This month we have explored color through paint and light. Using an overhead projector, the children have spent extended periods of time over-laying colored cellophane pieces to create new colors. They have also peered through the cellophane, looking at the world colored in a new way. The children have created new colors by mixing two colors of water with hoses, funnels, turkey basters and scoops in the sensory tub. The children have mixed paint in the STUDIO, adding white and black paint in addition to mixing the primary colors.
We talked about feelings and how colors remind us of certain feelings. The children created their own small book The Way I Feel. On each page, the children pasted a colored circle and then drew a face on the circle to show how that color makes them feel. Then they dictated a sentence such as “Blue makes me feel disappointed.” The older children also worked hard to write numerals on all the pages in their book.
Feelings and Music
We listened to a variety of instrumental pieces and moved with scarves to the music. We talked about the feelings each piece of music created for us. The pieces spanned the range of sleepy, excited, sad, happy, scared and silly.
Observing the Play Garden
We have been watching winter change to spring in our Play Garden. We have watched through the window and up close, taking walks around our garden whenever we are able. The children have noticed that the bulbs we planted in the fall are now pushing through the dirt!
For the next few weeks we will be focusing on the theme of “God is with Us”. We will work with Psalm 23 (God is my shepherd, I have thing I need) and the story of the shepherd seeking the one lost sheep (Luke 15:3-6) as we talk about God being with us all the time, even in sad and happy times. We will explore how God is with us in safe and scary times as we hear the story of Jesus calming the fierce storm (Mark 4:35-41). Through the story of the healing of a sick boy in John 45:46-53, we will discuss how God is with us in healthy and sick times.
We have enjoyed the story A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. We examined the pictures (made out of collage) in the book, talked about our own experiences with snow and discussed why snow disappears inside a building.
We also sang snow/winter songs and read our poem First Snow again.
Snow makes whiteness where it falls.
The bushes look like popcorn balls.
The places where I always play
look like somewhere else today.
Marie Louise Allen
We talked about “whiteness” and things that are white. We looked out the window and talked about the white “blanket” of snow all over the place where we like to play. We looked at the snow covered bushes.
Then we went to the STUDIO and looked at some popcorn kernels. (The children had no idea what they were.) When I showed them an ear of dried corn, they discovered they were corn kernels. Then we put the kernels in our electric skillet with a bit of oil and listened to the oil sizzle. Soon the kernels began to pop. We made piles of popcorn, imagining they were snow-covered bushes like the ones we had just observed.
After enjoying our snack of popcorn, we explored some items in the STUDIO that were white (cotton balls, pipe cleaners, lace, beads, crinkled paper). After describing the texture of these items, we created a large “white snow” collage. Each child completed the sentence, “Snow is as white as___________.”
We also enjoyed guessing what the white blob was in the book It Looked Like Spilt Milk. The children were sure it was snow or flour. They were very surprised it “was just a cloud in the sky.”
Bible Story on Fridays
For the next few weeks we will be focusing on the theme of “Jesus Friends”. We heard the story of Mary and Joseph bringing baby Jesus to the temple. At the temple Simeon and Anna welcomed and held baby Jesus. Another Friday we heard the story of a grown Jesus who welcomed and held the little children.
We will be hearing stories about Jesus’ fishing friends, Martha and Mary and Zaccheaus. We will discuss how Jesus is our friend and how we can be a friend to others.
The Curious Cubs have enjoyed exploring the folk tale of Goldilocks and the three bears this week. We have read several versions, including one of an Inuit girl who snooped around the igloo of 3 polar bears by Jan Brett. We also read Somebody and the Three Blairs which is about a cub who snoops in the Blairs’ home. Then we read the story Goldilocks Returns about when Goldi is an old woman and returns to the deep, dark woods.
We made porridge on Tuesday and added our own toppings. We talked about how porridge is an old word for dried grains or legumes cooked with water. Now we use the words “cooked cereal” or “soup” instead of porridge. We made oat porridge (better known to the kids as oatmeal). Everyone tried some porridge, although some ate more than others!
