We use many materials in the daily life of our room. Sometimes we like to use some of these materials to make new and interesting things. This day the children were given felt and some interesting materials to create with.
“I made a number house.” Camila (hers is the one with the purplish background)
“Look Miss Laura, I made a house” Ruby (Hers is the one with the bluish background)
“I making a square.” Carlo (he is the child working one the white felt)
In room 2 we are still continuing our exploring with building. We are learning about building with different materials and the different machines that help build things like houses and tall office buildings. We continue to read books, look at pictures and videos learning how things are put together. We are having exciting time learning and exploring how things are built and will continue to understand as much as needed and build our own houses, and tall buildings.
Recently in Room 1, the children have been pretending to be cats while playing in the home living area. Some of our friends have been cooking for the cats while others pretend to be the cats. During meeting, we created a web of all the information we knew about cats. Last week, we went on an adventure to the Lawrence Library and picked up a variety books about cats.
What do you know about cats?
They growl at dogs. – Da’Ron
They eat rainbow cat food. – Maddie
Cats can do anything they want. – David
We have many aspiring artists in room 112! The children have been experimenting with a variety of materials to use in their painting. Acrylic paint, wet chalk, and glue with food coloring are some interesting ways to create beautiful works of art! We will soon begin an artist study of Chris Raschka.
In Ms. Lauren’s class at the Thompson building, we’ve begun work on a storytelling project that will build off of a lot of our earlier explorations in pop-up books, bookmaking, and storytelling using different materials. Inspired by the work of Hari Panicker and Deepti Nair (http://www.blackbookgallery.com/artists/hari-deepti/), we are making LED-backlit papercut stories. Jeremiah’s first try at this new technique is pictured below. His story features a tattooed octopus made out of air dry clay and a small man in a cave inside a mountain. He drew his entire story on paper first, and then began making the individual characters and scenery out of cut paper and clay. Final versions will be built incrementally using foam core frames layered together to make a box, with papercut layers glued in between each foam core piece. Air dry clay components will be attached to the foam core frame box, and then a floating LED will be positioned behind the box to illuminate and add depth to the story. To see an awesome video of Hari and Deepti making their art, check out: http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/80264938682.
Today our class became an active science lab. The students explored water, baking soda, corn starch , water, and vinegar to see what reactions would develop.
“I make that. WOW! Ta-da its green! -Erick
“Look bubbles, look!” -Kenya
“I want it to bubble so I put this in here and that. I used the vinegar and dumped it into the baking soda then it popped like a cup cake.” -Winter
While playing outside last week, a student discovered a small magnet and shares it with the class. The students have been exploring different items in and around the classroom to see what is and what is not magnetic.
How does it do that? – Wynter
Because the magnet got something in here and it magnet stuff. It just sticks to this, this, nope not this, and this – KaeVon