We have been exploring music in our class. We have listened to different songs on the iPad and found books at the library to continue our research. We also had the Indianapolis Children’s Choir come to our class. Mrs. Pam brought a guitar to class, and Mr.Van played it and a keyboard for the children.

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Matt Glover Visit

Room 5 had the wonderful opportunity to have Matt Glover, an expert in children’s booking making, in our classroom. He read to the children and then worked with individual children on their books. It was a fantastic learning experience for the children and the teachers. Thank you so much for visiting Mr. Glover!

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Cars!

We are still working on our first project of the school year, transportation. We are currently focusing on cars.  The children have enjoyed  looking at a variety of different books on cars, playing with toy cars, exploring Miss Kathryn’s car, making observational drawings of cars, constructing toy cars and making car-themed snacks.  We have also continued making our own books in the writing center. The students have been eager to read them to their teachers and families!

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Water

Room 3 continues to study water. We have been experimenting in many ways such as mixing water with acrylic paint to observe how the consistency changes, measuring water in our sensory table, and creating rain chains to collect rain water for us to study. We have also been observing bodies of water in our outdoor environments and discussing why these ponds are there. We also observed, drew, and cut open a strange melon. The children thought it smelled and tasted like watermelon!

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Week of September 22-26

From this week…

Gilliatte:

Made rain chains with Bryan’s class

Painted blocks of wood as first step in making model cars with Kathryn’s class

Lab:

Went to the IMA with a group of 8 students as part of the IMA’s TAG program

Practiced drilling using a hand drill in preparation for building a ramp

Drew a map of the inside and outside of where we live

Thompson:

Built new raised beds

Strung beads on wire to make a mobile for the garden

Set up watercolor painting for Lauren’s class as first step in making accordion books

Went to the IMA with a group of 8 students as part of the IMA’s TAG program

For next week…

All sites:

Working with a few students to make pieces for Georgia O’Keefe art contest at the IMA

Gilliatte:

Adding wheels to model cars with Kathryn’s class

Using slip and score technique to join parts in clay

Lab:

Practicing with screws and screwdrivers and working on ramp with Marcy’s class

Going to the IMA with a small group of students as part of the TAG program

Thompson:

Going to the IMA with a small group of students as part of the TAG program

Finishing raised bed construction

Working on the mud kitchen

Making accordion books with Lauren’s class

Happy Fall!

Happy Fall! We hope you have been enjoying the cooler weather.

What we’ve been up to in Room 1:

-creating with various mediums (puffy paint, grape and blueberry scented play dough, watercolor, paint inside coffee filters)

-writing our own books

-making pinch pots out of clay with Ms. Elizabeth

-taking a walk near the school and visiting the duck pond

During our trip to the duck pond, these were some of the observations the children made:

“Some are big and some are little.” -Chauncey “

“They’re purple. And green. And black and white. And they swim with their feet.” –Ma’Kyla,

Puffy paint is created using shaving cream, glue and watercolor. When painted, it is wet like paint, but when it dries, it becomes puffy and soft.

When we asked the children what they thought it feels like now versus what it would feel like when it dries, this is what they said:

“It feels soft right now. I think the paint will feel like stone when it’s dry.” -David “

“It feels soft right now. It will just be dry.” -Maddie

When they were all finished drying, our friends checked out their papers and said:

“It’s so soft and fuzzy! Like a kitty cat.”- Maddie “

“It’s really soft and puffy.” – David

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Observational Drawings of Veggies

Today we did some observational drawings of some peppers, zucchini and tomatoes.
Tyberia picked a green tomato to make a comparison of the peppers.

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Community and Vehicles!

We are having fun in room 108 building our classroom community and exploring vehicles-the two projects in progress. We have been learning how to share and take care of our materials as we play together.   The children love being “caught” sharing, being kind and using their words to problem solve.   We take their photo in these moments and show it on the big screen!

Mr. Dave brought his bus over for us to explore— opening the door with the lever and looking in all of the mirrors were the highlights. The children have started to explore bridges, tunnels and ramps as they play with hot wheels cars.   They have used Legos, blocks and swimming pool noodles to make their own bridges and tunnels. We can’t wait to see where this work takes our learning!

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Transportation

Our class has been spending lots of time on our transportation project. We have explored different types of vehicles, but some favorite vehicles include construction trucks, trains, and buses. We went on a walk around the neighborhood and observed a nearby construction site. Observational drawings were made to record our discoveries and questions. This was fascinating! The students also collected their own materials from the Remida for creating their own trains, airplanes, trucks, cars, and more. Each of the students created a vehicle in their own unique way.

Several of the students have painted with cars and trucks, built construction sites with blocks and wood pieces, and washed our play cars in a “car wash” during water play. The students also enjoy going to the dramatic play area to get in their car to drive to the beach! We will continue to dive deeper into transportation and see where it takes us.

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Little Chefs

The children are very interested in baking and cooking.  They talk and ask questions about food, create recipes, make food for friends.  We are excited about where this interest will take us. If you have a recipe you would like to share with the children, please let us know. We look forward to learning more.

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