we have also been doing other fun activities to promote children’s interest and growth in this area such as table top salt writing, continued bookmaking, letters of my name bingo, as well as every day “free” writing. In addition to reading and writing activities, the children are of course engaged in much more with activities such as measuring and mixing potions, sorting on shape boards, making “ooblek” and “gak”, and building. Oh, how these kiddos love to build! It is astounding to see the creativity that comes from such young minds during these ventures as well as all of the others. We always want there to be independent growth and learning occurring. To see this happening daily is a truly inspirational thing. As always, thank you for taking the time to check us out here at St. Mary’s Child Center. From all of us here in Room 3, the rest of the Gilliate building, and our other locations, we wish you and yours the happiest of holidays!