The children in Gilliatte room 5 have been fascinated with fairy tales! We noticed that some of the children were reading fairy tales during "free choice" time and some of them were even acting out their favorite fairy tales in the piazza, so we began an investigation on fairy tales. This week we read the original version of The Three Little Pigs, as well as the Big Bad Wolf's version, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. We discussed how different the two versions of the story were, and we asked the children whether they believed the pigs or the Big Bad Wolf (most of the children believed the pigs). Then the children constructed their own houses using straws, toothpicks and marshmallows, and/or Legos, and we tested how strong they were against the Big Bad Wolf (a hair dryer). Much to our surprise, most of the toothpick and marshmallow houses were stronger than the Lego houses!
The children in Gilliatte room 5 have been fascinated with ice and snow! Last week, some of the children found some blocks of ice outside in the sandbox, and they wanted to bring them inside of our classroom. We put the blocks of ice in a tray and left them out at room temperature to see if they would melt...and they did, just like we had predicted! One of the children suggested that we then put the melted water in the freezer to see if it would turn back into ice, and it did. The children have also enjoyed bringing some of the snow inside and painting on it. To go along with our investigation on ice and snow, we made freezer bag ice cream this week. It was a huge hit! :)
The children in Gilliatte room 5 are so excited that Christmas is coming, and they have enjoyed doing some Christmas-related activities in addition to our project work on families, our investigation of the five senses, and bookmaking! They have especially enjoyed making Christmas light patterns, playing "Roll a Snowman" (a math game in which they had to use their number recognition and counting skills), making Christmas cards for family members and friends, writing letters to Santa Claus, trying to melt ice using salt water, making fake snow, and working on their Christmas presents for their families. On Wednesday the pilots came to visit our classroom, and they read a book to us, taught us how to "fly", and brought Christmas presents for all of the children. On Thursday Miss Kierra took a small group of children to Santa's mailbox and to the chocolate factory downtown on the circle.
We just returned to school after Fall Break! Since many of the children at St. Mary's are related, and since the children in Gilliatte room 5 are VERY interested in families, we decided to start a project on families. So far the children have enjoyed looking at family books from the library, discussing different members of families, and drawing pictures of their families for our class family book. The children have also enjoyed listening to some Fall books from the library and making/playing with cinnamon-scented play dough.
We are still investigating ears and the sense of hearing. The children have enjoyed looking at informational and story books from the library about ears and the sense of hearing. The informational books have taught us about the different parts of our ears and how they work and ways in which we can take care of our ears. The children have also done observational drawings of ears, made telephones out of cups and string, and gone on a couple of listening walks around the school.
We noticed that the children in Gilliatte room 5 LOVE all things sensory, so we decided to start an investigation on the five senses. This week we have been investigating the sense of hearing. We have discussed that we use our ears to hear, and we have discussed the different things that we can hear. The children enjoyed investigating sound boxes, listening to classical music while painting, and making their own shakers this week.