Construction Site Machines and Tools

The children in Room Two at Thompson have continued to work on the building project. They have started to show interest in the machines and tools used at construction sites. We have visited construction sites to watch the workers build, worked with tools on our own and created some observational drawings of machines.

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Drafting Leads to Design!

The children of room 2 at the Thompson building have been doing some work with drafting, design, and construction. In support of this, we took to the studio to build our own structure from recycled materials. Different groups of children rotated in and out and by the end, we had a gym/fighting place/bank/police station/zoo/gas station house! What an interesting building!!!

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Eduardo: We’re gonna build a fighting place or a hospital.

Centaurion: We build it with construction.

Eduardo: We need another door so the robbers can’t get in because it might be a bank.

Ryan: These are the benches.

 

Jace: It’s a house. We need stairs.

‘Dre: We need to make handles for our hands by the door.

‘Dre: Can we make a swinger sowe can build it and swing in the house?

Aiden: This is the roof!

‘Dre: Yeah! So it don’t rain in the house.

Aiden: And so the monsters don’t break in.

‘Dre: We need people in there. Zoo workers and police go in. Then we need a garage!

 

Kayla: It’s a gas station! These the gas and it pumps out from here.

Sariah: Like you put the bridge and pull the string off to make it start.

Kayla: You put the boat in there and you park it and then they go inside and go to bed.

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Building and Construction

The children in Room Two have shown an interest in building and construction. We've taken walks around our community to observe construction sites and watch the machines. Recently we rode the people mover and did some observational drawings of the buildings we could see from the windows.

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Ways to Paint

The children in Room Two have enjoyed exploring a different way of painting. We used a simple machine called an incline plane. The children used a marble to move paint with force in a shallow tray. They created movement by tipping the tray into an incline position and the marble rolled through the paint and created designs on their paper.

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Ocean Life

Room Two has expressed an interest in bodies of water. We have particularly been looking at the ocean and all the different things that are a part of ocean life. We've investigated different things that live in the ocean such as dolphins, whales and sharks. The children were able to create their own ocean scenes using a variety of materials. Seashells were explored in detail and the children were able to make their own observational drawings. They've even built oceans with blocks for all the sea life creatures.

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Growing Seeds

This week we are wrapping up our plant investigations. The children have explored many different aspects of a plant from the seed to the root to the stem and the petals. The children in Room Two wanted to try and grow something on their own. We chose grass seed and the children planted seeds in small pots and were responsible for watering the pots daily. After a week, we saw a lot of growth! We have been measuring our grass with rulers everyday to see how much they've grown. We have had so much fun learning all about plants!​

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Plant Investigation

Room Two at Thompson has continued their investigations of plants. We took a stroll to the canal today to look at the different plants and document our findings. The children enjoyed seeing a variety of colors in the flowers. One child said, "This flower has lots of pink petals." While another child said, "All these plants came from seeds!" The children were able to draw their observations and we shared our work with each other.​

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Growing Grass

Our friends in Room Two have really been into planting lately. They wondered if we could grow grass, so yesterday we planted some grass seed and over the next couple weeks we will be investing our observations. Here are a few photos:

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Busy Start to the Year

The year is off to a busy start! We made play doh, sang songs and read stories. We've also built dog houses with blocks and painted! Getting to know the children while they learn has made this a great start to the year!

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Feel the Rhythm

Room two has been bit by the rhythm of music. We are currently exploring different instruments and the sounds the create. We hope to visit with a local band and welcome musicians to visit our class.

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