Monday, January 31st - Friday, February 4th
Please remember that school is closed this Friday so that we can participate in Admissions Playdates.
in our construction area....
Over the course of two days, Remy and Saul have been creating an amazing large scale house structure in the construction area collaboratively. Today, Michael and Daniel joined the two in expanding their project.
We're making a solar train. A solar train turns into a house. - Saul
This is a house! I live in it. And Saul. It's a house because I have a hammer. You need a hammer! - Remy
Other projects we have been working on around the classroom this week:
Dear Rainey Families,
Thank you for taking the time to speak with us during Interim Phone Calls this week. We enjoyed checking in with you and truly appreciate your input, questions, feedback and collaboration.
Have a wonderful and maybe snowy weekend!
Sam and Ines
Music and Movement
Today, in Blake Hall, we explored the connections between sound and movement and identified different sounds.
What sounds can you hear?
Can you match your movement to the rhythm of the sound?
Which sound was connected to which movement?
And some identified sounds and connected them to objects:
It sounded like ninja turtles - Luke
A motorcycle like vroom - Luke
A firetruck - Bea and Cate
A motorcycle like (screeching) - Cape
A hear something like siren - Michael
I heard a horse - Saul
I heard a bear - Daniel
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When Lucas was....
...0 years old he liked to EAT
...1 year old he liked to PAINT
...2 years old he liked to BUILD TOWERS
...3 years old he liked to BUILD ROADS
...and now that he is
4 years old he likes to COOK SOUP
Well, his dog. - Cate
Do you remember the dogs name? - Sam
Puppy. - Cape
My dogs name is RuRu. That’s his nickname. - Lucas
And red. - Cate
Lucas, do you like red? I don’t know - Cape (asks Lucas to confirm)
Yes. - Lucas
Yes. His favorite color is red. - Cate
Oh and I remember. A monster truck . - Cape
He wants a monster on the monster truck that’s purple with three eyes. - Cate
Like a monster truck he can drive? - Sam
Like a bus. - Cape
He said he doesn't want to drive it. - Cate
Maybe you could go ask him. - Sam
Lucas do you want to sit on your monster truck or not? - Cate
He said no. - Cape
The puppy could drive the monster truck! - Cate
So how are we going to make this? - Sam
I can draw a dog. - Cate
We could ask him to bring puppy. - Cape
We could, we could also use other materials to make what we need. - Sam
Do you think the truck will be big or small? - Sam
Maybe big. - Cate
How will we make the window? - Cape
A square shape and one line across for a window.
Cape, weren’t you riding something in your birthday photo? - Sam
A tractor. - Cape
And how did your friends make you a tractor? - Sam
With wood. - Cape
And blocks. - Cate
And it was driving on grass. - Cape
Maybe it could be driving on a road. - Cate
How would we make it road? - Cape
It would go straight lines with a yellow and white in the middle. - Cate
Yellow lines on the road. - Cape
With yellow string. - Cate
And what color is the road itself? - Sam
A black road, with yellow lines. I could get string from my house and a big platform thats black for the road.
I think we might have something like that in our classroom. - Sam
*Sam points out black panel board*
Yeah, like that! And we need to use big yellow string.
Yeah two in the middle. - Cape
Yellow is one in the middle and two whites (lines) on the sides - Cate
And how will we include puppy? - Sam
Draw it on the window. In the window on the truck. - Cape
I can draw that! - Cate
Do you want it big or little? - Cape
Let’s do it little. Lets put the puppy looking out the window. - Cate
So it sounds like you’d like to use blocks for the truck? - Sam
Yeah. And draw the puppy. - Cate
And how will Lucas be included in the portrait? - Sam
Maybe waving to the puppy? - Cate
And we could do some other cars around on the road. - Cape
And maybe the puppy could wear a Santa hat? - Cate
What?! No!! - Cape (laughing)
So if we do include other cars on the road does the monster truck need to be bigger or smaller than the other cars? - Sam
Bigger! With big wheels! And they can jump really high! - Cate
We’re gonna cut them out like this big. - Cape (showing size with his arm)
Cape, lets do this big. - Cate (making her arms bigger)
I want to build the truck. - Cate
Maybe it could be driving on a road.
