Doggy Stuff Still Life

The children of room 1 at the Thompson building have gotten a running start into their investigations of all things dog! To support these curiosities, a still-life of different doggy items were arranged to provoke observational drawing and discussion.


What do we have here?

Aviel: I see a doggy (observes picture on a bag of treats)!

Geo: I made the doll (toy), the doggy treat cup (dog bowl), and the ball, and this, and that food!

Austin: Bone. And dog, and dog’s mouth and his nose.

Aviel: I made the doggy and the bone and his bed and the ball.

Zeke: I made the ball and I made the food. And I made this too (bed).

Chris: A toy to play with.

TJ: For dogs.

Chris: ‘Cuz they don’t have toys.

TJ: They do too have toys!

Chris: No, like these ones!

Kay’Lyn: They play.

TJ: They eat like us and drink water.

Kay’Lyn: They have this food so they need to eat.

Shawnyee: Got dog treats and rubber bands.

Samari: Yeah, and a ball and this doggy bed.

Aiden: Doggy food too!

Aiden: This (leash) is so people can hold doggies.

Samari: Yeah, it’s a belt.

Aiden: So they don’t get lost.

Shawnyee: And this (bed) so they can take rest and get some sleep.

Samari: I eat doggy stuff. It taste like Roofus(?).


Why do dogs need these things?

Zeke: ‘Cuz they need to eat and catch balls.

Austin: They play and they eat.

Geo: My dog Luna likes them. She’s up in heaven. She was tired and she was walking and she went out the door and her legs were tired and so she fell down and a car ran her over.





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Dogs and Numbers

Number and dogs are the topics of conversation within our classroom. Some students chose to do observational drawings in the Atelier as part of our project work on dogs. While others chose to work on numeracy with tens frames and loose parts. Everyone had a good time though!

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New Dog

Thomas got a new dog over Thanksgiving break and it got us discussing different dogs! We wondered if dogs had feelings, and enjoyed looking at photos of some of our own dogs. We looked at some famous dog paintings, including "Blue Dog" by American artist George Rodrigue.

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Exploring the Canal

Today, a group of children from room 1 at the Thompson building went out to explore surrounding areas of their community. The children were given the opportunity to lead the way along the canal, through neighboring communities, and onto the people mover! We discussed all of our findings as we explored. In one instance, the children noticed the moving reflection of the water on the underside of a bridge. This was particularly interesting as they had recently investigated reflections, shadows, and other effects of light. It was clear a connection had been made as the children were very knowledgeable as to how the reflection was being made!     

The reflection on the underpass…

Shawnyee: Black and grey and white ‘cuz the water is moving.

Christopher: It’s shiny and it goes under there.

Geovany: Because the sun makin’ the water move and make the light go up there!

Mal: The sun made it.


The bridge…

Shawnyee: We can see the ducks from up here.

Geovany: It is so we don’t fall in the water!


Empty fountain…

Shawnyee: Just a little water left. It don’t got no batteries.

Mal: The hole right there. That’s where the water at. The plugs out right here!

Geovany: Yeah! It makes the water go out of it.


Monument: The Final Sailing

Geovany: *reads* C, A, plus 35.

Mal: It’s here ‘cuz they rided in the water.

Chris: The jumped up there and put the picture!

Shawnyee: Yeah, to put the boat on it.


Murals/Wall Art…

Geovany: A person who works here is painting them.

Shawnyee: They used paintbrushes.

Mal: They did so people can see.

Shawnyee: Did they use big papers?

Geovany: Maybe they put a big, giant paper and stick it with glue.

Christopher: For the ducks want to see it!


The People Mover…

Geovany: How are we gonna get up there?

Shawnyee: The elevator!

You’re right!

Geovany: Yeah! It makes us get up there so we can get on the train. It’s gonna open so we can get up there.

Mal: It’s coming in a minute. It’s all the way to town!

Mal: Nobody’s drivin’?

Shawnyee: But it’s gonna go?

Geovany: Houses and streets and trees and dirt!

Mal: I see the workin’ trucks by the dirt and the guy workin’ on the house.

Geovany: This is the stop!

Christopher: This is where the police at.

Mal: Now somebody drivin’ us back there for no reason!


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Painting with Motion and Sound

Room 1 at Thompson investigated painting with motion and sound! 

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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from Classroom 1!


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Team Building

Team building at the library during our week of professional development! We took a walk to explore opportunities to take our children out in the community. 


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Rainbow Friends

Room 1 is fascinated by a rainbow that appears on our wall most mornings around the same time. The children wondered why their "Rainbow Friend" wasn't there on certain days! Our guiding questions have been: Where do the colors come from? Where does Rainbow Friend go? How does Rainbow Friend move? We have been continuing to explore light and colors through various provocations. 

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Painting Fun & Exploration

The students in classroom 1 at the Thompson Building have spent the first two weeks of school getting to know each other and their classroom.  We've spent time learning about animals and where they live. We've taken a walking field trip to the canal to explore our environment as well as see where ducks live. Painting has been a fun activity in the room and the kids are delighted to see their artwork hung up. We look forward to continuing our exploration with other materials!



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Welcome to Class

Meet your teachers!

Miss Shara: Miss Shara graduated from Butler University where she studied the Reggio Emilia philosophy and partnered with the St. Mary’s preschool at the Butler/Lab School location for practicum studies. She graduated with her B.S. in Early and Middle Childhood education, earning the outstanding student teacher award. She accepted a position at Wallace School of Integrated Arts where she taught 2nd grade for three years. She is now the lead teacher in Room 1 at the Thompson building at St. Mary’s and cannot wait to see what her students have to teach her! Miss Shara lives in Indianapolis with her roommate and her puppy, Beau. She strongly believes that every child deserves the chance to express their world through their hundred languages.

Miss Sharon: Miss Sharon studied at Ivy Tech and received her CDA and Associate’s degree in Early Education. She received her B.S. in General Studies with a minor in Sociology from IUPUI. She worked with Family Development Services for 2 ½ years where she worked with students ages 3-5. She has two children living in Indianapolis. She believes in planting seeds and giving children choices.

Miss Hope: Miss Hope is studying Elementary Education at Ivy Tech. She has come from a long line of teachers. She has two children of her own. Her interests include books, art, and music.


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