We learned the nursery rhyme “Peas Porridge Hot” and learned peas porridge is soup made from dried split peas. We decided not to keep any of our porridge in the pot for 9 days, but one nameless student informed us that the father in that house does let food in a pot for several days!
The children discovered faux fur pieces and various sizes of chairs and bowls in the Dramatic Play area. They have enjoyed playing the story of the 3 bears.
Remember to wear any beach clothes to school on Tuesday. Hopefully the weather will cooperate for some water fun outside.
Unfortunately next week is the last week of school! What a wonderful year this has been. I must say this class has been the most delightful class I have ever taught. Thank you for sharing them with me each week. Wednesday will be our last day in the classroom.
Picnic at the Park
Meet all the other Main Street friends at Kyle Park on Thursday morning after 10:30. Bring your own lunch and drink.
We finished making a map of the plants we want in our play garden. Jack looked at all the plants and said, “We can’t buy all those plants for $30!” (We counted the money from our soap sale later and found a grand total of $34.) Luckily we have many gardening friends who are giving us many free starts. We will begin planting after spring break.
The children have enjoyed digging in the Digging Area of our Play Garden and have found many worms. We have read a bit on worms in the classroom, learning a bit more about them. Today we filled a clear jar with alternating layers of sand and compost and placed the jar in a dark closet. We will see what the worms did in their temporary jar home when we return from break.
Today the children noticed that one of the worms we placed in the jar was bleeding. The children were distressed to see the worm bleeding. The children had learned earlier that when a worm’s tail is cut off, the worm can grow a new tail. The children tried to console themselves that the worm would heal. However, they decided it needed to be taken out of the jar and put back in the ground so it could heal with its family. Madison said, “Now her mommy will take care of her.”
Since the Passover feast has surfaced several times in our Bible stories, the Cubs learned a little about this special celebration. Last week we read a book about Passover, and this week we tasted some of the foods served during a seder. (We talked about how the Egyptians were hurt in the last plague while the Hebrews were not hurt instead of discussing the killing of the first born.)
We took a small piece of parsley and dipped it in salt water to remember the many tears the Jews shed when they were slaves in Egypt. We tasted matzah bread and compared it to the leavened bread we ate for snack yesterday. We tasted the parsley as the “bitter herb” as a reminder of the bitter experience of slavery in Egypt. We ate haroset (mixture of apple, nuts and grape juice) to remind us of the clay the Jews used while slaves. We also drank grape juice (instead of the wine of the seder).
Work on cutting. Continue to give your child opportunity to cut items out of paper. S/he can help you cut out coupons from the paper or cut out pictures s/he likes out of old magazines for a collage.
NO SCHOOL March 30, 31 for spring break.
Conferences Tuesday, April 20
Madison, Kennedy and Jack have been busy working to make a map our play garden. We will be charting where we want to plant our plants. We looked at various types of plants outside—trees, bushes and perennials. We looked at evergreen plants and ones that just look like sticks right now.
On Wednesday the whole class helped with deciding where to place our tree and bushes. The class had helped to cut out certain plants out of garden catalogs. These are plants that we plan to buy for the garden or are ones we can get from gardening friends for free. We began gluing these pictures of our plants on our big map, thinking about which plants need sun and which plants need shade.
Jaxon, Reese, Austin and Sydney looked at many different shadows outside. They traced their shadows on the pavement with sidewalk chalk.
We celebrated Jaxon’s 4th birthday on Wednesday and enjoyed a visit from his mom. Thanks for sharing the yummy shamrock cookies and the tool book with noises!
We will be learning more about Passover in the next two weeks. We will try matzo next week.
Work on rhyming words. Make a game out saying words that rhyme with simple words such as pot and sun. Read books with rhymes, and pause and let your child fill in the last rhyming word in a verse.
NO SCHOOL March 30, 31 for spring break.
Conferences Tuesday, April 20