And we need to use big yellow string.
When you look at the monster trucks, what do you notice about them? - Sam
The wheels. - Cate
How do the wheels look? - Sam
Big. - Cate
Maybe you could start with the wheels. You said they were big. What is the biggest material we have? - Sam
This! - Cape (finds the largest blocks in construction area)
Thats a square and wheels are round. - Cate
We talked about drawing wheels… we could always draw wheels to add to the blocks as our base. Do we know how many wheels we need? -Sam
Five! *Cate begins counting*
No, four. 1,2,3,4. - Cate
We have it! - Cape
(counts out 4 large blocks to use)
Let’s set it like this. Then draw it on. - Cape
(sets blocks up in tall ordered arrangement with the intention of attaching drawn round wheels at a later time)
As the design of the monster truck progressed and took form, Cate expressed dissatisfaction with the appearance of the wheels and wanted to make a change.
Remember? There’s grey in the middle. Like a grey design. We can make that.
A trip to the Tucker Closet proved to be successful for both finding grey paper for the wheels and shades of brown to create Lucas's puppy.
We need tape at the top, middle, and bottom. Lucas really likes red so we can see the red tape. - Cape
We are very excited to celebrate you at school tomorrow, friend!
What makes your heart beat faster?
Moving fast - Bea
Frog jumps - Daniel
Somersaults - Cape
It (moving your body) makes your heart stronger - Hugh
What slows down your heart rate?
Laying with my dog. On the list (his home research documentation) my sister was laying with my dog. - Hugh
When is our heart rate the lowest? That's called our resting heart rate.
Night time - Bea
When I'm laying with my dog sweetie - Cape
But that's normal (that the heart rate goes down) - Lily
During Winter Break, Saul was wondering if his heart beat would be faster or slower after a cup of hot chocolate...
His heart rate before: 84
and after: 100
Why did his heart rate go up?
Because it's having more sugar. - Lily
Makes it beat faster. - Bea
One time I eated a whole cupcake and my mom had to pick me up and put me to bed. - Frannie, remembering how tired she felt some time after she ate something very sugary.
Saul drew "a ball of hot chocolate (swirl in the middle) and milk and a microwave to heat it up (circle around the cup)."
Cate assumed her heart rate will go up when she "runs super fast" or when she does "jumping jacks". Together as a class we participated in this experiment. At first, we took Cate's heart rate while she was sitting during our morning meeting time. Here, her heart heart rate was 90. Then we all did 20 jumping jacks together. Afterwards her heart rate was 125.
It almost went over the charts. I was so surprised! - Finlay
As part of Daniel's birthday committee work we explored Stop-Motion Videos. We used the app Stop Motion Studio on our school iPods to create short videos. The app is simple and easy to use. The children enjoyed creating their own videos with their lovies and toys at school this week. If you are interested and would like to check it out at home as well, follow the links below to find the app in the Apple App Store or on Google Play.
We started to introduce digital drawing this week. To create these amazing digital drawings we are using the app Tayasui Sketches on the iPad in combination with a Stylus Pen. Many children shared with us that they at times use an iPad and/or Stylus Pen at home as well. This is an interesting and fun way to strengthen fine motor abilities. If you are interested in exploring this further at home, you can follow the links below to download the free app.
*** After asking Brown Room if we could borrow a specific puzzle they might have, we learned that they had returned it to the puzzle closet in the Middle Room. We then searched there for Daniel’s favorite dinosaur puzzle ***
Daniel: It’s that one! Oh, the T-Rex is orange, not red. It has a red brontosaurus!
Hugh: We should make the puzzle and I know how to do it! I want it built!
Frannie: (It should be) near Daniel.
Saul: Front! Because I like stuff that is in the front of me and he might like it in the front.
***Daniel coming over
Daniel: I can help you do the puzzle. I’m really good at puzzles so I can definitely help. I
want it built. Can I help you guys?
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