Maasai Jewelry

Room 3 at the Thompson building has started to correspond with school-age children in Tanzania.  In studio this week, we took a look at some of the traditional beadwork and jewelry made by the Maasai.  The Maasai are a semi-nomadic tribe in Tanzania and Kenya who make incredible collars and other adornments out of beads.  We attempted our own Maasai-inspired collars.

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Baking

We have been busy with our baking project in Gilliatte room 4! We have taken a couple of small groups of students on field study trips to Wal-Mart to buy the ingredients that we needed for baking. Our morning class has made strawberry cupcakes with strawberry icing and sprinkles, pizza, and pancakes with butter and syrup so far. Our afternoon class has made chocolate cake with chocolate chip icing, pizza, and Christmas cookies so far.

We have also continued to work on making books, using one of Matt Glover’s focus topics: “Putting Words in Books”. We have read a variety of different types of books during our classroom meetings and have discussed what words are and what they look like, and we have encouraged our students to make their own books and to read them to someone.

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Making Books

The boys and girls have been choosing to visit the writing table and make books regularly.  A main focus has been staying on topic and putting pictures and/or words  on every page.  ​They love writing about things they enjoy, such as their families, homes, and animals.

We wanted to celebrate all of the books they’ve written and illustrated over the past few weeks, so we invited all of our families to a “storytelling open house”.  Thank you so much to all of our wonderful families who were able to come!  The children are so proud of themselves!

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Burrows

This week in Room 1, the children began their study of animals that burrow.  This stemmed from interest in squirrels and why they collect acorns when it begins to get cold.  The children watched numerous informational videos about what a burrow is and why animals choose to burrow.  The children used various natural supplies to create an animal burrow in the block area.

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Building

The children in Room 1 have taken quite an interest in building and magnets the last couple of weeks. We have been building with Legos and Magnatiles and also experimenting with sticks, glue, marshmallows and toothpicks. We have also been taking opportunities to work on observational drawings. We were very excited when it started snowing a few weeks ago – we ran around outside enjoying the beautiful weather!

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Go Go Go!

We explored transportation a little bit more the past couple of weeks.  We even had our own personal  visit from an Indy Go bus!  This was such a unique experience, and everyone had lots of questions for the driver. He parked the bus outside our building and let us sit, climb, look, touch and explore the whole bus!

A lot of us have been watching the car line every day right before it’s time to go home.  We brought some materials to our room to make our own car line.  A parking lot was also created by making tape lines on the floor-we used teamwork while everyone helped lay the pieces “just right”.  Today, we began making a road map during our studio time.  We can’t wait to see it when it’s finished!

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Doors

We have begun to explore the children’s interest in Doors. We have looked at doors in our neighborhood, doors in our building, doors on the iPad. Then we looked at doors in our own homes. The children, with help from their families, drew a picture of one of the doors in their homes. They also included why they chose that particular door.  The children we excited to share their door drawings with their classmates!

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Construction Site Visit

Today we went on another neighborhood walk to look at the construction site. We discussed the shapes, changes to the building, and took observational drawings. The construction walk led children to build homes, structures, and look at buildings in detail.

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Baking and Bookmaking

We just finished our car project, and, since our students have shown quite an interest in baking, we have decided to make that our next project! Our morning class would like to learn how to make strawberry cupcakes with strawberry icing and sprinkles, and our afternoon class would like to learn how to make chocolate cake with chocolate chip icing. We have been gathering the necessary utensils and ingredients to bake, and we will bake for the first time on Tuesday!

We have also continued to work on making books, using one of Matt Glover’s focus topics: “Where Do Authors Get Ideas?”. We have read a variety of different types of books during our classroom meetings and have discussed where the authors have gotten their ideas, and we have encouraged our students to make their own books and to read them to someone.

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Story Telling

We are authors and illustrators!   The children have been exploring the many ways to tell stories — with our words, magna tiles, legos, the doll house, popsicle sticks, beads, play-doh and even writing their own books. They have been retelling familiar stories such as The 3 Billy Goats Gruff, The 3 Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.   The children have become inspired by other authors to take their favorite stories and tell them a little differently, a la “Goldilocks and the Mama Bear and 2 Baby Bears” and “The Very Colorful Caterpillar.” There is no doubt that your child has brought home books that he or she has written, many of these stories are creative ideas generated by your child.

Enjoy these stories and encourage your child to read, tell, draw and write his/her own stories!

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