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.
The children in Room 1 investigated watercolors on the light and made observations as they explored.
"Red and yellow make orange like fire."-Areli
"The blue one and red one make purple."-Aldo
"I made green!"-Marcos
The children in Room 1 at St. Anthony's are still investigating the topic of pizza. One day the children had the opportunity to make their own pizza dough. They measured out each ingredient using measuring cups and measuring spoons. Then they had to use their strength to knead the ingredients with their hands until it turned into dough. The next day, they were able to use rolling pins to roll the dough out into circular pizza shapes.
The students in Room 1 at St. Anthony's have expressed interests and curiosities about pizza. Each day the children were creating pizzas with the magna-tile blocks. During their building they would talk about the topic and were wondering:
"What stuff makes pizza?"-Julian
"How do you cook pizza?"-Aldo
We took this topic and dived into project work with many provocations from investigating different spices/herbs in pizza, drawings, building a pizza with loose parts, and creating our own recipe! Where will our wonders take us next?
The children in Room 1 at St. Anthony's had a special surprise when Mrs. Ana came in for a visit with her new baby, Luna. While Mrs. Ana has been on maternity leave, Mrs. Sarah has made sure to keep Mrs. Ana involved in our morning meeting by talking about her and giving the children updates on the baby and showing them pictures. The children had brainstormed and came up with questions for Mrs. Ana about baby Luna for them to ask during her visit. We all were so excited to see her and meet her precious baby! We can't wait for her to be back!
Room 1 at St. Anthony's has had a great first few weeks of school. The children have been engaged and inquisitive about their surroundings in our outdoor and indoor spaces. We have found "berries" outside and even found a cricket inside our classroom that we decided to keep and learn about! We are excited for what's next to come!
With the school year coming to a close this week, we wanted to bring our families together one last time to celebrate what a wonderful year it has been. The children and their families collaborated together to create a beautiful canvas that will remain in the Pre-K 1 classroom for years to come to symbolize a sense of community and engagement. Thank you to all our families for your involvement and encouraging your child's sense of wonder.
Mrs. Sarah and Mrs. Ana
One day the children in Room 1 at St. Anthony's were pretending to make guacamole in the kitchen area. This sparked conversation during meeting about what ingredients were in guacamole and how it is traditionally made using a stone bowl called a molcajete. We then gathered all of the ingredients and made guacamole for the whole class and other staff members in the building.
What is in guacamole?
"My abuela uses a molcajete when she makes guacamole. It smashes up the avocados."
"I like mine spicy. With jalapenos!."-John