Monday, January 26, 2015

Push Pin Geoboards

We put corkboard, pushpins, and elastics at our math center today. The children were interested in creating with the materials. They reized that they could create their own Geoboards with the tools. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Representing Ourselves in Clay

The children have been very interested in drawing self-portraits. We placed mirrors out on the table to encourage them to really observe their features and include them in their drawings. 

The children were eager to discuss their similarities and differences so we read a book about diversity. 

This lead to great discussions regarding the uniqueness of individuals and how everyone is special! Because the children have been working actively with sculpting this week (check out these awesome animals!!) we challenged them to create a self-portrait sculpture. 

Our children amaze us each day! Check these sculptures out!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In and Out

We played a new math game today to encourage addition work. 

The children had to toss rocks onto a paper. They then counted how many landed in the circle and how many landed outside the circle. 

These numbers were then used to create addition sentences. 

We discussed that because we were using ten rocks the sum of our math equations would always equal ten but there were lots of different ways to equal ten.  

Investigating the Hyacinth Bulbs

We've been exploring the hyacinth bulb in our classroom. The children were very interested in observing what the bulbs looked like. After cutting a bouquet of the flowers for the art center, we placed the bulbs along with some tools at in our science area. 

The children carefully extracted the bulbs and roots from the soil. 

Once the bulbs were loose we cut them in half to see what the inside looked like. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Snowflakes on black paper

We spent time on this snowy day catching snowflakes on black paper in order to study their design.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Spring Smells

Mmmm! Hyacinths smell so nice this time of year! We invited the children to investigate the flowers...

...and record whether or not they enjoyed the smell using a t-chart.

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Snowy Canvas

White snow makes the perfect canvas for watercolours!  We brought painting materials outdoors and the children were eager to create snowy artwork. 

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