The children in Room 1 have been exploring our building materials and creating all different types of structures. Train tunnels, rollercoasters, and castles have all been created through collaboration.
"Look at our rollercoaster. The train is going down the ramp."-Sebastian age 5
"When the train goes through the tunnel it's dark."-Joshua age 4
"This Elsa's castle."-Avery age 3
"It's a castle for a princess."-Miranda age 4
Room 1 began the new year with a baking soda and vinegar experiment. They were able to see how colors blended together as well as watch how the mixture changed throughout the experiment.
Room 1 at St. Anthony's has been investigating leaves. Mrs. Sarah read the story "Colorful Leaves" to the children outside and afterwards they discussed the different trees and leaves surrounding their school neighborhood. The children then collected different leaves for an art provocation. Children painted leaves different colors and used them as stamps to create a beautiful mural.
During a recent provocation, the children used photos of each other to match the child to their name and then used loose parts such as sticks, gems, and buttons to build the letters.
"Jacob has a J in his name like me."-Joshua
"I'm going to do Isabella's name because she's my best friend."-Andrea
"Sebastian's name has so many letters!"-Ana
The children in Room 1 at St. Anthony's have enjoyed investigating light and shapes by using glow sticks. We turned off the lights in the classroom and allowed the children to observe the changes in light and shapes as they played with the glow sticks.
"I can make shapes. See? A triangle!" -Lucas
"I'm going to make a letter. Here, this is A. I have two A's in my name."-Renata
"Mrs. Sarah, we worked together to make a picture with all the sticks. It's a sun, tree, grass and a house." -Jacob
The children in Room 1 at St. Anthony's did a study on the photographer, Ansel Adams. We read a story about Ansel and the children observed his different works that mostly focused on black and white photos of nature. The children then had the opportunity to take their own photos of nature using Mrs. Sarah's camera. They learned how they could change the lenses to create different shots and how to focus the lens on closer objects. The children's own photography is now proudly displayed in our hallway for all to see.
A small group investigated water properties through tubes and funnels. As the children played and investigated, they started taking note of certain cause and effect relationships.
"When I put the water in at the top, it goes out the bottom."-Joshua
"The longer tubes take longer for the water to go down."-Jacob
"The bigger I make, the more water I need."-Ana
The children spent their first day back for the new school year exploring outside. It was a beautiful day to be surrounded by so many smiling faces!
To wrap up the school year, a group of children from Room 1 at St. Anthony's went on a field trip to explore the Indianapolis Canal.
"I see a mommy duck with four babies!"-Areli
"Whoa, a waterfall!"-Jacob
"These rocks are the biggest steps I've ever seen!"-Alex
The children in Room 1 at St. Anthony's had a very special visitor this past week. For National Take Your Child to Work Day, Mrs. Sarah brought in her son Owen. The children had so much fun playing and doing various provocations with Owen.
"Owen, is Mrs. Sarah your amiga?"-Soley
"No, she's my mom."-Owen
"Are you going to be our teacher today?"-Julian
"Well, kind of. I'm going to be helping along side my mom to see what it's like to be a preschool teacher."-Owen
"Can you come EVERY DAY?!"-Joshua
"That would be fun but I still have to go to school and learn just like you."-Owen