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…


Made rain chains with Bryan’s class

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


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


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


Adding wheels to model cars with Kathryn’s class

Using slip and score technique to join parts in clay


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


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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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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Exploring Paint

This week the children really enjoyed exploring different types of paint such as liquid water colors and tempera paint. We used the light table to create unique paintings and placed these in our individual portfolios. We also used rolling marbles in paint to create a unique work of art.   We practiced sorting colored gems by matching the gems to the corresponding colored cup.

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IMA TAG Program

In the last two weeks, our students at the Lab School and at the Thompson building have had the privilege of visiting the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) in small groups as part of the IMA’s TAG program. St. Mary’s was a pilot school last year for the program and is continuing to enjoy the benefits of the partnership with the IMA. The TAG program runs throughout the course of the whole year, and students alternate between spending time in the galleries and the 100 Acres and in the studio spaces at the museum. The students at the Lab School are working with the teaching artist Robin McBride Scott (http://artsforlearningindiana.org/artist/robin-mcbride-scott/), who is a basket weaver. The students at the Thompson building are working with the teaching artist Carol Tharp-Perrin (http://artsforlearningindiana.org/artist/tharp-perrin-gindhart-artists/), who is a performance artist. Each week, students will explore different pieces of art and then respond to them using the artists’ preferred media as the lens for their responses.

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Week 9/15-19

From this week…
Made pinch pots with Jessie’s class
Painted water in the style of Georgia O’Keefe with Bryan’s class then turned our paintings into accordion books
Explored clay with all classes
Did observational drawings of a car with Kathryn’s class

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

Explored clay with Lauren and Aleshia’s classes
Spread out the garden dirt and mulched it to make a wildflower bed
Went to the IMA with a group of 8 students as part of the IMA’s TAG program

For next week…
Making rain chains with Bryan’s class
Continuing to explore with clay (using slip and score to secure parts)

Designing and constructing a ramp with Marcy’s class
Drawing pictures of our houses and making books about them with Kyle’s class

Going to the IMA with a small group of students as part of the TAG program
Making wooden plant markers
Continuing to explore clay