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
Spring is officially here and with that brings rainy weather! The children in Room 1 at St. Anthony's observed the rain looking out the window and were able to create their own rainy day picture using various loose parts. One of our friends even gave us his umbrella to use and we hung it up above our table! While the children were creating their own pictures discussion took place:
"I made an umbrella. Look at the rain coming down on it."-Jacob
"Me too, Jacob! Drip drop. Drip drop."-Alexis
"This is my house. I'm inside because I don't like the rain."-Joshua
"Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day."-Soley
The children in Room 1 at St. Anthony's worked in small groups to discuss mandalas. We decided to small group in a quiet hallway where the children could manipulate the sand and other materials to create a sense of peace. They were able to create their own mandalas by using loose parts such as seashells, gems, rocks, and sticks.
"Mandalas look like circles."-Alex
"They have different designs inside."-Julian
"I'm going to draw a circle in the sand first then put my rocks on. Just going to follow the line."-Areli
"Mrs. Sarah, we could make these outside with leaves and rocks!"-Joshua
In Room 1 at St. Anthony's the children participated in an art experiment using shaving cream and food coloring. Food coloring was added to shaving cream and children placed a piece of paper on top of the mixture and pushed down.
"It feels like a cloud under my paper."-Alex
"Oh man, this is going to make a mess."-Joshua
"What's it going to do?"-Soley
The children then picked up their paper and saw how the colored shaving cream had left unique designs.
"It's so swirly."-Areli
"Looks kind of like a firework."-Julian
"It's a rainbow!"-Jacob
For Valentine's Day the children in Room 1 at St. Anthony's learned about a friend of Mrs. Sarah's who happens to be an artist. Chris Uphues specializes in "pop-art" and is known for his drawings and paintings of hearts that can be seen around big cities such as New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. The children were able to look at a few of his pieces and discussed what they saw.
"He makes hearts with faces."-Adrian
"They have no bodies on them though."-Areli
"They kind of look like cartoons."-Julian
After the discussion, the children were able to create their own heart drawings and paintings.