Enjoying the last few remnants of snow ...
Taking on a new outdoor challenge!
You may have noticed on our blog yesterday that a couple of children wanted to attempt to find a way to climb on top of the tunnel in the outdoor classroom. Large snow piles were useful and acted as "steps" to help Hugh and Wilder get on top of the tunnel. Well, circumstances were a bit different today because the large snow piles had melted significantly.
Would they be able to figure out a way to get on top of the tunnel again? Additional children became invested in this challenge today! It was communicated that steps were needed to get on top of the tunnel, but what could be used as steps in the outdoor classroom? Good thing we have a shed full of blocks available to use! It didn't take long before a climbing structure was being built by many of the children in order to assist their friends in making it to the top of the tunnel.
Many adjustments, additions, and rearrangements were made to the step structure throughout the morning while the children tested its stability, strength, and functionality.
Reflecting on our Work
Recently, we have intentionally made a stronger effort to have the children take time (in both small and large group discussions) to reflect on their work. One tool we use as a means of initiating these conversations is documentation! Displaying the children's work, photos of their process, and recording their conversations to recall upon at later times are all very useful in the reflection process. Taking the time to recall on past experiences we've had together deepens our understandings of concepts that have been introduced, allows us an opportunity to share feelings about the experience, and also helps guide our future work as well.
Today, when entering the studio for snack, children immediately noticed this large painting hanging on the wall and began to have a discussion about it together.
Please encourage your child to use the blog as a form of documentation that they can reference when you reflect on their day together in the evenings at home.
If they ever share their feelings or thoughts on an experience and you'd like to pass those reflections on to us, please do so!
Introducing New Foods
You may remember reading in the room parent update that we would like to begin introducing "new" and/or unfamiliar fruits and vegetables during our snack times! We began this discussion together today while reading one of our favorite books, "How are you Peeling?"
We asked the question - what are some fruits and vegetables that you eat at home that we typically do not have here at school?
Based on some inspiration from the book, we came up with some initial ideas for our "new foods" taste testing experience.
Lily: Peppers. I think red peppers.
Lucas: I like green peppers.
Lemons ... nobody in my family likes them. I don't like them. They're too sour! - Lily
Kiwi ... we have those at our home! You eat it. - Bea
Please look for a sign up sometime next week if you'd like to contribute to our new foods snacking experience!
Have a HAPPY weekend!